Something I have always been an avid collector of is Antique Pearls; currently I'm teaching myself to restring pearls by reading many books and following many tutorials I have honed my skills.
South Sea Pearls Did you know? Cultured or freshwater pearls are considered to offer the power of love, money, protection, and luck. Pearls are thought to give wisdom through experience, to quicken the laws of karma and to cement engagements and love relationships. They are thought to keep children safe. Early Chinese myths told of pearls falling from the sky when dragons fought. Ancient legend says that pearls were thought to be the tears of the gods and the Greeks believed that wearing pearls would promote marital bliss and prevent newlywed women from crying.
Pearls are a soft natural stone produced by molluscs, the nacre is layered upon an irritant either cultured or natural.
Many pieces I have restored have ranged from peal coated plastic, natural south sea, freshwater, and black pearls.
Officially this service is by enquiry only, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment and have a quote assessment for the repair and restringing or pearls.
Depending on how often you wear your pearls you may need them re-strung yearly.
To take good care of your pearls to make sure you can make them last as long as possible, never hang them as it will stretch the silk or fibre threading it together. Always put pearls on last after perfume and make up and remove them first before undressing or changing. Store them in a soft natural cloth and do not expose them to rough surfaces or environments that will chip or scratch the surface as pearls cannot be polished.
Never use a toothbrush or an abrasive like toothpaste to clean, warm soapy water with a soft sponge and gentle wiping will remove any unwanted dirt from the surface.