Jewelry Care and Sizing
Adjusting your new cuff bracelet to fit properly
Buy your cuff bracelet in a size that is close to your wrist size so that the adjustment you need to make is small. Measure your wrist with a measuring tape or use a piece of string or strip of paper. Wrap the tape around the narrow part of your wrist and then measure the length.
Most cuff bracelets can be adjusted 1/2 inch one way or the other, use this measurement as a guide when purchasing your jewelry. You will want to adjust your bracelet to fit your wrist so that it does not have to be done again every time you wear it.
Carefully open your bracelet by very gently, but firmly, pulling the two ends apart, so that it fits over your wrist from the side. Place the open part of the bracelet at the side of the narrow part of your wrist, moving far enough to be able to turn it into the correct position. When the bracelet is placed as you want to wear it, gently squeeze it just enough to fit comfortably, and so that it can still be removed by reversing the process.
The next time you put it on, it will fit perfectly. Over time, metal that has been repeatedly stretched and compressed will stress, and may form a crack or weakened area that can limit the life of the bracelet. Using the method described above, your cuff will fit every time you wear it without any further adjustments that may damage it.
Please watch this short video on how to put on your cuff properly:
How do I clean my jewelry?
The absolute best thing on the market to use is our Polishing Cloth, which works on all metals and is safe for stones. This is my personal preference for all of my jewelry, both in my studio and for my own collection. Do not use chemical solutions, like Tarn-X or other jewelry cleaning solutions, as some jewelry has an applied patina which would be destroyed. Avoid immersing porous or fragile stones such as turquoise, malachite, pearls, emeralds, or opals, into chemical anti-tarnishing agents because it will damage the stone. If you have questions about specific pieces, please contact us.
Beauty products can affect jewelry. Spray perfume or hairspray can discolor gold or make pearls turn yellow. Put jewelry on after you have applied cosmetics and sprays.
Take off your jewelry, especially rings, when doing household chores or gardening. They could become damaged by knocking out stones or coming into contact with abrasive materials which discolor metal.
Settings can get clogged up with soap and hand cream. Take them off before washing hands and using cream.
Heat and hot water can loosen settings where an adhesive has been used. Pearl rings, earrings, and pendants have this type of setting.
Strong smelling foods like fish & onions can tarnish gold and silver.
Don’t wear jewelry to bed or when getting wet. It is a good idea to take your jewelry off before bed and store it properly so it will maintain its luster. Wearing silver while showering or swimming will likely tarnish it more quickly. Enameled pieces in gold or silver should not be exposed to water or cleaning agents.
Don’t expose silver or gold to chlorine, sulfur or strong household cleaning supplies since the harsh chemicals can erode the quality and sheen of the metals.
Clean your jewelry periodically. An old soft toothbrush is useful to get into any difficult nooks and crannies with warm soapy water.
Protecting your pearls by caring for them properly will help to preserve their life span. The actual care and cleaning process is very simple and can be done in only a few short minutes. It doesn’t matter if the pearl is a mabe, biwa or pearl beads the care is pretty much the same.
Pearls are produced by living organisms; therefore they contain calcareous crystals which are very sensitive to chemicals and acids. The content of protein and water in Pearls can subject them to drying out and cracking if not properly taken care of. It is advisable that pearls be dampened periodically, in lightly salted water.
Pearls, because of the natural creation process, are not as durable as other precious stones; therefore it is recommended that they are stored apart from other jewelry to prevent scratching their delicate surface. In addition, pearls should not be exposed to substances such as dish washing liquid or acidic products like vinegar, lemon juice, hairspray or perfume.
After wearing your favorite mabe pearl or freshwater pearls simply wipe them off with a soft cloth or chamois, the cloth can be damp or dry. This will help prevent dirt from building up, as well as stop the accumulation of perspiration, which is slightly acidic and can cause deterioration of the pearl nacre.
If wearing a pearl ring or pearl bracelet the manner in which it is removed can, in addition to cleaning, preserve its beauty. Always remove the ring by grasping it from the shank rather than by the pearl itself. This will help the pearl from coming into contact with the oils on your skin or from becoming loose.
For pearls that have not been cleaned for an extended period of time, or have become very dirty, the best remedy is to take them to your local jeweler for a thorough cleaning. If you would rather take care of the cleaning yourself, it is a very simple process.
Start by gently washing the pearls in water using a very mild dish soap such as Ivory, Lux, or baby shampoo. Ensure the soap is extremely mild as some commercial dish soaps, such as Dawn, can actually cause damage to the pearls because of their high level of acidity.
While washing the pearls, pay close attention to the areas around the drill holes where dirt tends to collect. Once the washing process is complete, simply lay them flat in a moist kitchen towel to dry. Once the towel is dry the pearls are ready to be worn or put away.
These few simple caring steps can make a tremendous difference to the life of your pearls and will allow you to pass them down from generation to generation.
Finding your Ring Size
Right-click on the image above and open it in a separate tab or window, then print out the image at 100%. You can cut out the ringsizer and use this to measure your finger, or wrap a strip of paper about 5mm or 1/4 inch wide snugly around your finger. Be sure to allow for the size of your knuckle that the ring will be sliding over.
Mark the point where the ends meet.
Lay the piece of paper flat and measure length either in millimeters or inches with a ruler. This is the circumference of your finger.
