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Pearls are timeless, elegant gems that deserve special attention to maintain their beauty. Pearls are also the birthstone for the month of June, which is why we are featuring Pearls in our blog this month, and sharing our top care tips to ensure your pearl jewellery remains luxurious and radiant for years to come.

Read on as we explore all about pearls and the best practices for preserving the allure of these stunning treasures.

Facts About Pearl Jewellery

Before diving into the top care tips for your pearl jewellery, let’s first explore some fascinating facts about pearls to deepen our understanding of these exquisite gems.

Origins of Pearl Jewellery

Pearl jewellery holds a rich history and captivating allure. These gems are very unique as they are the only gems created by living organisms. Formed within the soft tissue of mollusks such as oysters and mussels, pearls are the result of a natural defense mechanism to protect against irritants. The size, shape, and color of pearls can vary greatly depending on the species of mollusk and the conditions in which they are formed. 

Pearls have been treasured for centuries, symbolizing purity, elegance, and sophistication. Today, they continue to be a timeless and beautiful choice for jewellery, found in necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more. Whether classic white or rare and exotic colors like black or golden, pearl jewellery remains a symbol of refined taste and timeless elegance.

 

How is Your Pearl Jewellery Created

Pearls are delicately threaded onto a silk thread to create stunning jewellery pieces such as necklaces. There are two ways to thread your pearl jewellery: knotted and unknotted.

About Knotted Pearl Jewellery

Typically, pearl necklaces are meticulously knotted with a tiny knot between each pearl allowing you to see more of the surface area. This method minimizes wear on the pearls, ensuring their longevity and maintaining their elegant appearance. 

Knots are not only for pearls. They can also apply to any precious bead that you want to stand out and protect from being lost. If your knotted pearl necklace breaks, you may lose one pearl or bead saving you from a potentially embarrassing situation crawling on the floor to find all the beads. 

 

About Unknotted Pearl Jewellery

Pearls can also be strung together unknotted, which means they are threaded onto a strand without knots between each pearl. While this method is typically for imitation pearls or pearls with lesser value and offers a modern look, it comes with some risks. Without knots between the pearls, there is a higher chance of them rubbing against each other, which can lead to scratches and damage over time. Additionally, if the strand breaks, all the pearls may come loose and potentially scatter or become lost.

It’s essential to regularly inspect both knotted and unknotted pearl jewellery for signs of wear and tear and have them restrung by a professional jewellery service near you as needed to maintain their integrity and ensure they remain secure for years to come.

 

Top Care Tips for Your Pearl Jewellery

Caring for your pearl jewellery is essential to maintain its timeless beauty. Here are the top care tips to keep your pearls looking their best: 

Handle Pearl Jewellery With Care

Handling your pearl jewellery with care is essential to preserve its delicate beauty. Always handle your pearl jewellery delicately, as they are vulnerable to scratching and damage. When putting on or taking off pearl jewellery, avoid pulling or tugging, as this can strain the silk thread or cause breakage. 

Additionally, be mindful of lotions and perfume, as these can damage the top layer of your pearls. Refrain from exposing your pearl jewellery to harsh chemicals, perfumes or cosmetics to maintain their pristine appearance.

 

It’s also best to handle your pearl jewellery with clean, dry hands to prevent the transfer of oils or dirt that can dull their luster over time.

 

Clean Your Pearl Jewellery After Wearing

Dirt and grease will coat the pearls and silk thread during normal wear, which affects its appearance and can lead to breakage. Cleaning your pearl jewellery gently after each wear can help maintain its lustrous appearance.  

After wearing, begin by wiping the pearls with a soft, damp cloth to remove any surface dirt or oils. Avoid using harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners, or jewellery cleaning solutions, as these can damage the delicate surface of the pearls. Instead, use a mild soap solution or specialized pearl cleaner diluted in water. Use a soft-bristled brush or a clean cloth to gently scrub the pearls, focusing on any stubborn spots.

