Lady Of The Pearl Care Instructions
Pearls are an organic gem and they require specific care that will protect them for a very long time.
Remember to put your pearls on last and take them off first. As an organic gem composed of calcium carbonate, pearls are more vulnerable to the chemicals found in cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume. Dress, style your hair, apply your make-up, and spray on your perfume before you put on any pearl jewelry.
Have your pearls restrung every one or two years, especially if you wear them consistently. Even if you do not notice visible signs of wear on the strand, the silk string will likely start to fray by then.
Store pearl necklace laying down rather than hanging; it reduces stretching and stress of the silk thread.
No matter which medium they are strung on, and no matter how well it has been done: your pearl or bead necklaces/bracelets/anklets WILL eventually break.
Why? They're only held together by a thread limited to match the hole size of the smallest beads in your item. Even the strongest thread is aging and getting weaker. By wearing your piece (which is what you should do), the string is exposed to abrasion from bead holes, body oils, cosmetics and simple wear-and-tear. That said, it is important to have your jewelry restrung from time to time, just to avoid the strands breaking in an inconvenient setting or time.