When it comes to purchasing something as preciously valuable as heirloom quality pearl jewelry, most people are willing to take the extra time to thoroughly absorb the articles, blog posts and social media commentary offered up by experts.
However, for some extremely strange reason, when it comes to actually caring for those very same “personal treasures”, the same enthusiastic attention to detail and caution isn’t anywhere to be found.
The truth of the matter is, taking great care of your gorgeous pearl jewelry isn’t nearly as complicated as most people have been led to believe.
Could this truth quite possibly be hidden due to the fact that most jewelers feel it’s in “their own best interests” to give you all the assistance that you could possibly ever need in order to make a purchase … however, when it comes to helping to ensure that your purchase is successfully and carefully protected instead of having to be replaced due to damage, it may simply not be a very high priority?
Food for thought and you can come to your own conclusions, but moving on … here’s what you need to know in order to best protect your precious pearls.
*** Pearls Are A Lot More Resilient Than Most People Think! Don’t be afraid for your pearls and don’t allow yourself to suffer through even one single moment of discomfort, worrying that you shouldn’t wear your pearls out so often or risk being outside with them in the weather or in crowded public environments.
Your pearls are intended to bring you great joy and make you look absolutely awesome while you are experiencing that great joy, so relax and know that if you bought your pearls from a reputable seller whom you trust and feel good about (In other words … do they answer all of your questions / are they helpful and take time to make thoughtful suggestions and graciously offer you valuable information?) then stop worrying and go out and enjoy your pearls.
The organically natural protective strength of a pearl’s nacre would probably blow your mind and would serve to make even “Iron Man” a little bit jealous. That being said, keep in mind that every “Super Hero” has his or her “Kryptonite” Achilles Heel … and while pearls can take a punch better than you would ever suspect … their secret weakness is “scratches!” Pearls scratch inordinately easily, considering how effective all other aspects of their armor is, so please keep this one vulnerability in mind when children or envious adults beg you for an opportunity to handle your pearls … and I promise you that they will want to.
*** If You’re A Strand Of Pearls – Water Is NOT Your Friend! WARNING – Never dip or in any way submerge your pearl strands (necklaces) into water … ever … under ANY circumstances.
Water can weaken the silk thread that holds your strand of pearls together … and if that thread breaks, you have a real adventure ahead of you, trying to carefully find and collect all of your pearls amid whatever obstacles you may need to overcome.
That means that no matter what your favorite movie / television actress does in her make believe world of imagination … you definitely do NOT want to be climbing into the bathtub, hot-tub, pool, romantic lake, adventurous river or placid ocean with your pearls on.
It’s also best to avoid direct sunlight or high temperatures such as in a sauna. If pearls come into contact with substances such as vinegar, fruit juices or detergents, immediately wipe clean with a soft cloth.
More to come…