Pearls #KnowYourStones

In our first installment of #KnowYourStones, we give a few facts on pearls and what to look for when purchasing.

1.Cleaning your pearls:

Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth. The cloth can be dampened with water, or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air-dry before putting them away, and never submerge in any type of cleaner or water.

2. Storing your pearls:

Don’t store your pearls with other jewelry, pearls can be scratched easily when rubbing up against other items. Find a special spot in your jewelry box or keep them in a soft bag. Pearls should be restrung periodically so the silk or nylon cord holding them is in good shape.

3. Buying your pearls:

Pearls will always have some sort of imperfection, if you look close enough.

A pearl necklace will have some variation in stone size.

Pearls often show rings near the drill hole, visible under a microscope

Pearl strands will have depth and include a body color and an overtone color.

Pearls have luminosity and reflect light.

Pearls have some weight to them.

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