Cultured pearls are soft and vulnerable, requiring delicate care in order to maintain their beauty. When getting dressed, cultured pearls should be the last item put on and the first item taken off. Makeup, hairspray, perfume, and other chemicals are very harmful to cultured pearls. They can be gently washed in a mild soap or wiped with a damp cloth to remove daily build up and dirt. They should also be separated from other jewelry to avoid nicks and scratches.
As with any gemstone, it is recommended to have your cultured pearls cleaned and inspected by a professional on a regular basis. Restringing your cultured pearls may be recommended by the jeweler as a result of the inspection.