Pearls are considered to be the most beautiful of all organic gems. Quality pearls can be quite durable, but are far more delicate than any other gemstone or metal: they are softer and more vulnerable to cracking, scratching and dulling. Oils, lotions, powders, dust and sweat can dim the shine of a lustrous pearl. To ensure that your pearls endure and remain glowingly beautiful, it's important to treat them with care.
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Avoid exposing your pearls to materials or substances that may damage them, including vinegar, chlorine, ammonia, hairspray, or cosmetics. Apply all cosmetics before putting on your pearl jewelry. After wearing your pearl jewelry, wipe it with a warm, soft, damp cloth to remove any oils or dirt before putting it away.
Pearl jewelry should also be washed periodically with a mild solution of soap and warm water. Always use a soft, clean, damp cloth to wash and dry your pearls. You may wipe your pearls with acetone polish remover if they are particularly dirty, but remember never expose pearls to ammonia, vinegar or detergent!