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Tips for Buying and Caring for Freshwater Pearl Jewelry

However; they can be expensive and in fact tend to be more expensive then saltwater pearls. China has recently emerged as a dominant force in the freshwater pearl production industry and the quality of Chinese freshwater pearl jewelry has increased dramatically over the past few years.

Of course you will always find the best deals on freshwater pearl jewelry online but there are a few things to bear in mind. Only shop from reputable websites, is rule number one.

If you insist on shopping around for deals blindly, then you do so at your own risk.

If a deal sounds too good to be true then it most likely is. Also you have to bear in mind that certificates of authenticity are easily counterfeited now, so get too excited if an online source is offering them, unless of course, if it is a reputable website.

As jewelry goes, pearl jewelry including freshwater pearl jewelry is delicate. They are considered to be soft and that means that they can scratch if they are not worn or stored carefully. Only wash pearls with pearl cleaner, as standard cleaners can degrade the surface of a pearl.

Also, remember to wipe them down after you have worn them, as acids on your skin can have a a negative effect on the luster or sheen of pearl jewelry. Hot and humid weather, as well as sweat can also have a negative effect on the surface of pearl jewelry, so it is advisable that pearls not be worn in that type of climate if at all possible. However; the fact is that if freshwater pearl jewelry is properly cared for and maintained it will last indefinitely.

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