How to Care for Mikimoto Pearl Jewelry
Mikimoto pearls are meant to be worn! The natural-occurring gem, while delicate, is resilient and will last a lifetime with proper care. You can safeguard this sensitive stone's loveliness, beauty and value with proper care, cleaning and storage. Pearls require attention before, during and after their wear.
- Avoid wearing rough fabric with your pearls.
- Put your pearls on after putting on cosmetics, hair products, lotions and perfumes.
- Do not wear your pearls while cleaning, bathing or swimming, cooking or exercising.
- Limit the wearing of pearl rings and bracelets to those times you know you won't be working with your hands to avoid scratching.
- Do not expose pearls to strong light or heat.
- Examine pearls for loosening strings.
- Wipe your pearls immediately following any type of spill.
- Never use jewelry cleaner, steam clean or use an ultrasonic cleaner on pearls.
- Wash pearls in distilled water with mild baby soap using a soft, natural bristle manicure brush. Support the jewelry and rinse with distilled water only. Pat off excess water and spread pearls flat to air dry; do not move until they are completely dry. Polish with a dry, soft cloth.
- Gently wipe pearls with a soft cloth after you remove them.
- Fasten pearl l strands and lay items out separately in a compartmentalized jewelry box.
- Keep pearls separate from other jewelry, in their own silk bag, velvet-lined box or satin-lined folder, wrapper in a chamois or tissue paper.
- Store pearls horizontally to keep thread from stretching.
- Do not hang your pears; this would put undue pressure on the thread.
Make it a habit to check the condition of your pearls each time you wear them, and keep to an annual restringing appointment.