Pearls for June — and for ever!
_________ guest feature by Lisa Robin Adkinson, proprietress of Lisa Robin Jewelry
June 8, 2017
Pearl is one of the three June birthstones, accompanied by moonstone and alexandrite. Pearls make a great gift for a June birthday, for other special occasions, or for yourself. Here are a few style suggestions, and tips to keep them looking beautiful.
Pearls have a reputation for being conservative, demure, and maybe a bit old fashioned. Yet the modern woman appreciates this classic jewelry, especially when designed to be worn in a fresh way.
For example, add a pendant to a strand of pearls and take them from Ohhh to Wow! Layer pearls with other chains of varying lengths to give them refreshed interest. Or add earrings that combine pearls with colored gemstones to accent your outfit.
With pearls always think soft cloth. Store them in their own soft cloth pouch and clean them with a soft cloth moistened with water. Any brush bristles our abrasive texture will scratch the delicate surface. Always use only jewelry cleaners that are labeled as safe for Pearls. Sterling silver jewelry should be stored in plastic zippered bags to keep them from tarnishing. However, the plastic can emit a chemical that can be harmful to the surface of Pearls.
Pearls like to be in a controlled environment, a little moisture in the air and no too hot. Please don’t lay them down near a source of heat. Pearls like the oils from your skin to keep them lustrous, but like all jewelry, hairspray or perfume not so much. However, they don’t like to be sweaty so remove them before exercise.
If an “oops” happens and something gets on your Pearls, give them a good soak in lukewarm water with gentle natural soap (not detergent). Rinse well and allow to dry wrapped in a cotton cloth, then wear them to return some oils from your skin to the pearls. Remember, water doesn’t hurt pearls, they grew up in it!
Wear your pearls!
Always remember that your Pearls should be the last thing you put on when you dress and the first thing you take off when you undress. Most importantly, pearls are a gift you need to wear. They don’t like being stored away and will improve in luster and glow when worn regularly. Find a fresh way to wear your pearls and enjoy them!
Lisa Robin Adkinson is an award-winning jewelry designer with her own brand sold at LisaRobinJewelry.com. She also blogs about her inspirations and jewelry at “Unconventional Woman”.