At one particular event I attended, a woman with whom I was speaking, mentioned how beautiful my strand of Mikimoto pearls were. Naively, I asked her how she knew they were designed by Mikimoto, and she commented that she knew quality when she saw it.
I reached for the necklace yet once again to reassure myself they were still on my neck, and she mentioned she had noticed that I kept feeling for the necklace and proceeded to ask me why. I explained that I feared the strand might loosen and if it broke, I would lose all of my pearls. She giggled and said, “My dear, if that strand breaks, you won’t lose a single pearl. In between each pearl is a very tight knot.”
This got me thinking about how much attention I was giving this gift, first because of how expensive it was and second because of the notoriety attached to it. I am not intimating that I should not have taken good care of the pearls but rather how much value I had given them.
That night as I wrapped the strand of pearls back into their jewelry box, the paper that explains how to take care of the pearls was tucked underneath the cloth in the box. I pulled it out, and it seemed like a scroll!
I read it and thought about how many instructions there were for taking care of pearls. The do’s and don’ts to preserve them seemed endless. I couldn’t help but contemplate how so many of us become engrossed with the care of material things well over the care of the spiritual things.
I decided to make two lists in juxtaposition to compare the instructions of taking care of pearls in order to preserve them and the instructions on how to take care of our “spiritual pearls.”
Pearls are considered gems though they are an organic gem. They require specific care in order to protect and preserve them.
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Ps. 32:7 (NIV)
If pearls get in contact with chemicals like those in basic household cleaners, bleach perfumes, cosmetics, and other products, damage to the pearls may result.
“The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.” Ps. 121:7 (NLT)
Never use anything rough or abrasive, like baking soda or melamine foam sponges to clean your pearls. They must be treated gently.
“After all God’s disciplining action, the Eternal will take them back with gentle care. After His punishment, there will be healing;” Is. 19:22 (The Voice)
Never use any kind of tarnish remover on your pearls.
“Wash me thoroughly from my guilt, and cleanse me from my sin.” Ps. 51:2 (GW)
Never use any kind of plastic to contain your pearls. Plastic won’t preserve pearls; in fact over time, the plastic will deteriorate them.
“The highway of decent people turns away from evil. Whoever watches his way preserves his own life.” Prov. 16:7 (GW)
Don’t leave your pearls in or on a direct source of heat.
“The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.” Ps. 121:6 (NIV)
Don’t keep your pearls in a very dry room or for too long in a safety deposit box because they need some moisture. After all, they do come from water!
“Let my teachings come down like raindrops. Let my words drip like dew, like gentle rain on grass, like showers on green plants.” Deut. 32:2 (GW)
When planning on wearing pearls, be sure they are the last thing you put on, avoiding hairspray and perfumes and the first thing you take off to prevent yanking on them or breaking the strand.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Rev. 22:13 (ESV)
Only use a jewelry cleaner that is specifically safe for pearls.
“Uphold me that I may be safe, that I may have regard for Your statutes continually.” Ps. 119:117 (AMP)
Store your pearls in a soft cloth and clean them using a soft and damp cloth.
“A soft answer turneth away wrath:…” Prov. 15:1 (KJV)
If you spill something on your pearls, soak them in lukewarm water with an all-natural soap (no detergent!) to remove any stains.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Is. 1:18 (KJV)
Sweat can damage pearl luster.
“They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.” Ez. 44:18 (KJV)
Because pearls are soft, certain wools can cause friction when rubbed up against pearls resulting in abrasion on the pearl.
“It is an honour for a man to cease from strife:…” Prov. 20:3 (KJV)
The more your pearls are in contact with your skin, the more luster and glow they will have.
“But as for me, my hope is to see Your face. When I am vindicated, I will look upon the holy face of God, and when I awake, the longing of my soul will be satisfied in the glow of Your presence.” Ps. 17:15 (The Voice)
Check the strand of your pearls to be sure the knots are not (haha!) fraying or dirty. The knots are very important because they keep the pearls from rubbing up against one another as well as securing them in case the strand breaks. If you find the knots are unclean and the strand seems weak, it is time to have them restrung.
“Here I stand secure and confident before all the people; I will praise the Eternal.” Ps. 26:12 (The Voice)
“Now to the One who can keep you upright and plant you firmly in His presence—clean, unmarked, and joyful in the light of His glory—“ Jude 1:24 (The Voice)
“So now what? We who are strong are not just to satisfy our own desires. We are called to carry the weaknesses of those who are not strong.” Ro. 15:1 (The Voice)
If we transpose the “care for pearls instructions” to the care for ourselves and others, then I trust the value of all life would increase in our conscience, and our worth would never diminish.
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