 

After cleaning, rinse the pearls thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove any soap residue, and then pat them dry with a soft towel. Allow the pearls to air dry completely before storing them in a soft pouch or lined jewellery box to prevent scratching.

 

Properly Store Your Pearl Jewellery

Proper storage is crucial to preserving the beauty of your pearl jewellery. Store your pearls in a soft pouch or lined jewellery box, away from other pieces to prevent scratching. Avoid storing them in direct sunlight or near sources of heat, as excessive heat can cause the pearls to dry out and lose their luster. 

To prevent the silk thread from stretching or weakening, store pearl necklaces flat rather than hanging them. Additionally, consider wrapping individual pieces of pearl jewellery in a soft cloth or tissue paper for added protection.

 

Restring Your Pearl Jewellery by Professional Jeweller

Restringing pearls is vital for maintaining the longevity and durability of your pearl jewellery. It’s a good idea to get your pearls restrung because over time the silk thread used to string pearls can weaken or stretch, posing a risk of breakage and loss. Additionally, pearls may need restringing if knots become dirty or frayed, if you desire a new clasp, or if the pearls cover the knots and hinder their visibility. 

It’s advisable to restring pearl necklaces by a professional jeweller every 12-18 months, depending on wear frequency. A professional jeweler will handle the restringing process to ensure the pearls remain secure and prevent silk thread weakening or breakage.

 

Heavier pearl necklaces should be restrung regularly to prevent gaps and breakage caused by the weight of the beads pulling on the thread. It is advisable to restring as soon as the thread looks stretched or when gaps appear beside the knots.

 

Finishing Up 

Proper maintenance and cleaning are essential to ensure the longevity of your stunning pearl jewellery pieces. 

By following our top care tips for your pearl jewellery and scheduling regular professional inspections, you can preserve the beauty and integrity of your pearl jewellery for years to come.

FAQs

    1. Where can I have my pearl jewellery inspected, cleaned or restrung?
      If you require a professional inspection, cleaning or restringing of your pearl jewellery, visit a Hudson’s Bay location, where our knowledgeable staff can assist you. For more intricate jewellery repairs, please contact us directly.

       

    2. How long does pearl jewellery restringing take?

The time frame for service is estimated to be 7 to 10 business days. Please contact us for a quote. For any jewellery cleaning, please inquire at one of our Hudson’s Bay locations near you. Typically cleaning services involve submitting pieces to the Main Workshop for cleaning in an ultrasonic machine and for steaming.

With spring in full swing and summer approaching, we’re entering the season full of milestone events from graduations and weddings to anniversaries and birthdays. Every milestone event deserves to be accompanied by sparkling watches and radiant jewellery, but ensuring they shine their brightest requires more than just a quick polish.

In our latest blog, we delve into the art of caring for your cherished timepieces and accessories to ensure they dazzle alongside you and your loved ones during the most significant occasions. From cleaning tips to maintenance advice, we’ve got you covered on how to keep your watches and jewellery looking their absolute best.

Read on to learn how to care for your jewellery and watches for milestones events and ensure your treasures shine as brightly as your memories.

Clean Your Watch and Jewellery Before Milestone Events

For your special milestone events, it’s essential to ensure that your watches and jewellery are in pristine condition. Before each occasion and after every wear, take a moment to delicately clean your watch with a soft, lint-free cloth.

For jewellery cleaning, try using the Diamond Dazzle Stik or soft polishing cloths. This simple yet crucial step effectively eliminates accumulated dirt, oils, and sweat that could diminish their brilliance over time.

Regular cleaning not only preserves their appearance, but also safeguards against potential damage caused by buildup. If cleaning isn’t viable in your schedule, consider entrusting your pieces to a professional watch and jewellery repair service for a thorough maintenance. Remember to submit your pieces in advance and allow plenty of time for the cleaning and repair before the event.

