Pearls form when a tiny particle of matter like a grain of
sand finds its way into the shell of a mollusc and becomes coated over time
with nacre, or mother of pearl which covers the inside of the shell, forming
a pearl. Pearls range in colours, and many are dyed. Once viewed by Arabians
as tears of the Gods, the pearl is thought to signify faith, charity and innocence
and to enhance the integrity of the wearer, and is one of the birthstones
for June, symbolising health and longevity. Unless otherwise stated, strands
are all temporarily strung which means they are ready for you to add your
creativity to them.
Care Tips: Always put your pearls on last - after applying your perfumes
or potions and lotions, take them off first when you undress.
Pearls should be cleaned only with mild soap and water and dried with a soft
cloth; never use harsh chemicals or ultrasonic cleaners on your pearls which
are a natural product - remember, pearls need the oils naturally found on
your skin to thrive and never store them in plastic bags long term or they
will lose their sheen.
If you string pearls on silk (as is traditional) and you wear them regularly
you can reckon on needing to restring them every 2-3 years depending on wear
and tear. Remember always to stretch your silk thread before stringing and
knotting pearls this way.
Stringing pearls on modern stringing materials like 'Beadalon' makes pearl
jewellery easier to care for and less likely to need restringing as frequently.
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