Posted October 17, 2014.

how-to-pearls[2]At Ringwood Jewellers, Pam Beever does the pearl threading herself. She was taught by her mother 40 years ago (as a 15year old) who did it for their jewellery store “Hughes Watchmaking & Jewellery”

Here are Pams tips for keeping your pearls in perfect condition:

Five virtues of fine pearls.
Lustre, Size, Shape, Surface, Colour.

Care of Pearls.
Natural pearls love to be worn and can benefit from your skins natural oils, however avoid wearing in chlorinated water, and before storing they should be wiped with a damp soft cloth to remove make up & perfumes, then wiped dry. Natural pearls feel slightly gritty, like grains of sand, if rubbed on your teeth. Beware imitation pearls cannot be cleaned, as you may remove the skin.

Pearls should be checked annually to make sure that thread is not stretching or perishing. Adding knots between each pearl can lengthen the strand, but this is not always possible as we are governed by the size of the hole in pearl.

Ringwood Jewellers has a pearl re-threading service. Bring your pearls in store and chat to us about re-threading options.