Secrets behind lustrous pearls

Secrets Behind Lustrous Pearls

The Queen of Gems.

Pearls have captivated jewellery enthusiasts for centuries with their lustrous beauty and timeless elegance. These organic gems are more delicate than other gems used in jewellery, they are formed inside the marine oyster or freshwater mussels and are held in high esteem even today as they are seen as a sign of power and wealth. Behind the scenes of the pearl formation is the arrangement of hexagonal calcium carbonate plates known as aragonite and a specialised organic compound called conchiolin, this combination is represented as nacre, which gives the pearls their unique iridescent lustre. To keep pearl jewellery looking its best, proper care and maintenance are essential. If they are not cared for properly, it is possible for the thin coating to peel off.

This blog offers practical advice on caring for and preserving the natural beauty of pearls. We have addressed common misconceptions, provided you with cleaning and storage tips, and guide you on how to avoid damaging these precious gems.

Maintaining the Pearls’ Radiance:

Pearls are soft and porous gem materials and lose their sheen or lustre easily if not cared for properly. These pearls need a delicate buff every time to keep their surface clean, therefore it claims a soft cleaning cloth which is available at C. Krishniah Chetty Group of Jewellers. Start wiping them gently after every wear to remove any oils or dirt. If the dirt is a little stubborn dampen the soft cloth with a mild soap solution, ensuring they are thoroughly rinsed and dried before storing.

A word of caution: Avoid using harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners, or ultrasonic cleaners, as they can damage the pearl’s surface.

The Proper storage

Pearls are vulnerable to scratching due to their softness and exposure to extreme temperatures can cause internal fractures called crazing, Crazing is an inherent characteristic and cannot be repaired this means that the pearls must be replaced in the jewellery. Therefore, proper storage is crucial. A soft and gentle option is the silk bag, the fabric helps prevent scratches and provides a cushioned environment, the soft velvet lining inside a box offers a protective surface that prevents scratching, a specifically designed with a satin-lined compartment to hold your pearls, or a satin-lined leatherette envelope with snaps is a convenient and secure option to hold a strand in place–are all good places to store pearls.

A strict NO in a plastic bag, some plastic emits chemicals that can deteriorate its surface. Also, avoid storing pearls alongside other jewellery items that may scratch or damage them.

Melo Melo Pearl

Remember: Pearl strands should be stored flat rather than hanging so the thread won’t stretch out prematurely.

Pearls do breathe!

Avoid storing them in airtight containers, as pearls need some humidity to prevent them from drying out and becoming brittle. Contrary to popular belief, pearls benefit from being worn regularly. Flaunt these pearls at least once a month to keep them hydrated. The natural oils from your skin help maintain their lustre and prevent them from drying out.  However, be cautious, avoid exposing pearls to direct sunlight or extreme heat, as it can cause the colour to fade over time. Avoid wearing pearls for activities that may expose them to chemicals, excessive perspiration, or rough contact. It’s advisable to put on your pearl jewellery after applying makeup, perfume, or hairspray, as these substances can potentially damage the pearls’ surface.

The Periodic Upkeeping:

Pearl strands should periodically be checked and restrung with the best Japanese silk thread. A service provided by the C. Krishniah Chetty Group. Over time, the silk thread that holds the pearls together may weaken or stretch, if the thread begins to bag or fray, it increases the risk of breakage and loss. As a general guideline, consider restringing pearl necklaces or bracelets every two to three years, or once a year if you wear them weekly depending on the frequency of wear and signs of wear and tear. A regular inspection ensures that any potential issues can be addressed promptly, preserving the longevity of your pearls.

Always ensure that you have a knot after every pearl, first to prevent them from rubbing against each other, second it offers security for your pearls, no matter where the strand breaks, you may tend to lose one and not all, if you do not prefer knotting, ensure that at least three to four pearls near the clasp are knotted as this is the portion that takes most of the wear and the commonest place for a strand to break.

The Final say:

The thumb rule for wearing pearls is THE LAST THING YOU PUT ON when dressing and THE FIRST THING YOU TAKE OFF. By following these practical tips, you can ensure that your pearl jewellery maintains its natural beauty for generations to come. A gentle cleaning, proper storage, consistent wearing, periodic restringing, and dispelling common misconceptions are essential elements of pearl care.

For even those little care and attention, feel free to call on us at +91 80 4000 1869 or +91 80 4100 1869. Visit any of our five magnificent showrooms located across Bengaluru city or visit our elaborate online store – to get in touch with to help you continue to radiate their unique allure and elegance, captivating hearts for years to come.

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