How To Clean Pearl Jewelry

Pearls possess a timeless elegance, embodying a legacy of sophistication and charm. At Siebke Hoyt, we've been curating and caring for these delicate treasures since 1889, garnering invaluable expertise in pearl maintenance. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff, boasting an average tenure of eight years, is highly skilled in the delicate art of pearl jewelry care, guiding our patrons to maintain their pearls’ exquisite beauty and longevity. The essence of our guidance resonates with the gentle care pearls necessitate due to their unique and delicate composition.

Understanding the Composition of Pearls

Pearls are naturally organic gemstones, sensitive and vulnerable to the environment. Their lustrous appeal, although captivating, requires a dedicated and subtle approach to cleaning and maintenance. 

Each pearl is a testament to nature's artistry, and preserving this requires a nuanced understanding of their composition, ensuring their radiance endures.

The Do’s and Don’ts in Pearl Cleaning

Our legacy at Siebke Hoyt is not merely built upon the quality merchandise we offer, but also on the insightful advice we provide. We advise a meticulous approach when it comes to pearl cleaning:


  • Use mild soap and lukewarm water
  • Utilize a soft, lint-free cloth for gentle cleaning


  • Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive materials
  • Refrain from excessive rubbing or applying too much pressure

Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Pearl Jewelry

Guided by our expertise, here is a delicate procedure to maintain your pearls:

Materials Needed

  • Soft, lint-free cloth
  • Mild soap
  • Lukewarm water

Gentle Cleaning Process

  • Immerse the pearls briefly in lukewarm soapy water
  • Using a soft cloth, gently wipe each pearl

Rinsing and Drying

  • Rinse the pearls with care in lukewarm water
  • Pat them softly with a dry cloth and allow them to air-dry

Tips for Regular Pearl Jewelry Care

Enhance your pearls’ longevity through these practices:

  • Store pearls away from direct sunlight or extreme temperatures
  • Wear your pearls after applying makeup or perfume
  • Consider periodic professional cleaning

How to Recognize When Professional Cleaning is Necessary

Siebke Hoyt prides itself on offering a professional touch when your pearls demand exceptional care. Recognition of the signs that necessitate professional cleaning, such as discoloration or a lack of luster, is essential. 

Entrust your pearls to our experienced hands when they require revitalizing care beyond regular maintenance. Schedule an appointment for professional cleaning here.


Embrace the elegance of your pearls with the assurance of their enduring brilliance. At Siebke Hoyt, the heart of our legacy lies in nurturing the timeless elegance of your jewelry, championing quality and care since 1889.

Foster your understanding with insights from our blog and discover nuanced guidance in the realm of pearl care. Reach out to our knowledgeable team here for any personalized queries or assistance.