For many, it's still feels very much like summer. So what could be better than a trip to the pool? If you're like many people, you'll take your jewelry with you to show off in the water. But is that a good idea? Does chlorine damage pearls? In this blog post, we'll explore the truth about swimming with freshwater pearl jewelry.
Does Chlorine Damage Freshwater Pearls? The Truth About Swimming with Jewelry
The simple answer is yes, chlorine can damage them. Pearls are a delicate material and can be easily damaged by harsh chemicals like chlorine.
Harmful chemicals such as chlorine in a pool can affect or cloud the luster of a pearl and in some instances etch or pit the surface. Plus, wearing a strand of pearls in water can lead the silk thread they are strung with, to stretch.
The good news is that there are ways to protect your pearls from damage.
How to Clean Your Pearls After entering a Chlorine Filled Pool
What would you do if you wore your pearls in the pool? Of course it's best to take it off before getting in the water, but maybe you have forgotten. The best way to clean chlorine off pearls is to wipe them with a soft, damp cloth after swimming. It's also a good idea to have your pearls professionally cleaned to help protect the longevity of them.
How to prevent damage to your pearls during summer
If you're going to be swimming in chlorinated water, it's important to take precautions with your jewelry. If you're wearing a freshwater pearl necklace, for example, take it off before getting in the water.
Additionally, avoid exposing your pearls to sunlight for too long. Sunlight can cause pearls to fade over time. So if you're going to be spending a lot of time in the pool, make sure to keep your pearls covered up when you're not wearing them.
If you want to keep your pearls looking lustrous, it's important to take proper care of them. Here are a few tips on how to care for your pearls:
- The natural oils that your skin secretes is absorbed by the pearls and is beneficial in protecting them
- Wrap your pearls in soft fabrics like linen, silk or velvet or place in a protective pouch
- Do not place your pearls in any sort of airtight packaging or plastic
- Make sure that your pearls are not exposed to ammonia, chlorine bleach, hairspray, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, perfume or similar chemicals that can damage them
- If applying makeup, perfume or hairspray, do so before putting your pearls on
- Have your pearls restrung every year if worn often
- Remove your pearls before exercising or any physical activity
- Keep them away from sunlight when not wearing them
- Store them in a cool, dry place
By following these simple tips, you can help protect your pearls from damage. Remember, chlorine can damage them, but there are ways to avoid it. So enjoy your summer and happy swimming!