Though any pawn shop can clean your jewelry for you, you want it looking its best when you take it for sale or loan. Dirty pearls aren’t going to make a great impression if they look like far less than the gleaming gems they should be. And if you’re taking it to sell or pawn at a shop like Vienna Jewelry on Maple Avenue, you want it to look its best!
One of the biggest things with pearls is to clean with a damp soft cloth after every wearing. This will remove perfume, makeup, and sweat, and hairspray from being absorbed into the pearl’s soft coating, and building up. But this idea shouldn’t make you paranoid about wearing pearls! They actually continue to look their best when worn frequently, because our body oils help them maintain their natural luster (the oils don’t do so much for the string, though, so be sure to check it often for signs of rot).
If your pearls need a more thorough cleaning, use a soft cloth that’s been dipped in soap water or mild detergent or jewelry cleaner labeled safe for pearls. NEVER use detergents, bleaches, baking soda, ammonia on pearls! And always use a soft cloth only, no toothbrushes or scrubbers. When you’re finished, dry and buff with a chamois cloth, and lay the item on a towel to dry (never hang strings of pearls to dry; the tension on the wet string will weaken it). Now you’re ready to take your pearls to a pawn shop in Vienna, VA!