Your Marahlago larimar jewelry has been well-crafted and is made of high quality materials so it can be enjoyed for many years if cared for properly. The following suggestions will help to protect its value and beauty!
AFTER EACH USE
We recommend that you wipe down your larimar jewelry with a cotton cloth after each wear—the white cotton cloth that came with your piece is ideal. Otherwise, air pollutants, dust, perspiration, perfumes and other natural elements can dull the appearance of the gemstones and precious metals.
MINIMIZE & REMOVE TARNISH
Many of our sterling silver settings are not plated in order to protect the beautiful larimar gemstones. As a result, the silver settings will naturally tarnish over time. Tarnish is easily removed if caught early, but it can cause permanent discoloration if left unchecked. Regular cleaning will keep the tarnish in check. Wearing your sterling silver jewelry can also help prevent it from getting tarnished. We recommend that you wear your Marahlago larimar jewelry every day!To remove heavier tarnish,wash your silver jewelry with warm water and mild soap. Use a clean, nub-free cotton or flannel cloth. Do NOT use silver polish or dip style cleaning solutions, as they can remove the antique oxidation on many Marahlago larimar silver pieces to give them their distinctive look. If more thorough cleaning is required, contact us here.
Your larimar jewelry should be professionally cleaned and inspected once a year to prevent costly repairs or replacements. In addition, each time you wear your jewelry, check it for loose or chipped stones, worn links, bent prongs, or malfunctioning clasps. If you notice a problem, contact us immediately to prevent more extensive damage or loss.
All sterling silver and gemstones (including diamonds) can chip, scratch, or abrade under the right circumstances, so please take a few precautions. Avoid wearing your rings and bracelets while doing any manual labor, housework, or strenuous activity or any time they might be subjected to sharp blows or excessive friction.
STORE AFTER USE
When not in use, always store your Marahlago larimar jewelry in the pouch it came in. Store each piece of your jewelry separately in airtight packaging like a plastic bag to prevent tarnishing and scratching.
AVOID DAMAGING EXPOSURE
To avoid damage to the larimar gemstones and sterling silver in your Marahlago jewelry, we strongly recommend that you avoid exposing it to:
Acidic environments can promote oxidation which causes silver to turn black. Sweat and oils on your skin, medications, diet, and other factors can make your skin more acidic. If your Marahlago larimar jewelry is showing signs of turning black quickly, contact us by phone or email.
CLEANING BASICS FOR YOUR MARAHLAGO JEWELRY
There are many substances in the environment that can cause damage and discoloration to your Marahlago larimar jewelry if they’re not attended to. Air pollutants, dust, perspiration, perfumes and even natural elements can cause dulling. Leather, rubber, chlorine, and perspiration contain sulfur, which can tarnish sterling silver. Gemstones can absorb hairspray, lotions, and perfumes, which can cause them to discolor.
Because it’s hard to completely avoid these kinds of things, we recommend that you routinely wipe down your jewelry with the white Marahlago polishing cloth that came with your jewelry.
Do not use chemicals or cleaners - We strongly advise against using ultrasonic cleaners, steamers, bleach, ammonia or other chemicals or at-home jewelry cleaning solutions on gemstones. Only clean them with diluted mild dish soap and warm water.
Cleaning sterling silver - Use boiling water and baking soda to clean your sterling silver jewelry. VIEW OUR CLEANING TUTORIAL.
Cleaning accent gemstones - Accent gemstones, such as sapphires, blue topaz, and spinel, can attract oils and lotions causing them to appear dull. To clean them, soak them in a bowl of water with a touch of gentle dish soap. A soft baby’s toothbrush may be used to scrub around and behind the stone. After cleaning, place your jewelry in a strainer and rinse before thoroughly drying it with a lint-free cloth.
Cleaning pearls and mother of pearl - Pearls require proper care to retain their beauty and luster. They should be kept away from perfumes, cosmetics, perspiration, chlorine, vinegar, ammonia, and dirt. We recommend you put them on last, after hair products and perfume. Pearls should be removed before exercising to protect them from perspiration. After wearing, gently wipe them with a slightly damp cloth.
Wash your pearl jewelry periodically with mild soap (not detergent) and a soft cloth. Rinse pearls in clean water and wrap them in a thin, damp cotton towel to dry. To prevent scratches, pearls should be stored away from other objects in the storage pouch provided. Opals and pearls require humidity so do not store them in an airtight package such as a plastic bag. If their environment is too dry, they may crack.
We recommend that you do NOT size any Marahlago rings you’ve purchased. Excess heat can damage the stone and the finishes on the metal. If you need a custom size, contact us to see if it is available in the style that you want.
Although it’s tempting to do, avoid squeezing or bending our cuff bracelets. If the shape is distorted, the settings can be damaged, which can cause stones to dislodge.
SILVER EARRING BACKS
Silver earring backs can loosen over time so you may need to gently push them back into shape. Bracelet clasps may also need to be re-aligned.
If you've lost your Marahlago silver polishing cloth, good quality replacements such as those made by Connoisseurs can be bought online or in stores for just a few dollars.