Jewelry Care


Sizing of cuff bracelets:

My standard size of cuffs are 5.5" long.  That fits women's wrists sized 5.5"-6.5".  I also carry 6" cuffs that fit women's wrists sized 6.5"-7.5".  To size your wrist, take a piece of string and wrap it around wrist.  Then measure the string with a ruler in inches.  That will determine your wrist size.

Instructions to put on your cuff bracelet:

Slide the opening part of your cuff over the side of your wrist and hook on.  To take off, unhook cuff off of wrist.  It is best to get a cuff that is snug to your size.  If you get a cuff that is too big, then the constant opening and closing of the ends will wear the metal and cause the cuff to break.

To ensure longevity, remove jewelry before coming into contact with water.

Aluminum

I use food safe pure aluminum.  Aluminum won't oxidize or turn your skin into different colours.  It can handle getting a bit of water on it.   It is essentially hypoallergenic and  is my go to metal for my clients with metal allergies.

Pewter

I use lead free pewter.  Pewter retains its polished surface longer if it is not worn while engaging in activities that can be hard on it, such as sports, heavy cleaning, or work that is tough on hand jewelry (if wearing bracelets or rings).  Cleaning pewter involves nothing more than mild soap, water, and a soft cloth.  Pewter polish is available but only a small amount should be used and as seldom as possible.  When storing pewter jewelry, wrap items in tissue paper or a soft cloth to ensure they last a long time.

Brass & Copper

I use jeweller's brass (looks like gold when polished) and I use pure copper.  Brass and copper will both oxidize to a dark matte finish, kind of an antiqued look. If you're not big on this look, you can polish it with a polish pad (you get a complimentary polish pad when you order a brass/copper piece from me).  If the metal gets wet, it will oxidize faster, so try to avoid water meeting your piece. (This includes perfumes & any other sprays.)  Both of these metals will turn your skin green. It's not permanent or painful, but some people dislike that, and if you're one of them, I suggest trying aluminum or pewter instead.  When not using, store in a closed bag, as it slows down oxidation.

Sterling Silver                           

I use .925 Sterling Silver.  It will oxidize over time.  If you're not big on this look, you can polish it with a polish pad (you get a complimentary polish pad when you order a sterling from me.  Also, when not in use, store in a closed bag, as it slows down oxidation.

Silk Ribbon

Our hand dyed silks are easy to take care of.  Hand wash in cold water, mild detergent (woolite is a good one) straighten ribbons and lay flat to dry.  All silk has been put through a lengthy steaming process to assist in retaining their beautiful colours.  However, in every effort to maintain the beauty and vibrancy, it is impossible to truly colourfast silk.  This does not mean that your ribbons will run or transfer colour to other fibers, it means that the colour could fade over time. And do not go shower/swimming with them, as colour will fade.