The preferred method of
obtaining your finger size is to go to a local jewelry counter or jewelry store
and have them size your finger for you. They will do it free of charge. If you
are interested in purchasing a wide ring be sure they use the wide ring finger
sizers. The equivalent finger on your other hand will most likely not be the
same size. The muscles in the fingers of your hand that you most often use will be more developed. The finger sizer should meet resistance when going over your knuckle for
the best fit. If you want to surprise a loved one you may take a ring that fits
well for the same finger and take it to a jewelry store and obtain a size that
way, as the jeweler will place the ring on a sizing mandrel and obtain a size reading. Another option is to purchase a ring size as is and have the ring sized later on. If your size is
based on another sizing system besides U.S. sizing standard a sizing conversion will be done. We don't recommend finger sizing methods such as wrapping a string or piece of paper around the finger and marking it as this is not a very accurate method.
We typically size your special order ring sizing while it
is still in its wax model form, unless it is a rush then it may need to be
sized in its pecious metal form due to the time constraints of proceeding through the jewelry lost wax casting process. When the ring is sized by
either method it can be sized in 1/4 size increments. If you feel that you are
between, for example, ring size 7 and ring size 7 1/2, then your ring will be sized to 7 1/4 .
Your ring finger size on
the hand that you use for writing in many cases will correspond to your shoe
size. The muscles of the fingers on the hand that you use for writing are more
developed than the finger muscles on your other hand and generally the finger
size is 1/2 size larger than the same finger on the other hand. A wide ring (more
than 6 mm) covers more finger surface area and therefore it usually needs to be
1/2 size larger than a more standard width ring.
How To Clean Fine Jewelry -Home Jewelry
The custom jewelry design
is created using precious metals and fine quality gemstones and will serve many
years of enjoyment with the appropriate considerations. Gold and platinum hold
up very well under normal wearing conditions. Prongs should be checked by a
professional jeweler once or twice a year for signs of wear as the metals are
malleable. It's not unusual for prongs on a much loved and worn gold ring or other piece of fine jewelry to require
re-tipping from time to time. This is considered part of fine jewelry maintenence and care. Platinum is so dense that platinum prongs may never
require re-tipping depending on how hard the platinum jewelry piece is being worn.
The precious metal can be shined up with the jewelry polishing cloth as a simple form of home fine jewelry care. The precious metal polishing cloth should not be used on gemstones as the cloth is impregnated with abrasives. We provide you with a precious metal polishing cloth enclosed with your purchase.There are also polishing cloths manufactured especially for gemstones and diamond available for purchase.
Gemstones and diamonds can be cleaned using a soft bristled toothbrush
and a non-gummy, non-abrasive cleaner such as ammonia or a product like Simple
Green for a convenient jewelry home maintenence solution.
A more specialized home maintenence method to clean your fine jewelry is with the use of an ultrasonic. An ultrasonic that works will cost around $200.00 or more. Cheaper models will make noise but do not provide much cleaning action. There are a number of fine gemstones that should not be placed in an ultrasonic. Some gemstones not to place in an ultrasonic are emerald, coral, lapis lazuli, malachite, pearl, opal, peridot, topaz, turquoise and tanzanite. Hard knocks and abrasive products should be avoided with any gemstone
and in particular soft gemstones. This also pertains to your fine jewelry when it is not being worn. Your fine jewelry should not be allowed to knock each other in storage. Rings and other stored fine jewelry can be scratched and gemstones can be chipped or abraded if allowed to make contact with each other.
We will professionally clean and check your fine jewelry pieces purchased from us at no cost. More extensive repair such as replacing or re-tipping prongs and other setting repairs and removing scratches and nicks will require a fee. Any piece of fine jewelry properly maintained, loved and cared for will provide many cherished years of enjoyment.