Keep Your Watch and Jewellery Away From Chemicals Before and During Milestone Events

During the lead-up to your milestone events and throughout their duration, it’s crucial to exercise caution with your accessories. Avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals like perfume, hairspray, and cosmetics, as these substances can cause damage to both metals and gemstones.

Chemicals found in everyday products can tarnish metals, degrade finishes, and even cause discoloration or erosion of gemstones over time. Keep your accessories safely away from these chemicals and you’ll preserve their beauty and ensure they continue to sparkle for all your special occasions.

Store Your Watch and Jewellery After and Before Milestone Events

Proper storage of your watches and jewellery is key both before and after your milestone events to safeguard the integrity of your pieces. When your jewellery or watch is not on your fingers, wrist or neck, ensure they’re housed in a clean, dry environment.

Opt for separate compartments or pouches to prevent pieces from scratching against one another or becoming entangled. By taking this simple precaution, you can preserve the pristine condition of your cherished accessories, ensuring they’re ready to dazzle at each milestone moment and beyond.

Be Mindful of Activities During Milestone Events

As you prepare for your milestone event, it’s essential to be mindful of the activities planned and select your accessories accordingly. Take into account the nature of the event and the activities you’ll be participating in.

Avoid wearing delicate pieces for any strenuous activities or in environments such as near water where they may be susceptible to damage. Opt for sturdier, more durable pieces for outdoor gatherings or energetic active celebration activities.

Inspect Your Watch and Jewellery Before Milestone Events

Don’t overlook the importance of regularly inspecting your watch and jewellery. Before each milestone event, carefully examine your watch and jewellery for any signs of wear and tear, such as loose screws or scratched crystals.

When needed, entrust your watch to the expertise of a professional watchmaker for servicing. Additionally, have your jewellery periodically checked by a jeweller to ensure that settings are secure and stones remain intact.

Remember to plan ahead and submit your pieces for repair or maintenance in advance of any upcoming events to ensure they’re in optimal condition to shine alongside you during those important milestone moments.

Finishing Up

As you prepare for your upcoming milestone events, ensuring your watch and jewellery are in pristine condition adds an extra layer of elegance and significance to these special moments.

By following these care tips above, from regular cleaning and proper storage to mindful selection and careful inspection, you can guarantee that your treasured accessories will shine bright during those special milestone moments.

FAQs

1. Where can I have my watch or jewellery inspected, cleaned or repaired?

If you require a professional inspection of your watch and jewellery or for simple repairs and cleaning, visit our Hudson’s Bay locations, where our knowledgeable staff can assist you. For more intricate watch and jewellery repairs, please contact us directly.

2. How far in advance should I submit my pieces?

The time frame for service depends on the complexity of the task. The more parts the piece requires, the more time it’ll take. Generally, we quote a turnaround time of 2-4 weeks as a rule of thumb. More intricate services may require 4-6 weeks +.

At our Hudson’s Bay locations, services such watch battery replacements and link removals are typically completed while you wait. For jewellery cleaning, please inquire at the location, but typically cleaning services involve submitting pieces to the Main Workshop for cleaning in an ultrasonic machine and for steaming.

Passed down and inherited pieces of jewelry occupy a special place in our hearts. Not only are they a beloved keepsakes, but they represent the carrying on of an important tradition, something that will one day be passed down to someone you cherish.

But as special as these jewelry pieces are, they often come damaged, worn, or in need of repair. Jewelry restoration services in Vancouver can help you take something old and make it look new again, while preserving all the history and memories that make the piece unique.

Make Old Pieces Shine Again

One thing that most inherited pieces of jewelry have in common is years of accumulated dirt and grime, dulling the metal and leaving precious stones with much to be desired. The first step in restoring jewelry is a very thorough, professional cleaning. This isn’t the type of routine maintenance that you can do yourself, but rather a detailed clean, buffing out of scratches and imperfections, and inspection of the item, looking for any flaws that could result in damage. What remains at the end is a piece that looks as fresh as the day it was made.

