Contact
hi@malloryshelterjewelry.com
Directions

1258 5th Street NE Washington DC 20002

Jewelry Care

NATURAL WEAR & TEAR CLEANING

Although goldfill jewelry should not tarnish, it will get dirty, scratched, and dulled over time. The easiest way to clean your goldfilled pieces is to soak for a few minutes in hot, soapy water, scrub it with an old soft toothbrush and a bit of dish soap. Rinse well, pat dry, and air dry. You can also use a Sunshine Cloth and lightly buff the piece back to a shine.

Platinum and gold engagement rings won’t tarnish, but will also scratch and dull over time. Gold is softer than platinum, so it is prone to scratching faster and more often. A quick polish by a professional jeweler can repair a ring back to its original appearance, but please note that scratching and dulling is normal for fine jewelry. As with goldfilled items, you can soak your pieces in hot, soapy water, then follow the same procedures listed above. When using the toothbrush, make sure to focus on places where dirt can accumulate such as in between prongs, underneath the setting, and in the back opening behind the stone. Please take care with softer stones such as opals and turquoise. 

 Silver jewelry is prone to tarnishing, and everyone's skin reacts differently to the material, causing some people's silver pieces to patina faster than others. Follow the same steps above for a light cleaning, or bring to a professional jeweler to remove some tougher tarnish stains. 

STORING YOUR JEWELRY

When not in use, store your jewelry in a cool, dry place, preferably in it's original box or back. For pieces with diamonds, note that the stone can scratch other jewelry, especially when pieces are stored together. Be sure to keep engagement rings away from other jewelry while storing – a soft fabric pouch or a jewelry box is best.

CHEMICALS & EVERYDAY IRRITANTS

Many people wear their jewelry daily without giving much though to what the pieces are coming in contact with. Substances that are likely to accumulate on or around rings, earrings and necklaces include shampoo, sunscreen, make-up, flour, dust, soap residue and hairspray. We advise taking off rings before you work with greasy or dirty substances or embark on cleaning or lifting and carrying will ensure that your engagement ring stays looking clean for longer. We also advise removing necklaces and earrings when applying perfume or lotions, or when showering.

Common chemicals such as bleach, chlorine, furniture polish, cleaners, and more can cause major damage to any type of jewelry, especially gold. Be sure to remove your pieces before using harsh chemicals and cleaners, or when swimming in a pool or hot tub.

STONE CHIPPING

Although diamonds are an extremely hard stone, they are also a naturally occurring material, so it is incorrect that they are immune to chipping and scratching. You should be mindful of any manual work that may cause your diamond to scratch, chip, or loosen in its setting.

Other stones used in our pieces, especially softer stones like opal, moonstone, turquoise, labradorite, and others, are much more prone to chipping than diamonds and sapphires. Be mindful of this, especially on rings, and remove the pieces when doing any strenuous activities.  

PROFESSIONAL CHECK UPS & CLEANING FOR ENGAGEMENT JEWELRY

Even the most secure diamond settings may loosen over time, especially if they are worn daily. It is important to have your engagement ring checked by a professional on a yearly basis to make sure the setting is still secure. Diamonds that are prong set may need to be retipped or repronged after several years of wear and tear. If your stone becomes loose in any setting, please let a professional jeweler know immediately, and refrain from wearing the jewelry until the stone is secured.