Pearls are more durable than most people think, however to keep them in optimal shape it is best to avoid exposing pearls to harsh chemicals (perfumes, hairspray, cleaning agents, etc.), pearls should be kept away from sharp or rough objects to avoid scratching, and they should be wiped clean after wear and stored in a soft pouch or case. It is best not to store pearls in dry hot environments, and pearl necklaces may need to be restrung periodically as the silk string can darken, stretch, or wear thin over time. Most pearl necklaces are knotted; so should they break only one pearl will come loose.
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