Caring for Pearls
Pearls are delicate gems and require a little care to get the best out of them. If well taken care of using the techniques described below, your Mikura pearls will last for generations. If in doubt, you can always take your pearls to an authorized Mikura retailer or contact us directly.
Being organic gems, pearls are vulnerable to chemicals and extremes of temperature. The best way to maintain the quality of your pearls is to avoid letting them come into contact with cosmetics, hair spray or perfume. The chemicals in these products can damage the nacre of pearls. Always put on your jewelry on last, after applying make-up and styling hair.
While pearls are meant to be worn everyday, perspiration and the natural acids in our skin can also damage pearls over time. Therefore, it is recommended to wipe pearls gently with a soft cloth after you wear them to avoid the build up of these harmful compounds.
The relatively soft surface of pearls is shock-resistant but can be scratched by sharp objects or other gemstones. Always fasten clasps and locks to prevent tangles and scratches and lay out each piece of jewelry separately in a compartmentalized box or in the provided Mikura box. When travelling, it is advisable to store pearl jewelry in a protective jewelry pouch that has a soft inner lining.
Also try and avoid storing your pearls in dry conditions for an extended period of time as this could cause the pearls to dehydrate. It is best to frequently wear your pearls to avoid dehydration.
Even with the best of care, small parts of jewelry may come loose. Before wearing, always check the prongs that support the pearls, the clasps of necklaces and bracelets and the screws of earrings.
Mikura necklaces and bracelets are strung with specialized silk threads for both strength and beauty. However, if that thread stretches or is exposed to water, it may break suddenly. That is why we strongly recommend that you have all pearls restrung every year.
Mikura Pearls offers complimentary restringing for the first year.
Cleaning of pearls should be limited to using a soft cloth, damped with water if absolutely necessary. Soaps or ultrasonic cleansers should never be used as these can damage pearls. If extensive cleaning is required, it is best to take your pearls to a specialized pearl retailer.
Pearls should not be worn while bathing or swimming as the water can weaken the silk thread. It’s also advisable to avoid extended periods of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures such as saunas. If your pearls do come into contact with any substances such as juices, detergents or coffee, immediately wipe clean with a soft cloth. Following these simple guidelines will ensure you are able to enjoy your Mikura pearls for generations to come.