Pearl Care and Honora Pearls

Honora’s Freshwater Cultured Pearls are colorful and captivating. Honora is the largest importer of fine freshwater pearls in the United States, and their name is synonymous with value and quality in pearl jewelry. This article includes pearl care tips as well as samples of Honora's exquisite Freshwater Cultured Pearl jewelry.

Pearls are a classic component of a well-rounded jewelry collection. To ensure that your pearls continue to look as beautiful as the day you brought them home, follow a few simple tips when caring for your pearl jewelry. 

Pearls are porous. This means that the natural oils on your skin enhance the luster of your pearls; however, cosmetics, sunblock, perfume, hairspray, and lotion can diminish the luster of your pearls. Contact with these items may damage the pearls’ nacre or cause discoloration. Therefore, avoid applying cosmetics and perfumes to any area of your skin where your pearls will touch. Perfume, for example, should not be applied to the same wrist as your pearl bracelet; hairspray should be applied before your pearl earrings; lotion near the collarbone should be avoided if a pearl necklace will be worn; etc. Pearl jewelry should also be removed before swimming or showering, and before any kind of household cleaning with soap or chemicals.

Pearls are also soft, only a 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, which means they are easily scratched. Store your pearls in a soft jewelry pouch or a case with a soft lining to avoid damage to the nacre. To clean your pearls, wipe them down after wearing with a dry or slightly damp cloth. Warm water, detergent-free soap, and a soft makeup brush are safe to use for a thorough, occasional cleaning. A toothbrush should never be used. Even a soft one can scratch the surface of the pearls. If the pearls are strung, make sure the silk is completely dry before wearing.

Pearl strands and bracelets may need to be periodically restrung. Pieces that are worn frequently should be restrung once a year. If the knots become discolored, the necklace seems stretched, or you can jiggle the pearls on the string, you should have your pearls restrung before wearing to ensure their safety. Finally, it is important to remember that pearls rely on the natural moisture in the air to maintain their luster. They should never be stored in a very dry place, such as a safety deposit box. Extreme dryness can destroy the surface of the pearls.

With a little care, your pearl jewelry with be a lasting part of your jewelry wardrobe. 

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