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Clean pearls with olive oil?

One of my friends saw on TV where one is supposed to clean pearls
with olive oil…Never have I heard this before and would like to know
if this is so… I can’t imagine wearing pearls after that as
probably oil dripping on ones silk blouse??

Absolutely don’t. It will ruin the silk if nothing else and it won’t
help the pearls.

Daniel R. Spirer, G.G.
Spirer Somes Jewelers
1794 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

Olive oil probably won’t harm the pearls but it will ruin the
stringing. Cheap imitation pearls that have lost their luster can have
it temporarily restored with a wipe with a rag soaked in oil and
squeezed dry.

Tony Konrath
Gold and Stone

Hello Calgang, Decades ago my husband bought me a strand of Mikimoto
pearls in Hong Kong. The with them advocated cleaning
the strand by gently rubbing each pearl with cotton dampened (not
dripping) with a 50-50 solution of warm water and rubbing alcohol.
That’s what I’ve been doing for lo these many years, and the pearls
continue to have wonderful luster without build-up. I’ve seen other
methods, but this one has been successful for me.
Judy in Kansas where it’s cold and dreary today

I’ve seen this cited, but I haven’t been able to track down where it
originated. (This question was posed to Tahiti Perles late last year.
Tahiti Perles has asked me to look into this, but so far I haven’t
found an original source.)

I don’t think that olive oil is a good idea. It goes rancid, for one

speaking for myself.

DON’T, unless, when you’re wearing them, you want stray cats
following you down the street, to start a riot walking by a weight
watchers’ meeting, to have those around you at concerts or the ballet
all chip in to buy your season ticket from you, to have strange,
pudgy little chefs making passes at you, to have to stay indoors on
hot days, to have your mate’s playful little love nips slide from
your neck to your elbow -and - get hate notes on your dry cleaning

translation: drop that advisor from your ‘buddy list’.


Paerls need moisture to extend their live,but olive oil or any other
oil will not be a good idea to use on pearls. Your skin is producing a
kind of oil anyway and that’s one of the reasons that you need to
clean pearls after a while. You need to remove that sticky nasty layer
instead of producing one. A dampened piece of coton with clear water
will serve your pearls more then anything else if you’re not wearing
them. Keeping them out of the direct heat of the sunlight is another
welcome treatment for pearls.

Regards Pedro