Most people Baroque pearl roll them up, wrap them tight […]
Most people Baroque pearl roll them up, wrap them tight, stick them in plastic baggies, then store them away safe and secure — this is the WORST thing to do.
You should roll them up in a soft cloth such as silk or linen. Don’t seal them in an airtight container. Let them breathe. Be careful where you lay your strands and try to keep them flat if you can. Keep pearls away from extreme heat or cold.
Also be cautious about water, acids, detergents, lotions, soaps, cosmetics, perfumes and hairsprays. Pearls can stain and tarnish, so treat them with care. Don’t ultrasonic pearls, as they are too delicate in an ultrasonic machine and the liquid could also damage your pearls.
Wipe your pearls after each use with a soft cloth to remove any debris or harmful chemicals. This is also a good time to check your strands to see if the pearls are secure and in great condition. Also check to see if the pearls on your strand are pulling apart or showing more gaps between the knots, as this is a sign that the cord is stretching, is weak and needs to be restrung.
Pearls don’t have to be pricey, but just know what you are buying. Be able to identify the types of pearls: baroque, blister, cultured, freshwater, natural and manmade natural seed pearls.
Store them carefully, as they are not everyday jewelry. In fact, most people wear pearls just a few times a month, for special occasion, while some might only wear pearls once in their lifetime — their wedding.
The modern alternative is the lariat with an added diamond or other gem. My advice in buying a pearl piece is to go a bit of the distance from the norm, but still make it a good investment piece so that you can still hand it down to your granddaughter.
I would purchase what your budget can handle, or you can save up your money for a couple of months to buy a more expensive piece — though buy one that is going to last a long time and a piece that you can pass down. To do this, you have to know what you are buying or going to collect.