How to clean pearls

By Pippa Thompson

Throughout the ages pearls have been known for their beautiful warm glow and shimmering iridescence.

Wearing pearls is a classic fashion statement, but learning how to clean pearls, and how to protect the delicate outer layer of the pearl, the nacre, can be challenging.

Put your pearls on last!

Always put your pearls on as one of the last things you do when you’re getting ready to go out. Makeup, lotions, perfumes and hairsprays can coat your pearls and give them a dull appearance. However, the good news is: the more you wear your pearls the more the natural oils on your skin will enhance the pearls’ luster.

Never use harsh chemicals such as ammonia to clean your pearls; it will strip the nacre leaving you with a dull pearl.

Why do ‘it girls’ love pearls? (Hint: blame it on Coco Chanel!)

The best way to clean pearls

The best way to clean pearls is to use Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced Jewellery Cleaner. This product has been specifically formulated to be safe for pearls.

First, fill the cleansing container with warm water. Squeeze in approximately ten Dazzle Drops into the water. Dip a soft cotton cloth in the cleaner and gently rub the pearls. You can also place your pearl jewellery in the dipping scoop: just dip for 30 seconds and remove jewellery from the scoop. Rinse and dry with a lint-free cloth.

Cleaning a strand of pearls?

Please note: If you are dipping a strand of pearls you will need to make sure they dry completely before wearing them, to ensure the silk string does not stretch. Place them on a clean, dry cloth and let them air-dry overnight.

When you’re done wearing your pearls store them separately to avoid getting scratched. We suggest one of these Connoisseurs Jewellery Organizers, either The Clutch or The Carry All.

Another pearl cleaning option

You can also use Connoisseurs Delicate Jewellery Cleaner to clean your pearl jewellery. Simply follow the instructions on the Classic Red jar.

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