Things to Avoid While Cleaning Pearls

As we all know that pearls are actually organic gems, which definitely need a proper care and cleaning to keep itself alive for a longer time.

If we talk about hardness, pearls are considered as not so hard substance as it falls between 2.5 – 4.5 on Mohs hardness scale and hence these gems catch scratches very easily.

That’s why it is advised to not to clean your pearls with any external chemical or substances.

Now, here we have brought few tips which you shouldn’t do while cleaning your pearl jewelry.

Things to avoid while cleaning pearls:

#1 Avoid Toothbrush or Other Hard Substance to Clean Pearls

Never use a toothbrush or other brushes to clean pearls. Well, we already know that pearls can catch scratches very easily and the hairs of toothbrushes are very hard as it’s for cleaning teeth, which is the hardest part of the body.

So, never use toothbrushes.

#2 Avoid Utensil’s Cleaner

Many pearl lovers think to clean the gems using utensil cleaners but trust me, it’s a rubbish idea. If you are doing so, you are shortening the lifespan of your beloved pearls.

Experts advise not to use any type of cleaner which contains chlorine bleach, vinegar or ammonia.

Some may think to use baking soda but it’s also not healthy for your pearls.

If your cleaning job is not getting done by plane water, then use soap (chemical free would be better).

#3 Say no to ultrasonic cleaner

Ultrasonic cleaning is nothing but cleaning stuff using ultrasound with an appropriate cleaning solvent (maybe water).

It basically shortens the life of Pearl, which definitely you wouldn’t want.

#4 Also say no to steam cleaning

As the name suggests, steam cleaning involves cleaning things using steam and in the case of pearls, it is not advised.

#5 Never go with jewelry cleaning chemical advertised on TV

In several cases, the agent which are advertised on TV for jewelry cleaning contains harsh chemicals that definitely isn’t good for pearls.

One thing you must understand that every gem is different, so its cleaning process.

#6 Never heat your pearls directly

Not only pearls, heating any gem directly, isn’t good for its health and reduces its lifespan and shine.

Here, heating doesn’t only mean putting gems in the microwave but also involves putting gems directly in sunlight for a longer period of time.


So these were the few tips, which you should not do while cleaning your pearls.

As per as expert advice, to clean pearls, one should only use soft cloth and water. If you want to use some chemical, then use only those which are labeled as “safe for pearls”.

Tips to Keep Your Pearls Alive and Shiny for Years

There is nothing which can replace your love for pearls and to make it awesome, we have brought today few tips in order to keep your beautiful jewelry alive and shiny for years.

As we all know that any ornament including pearls lose their charm with time and to get its charm back, we prefer mostly to go to experts.

But not from now.

Here we are discussing few tips, which needs a little effort but can save a huge money, in order to keep your pearls alive and shiny for years.

So, without wasting any more seconds, let’s get started:

#1 Wipe using soft cloth after every use

After returning from a party, take a soft cloth (maybe cotton cloth) and wipe your pearls gently.

This process does nothing but removes any buildup of oils or other stuff from your pearls.

Things to Note:

  • Do not wipe harshly or with a rough cloth.
  • You can also use a damp cloth to wipe your pearls.
  • Use water only if you feel its requirement. It would be good if you use little warm water.
  • If you see water droplets on your pearls, let it dry completely before keeping back into its box.

#2 Take it to Jeweler Once in a Year

Like a human body needs regular checkups, our jewelry also needs a regular visit to a jeweler, who ensures that everything is perfectly fine with our jewel.

Surely, a jeweler has a better knowledge about jewelry and hence can check the integrity of your pearls necklace or bracelets.

A jeweler can not only check your pearls but also clean it safely and thoroughly.

So, at least once in a year, you are advised to go to jewelers.

#3 Always wear pearls at the last

Not only pearls, but any jewelry should be worn after finishing with everything else.

Applying makeups, lipsticks, perfumes or anything else after wearing jewelry is not a healthy practice as the dust particle can sit on it and fade its charm.

#4 Always store flat

While most of the necklaces can be left hung, but practicing same for pearls isn’t advised.

Always store your pearl necklaces or bracelets on a flat surface, which prevent them from stretching.

#5 Give enough space to your pearls

Pearls are prone to scratches and hence it requires little more space than other jewels.

So, always give a little more space and also try to keep them separate, without mixing with other jewelry.

Experts advise keeping pearls in a fabric-lined compartment.

#6 Wear often

Many people think that not wearing jewelry gives more lifespan to them but that’s not actually true.

Pearls do best in a moist environment, so wear frequently as it maintains the moisture.

So, these were the few tips to keep your pearl alive and shiny for years.