How to Care for Your Akoya Pearls

Published On: 
January 18, 2023
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How to Care for Your Akoya Pearls


As a woman, you know the value of investing in timeless, elegant pieces that can be worn and enjoyed for years to come. Akoya pearls are a classic choice for jewelry, known for their delicate size, radiant luster, and versatility in both casual and formal attire. However, to maintain the quality and appearance of your Akoya pearls, it is important to follow proper care guidelines. Here are some tips on how to care for your Akoya pearl jewelry to keep it looking as beautiful as you first saw it.

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Storing your Akoya Pearl Jewelry

First and foremost, it is important to store your Akoya pearl jewelry properly. When not being worn, your pearl jewelry should be stored in a soft cloth pouch or jewelry box to protect it from scratches or damage. Avoid storing pearl jewelry in extreme temperatures or conditions such as dryness and heat. This can affect the pearls' luster and integrity. It is also a good idea to separate your pearl jewelry from other pieces, as pearls are soft and can be scratched by harder gemstones like diamonds.

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Store your Akoya pearls in dedicated boxes or pouches

Last On, First Off

Pearls are organic and natural gemstones that do not react well to chemicals. For this reason please avoid direct exposure to chemicals found in hairsprays, body lotions, perfumes, soaps, shampoos, pools etc. By wearing your pearls last and removing them first, you can dramatically reduce the exposure to such substances.

Pay special attention to jewelry that is easy to forget you're wearing such as studs, rings and small pendants. As these could be worn daily, it is easy to forget you have them on. Many times we hear of our customers showering with their studs on. The water is not an issue, but the soaps and shampoos are. The heat and steam could also weaken the glue, eventually resulting in the pearl coming off.

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Last on, first off!

Cleaning Akoya Pearls

Cleaning your Akoya pearl jewelry is also an important part of its care. To clean your pearls, use a dedicated soft, fiberless cloth to wipe off residue that sticks to the pearls after wearing them. Taking care to gently wipe the pearls and avoid harsh chemicals or abrasives. Avoid using ultrasonic cleaners or steam cleaners on your pearl jewelry, as these can damage the pearls. Instead, opt for a gentle cleaning method that will leave your pearls looking radiant and lustrous.

Make sure you do not use the same cloth to clean other jewelry or items such as silverware. These tend to have residual cleaning solutions that will damage the pearls.

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Use a dedicated cleaning cloth for your pearls

Repairing Akoya Pearl Jewelry

In the event that your Akoya pearl jewelry becomes damaged, it is important to take it to a professional jeweler for repair. Attempting to repair pearl jewelry on your own or using glue to fix any damage can result in further damage or even destruction of the pearls. Professional jewelers have the expertise and tools to properly repair your pearl jewelry, whether it needs restringing or re-gluing. Trusting a professional with your pearl jewelry will ensure that it is repaired correctly and restored to its original beauty.

In addition to proper storage, cleaning, and repair, it is also important to protect your Akoya pearl jewelry to ensure its longevity. When wearing pearl jewelry, be mindful of any activities that may damage it, such as sports or heavy manual labor. You should also avoid exposing your pearl jewelry to harsh chemicals or UV light, as these can affect the pearls' appearance. Finally, consider insuring your Akoya pearls to safeguard against loss or damage. We can provide you with a free appraisal for insurance purposes. If you didn't receive one with your purchase, let us know and we will provide one for you.

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A professional stringing board used to restring and sort Akoya Pearls


By following these tips, you can ensure that your Akoya pearl jewelry stays looking beautiful and elegant for years to come. Proper care is essential for maintaining the quality and appearance of your pearl jewelry, and taking the time to follow these guidelines will be well worth it when you can continue to enjoy your beloved pearls for years to come.

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