Freshwater pearls are found naturally in rivers, lakes and other freshwater bodies of water. With a total production of 1,500 tons in 2006, China holds a monopoly over the pearl industry today. Freshwater pearls are cultured in all the surrounding provinces including: Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangsu, Hubei, Hunan, and Jianxi. The largest marketplace for these freshwater pearls is the world's pearl trading hub, Hong Kong.
The main threat to cultured pearls is chemicals. Cosmetics like perfume, make-up and hairspray contain chemicals that can leave cultured pearls dull and pitted. It is fine to use these products but always put the pearl jewelry on last. When undressing the pearl jewelry should be first thing off.
Avoid wearing pearl jewelry when cleaning the house, gardening and swimming.
Many cleansers and detergents contain chemicals like ammonia and chlorine, which can damage cultured pearls. Chlorinated water which is found in swimming pools as well as tap water (to a lesser extent) is also hazardous to cultured pearls.
Clean pearl jewelry with a gem soft cloth (include in our pearl care kit)
Wipe the cultured pearls gently with a gem soft cloth (included in our pearl care kit). Don't use a toothbrush and soapy water to clean cultured pearls. Check the label before using any jewelry cleaning products on cultured pearls. Cleaners that are not "pearl-safe" contain detergents and other chemicals that can dull nacre or cause pitting.
Store pearl jewelry in soft pouch (included in our pearl care kit)
Store your pearl jewelry in a soft pouch (included in our pearl care kit) away from other hard jewelry that can damage the pearls. Avoid storing pearl je