Gem and mineral hardness is measured on the Mohs scale. Diamonds, which are hard are ranked a 10 while the pearl is ranked 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, meaning it is very soft and easily scratched. With reasonable care however, pearls can last generations.
There are a few simple rules and guidelines that if followed will allow your pearls to have a long and lustrous life.
- Pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to humidity extremes. Do not keep your pearls in a safety deposit box as the lack of humidity can cause them to crack.
- Your pearls should be stored laying down in a compartmentalized jewelry box where they will not be knocked against other gemstones or jewelry. This will help prevent unwanted scratches and chips. When travelling keep your pearls in a pearl folder or pouch.
- Avoid letting your pearls come into contact with hair spray, perfume or cosmetics. The chemicals can cause damage to the nacre and will reduce the luster of the pearl. Put your pearls on after you have done your hair and makeup!
- Never clean your pearls with jewelry cleaner. If they need to be cleaned wipe them with a damp cloth or if you are unsure take them to your local jeweler.
- Be careful not to dip pearl strands in water or wear them while bathing, as water can weaken the silk thread. It's also best to avoid prolonged direct sunlight or high temperatures such as in a sauna.
- We recommend having your pearls restrung every two to three years or sooner if you wear them frequently. (We restring any pearls bought from us here at the EAT Gallery for no charge)