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How to Make a Right Choice of Pearl Jewelry

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Pearl jewelry may be the most classic style of fashion jewelry available. Traditionally, pearls were worn as a piece that signified the upper class in old England and colonial America, but today it is worn by millions of women around the world regardless of their social status.

Before choosing a piece of pearl jewelry, the foremost thing to do is to decide on the type of pearls you need on the jewelry. After finalizing on the type of pearl, then you can go for the various jewelries available with that particular pearl of your interest studded and select the ornaments you like.

Though salt water pearls are more popular, they do not have various sizes or colors. Fresh water pearls come in more colors to choose from and be wise while choosing a colored pearl as there are many dyed and imitation pearls available in the market. On the other hand, fresh water pearls are not much shiny as the sea pearls.

Next, check the quality of the pearls. Consider the size of the jewelry and pearl gem, color of the pearl, shape, design and even total weight of the jewelry.

The third step is to finalize the type of metal you need the pearl to be embarked on. These days, there are many choices for pearl jewelry to choose from. Titanium and Gold are most popular but are also very expensive. So, keep your budget in mind. For me, there are even bracelets made up of leather with pearls of your choice studded on them. They look awesome for a groom.

Finally, the style of ornament you choose has to set with the age, look, personality, job and occasion you are going to wear or present. Though many neglect this aspect, it is this small difference that plays an impact and you get distinguished for your keen sense of selection of jewelry. All pearls do not match all occasions and people. So it is important to keep this factor before you purchase pearl jewelry.

Cleaning Pearls – Avoid Problems

Friday, May 15th, 2009

When cleaning your pearls, use only jewelry cleaners that are safe for pearls. In fact, avoid commercial jewelry cleaners altogether unless they have been specially formulated for pearl cleaning.

Do not clean your pearls using jewelry cleaners made for gold or silver. They contain an ammonia base that is harmful to your pearls. Do not use bleaching agents, baking sodas or powdered cleaners. Some liquid soap can damage pearls. Use only a mild soap and water solution.

Use soft, lint-free cloth to get rid of accumulated dirt, perfume, makeup, body oils or perspiration. Do not use a toothbrush or abrasive cloth to clean your pearls. They can scratch the surface and they can also wear away the pearls’ coating, leaving you with marked and plain-looking beads. For more thorough cleaning, use soft soapy cloth. Then using another damp cloth, gently wipe the pearls to remove all soap residue.

Clean the drill holes where the dirt particularly collects. If your pearls are especially old, you could try washing them with water and very mild liquid soap. Wipe them with detergent-free damp cloth and leave them flat on a kitchen paper to dry. Once dry, coat them with olive oil to try and restore their sheen.

After the olive oil treatment, lay the pearls on wash cloths or a moist kitchen towel to dry. Do not hang your pearls. When the wash cloth becomes dry, the pearls will usually be dry as well.

However you clean your pearls and whatever cleaning agent you use, you should remember to be very careful as you may be doing your pearls more harm than good.

If your pearls have not been properly maintained and they are now full of dirt and grime, you should bring your pearls to a trustworthy jeweler or a professional jewelry cleaner for professional care.