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Repair Damage

Once a piece has been cleaned, a jeweler will be able to more clearly assess the item. Functional jewelry repairs relate to the ability to actually use or wear a piece. Ring shanks, clasps, and watches often fall victim to wear that renders them unusable.  But careful jewelry restoration can breathe life back into even the most neglected pieces; most times you will not even be able to tell exactly where the repairs have been made.

Other times, a jewelry piece may still be wearable, but is at risk of being broken or lost due to unseen damage. Loose settings and bent prongs are examples of the most commonly affected areas, and since they often hold precious stones, they can result in devastating loss. Thankfully, these types of repairs are easily made by skilled restoration professionals. Even if a precious gem or stone has gone missing, replacement stones can be sourced to match what would have been there.

Problems that can be Repaired Include

  • Shanks:

We tend to greet the world hands first, so it’s no surprise that even high quality metals can become worn and potentially break. This problem can be remedied with some skillful soldering and additional metal if needed. The same process can even be used to re-size a ring that is too big or too small.

  • Prong Re-tipping and Loose Stones:

These little “fingers” are what keep your precious gemstones in place; if they are broken or damaged you risk losing the stone.

  • Chains and Clasps:

Broken pieces or missing links, your jeweller can restore either with precisely matched replacements.

  • Watches with Broken Crowns or other Mechanical Issues:

There is a lot that goes into making a mechanical watch tick; fortunately it the right hands almost any problem can be fixed.

Also Read: Jewelry Restoration Services are Not Just For Antiques

Redesigning Inherited Jewelry

When it comes to jewelry restoration, some people are primarily concerned with preserving the exact look of the piece; others, however, prefer to take something old and refashion it into something entirely new. This can mean repurposing an earning that is missing its match into a pendant, while maintaining its original appearance, or using components of a piece and transforming it into something entirely new, like taking the stones from a ring and using them to create a custom piece.

When it comes to restoring antique or period jewellery, the process can be a little more complex than with a traditional jewelry repair. However, the payoff is a unique piece with special significance that can be worn and appreciated, not left forgotten in the back of a jewelry box. To find a jewelry repair near me, visit our locations.

Some people wear their jewelry chains continuously, while some people decide to wear them only for special occasions. Regardless of the frequency of use, each time you wear your chains they are susceptible to wear, tear and being caught on things, and when your chain breaks or becomes damaged, it can be quite upsetting. Luckily, chains can be quite easy to repair and often only require a quick trip to your local jeweler. A good jeweler should be able to replace broken clasps, close open chain links, and provide chain solders repair services as well.

Inspection of the Chain

The first step in dealing with a broken chain is to determine where the damage lies. Two main areas that are prone to damage include the clasps and the links.

Damaged Clasps

Some clasps can be quite delicate and can come off or become damaged. The clasps can be quite easy to replace; however, you may need to first find a clasp that closely matches the currently broken clasp or at least the style of the chain. Your jeweler should be able to help with this process.

Damage to the Links

The links are the main portion of the chain. Some types of links are much easier to repair than others. It is important to first find a link that matches the old chain or to determine if the link is fine to just solder close or simply close with pliers.

If links have been stretched or opened up, some simple plier work can be done to reclose or reshape the link to its original glory.

If chain solders repair services are required, it is important to find an experienced jeweler. One of the most important aspects of performing chain soldering repair services is to ensure that the joint being soldered are smooth and that no damage to the existing metal is incurred. This takes a steady hand, especially when working with small, delicate, or intricate chains.

If you find that your chain has been damaged and requires a bit of tender loving care, stop in to see an experienced jeweler. Some damage will require very precise and steady hands, and you don’t want to leave that job to just anyone. Ask the jeweler questions and ensure that they have the right experience to get the job done right.