Home' Scoop : Scoop 50 Summer 2009 Contents Where to buy your pearls
Galwey Pearls Pearlers Boardwalk, Dampier Tce, Chinatown, Broome,
(08) 9192 2414, galweypearls.com.au.
Kailis 29 King St, Perth, (08) 9422 3888; Corner Marine Tce and Collie St,
Fremantle, (08) 9239 9330; Shop 3, 23 Dampier Tce, Broome,
(08) 9192 2061, kailisjewellery.com.au.
Linneys 37 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco, (08) 9382 4077; 39 King St, Perth,
(08) 9322 2599; InterContinental Burswood Resort, Shop 1, Great Eastern
Hwy, Burswood, (08) 9472 3188; 25 Dampier Tce, Broome,
(08) 9192 2430, linneys.com.au.
from Galwey Pearls
in Broome, says
Sea pearls ought to
be worn rather then
stored away because
they are a "living"
gem, and, provided they are taken care of, will actually improve with
wear and age. Pearls have a reputation for being fragile but Lyndal says
Kimberley pearls, with their thick nacre, are much tougher than people
think, she says she has had success buffing pearls to remove scratches.
"The Australian South Sea pearls will last lifetimes," says Lyndal. "They
will last longer than any other species of pearl if they are taken care of -- so
they can be handed down over the generations."
You may have heard that pearls "die" with lack of use and Lyndal con-
firms that some pearls will actually dehydrate and disintegrate if they are not
worn and not stored properly, especially inferior pearls. But Broome pearls,
because of their thick nacre, are at much less risk of drying out.
While they certainly don't mind getting wet, they are not so keen on some
of the things added to water (chlorine, strong detergents etc). Cold water may
cause fingers to shrink and lose a ring while hot water or steam may weaken
the adhesives used in jewellery settings. What pearls really hate is acids.
She says she reads customers the riot act on taking care of their pearls but
pearls are made to be worn, and if possible, worn every day. They will take on
a lustre and subtle colour changes to reflect the personality of the wearer.
• Store pearls separately from other jewellery and keep them in a cloth bag
or jewellery pouch. Storing them in slightly damp linen will help prevent them
from drying out in low humidity atmospheres, including central heating.
• Apply cosmetics, perfume, sunscreen and spray products before putting
pearl jewellery on.
• Remove spills immediately if pearls come in
contact with food acids. Use a soft cloth moistened in
fresh water and then dry pearls with another soft cloth.
• Wipe pearls after wear with a soft cloth. Avoid
commercial jewellery cleaners unless specifically
meant for pearls.
• Re-string pearls regularly for the sake of the
pearls as well as avoiding a broken string. Makeup,
powder and grime will form a soft gluey paste on the
string that will attack both the silk and the pearls.
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