Can pearls be worn all year round or only in the winter?
- Friday, 17 November 2017 16:28
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There are so many “old wives’ tales” on this one that it’s untrue!
My advice is always the same – wear your pearls whenever you wish, providing that your overall outfit is coordinated and that they’re suitable for the event concerned.
You will see and hear lots of advice that differs here. “Only wear Black pearls in the months x-z” or “white is best between a-c” and so on. Even if you agree, it’s worth remembering that the seasons are different in the two hemispheres and a host of other environmental variables mean that such advice, thoughwell intentioned, isn’t always applicable.
There is though one important difference between the seasons and that relates to heat and how that affects your pearls.
Wearing pearl necklaces, pendants and bracelets in the height of summer is usually going to involve you wearing the precious jewellery against your bare skin. What that means is that if it’s warm, you’re going to sweat (if you’re a man, “gently glisten” if you’re female). Your skin is likelier to be more humid that it would be in cooler winter seasons.
That in turn means you need to take extra special care about keeping your pearls safe and clean. Sweat contains acid and that can be very destructive for pearls.
Another risk in hotter weather - that extra refresh or top-up mid-evening with perfume, anti-perspirant or bug repellent will increase the risks of traces of chemicals being left on the skin and getting onto the surface of your pearls.
You can combat that – please see our other blogs on “cleaning and protection” for details.
In winter or cooler weather, these are not likely to be an issue because things like pearls and pendants will usually be worn over the top of something like a blouse. Do be careful though, some real wool variants and other materials can also be abrasive.
Finally, remember in summer that pearls can lose their shine and lustre if exposed to direct sunlight. Avoid that if at all possible.