Use this measurement and the chart below to determine your ring size.
|Circumference Inches||Circumference mm||American||Australian Asian British||French Russian||German||Japanese||Swiss|
|1.21||30.7||0||A- 1 1/2||–||–||–||–|
|1.31||33.2||0||A – 1||–||–||–||–|
|1.41||35.7||0||A – 1/2||–||–||–||–|
|1.54||39.1||1 1/4||B 1/2||–||–||1 1/4||–|
|1.56||39.6||1 1/2||C||–||–||1 1/2||–|
|1.59||40.3||1 3/4||C 1/2||–||–||1 3/4||–|
|1.61||41||2||D||41 1/2||13 1/2||2||1 1/2|
|1.64||41.6||2 1/4||D 1/2||42 1/4||–||2 1/2||–|
|1.66||42.2||2 1/2||E||42 3/4||13 3/4||3||2 3/4|
|1.69||42.9||2 3/4||E 1/2||43 1/4||–||3 3/4||–|
|1.73||43.9||3 1/8||F 1/2||44 1/2||–||4 1/3||–|
|1.74||44.2||3 1/4||F 3/4||45||–||4 2/3||–|
|1.75||44.5||3 3/8||G||45 1/4||–||5||5 1/4|
|1.76||44.8||3 1/2||G 1/4||45 3/4||14 1/2||5 1/2||–|
|1.78||45.1||3 5/8||G 1/2||46||–||6||–|
|1.79||45.4||3 3/4||H||46 1/2||–||6 1/2||6 1/2|
|1.81||46.1||4||H 1/2||47 1/4||15||7||–|
|1.84||46.6||4 1/4||I||47 3/4||–||7 1/2||7 3/4|
|1.86||47.3||4 1/2||I 1/2||48 1/4||15 1/4||8||–|
|1.88||47.7||4 5/8||J||49||15 1/2||8 1/3||9|
|1.9||48.1||4 3/4||J 1/4||49 1/4||–||8 2/3||–|
|1.92||48.7||5||J 1/2||49 3/4||15 3/4||9||–|
|1.93||49||5 1/8||K||50||–||9 1/4||10|
|1.94||49.3||5 1/4||K 1/4||50 3/4||–||9 3/4||–|
|1.95||49.6||5 3/8||K 1/2||51||–||10||–|
|1.96||49.9||5 1/2||L||51 3/4||16||10 1/2||11 3/4|
|1.99||50.5||5 3/4||L 1/4||52 1/4||–||11||–|
|2||50.9||5 7/8||L 1/2||52||–||11 1/2||–|
|2.02||51.2||6||M||52 3/4||16 1/2||12||12 3/4|
|2.04||51.8||6 1/4||M 1/2||53 1/4||–||12 1/2||–|
|2.09||53.1||6 3/4||N 1/2||54 3/4||–||13 1/2||–|
|2.12||53.8||7||O||55 1/4||17 1/4||14||15 1/4|
|2.13||54.1||7 1/4||O 1/2||56||–||14 1/2||–|
|2.17||55||7 1/2||P||56 1/2||17 3/4||15||16 1/2|
|2.19||55.7||7 3/4||P 1/2||57||–||15 1/2||–|
|2.22||56.4||8||Q||57 3/4||18||16||17 3/4|
|2.24||56.9||8 1/4||Q 1/2||58||–||16 1/2||–|
|2.26||57.4||8 1/2||Q 3/4||58 1/2||18 1/2||17||–|
|2.27||57.7||8 5/8||R||59||–||17 1/4||19|
|2.28||57.9||8 3/4||R 1/4||59 1/4||–||17 1/2||–|
|2.29||58.3||8 7/8||R 1/2||59 3/4||–||17 3/4||–|
|2.33||59.2||9 1/8||S||60 1/4||–||18 1/4||20 1/4|
|2.35||59.6||9 1/4||S 1/4||60 3/4||–||18 1/2||–|
|2.36||59.9||9 3/8||S 1/2||61||–||18 3/4||–|
|2.37||60.2||9 1/2||S 3/4||61 1/4||19 1/2||19||–|
|2.38||60.5||9 5/8||T||61 1/2||–||19 1/4||21 1/2|
|2.39||60.8||9 3/4||T 1/4||61 3/4||–||19 3/4||–|
|2.42||61.5||10||T 1/2||62 1/4||20||20||–|
|2.44||62.1||10 1/4||U||62 3/4||–||21||22 3/4|
|2.47||62.6||10 1/2||U 1/2||62 7/8||20 1/4||22||–|
|2.48||63||10 5/8||V||63||–||22 1/4||23 3/4|
|2.49||63.4||10 3/4||V 1/4||63 3/4||–||22 3/4||–|
|2.52||64.1||11||V 1/2||64 1/2||20 3/4||23||–|
|2.53||64.4||11 1/8||W||65||–||23 1/4||25|
|2.54||64.6||11 1/4||W 1/4||65 1/4||–||23 1/2||–|
|2.56||64.9||11 3/8||W 1/2||65 3/4||–||23 3/4||–|
|2.57||65.3||11 1/2||W 3/4||66||21||24||–|
|2.58||65.7||11 5/8||X||66 1/4||–||24 1/4||26 1/4|
|2.59||65.8||11 3/4||X 1/4||66 3/4||–||24 1/2||–|
|2.6||66||11 7/8||X 1/2||67||–||24 3/4||–|
|2.62||66.6||12||Y||67 1/2||21 1/4||25||27 1/2|
|2.65||67.2||12 1/4||Y 1/2||68 1/4||–||25 1/2||–|
|2.67||67.9||12 1/2||Z||68 3/4||21 3/4||26||28 3/4|
|2.7||68.5||12 3/4||Z 1/2||69||–||26 1/2||–|
|2.73||69.2||13||Z + 1||–||22||27||–|