Caring for Pearls

Throughout history, there have been many rare pearls that have showed themselves. Looking back, these rare pearls are still around. This is largely due to the fact that these pearls were cared for properly. In addition, there are fossil pearls that can be up to 70 million years old. Without question, these pearls still have the same fine luster that pearls are known for. Knowing this gives us a clue as to the fact that natural pearls and cultured pearls can last through millennium if they are properly cared for.

Pearls are among the softest gems in the world and require special attention in caring for them; especially if they are set in rings for engagement.

Pearls are softer that diamonds and other popular gems and can be scratched. In addition, a pearl is composed of water and other organic (that is derived from living things) materials and could crack if they become very dry.

Because pearls (Tahitian Pearls, Pearl Necklace, South Sea Pearls and Pearl Earrings) are so delicate acidic substances can also affect pearls.

As such, pearls must be specially cared for and protected. Here's how:

(1) Store your pearls in a soft pouch away from hard gemstones and other jewelry such as gold that can scratch them. American Pearl supplies a free pouch and cleaning cloth with every pearl order on

(2) Do not clean your pearls or pearl necklace in an ultrasonic cleaner under any circumstances as this process can cause your pearls to crack due to the vibrations of the machine.

(3) It is not advised to apply any chemicals on the surface of a natural pearl or cultured pearl (e.g., bleach or ammonia) as these substances can eat away at the soft base of a pearl.

(4) Never wear pearls in chlorinated water, swimming pools or the ocean.

(5) As a common practice, always remove your pearls from your person before showering, washing dishes, doing housework or putting perfume and hairspray on.

(6) Try to expose your pearls to a humid environment on a regularly.

(7) If your pearls are stored in a dry place, place a glass of water near the pearls near them.

(8) Always wipe your pearls with a soft clean cloth after wear to take off anything that has landed on the pearls.

(9) Contrary to popular belief, oils from the skin and perspiration can hurt the surface of a pearl over time.

(10) Restring your pearls regularly on double stranded silk thread with double knots in between each pearl to keep them clean and prevent abrasion that can happen from two pearls touching one another.

Again, as history has shown, pearls can last for hundreds if not thousands of years through the millennium looking lustrous and beautiful if they are properly cared for. Make sure you protect your pearl investment by keeping them clean and following these instructions. If you have any additional questions, you can always speak to a pearl consultant at In addition, for further reading please visit our informative pearl website Pearl-Education