By Lanh Ma

Whether you have a single pearl ring that's losing its luster or you have recently inherited a string of pearls, you may wonder how you can get your pearls to look their best. Pearls are beautiful organic gems, but they are quite delicate and require a fair amount of consideration and care. Restoring pearls does take some effort, but can yield excellent results.

Multicolored plastic pearls
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Step 1

Fill a cup with warm water. Put a few drops of gentle soap into the water and mix the water and soap thoroughly.

Step 2

Dip a cloth into the soap solution and wipe down the pearls with the soapy water.

Step 3

Wet a clean soft cloth. Wipe the soapy water from your pearls thoroughly with the clean damp cloth. It is important that you remove all the soap from the pearls or the soap residue will further dull the surface.

Step 4

Dry the pearls by leaving them on a clean towel. If you are taking care of a pearl necklace, keep it flat on the towel to dry.

Step 5

Apply a small amount of olive oil to a clean dry cloth. Wipe the cloth over the pearls gently, allowing the olive oil to coat the pearls very lightly.