Handle with care:
Pearls are not only beautiful, but delicate as well. Our skin contains oil and acids that can degrade a pearl and change not only its luster, but its shape over time. When taking off your pearls, wipe them with a soft cloth to remove the oil and dirt from your skin. Never wear your pearls when exercising and always store them in a pouch or jewelry box, don't hang them to store. If you need to wash your pearls, only do so with a mild soap, not detergent, and use a soft cloth to dry them, don't wear until the thread is completely dry. NEVER place pearls in any type of ammonia or vinegar solution, ultrasonic or steam cleaners, or use any type of abrasives like a toothbrush to clean them. Remove your pearls to apply makeup, hairspray or perfume as the acids can degrade and ruin your pearls. If you wear your pearls often, it's a good idea to have them restrung every year or so.