Here are a few simple tips on how to keep silver pearl jewelry looking brand new.
A woman’s jewelry collection wouldn’t be complete without pearl jewelry. This is because pearls are classic pieces that can instantly make your look classier and more sophisticated. These gems look even more beautiful when paired with sterling silver. As with any piece of jewelry, proper care and cleaning should be done to make them look new and shiny for longer. If you have pearls sitting in your jewelry box for a long period, do check them first before wearing them. The same goes for jewelry shops; check and clean pearls from last season’s inventory before putting them back on display. With that in mind, here are a few simple tips on how to keep silver pearl jewelry looking new.
To remove minor dust and dirt, use a lint-free cloth to wipe them away. Cotton and velvet are the ideal material of fabric to use to avoid scratching the pearls. Do not use dishwashing sponges or toothbrushes, and even the soft bristle ones are not recommended. Gently wipe the pearls, as well as the sterling silver setting for earrings, band for rings, and lock for necklaces and bracelets.
If dirt has accumulated on the gems, you can use a mild soap-water solution. The soap should be mild, and the preferred one is Castile, or any unscented soap that has no harmful chemicals. Dip the lint-free cloth into the solution and gently wipe the dirt away on the pearls. Wipe clean with another cloth dipped in clean tap water.
After a long day of wearing them, perspiration along with body oil tend to accumulate on the pearls. To remove these, use a lint-free cloth dipped in water and wipe each gem. Again, don’t use any cleaners with harmful chemicals or additives as it can damage not only the pearls but also the silver.
Silver pearl jewelry pieces should be separated in storage, This is to prevent scratches on the surfaces. You must not put a different type of crystal jewelry together with them as this will increase the risk of scratches. The best storage for these pieces is satin or velvet-lined boxes. If you are to store your wholesale sterling silver rings with pearls or any piece in a vault or cabinet, place a small glass of water inside. Water will help with the humidity and will slow down the dehydration process.
Always take care of your sterling silver jewelry pieces, regardless if they have pearls or not. Jewelry shop owners should do the same, as damaged pieces won’t appeal to customers and therefore won’t sell.