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How to Care for Your Pearls

PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS CAN DAMAGE PEARLS Cosmetics, perfume and hairspray all contain chemicals that can dull the luster of pearls. Even the acids contained in body oils and perspiration can damage pearls in the same way. It is best to put your pearls on after applying makeup, perfume and hairspray.

SIMPLE STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR PEARLS Wiping the pearls with a soft damp cloth after you wear them will ensure they remain free of harmful build-ups of these compounds. Every so often, pearls should be washed with a mild soap and rinsed thoroughly.

STORE PEARLS SEPARATELY FROM OTHER JEWELRY Keep your pearls separated from hard jewelry items, to prevent them from being scratched. Pearls are best kept in a soft cloth pouch, preferably the one provided by Leighton & Co.

WHEN TO HAVE PEARLS RESTRUNG If you wear your pearls often, they should be restrung about once a year. Experts suggest the use of silk thread. Although, nylon thread is an acceptable alternative. The necklace should be knotted between each pearl to prevent all the pearls in a strand from falling off a single break. Knotting also keeps the pearls from rubbing against each other.

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