Jewelry Care and Sizing Help

Precious Metals

All handmade jewelry should be properly taken care of and maintained. It's a good idea as with any jewelry to keep away from excessive moisture, chemicals and to remove when exercising. 

Each jewelry piece comes with a complimentary polishing square and care instructions.  

Sterling silver will tarnish overtime, however, is easily polished. 

Due to the price of solid gold, and its impact on the environment all gold items are made with 14/20k gold filled, this is the same for Rose Gold items.  This keeps prices down for my customers without sacrificing quality or desired durability.  Same as silver if tarnished or it loses its luster, it is easily polished.

Brass and Copper
Brass naturally tarnishes at a quicker rate than other precious metals.  All brass and copper bracelets and rings are treated with a polishing agent that helps prevent oxidation (turns your skin green). With time, this polish will wear off and repolishing is recommended, unless you a more rustic look.  Each item containing brass or copper will include a complimentary polishing square and instructions.  Our larger Brass and Copper rings have been polished with a special compound and sealed with a protectant on the interior of the ring, which should give a bit extra time before it begins to tarnish.

Aromatherapy Diffuser Jewelry 

Lava Bead Diffusers
All lava bead jewelry uses high quality lava beads and have varying degrees of density

To use your diffuser jewelry, massage a drop or two of your favorite essential oil on one or all of the lava beads, and enjoy the subtle fragrance.  Depending on the density of the beads, it might take a few moments for the oil to absorb. Take care with necklaces and zipper pulls, as the oil may stain clothing. Some essential oils may also irritate skin.  Take care to test and know what if any oils you might be sensitive to.  

Some beads have a greater polish than others, so if you find the lava beads are not absorbing the oil, either wipe them with a cotton ball soaked with nail polish remover (with acetone) or rough them up a little bit with an emery board to break the seal on the surface.  Repeat as needed for desired aromatherapy results.

Felt and Wood Bead Diffusers
Both the felt balls and wood beads are easy to use and will provide a longer aroma diffuse.  Add 1 to 3 drops of your favorite essential oil onto the felt ball or wood bead and enjoy the aroma in the immediate area. The fragrance of essential oils used with the felt and wood beads are more noticeable than with the lava beads. Washing these items are not necessary.   

Take care with necklaces as oil may stain clothing. Some essential oils may also irritate skin. Take care to test and know what if any oils you might be sensitive to. Repeat as needed for desired aromatherapy results.


Sizing Your Jewelry

The simplest way to measure for ring size is to craft your own ring sizer with a strip of paper (or string or floss).  Wrap around the base of your finger, and mark where the end meets. Measure the strip to the nearest mm. Use this this size chart to find the right size.

  • If the measurement falls between two sizes order the larger size.
  • When the knuckle is bigger than the base of the finger, measure both places and pick a size in between the two.
  • Measure ring size at the end of the day when your fingers are warm. Finger size changes depending on the time of day and the weather, and your fingers are actually smaller in the early morning and in cold weather. Also, keep in mind that fingers on your dominant hand are usually larger.
  • Measure 3 to 4 times for more accuracy.
  • Common ring sizes for women are 6, 6.5, and 7. For men, common sizes are 10, 10.5, and 11.

Use this necklace length guide to assist you to make jewelry decisions based on the neckline style you're wearing.  Note: If you have a wide neck and are considering shorter lengths, you may need to go up an inch or two in length.

Measure around the wrist at the wrist bone. Choose a place where you would normally wear a bracelet. To take the measurement, use a bracelet gauge, a ribbon measuring tape or even a strip of paper and a ruler.

Use the strip of paper, mark where the end of the bracelet needs to be and then measure the paper with a ruler. No matter the method, the measurement is the wrist size. Increase the wrist measurement in the following increments to determine the bracelet size for how you want the bracelet to fit.

  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 inch for a snug fit.
  • Add 3/4 to 1 inch for a comfortable fit.
  • Add about 1-1/4 inch for a loose fit.