Care of Pearls


At Winsor Bishop, we care about your pearls as much as you do and we, therefore, offer an expert re-threading service. It is important that your pearls are rethreaded regularly as the silks do stretch and will eventually break ... most likely somewhere highly inconvenient and just before you want to wear them for that special occasion or summer party.

We recommend that each string is knotted between the pearls as this not only keeps control of them should it break, but also stops the pearls becoming damaged by rubbing together too much. As an organic gem, pearls should be especially well cared for. They are particularly vulnerable to damage from beauty products such as makeup and hair spray which use harsh chemicals.

The most important way to prevent damage to your pearls is by following the golden rule of “last on, first off”! Put your pearls on after your makeup, perfume and hair sprays, never before. Don't spray your perfume on the neck area where the pearls will actually sit and avoid touching your pearls when you have just applied hand cream. If you need to reapply hairspray, slip the pearls off for a moment and put them well out of the damage zone.

Likewise, make pearls the first thing you remove after a night out before you wipe your face and neck with cleansers or facial wipes or night creams. As you remove your pearls wipe them with a soft damp cloth. Buff them occasionally with a silk cloth to enhance their shine and lustre. Try not to fling them in a jumble on the dressing table, but discipline yourself to put them back in their original container.

Top Ten Tips for Perfect Pearls

  1. Your pearls will stay cleaner if you put them on after you've applied your makeup and perfume
  2. Be sure to take off your pearl rings before you apply hand and body creams
  3. Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away
  4. Dirty pearls can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution (try Ivory flakes)
  5. Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents
  6. Never put pearl jewellery in an ultrasonic cleaner
  7. Don't use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with an abrasive cloth. Both can wear away the nacre coating, leaving you with a plain looking bead
  8. Store your pearls in separate soft pouches.  Do not use plastic bags for storage
  9. Good pearls will last longer if they are restrung annually, especially if you wear them every day
  10. Caring for your pearls is a labour of love... look after them and you will love them year after year