CARING FOR YOUR MARAHLAGO JEWELRY

Marahlago jewelry is extremely well crafted and if cared for properly can be enjoyed for generations. Air pollutants, dust, perspiration, perfumes and other natural elements can dull the appearance of gemstones or precious metals. Because of this, it is always good practice to wipe down your jewelry with a cotton cloth after wear.

 

In order to protect the larimar, most marahlago settings are not plated, and will naturally tarnish due to a reaction between the silver and airborne sulfur. It is easily removed if caught early, but if left unchecked can cause permanent discoloration.

 

Additionally, jewelry should be professionally cleaned and inspected once a year. Just like a fine automobile, periodic inspection and maintenance of jewelry helps prevent costly repairs or replacements. Personally inspect your jewelry as you wear it by looking for loose or chipped stones, worn links, bent prongs, or malfunctioning clasps.

 

If a problem is found, contact us immediately to prevent more extensive damage or loss. When not in use, always store your Marahlago jewelry in the pouch you received when purchased. Store each piece of jewelry separately in airtight packaging like a plastic bag to prevent excessive tarnishing and scratching.

 

RING SIZING

We do not recommend the sizing of any marahlago rings. Excess heat can damage the stone and any finishes on the metal. If a custom size is needed please contact us to see if it is possible for the style that you are interested in.

 

CUFFS

Avoid squeezing or bending when putting on or taking off. If the shape is distorted, the settings can be damaged, leading to loss of stones.

 

SILVER EARRING BACKS

Silver earring backs can loosen over time and need to be gently pushed back into shape, bracelet clasps may also need to be re-aligned.

 

HOW TO AVOID DAMAGING GEMSTONES

In general, you can prevent many problems by not exposing your sterling silver and larimar jewelry to common elements such as:

  • Chlorine including swimming pools and hot tubs
  • Household cleaning chemicals
  • Extreme heat or light
  • Salt water
  • Perfume

 

Silver turns black due to a chemical reaction known as oxidation. Acidic environments promote this reaction. The pH of your skin (meaning sweat, oil secretion, etc.) can become more acidic due to subtle changes in your bodies chemistry. These changes can be due to medications, diet, or a combination of factors. If you have any marahlago pieces that are turning black quickly, please contact us.

 

All sterling silver and gemstones, including diamonds, can chip, scratch, or abrade under the right circumstances. Avoid wearing rings or bracelets while doing any manual labor, including housework. Jewelry should be taken off before strenuous activity or during times when it might be subjected to sharp blows or excessive friction.

 

CLEANING FOR YOUR MARAHLAGO JEWELRY

Over time, air pollutants, dust, perspiration, perfumes and other natural elements can make jewelry and gemstones appear dull. Below are some tips for keeping your pieces clean and shiny.

 

CLEANING SILVER JEWELRY (click here for a cleaning tutorial)

Sterling silver tarnishes in the presence of common everyday items that contain sulfur, such as leather, rubber, chlorine, and perspiration. Other elements to be mindful of are air pollutants and salt water. Because these substances cannot be completely avoided, it is recommended that sterling silver be routinely wiped down with the white marahlago polishing cloth that came with your piece. Regular wear of your marahlago sterling silver can also help prevent tarnishing—we recommend that you enjoy and wear your marahlago jewelry every day. When not in use, try and store your jewelry in airtight packaging.

 

To remove heavier tarnish, wash your silver jewelry with warm water and mild soap. Never use anything but a clean, nub-free cotton or flannel cloth. We do not recommend silver polish or dip style cleaning solutions, which will remove the antique oxidation that we intentionally apply to many marahlago silver pieces to give them their distinctive look. If more thorough cleaning is required, please get in touch with us on our “contact us” page, as we are here to help.

 

Marahlago advises against using an ultrasonic cleaner, steamer or other “at home” jewelry cleaning chemicals (including bleach and ammonia that can discolor silver) on gemstones. They should only be cleaned with diluted mild dish soap and warm water (see above for clean instructions).

 

LARIMAR GEMSTONES

Never use an ultrasonic cleaner or chemicals on your Larimar stones. They should only be wiped clean with a damp cloth. In addition, avoid contact with hairspray, lotions, and perfumes, which can be absorbed over time, causing discoloration.

 

ACCENT GEMSTONES

Accent gemstones, such as sapphires blue topaz, or spinel attract oils and lotions causing them to appear dull. To clean, 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 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 pearls 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. However, do not store them in an airtight package such as a plastic bag. Opals and pearls require humidity. When storing them, make sure the environment is not too dry or they may crack.

 

Marahlago advises against using

  • at home jewelry cleaning chemicals (including bleach, ammonia)
  • ultrasonic and steam cleaners
  • commercial dip style cleaners unless rated for sterling silver and pearls

 

WE ARE HERE TO HELP, LET US KNOW IF WE CAN BE OF ANY ASSISTANCEWITH ANYTHING THAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO YOUR FABULOUS MARAHLAGO JEWELRY.