How to Reglue a Pearl on a Ring

by Yvonne Van Damme

Pearls are truly unique gemstones. In fact, they are the only type of gemstone that is formed inside of a living organism. Pearls are timeless and are considered a classic addition to any wardrobe. As they are soft and easily damaged, special precautions should be taken when caring for them. They should also be protected from extreme temperatures and moisture. It is common for pearls to come loose from rings and necklaces. To prevent this, you can have your pearl ring examined regularly by a jeweler. However, it’s also quite easy to reglue a pearl onto a ring if it has come loose.

Items you will need

  • Jewelry cleaner
  • Water
  • Two soft cloths
  • Ivory soap
  • Towel
  • Epoxy glue
  • Toothpicks
  • Fingernail

Instructions

Step 1

Clean the ring. This can be done using over-the-counter jewelry cleaner, water and a soft cloth. Follow the instructions on the cleaner about how to clean the ring. Rinse the ring with warm water and polish with a soft cloth.

Step 2

Clean the pearl using Ivory soap. This is recommended for pearls as it is gentle. Rinse off the soap with warm water. Use a soft cloth to polish and gently dry the pearl. Lay the pearl on a towel and allow to it to dry.

Step 3

Apply the epoxy glue to a toothpick. Quickly drop the glue from the toothpick onto the side of the pearl that will be attached to the ring. Only use a few drops of glue. Apply the drops around the edges of the pearl.

Step 4

Lay the ring on a soft towel on a hard surface. Allow it to sit for at least 24 hours without being touched or moved. While the glue does tend to dry quickly, this will allow it to really set.

Step 5

Examine your pearl ring. Touch the pearl to make sure that it’s secure. If it’s at all loose, remove the pearl and start the process all over again. Determine if it did not attach securely because you did not use enough glue or for another reason.

Step 6

Remove any visible glue from the pearl ring. Even if you used a small amount of glue, it’s common for it to spread out a bit far and be visible. Use a toothpick or your fingernail to gently remove the glue from the ring. Scrape the glue using the tip of the toothpick or the edge of your fingernail, if it’s long enough.

Tips

  • Avoid wearing scratchy fabric clothing items with your pearl ring. It can easily be scratched by that type of fabric.

Warnings

  • Do not use detergents to clean pearls.

About the Author

Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.