Sterling Cuff Bracelets...
Our cuff bracelets are 6" long and are made to fit about 95% of all wrists. If the circumference of your wrist (wrap a string around your wrist, then measure the string with a ruler) is 5.75" - 6.75", our cuffs should fit you just fine (it'll be a bit looser on the smaller wrist and tighter on a larger wrist). If you would like to order a men's cuff (7" long), see the custom order cuff bracelet page. If you need a large or small woman's cuff, please contact us for pricing - larger and smaller cuffs for women are available by special order.
To wear a cuff, put the cuff on behind the wrist bone (there's a "squishy" spot) by pushing the bottom end of the cuff into the underside of your wrist (into the "squishy" spot!) and pushing the top end of the cuff over your wrist until it slides on. You should start on the inside of your wrist and move outwards as you slide the cuff on.
Cuff bracelets are a bit adjustable, but ideally, you should adjust it to your size (very gently - try to adjust where the cuff isn't etched) and then not adjust it again unless it's necessary. Especially be careful of bending bracelets where they're etched - if the metal is bent again and again, it will cause a stress spot and will eventually cause the piece to break. If your cuff has set stones, the metal underneath the stones must NOT be bent to adjust the cuff, or the stones can become loose in their settings and pop out. With care, your cuff will last a lifetime!
Cuff Sizing :
Small - 5.5" long - for wrists with a circumference of 5.75" or less
Standard - 6" long - for wrists with a circumference of 5.75" to 6.75" - this is the size of 95% of our cuffs
Large - 6.5" long - for wrists with a circumference of 6.75" or more (special order)
Men's - 7" long - for wrists with a circumference of 7" or more (see custom cuffs)
Wrap Rings & Adjustable Rings...
To adjust our wrap rings, hold the ring in the center to support it, and VERY gently bend the ring in or out (to make it larger or smaller) throughout the bend on the ring on both sides. The center is the most vulnerable spot on this ring, so start your bending a little out from the center. Metal doesn't like to be moved often, so adjust to your size and don't adjust again unless necessary.
When sizing an adjustable ring with a set stone, the adjustable part of the band can be bent uniformly to make the ring fit. But as above, remember that metal doesn't like to be moved often, so adjust to your size and don't adjust again unless necessary.
Stones & Pearls....
Unbeknownst to most people, many stones and pearls are dyed, enhanced, stabililzed or otherwise treated to enhance their color and wearing properties. We use natural stones and pearls whenever possible, but often, it's impossible to know for sure if a stone has been treated. So when wearing jewelry with stones and/or pearls, use care when exposing to chemicals, especially chlorine! Chemicals can make stones "bleed" or remove the shiny finish. And remember that most of our water supply contains chemicals, so even over-exposure to household water can damage some pieces.
Our sterling silver jewelry and charms come with either a shiny or a brushed matte finish. If you have a shiny finished piece, you can keep it looking nice by polishing it when needed with our polishing cloths and cleaning when necessary with soap and warm water. A brushed matte finish, on the other hand, is made up of tiny scratches in the metal so a polishing cloth will actually remove the finish. To keep a matte finish looking good, simply hold the piece under running water and rub gently in a circular motion with a scotch-brite pad or 400-1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper and you'll get a beautiful, professional finish. Also, some of our sterling is blackened to bring out the detail - please don't dip these pieces into a liquid silver cleaner or it may remove the black in the crevices - just clean as mentioned above.
Sterling silver jewelry will tarnish when exposed to air, so we recommend storing sterling in a plastic sealed bag (with an anti-tarnish strip if you have one) in your jewelry box. For most people, sterling will tarnish less the more it's worn - skin oils coat the metal and help protect it from the elements.
Copper will also tarnish and can be polished with a cloth. Sometimes a finish is applied to copper to prevent tarnish, but we usually leave copper in its natural state.
14kt gold-filled jewelry is the easiest to care for because it doesn't tarnish; simple polish gently with a polishing cloth or wash in warm water.
Vermeil (gold-plate over sterling silver) - Use the most care with vermeil. If polished, the gold-plate can come off and expose the sterling underneath. To clean, just wash gently in warm water.
**All metals can react to chemicals in our environment, so please take care to keep jewelry out of places with high chemical contents, like pools...