Pearl care is important as pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extreme humidity. To preserve your Pearl's radiance, avoid letting them come into contact with cosmetics, hair spray, or perfume.
The saying "Last thing on and first thing off" was possibly more relevant in the 1950's when Pearl layers could delaminate if affected by harsh chemicals.Today Pearl seeding and farming methods have advanced so much that Pearl "skins" are much more resilient than they once were. Regardless, to be safe, always put your
Pearl jewellery on as the "final touch," after applying make-up, perfumes and styling hair. The Pearl's lustre can appear affected by perspiration, however, this is usually surface "oils." Before returning your pearls to the jewellery box, wipe them gently with a soft cloth and you will restore them to a pristine condition..
Pearls are exceptionally cohesive and shock-resistant but may be scratched by contact with sharp objects or other gemstones. To prevent tangles and scratches, fasten clasps and pins, then lay each item out separately in a compartmentalized jewellery
cloth prior to storing in your jewellery box. When carrying jewellery, use a protective jewellery pouch. Leaving Pearl jewellery in a security box for long periods may cause Pearls to dehydrate, so enjoy them frequently. There is a saying that “Pearls want to be worn,” and it is true!
It is quite safe to wear Pearl strands in water or wear them while bathing, however, with all jewellery worn in surf or lakes, if it falls off you will be in trouble! It’s also best to avoid high temperatures such as in a sauna.
If Pearls come into contact with substances such as vinegar, fruit juices or detergents, immediately wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Following these simple guidelines should preserve your Mikimoto Pearls for generations.
If the radiance of your jewellery appears to be diminishing, take it to a specialist. Ultrasonic cleanser should never be used with Pearl jewellery as it can damage the Pearls. Ultrasonics usually use a caustic soda-based cleaning agent which is very detrimental to the Pearl’s skin and lustre.
Never steam-clean pearls. Never use (or expose) Pearls to dishwasher detergents, bleaches, powdered cleansers, baking soda, or ammonia-based cleaners (like Windex). Never use toothbrushes, scouring pads or abrasive materials to clean Pearls.
After you wear Pearls, just wipe them off with a soft cloth or chamois, which may be dry or damp. This will prevent dirt from accumulating and keep perspiration, which is slightly acidic, from eating away at the Pearl nacre. You can even use a drop talcum powder on the cloth to help maintain the lustre.
If Pearls have not been kept clean and are very dirty, they can be cleaned by your jeweller or they can be cleaned using special pearl polishing cloth. Be careful using other types of jewellery cleaner or soap. Some liquid soaps, such as Dawn, can damage pearls. Pay attention to the areas around the drill holes where dirt may tend to collect.
After washing your Pearls, lay them flat in a moist kitchen towel to dry. When the towel is dry, your Pearls should be dry.
Remember that with all jewellery the common sense approach is best. You will be amazed at how careful, detailed hand polishing with a soft cloth will polish most jewellery.
Even with the best of care, small parts of Jewellery may come loose. Ensure that your strands are “double-knotted” so that, in the event of a break your pearls will not scatter everywhere. Before wearing, carefully check such parts as the prongs that support pendants or that the posts are not loosening.
Check the clasps on necklaces; make sure that they are tightly knotted, not frayed and not about to come loose. Check the screws of earrings and brooch pins. Mikimoto cultured pearl necklaces are strung with the finest silk thread for both strength and beauty. However, if that string stretches or loosens, it may break suddenly. Even if you don't wear your pearls often, we recommend that you have your pearls restrung every few years.