To maintain the natural beauty and lustre of your pearls, the right cleaning and care is important. Each handcrafted piece of Claudia Bradby jewellery is rhodium-plated to stand the test of time and not tarnish. However, as with any type of jewellery, it’s still good practice to take care of them, ensuring they can be passed down to future generations.
For information on how to store your pearl jewellery, view Claudia’s top tips.
Understanding Pearl Sensitivity and Lustre Loss
Pearls are organic gems that demand extra care due to their delicate nature. They can be susceptible to damage during cleaning, making it essential to use gentle techniques. Over time, pearls can lose their shine due to exposure to chemicals and natural body oils.
The Importance of Regular Pearl Cleaning
To preserve the allure of your pearl jewellery, regular cleaning is key. A simple cleaning routine can prevent dirt and grime buildup, ensuring that your pearls maintain their natural radiance for years to come. Opting for gentle cleaning methods will safeguard their beauty and value.
What Not to Do When Cleaning Pearls
Before delving into our step-by-step guide, let's highlight some vital "don’ts" when it comes to cleaning pearl jewellery. You should always avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, as they can lead to irreparable damage. Instead, follow our safe and effective cleaning methods.
Step-by-Step Guide on Cleaning Pearl Jewellery at Home
Step 1: Creating a Safe Workspace
Set up a clean and clutter-free space to begin the cleaning process. Lay a soft cloth on the surface to prevent scratches and ensure a secure area for your precious jewellery.
Step 2: Assembling Cleaning Materials
Gather your cleaning materials, including a soft microfiber cloth and some rubbing alcohol.
Step 3: Cleaning Your Pearl and Silver or Gold Jewellery
Use a soft, dry cloth to gently wipe down your pearls approximately once a week (or more if you wear your pearl necklace or bracelet daily). This will remove any pollutants that can damage pearls over time.
If you’re looking to clean a set of pearl earrings, start by sanitising the metal without damaging the pearls. Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and carefully wipe down the metal stud, take extra care ensuring the alcohol does not drop onto the pearl section of the earring.
Step 5: Drying and Storing
After cleaning, dry the jewellery with a soft, clean cloth, ensuring all excess moisture is absorbed. We also recommend storing pearls in a high-quality pouch, (included with all our designs) specially created to provide the best possible conditions for your jewellery.
The Take Home
By following our step-by-step guide and top tips on how to care for and store your pearl jewellery, you can confidently clean your precious pearl jewellery at home. Embrace gentle cleaning techniques, avoid harmful substances, and maintain a regular cleaning routine to enjoy the timeless beauty of your pearls for generations to come. Remember, a little care goes a long way in preserving the enchanting allure of your pearl jewellery.