Care Tips for Tahitian Pearls

The touch of a Tahitian pearl directly on the skin brings an incredibly pleasurable sensation, as like all noble materials Tahitian pearls are made of living natural materials. They are also the only gems on earth coming from living organisms, which makes them so unique. This is the reason why they require particular cares. For example, we recommend to regularly soak your pearl jewelry in a container of water in order to preserve its natural shine. Because they contain water and proteins, your pearls should be stored in an open air place. Tahitian pearls are also very fragile and prone to be scratched. Therefore, we also recommend to avoid any friction with hard objects or surfaces in order to prevent damage to your pearls. In addition, make sure you avoid contact with strippers or acids (perfume, hair spray…) because your pearls contain acid-sensitive calcium carbonate crystals.

Cleaning Tips for your Tahitian Pearls

In an effort to preserve your pearls, which are made of brittle material, offering no heat or chemical resistance, a few precautions are necessary when it comes to cleaning your jewelry. This is, nonetheless, a very simple process.

In order to prevent the onset of small impurities and traces of perspiration, we recommend that you rinse your pearls in clear water just after removing them at the end of the day, and gently wipe them with a soft cloth. You can also add a drop of olive oil onto the soft cloth so as to polish your pearl and maintain its luster.

Things To Strictly Avoid:

  • Unless they are specific to pearl jewelry, do not use jewelry cleaners, which may contain elevated ammonia levels.

  • Do not use ultrasounds, steam cleaning machines, cleaners, bleach, baking soda, or ammonium bicarbonate.

  • Do not use toothbrushes or abrasive pads, which may scratch the surface of the pearl.

  • Do not store your pearls in a dry and warm place or wrap them in cotton wool products.

  • It is not recommended that you sleep with your pearls on, or wear them while showering or bathing.

Some Additional Tips:

Because they may leave perspiration traces damaging gemstone, you should avoid direct bare hand contact with the pearls. For example, when removing your ring, make sure you do not touch the metallic area of the ring, it also prevents the pearl from falling out of the ring mounting.

When a pearl is particularly dirty or poorly cared for, you may soak it in a mild soap and water solution, provided, however, you do not use aggressive cleaning agents.