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Is there a way to get perfume out of pearls?

Tonks

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I have inherited a strand of pearls that my mother wore and evidently doused in perfume. I cannot tolerate perfume. Is there a way to get the smell out without damaging the pearls?
 

gingercurls

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I have read a few threads on the pearl forum about strands retaining the scent of perfume. Here are the things they suggested:
-restringing (should cause the most dramatic improvement)
-washing the pearls when they are off of the old thread with a mild detergent like Dr. Bronner's unscented (wash and rinse with lukewarm, distilled water)
-air out the pearls once they are off of the old thread
 

Lisa Loves Shiny

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I once purchased some baroque Tahitians that stunk like death. New harvest and all that.......

I restrung them twice and the smell remained. What worked was this. I put then in a fine mesh pouch. I put that pouch in Tupperware that was filled with baking soda and activated carbon. The activated carbon that is used for fish tanks. I left them there for a couple weeks and the smell was totally removed.
 

Pearlescence

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I have read a few threads on the pearl forum about strands retaining the scent of perfume. Here are the things they suggested:
-restringing (should cause the most dramatic improvement)
-washing the pearls when they are off of the old thread with a mild detergent like Dr. Bronner's unscented (wash and rinse with lukewarm, distilled water)
-air out the pearls once they are off of the old thread

I really do not endorse taking pearls off the old thread before washing them. Unless you want to spend hours getting them back into correct order.
 

Tonks

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I really do not endorse taking pearls off the old thread before washing them. Unless you want to spend hours getting them back into correct order.

Omg. Good thought.

Re: washing pearls...since they are drilled, wouldn’t water get into the pearls? How do you get it back out?

Sorry for the newbie questions. I do own pearls, but I’ve never gone in depth to pearl care like this.
 

Tonks

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I once purchased some baroque Tahitians that stunk like death. New harvest and all that.......

I restrung them twice and the smell remained. What worked was this. I put then in a fine mesh pouch. I put that pouch in Tupperware that was filled with baking soda and activated carbon. The activated carbon that is used for fish tanks. I left them there for a couple weeks and the smell was totally removed.

I like this idea, especially since it doesn’t involve water!
 

passexam

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if I were you,I would restrung this pearl.Anyway,pearls are organic jewels.Maybe perfume are permeant.
(English is not my mother language,if I have some wrong in expression,please let me know ^^
 

Lisa Loves Shiny

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Omg. Good thought.

Re: washing pearls...since they are drilled, wouldn’t water get into the pearls? How do you get it back out?

Sorry for the newbie questions. I do own pearls, but I’ve never gone in depth to pearl care like this.

Pearls will not be damaged by a gentle cleansing with water and a bit of soap (not detergent). I personally use baby shampoo. Most people who wash their pearls will put the water and soap in a bowl and gently swish the pearls in the solution for a bit. Then run the pearls under water to rinse them. Then the strand is placed on a towel (unclasped, pearls kept straight) overnight. The strand must be let to dry before restringing them because the thread will swell with water. You don't want to risk having a knot swell and get stuck inside a pearl when removing the pearls from the thread.

That method is not recommended for faux pearls as the water may make the coating come right off. This is especially true with vintage or antique faux pearls.

The Tahitian strand I mentioned before was washed twice and a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water inserted into the drill holes to flush out any organic debris. That did not help at all. Only the baking soda/carbon method worked.
 

Pearlescence

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Omg. Good thought.

Re: washing pearls...since they are drilled, wouldn’t water get into the pearls? How do you get it back out?

Sorry for the newbie questions. I do own pearls, but I’ve never gone in depth to pearl care like this.

That's why, generally you are advised not to get pearls wet. It's not the pearls- they don't mind at all, it's the silk thread which, trapped inside the pearl drill hole, will take ages to dry out and, being a natural fibre, will cheerfully rot very quickly.

Remember to put the plug in before washing them...
 

pearlsngems

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To avoid getting them out of order, but still get them off the silk before washing them, you can cut the strand apart pearl by pearl (I use a craft razor knife or my Swanstrom double-flush cutters) and restring each pearl in order temporarily on craft wire before washing them.

They will dry more quickly inside the drill hole and they are all in the correct order, ready to restring. You will also have better access to the area around the drill hole, where grime always seems to accumulate.

To wash them I use Bronner's unscented liquid soap with bottled water (to avoid scum forming because of interaction between the soap and our hard well water. Bottled water also avoids exposing the pearls to the chlorine in municipal water.) I have also used baby wash, and that works fine. I do this for my Majorica imitation pearls as well.
 

gingercurls

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@Pearlescence I was referencing that the pearls could/should be washed again after they had been restrung onto new thread if the perfume smell still remained after they had been restrung.
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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@Tonks. I know just what you mean
My mum mustn't have known the pearls go on last rule
When i open the case they smell of stale white diamonds

Lucky i don't really mind it although its not a purfume i would wear myself (my sister gave me an unopened bottle still in the cellophane from mum's and I'm thinking about using it for bathroom spray !)

But on the pearls It reminds me of her in a nice way

But mine (mum's) badly need restringing
If your mum wore her's a lot they are probably overdue for a restringing too

Can we see pictures of mum's pearls ?

It was my understanding that the silk thread stretches when washed
But you can get very good synthetic alternatives to silk thread that does not stretch these days
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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To avoid getting them out of order, but still get them off the silk before washing them, you can cut the strand apart pearl by pearl (I use a craft razor knife or my Swanstrom double-flush cutters) and restring each pearl in order temporarily on craft wire before washing them.

They will dry more quickly inside the drill hole and they are all in the correct order, ready to restring. You will also have better access to the area around the drill hole, where grime always seems to accumulate.

To wash them I use Bronner's unscented liquid soap with bottled water (to avoid scum forming because of interaction between the soap and our hard well water. Bottled water also avoids exposing the pearls to the chlorine in municipal water.) I have also used baby wash, and that works fine. I do this for my Majorica imitation pearls as well.

One day when you have time i would love to see the Majoricas
I have a faux pearl thread in the fabulous fashion jewlery forum
 

pearlsngems

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@Daisys and Diamonds,
If you look at the other pearl forum there is a thread about imitation pearls, stickied on the "What Kind of Pearls Do I Have?" section. My Majorica photos are all there-- there are a lot of them. :bigsmile: Other members have their faux pearls photos there, too.

Here is one, 14mm gold and white:
 

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Daisys and Diamonds

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@Daisys and Diamonds,
If you look at the other pearl forum there is a thread about imitation pearls, stickied on the "What Kind of Pearls Do I Have?" section. My Majorica photos are all there-- there are a lot of them. :bigsmile: Other members have their faux pearls photos there, too.

Here is one, 14mm gold and white:

They are beautiful
If you mean that other place that isn't here, i found it a bit hard to navigate on my pbone
I hadn't even heard of Majoricas till i had a look there
 

Made in London

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@Daisys and Diamonds,
If you look at the other pearl forum there is a thread about imitation pearls, stickied on the "What Kind of Pearls Do I Have?" section. My Majorica photos are all there-- there are a lot of them. :bigsmile: Other members have their faux pearls photos there, too.

Here is one, 14mm gold and white:

Those are really beautiful:kiss2:
 
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