How to care for your Grow-With-Me® fine cultured pearl jewelry
AVOID THESE ISSUES
Follow these pearl care tips to avoid these issues. Pearls are delicate gemstones and must be cared for properly to maintain their beautiful look.
Dull, pitted, cracked nacre
The oils in your skin will keep the nacre of your pearls conditioned and lustrous-looking.
This statement is a myth – an old wives tale passed down as truth.
The oils in your skin and perspiration will actually corrode and damage the nacre of your pearls. This will happen after many years of handling your pearls – so don’t worry too much about handling your pearls, just be sure to always wipe your pearls with a soft moist cloth after each use.
Cracked, dry-looking nacre
Pearls will crack and discolor when exposed to heat or intense light so avoid wearing your pearls while cooking or tanning.
Pits, chips, and scratches in nacre
Dirty, worn stringing material
Beading wire provides added durability against breakage. Pearls should be restrung once a year (depending on use) as all stringing materials become weak after prolonged use.
FOR SMART SHOPPERS
ARE REAL PEARLS
The vast majority of pearls for sale today (over 99%) are cultured (grown) by one of several methods. Cultured pearls are genuine pearls made of the same nacre found in natural pearls. Cultured pearls are formed by the same processes inside mussels and oysters that form natural pearls. Pearls form around irritants that get inside a mussel or oyster. The primary difference between natural and cultured pearls is how the irritant gets inside the mollusk.
ARE RARE AND EXPENSIVE
We strictly adhere to the AGTA Code of Ethics and Principles of Fair Business Practices and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jewelry and precious metals guidelines. The FTC states you must use the term “cultured” when referring to cultured pearls. Merely referring to a pearl as a “pearl” instead of a “cultured pearl” implies the pearl is natural.
We pride ourselves in upholding the ethical standards set forth by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).