I made a set of necklace and a pair of earrings with crystals and freshwater pearls. What is the best way to clean them?
Jewel Brite™ liquid jewelry cleaner or a mild soap and water solution will work well to clean your pearls and the crystals. Allow the jewelry to dry before wearing, especially if the pearls and crystals are strung on silk or cotton thread since the weight of the beads could stretch the fibers.
Never use ultrasonic cleaners or steamers since these will damage the delicate surface of the pearl.
Gently wipe the jewelry with a soft cloth after each wearing then store pearls in a soft cloth pouch or wrap them in a soft cloth. Pearls are a soft gemstone material and should be treated delicately; they require moisture to prevent them from becoming too dry and brittle, so avoid storing in plastic bags which do not allow air flow.
- Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator