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    Natural Pearl Lover Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert MSC's Avatar
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    Default Safely Removing Permanent Marker from Pearls

    I know this has been posted elsewhere (but I cannot find where, even with search terms), so I thought I'd post an inquiry here for easier reference. I need to remove some leftover marker marks from some pearls I drilled. The marks are pretty small. I cannot recall if you can use Acetone (pure acetone, not nail polish remover) to remove permanent marker without damaging the pearl. Any post removal cleaning recommendations - necessary to clean after using acetone? My previous life as a bioanalytical chemist has me recalling that acetone can leave residue... Thanks!
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    Yes, you can use acetone on a pearl. It will take very little...dab some onto a cotton swab and clean. Then use a second swab dipped in fresh water (filtered) to rinse the area.

    ETA: I use water soluble marker when marking my pearls for drilling...comes off very easily with a quick dab of water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyPearl View Post

    ETA: I use water soluble marker when marking my pearls for drilling...comes off very easily with a quick dab of water.
    That's a great idea - thank you for suggesting it!
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