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Q.
How is Mother of Pearl cleaned if it is very dirty?
- Wanda
A.
Wash the mother-of-pearl beads or shell with water and a gentle soap, like Ivory soap. Do not scrub the beads, as you could damage the porous outer layers. Use your fingers or a soft cloth to remove stubborn areas of dirt. Jewel Brite™ is a liquid cleaner that is safe for most stones and contains no ammonia, acid or alcohol. Always test a small area first to watch for any reactions. A soft cloth can be used to clean the beads or shells if the piece cannot be submerged.

- Maura Buckner, Jewelry-Making Expert

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