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Pearl and Bead restringing and reconfiguration

At Watson and Son we specialize in all types of repairs. Stone re-cutting, watch repair, sizing’s and re-stringing of pearls and beads.

If you wear your Pearls often, either bracelets or necklaces please note the tips listed below to keep your pearls looking for future generations.

PROTECT YOUR PEARLS: Pearls can be damaged by contact with certain chemicals. Hairspray, perfume, cosmetics, sun block, chlorine bleach, vinegar and ammonia will dull the luster of a pearl and eventually damage its surface. Put your pearls on after finishing putting on hairspray, perfume etc. (If possible allow 30 minutes before putting on your pearls.) Remove pearls before exercising to avoid damage by the natural acids in perspiration.

CLEAN YOUR PEARLS: Wipe the pearls with a soft, damp cloth after use to remove body oils and dirt. Pearls may be washed occasionally with mild soap (not detergent) and a soft cloth, rinsed in clean water, and blotted dry with a cotton towel. Acetone may be used, if necessary, to clean pearls but do not use jewelry cleaners containing ammonia or vinegar.

STORING YOUR PEARLS: Keep pearls separated from hard or sharp jewelry items that may scratch them. Wrap them in a soft cloth or store in a soft pouch or soft lined jewelry box. Do not store in an airtight bag as pearls need moisture. In a very dry atmosphere or a safety deposit box, leave a damp cloth nearby to provide needed moisture and prevent cracking.

RESTRINGING YOUR PEARLS: If pearls are worn often, they should be restrung approximately once a year. The thread should be knotted between each pearl to prevent loss if a break should occur. Knotting between pearls, preferably with silk thread, can also prevent damage due to the pearls rubbing against each other and wearing on the pearl nacre.


The wonderful multi-strand vintage style necklace consists an interesting of mixture of ivory baroque and smooth round pearls. The rows of lustrous pearls are accented with a show-stopping pearl cluster just off to the side.


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