Real freshwater pearls are organic gemstones. They are a very soft gemstone only rating 2.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, meaning pearls require special care to maintain their radiance and lustre over time. When not wearing your pearls, preserve their beauty by following these simple care and maintenance steps.
Wipe pearls with each use
With each wear, it is important to wipe freshwater pearls with a soft, non-abrasive microfibre cloth. This process will ensure that any natural body oils, makeup and perfumes are wiped off the surface of the pearl. Any residual oils can damage the quality and colour of the pearl over time. If required, use warm soapy water (pure soap only) to remove any additional residue and ensure the pearls are completely dry.
Store pearls separately to other jewellery
To maintain the quality of freshwater pearls, ensure they are always kept in a soft pouch or jewellery box in a cool, dry place. Each item in the By Fairfax & Roberts collection is presented in a custom branded drawer box and suede pouch to protect the piece. Avoid placing freshwater pearls with other jewellery to prevent rubbing against other pieces that may cause scratching to the surface.
Avoid wearing pearls with lotions and perfumes
Avoid direct contact with perfume, makeup, tanning and lotions to prevent tarnishing, marking or discolouring the pearls. The transfer of chemicals onto the freshwater pearl surface will affect the shiny lustre over time. If freshwater pearls are exposed to any lotion or perfumes, it is best to wipe them over with a soft damp cloth to remove any residue.
Avoid wearing pearls in water
Avoid wearing hand-strung freshwater pearls strands in water (salt or fresh water) as the moisture will perish the silk threading. Exposure to water can also affect the adhesive used for most pearl earrings. Additionally, the chemicals used in chlorinated water will permanently damage the finish of the pearl, resulting in a dull pearl with no lustre. It is recommended to remove any jewellery before showering, swimming or sweating to reduce exposure to moisture.
Check the stringing of your pearls
Continually check the stringing of freshwater pearls and restring when necessary. The best indication of pearls in need of being restrung is by assessing the knots between each pearl. If the knots appear to be stretched or frayed, it is a signal to restring the strand. On average, pearls should be restrung every 24 months depending on the frequency of wear.
Real freshwater pearls are a true investment. With the recent pearl trend here to stay, it is important to follow these simple care tips to preserve the quality and colour of this jewellery box essential.