Cultured pearls are not the most durable of gems, but if they're properly cared
for, they can retain their original beauty for many generations. They won't shatter
easily, but at the same time, you can't treat them carelessly and expect them to
Your cultured pearls should be protected from contact with metal or harder gems,
and stored in a cloth pouch or wrapped in a soft cloth.
Since cultured pearls are organic gems, they are part water. Keep them away from
excessive heat or intense lighting as this can dry them out and lead to discoloration
and cracking. Occasionally cleaning with a dampened clean cloth helps them retain
Put on your cultured pearls after using hairspray, cosmetics, and even perfume.
Excessive exposure to such chemicals can cause damage to them.
Never use an ultrasonic cleaner, steamer, or ammonia to clean your cultured pearls.
Use warm, mild soapy water. Rinse and lay your cultured pearls flat on a towel to
If you were your cultured pearls on a regular basis, it's a good idea to restring
them about once a year.