I'm new here. I am not a pearl enthusiast, but I have several of my mother's old pearls and a few of my own.
I have a unique problem. I received a beautiful pair of cultured pearl stud earrings over 30 years ago for my high school graduation. I wore them very infrequently and put them away.
Fast forward many years.. my 6 year old daughter has taken them from my jewelry box and played with them and lost one. I was upset but there wasn't anything I could do. A few years ago my husband gave me a diamond pendant and I thought that adding the pearl to the bottom would be nice. And for a couple of years it was. Then a few months ago I noticed it *felt* kind of strange on one side but didn't think much of it, it just felt like it needed cleaning. Then my daughter commented that it looked weird. I never noticed it, it always looked fine to me. But I took it off yesterday and saw that it is disintegrating. That's the only way I can put it. It is misshapen, it has lost all of the nadre in one spot, the place where it rests against my skin and it's flattened out somewhat. I don't know what happened. I have never exposed it to chemicals, or other jewelry. But as you can see, the nacre lustre is gone. Any help would be appreciated. I'm sorry this is a cruddy picture, my camera is dying but I can try to take others if it will help. Thanks for any help.