Why Do Pearls Come Loose?
Pearls are made in the sea, which makes them, by nature, absorbent. They will expand and contract just as tarred roads do in Winter. When you see all those road works fixing all the potholes on your next long-distance road trip, you’ll understand; water has a damaging effect on things - there’s a good chance that’s the reason why you keep losing your pearl, too.
Ironically, pearls and water do not mix well. You may accidentally have taken a shower with it, gone swimming or washed the dishes. In fact, some people just leave it set in the jewelry cleaner; your pearl only had to expand, loosen up and fall off!
Plus, most pearl rings are constructed so the mounting sits the pearl up high (above the mounting to show it off). This makes the pearl stand out and say “look at me“, which may be beautiful, but not always practical. Pearls usually have a small hole drilled in the bottom of them. Most of the time the hole goes about half-way into the pearl. Glue or epoxy is then applied to this hole, then it’s pushed onto the ring’s post to hold it down. Any excess glue is wiped away.
What If I’m Set On Getting a Pearl Ring?
You already know that it doesn’t take much to make the pearl come off, so what needs to be done is to buy the safest mounting possible; prongs.
It’s wise to purchase a pearl ring that actually has prongs holding the pearl in (not just a peg). Prongs that come up from the mounting, fold gently over the pearl and keep it secure in the setting. Prongs like this make it very difficult for the pearl to fall out.
Even if the pearl was loose, it wouldn’t matter, because prongs are covering it, holding it down. That pearl isn’t going anywhere, unless you hit the pearl hard enough to physically break the shell in half. Your pearl will remain in the mounting until you snap a prong off, or break one.
Remember to Take Care When Cleaning Pearls
When you clean your pearls, gently take a moist paper towel to dab it. Let the ring dry overnight.
And wear your pearls often. For pearls absorb oils from our hands and those oils will actually keep the pearls looking beautiful and full of lustre! Natural oils tend to enhance the outer surface of the pearl and give it life.
And lastly, stay out of the water, or soon you’ll be fishing for a new oyster!
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