In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, keeping jewellery clean has never been more important. Here brand Matt Aminoff has collated its advice on how best to clean pearls and pearl jewellery.

Since jewellery shops reopened on the 15th June, a number of our customers have asked us what methods we recommend for cleaning pearls and pearl jewellery. Though we’ve always provided advice through our trade website and a series of flyers on ‘caring for your pearls’, this information is now more important than ever in giving consumers the confidence to shop in a safe environment.

Pearls are organic gems composed of calcium carbonate and they require specific care to ensure that they maintain their quality and condition over time. They can be harmed by contact with chemicals found in many household cleaners, perfumes, cosmetics and hair care products.


Advice for retailers:

  • After pearls have been handled/tried on, wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth of soapy water and afterwards with clean water
  • UV light sanitizers are safe to use
  • Don’t use an abrasive detergent as this can scratch the pearls and rub off their nacre
  • Don’t submerge pearl necklaces­ in water as this weakens the silk thread
  • Never put pearls in an ultrasonic cleaner

Advice for consumers:

  • Try to avoid contact between pearls and any cosmetics/perfume
  • Put your pearls on last after applying perfume and take them off first
  • Wipe your own pearls with a soft cloth after wearing them as a pearl’s lustre can be affected by even small amounts of perspiration
  • Where possible keep your pearls separate from other jewellery to avoid them being scratched
  • Pearls do best in a moist environment, so wearing them more often will benefit their natural lustre and colour