How to Care for Mother of Pearl

by Joanne BRENT March 20, 2020

How to Care for Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl jewelry and accessories are made from the most colorful part of the gem, the nacre on the outside. This is then turned into glistening items and pieces that will truly take your breath away. However, over time you will need to maintain and protect your investment when you buy Mother of Pearl. That’s why we’ve compiled some top tips from our professional jewelers on how to care of items made from this iridescent substance:

 

  1. Wear or handle your items as often as possible: by frequently exposing Mother of Pearl to the natural oils in your skin, you’ll keep it from drying out and losing its luster or even yellowing over time.
  2. Avoid exposing your items to coarse chemicals: whether jewelry or home décor or accessories, don’t expose your Mother of Pearl items to harsh substances like perfume, suntan lotion, citrus juice, alcohol, baking soda, vinegar, and soaps etc.
  3. Carefully clean your items, only when necessary: invest in a microfiber cloth or special jewelry cleaning fabric, then lightly wet it before wiping away dust, grime or fingerprints. The fragile surface needs to be protected, however, you can use warm, soapy water and a soft brush if it’s very dirty.
  4. Be mindful of how your store these items: Mother of Pearl shouldn’t be tossed into a jewelry box with other hard gemstones and chains. Instead, wrap the items in soft cotton or invest in silk pouches to keep it free from chips and scratches.

 

  1. Avoid prolonged direct sunlight or arid heat: Mother of Pearl is sensitive to this and you need to take all precautions to ensure that the shell doesn’t dry out and get brittle. This is when it will most likely be susceptible to chips and scratches.

 

Browse Mother of Pearl Items

Browse through our collections to find the Mother of Pearl jewelry or accessories that you can wear or display for many years to come. After all, Mother of Pearl items are beautiful, natural treasures that can last a lifetime. You can also pass them down to the next generation with the right care and maintenance. Want more advice about Mother of Pearl before you buy? No problem! Read through our shopping guide and contact our friendly shop assistants for more information today.

 

 





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