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  • Writer's pictureKatrine Høilund Holmgaard

How do I maintain and clean freshwater pearls?

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

How do I maintain and clean freshwater pearls?

There are several ways to maintain the appearance and quality of cultured freshwater pearls:

Things to avoid:

  • You should always remove your jewelry when washing your hands, showering, exercising, doing physical work, and every night before going to bed. Avoid getting perfume, creams, or similar on your pearls.

  • Also, be aware that pearls are organic material and therefore will be affected by liquids. That's why they can't tolerate perfume or hairspray.

  • Store your beads in a cool and dry place, keep away from direct sunlight and excessive heat.

  • If you have tinted beads, it is important to use them to protect from direct sunlight and excessive heat to avoid discoloration.

  • If you are not going to wear your beads for an extended period of time, it is best to store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and excessive heat.

How to clean your freshwater pearls safely:

  • Clean your beads regularly with a soft, dry cloth to remove dust and dirt.

  • If your beads need deeper cleaning, you can clean them with warm water and a little mild soap, then rinse them thoroughly with clean water and air dry them.

  • It is best not to use abrasive cleaners or chemicals to clean your freshwater cultured pearls, as they can damage their surface and alter their color.

If you’re following the basic maintenance steps, you can keep your freshwater pearls looking great and shiny for years to come.

PEARLS - MORE THAN A GEMSTONE? by Shirley Ford-Bouchard, A.G. (C.I.G.), Winnipeg says:

“We can see by the information provided in this report that pearls, whether natural or cultured or saltwater or freshwater, can represent a substantial investment. It would be beneficial to be familiar with the care and cleaning to keep our investment at top value. After all, pearls have a predicted lifespan of from one hundred and fifty to two hundred years if cared for properly. All pearls, whether natural or cultured.”


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