Taking Care of your Jewelry
When you have a beautiful piece of jewelry you want it to last. Did you know that many things can affect the life cycle of jewelry or cause skin reactions? Simple things you might not think about. Things like high humidity, sweat, medications, and even sleeping in jewelry.
Following are some good practices for jewelry care...
Store jewelry in a cool, dry place. Do not store jewelry in a bathroom.
Do not wear jewelry in the shower or swimming.
Store each piece of jewelry separately to prevent rubbing.
Put jewelry on last, after using hairsprays, perfumes, lotions, make-up etc.
Take jewelry off first when returning home.
Clean jewelry gently every few wearings.
Minimize any contact with chemicals.
Playing contact sports? Please remove your jewelry.
If you have purchased enamel jewelry please wear with care. Enamel is fused glass particles while it is normally sturdy and can last forever, just as a dropped glass can shatter or crack when hit sharply against something hard, so too can enamel if it is hit really hard enough.
How to Measure for a Bracelet or Necklace
Measuring for a Bracelet
Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measure or a strip of paper just above the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet. If you use a plain strip of paper, make a mark with a pen or pencil. You can then use a ruler to measure the marked length. That would be your wrist size.
If you prefer a snug fit add 1/4" - 1/2" to your wrist size. For a little more of a comfort fit add approximately 3/4" - 1". If you like your bracelets really loose with lots of movement add about 1 1/4". It really is all about personal preference.
Measuring for a Necklace
Necklace length is truly a personal preference. Lengths pictured here are guidelines for illustrative purposes only...to offer you a visual idea of where a necklace might lie.
Body build will make a difference in where a necklace will fall. The best way to determine where the length of a necklace will fall on you is to measure. It is very easy. Grab a soft tape measure (like used in dressmaking), and stand in front of a mirror. Wrap the tape measure around the back of your neck and find the lengths in front that you like best. No tape measure? No problem. Use something like a string or piece of ribbon, wrap it across the back of your neck and down your front where you want it to hang. Continue to hold on to one end for marking and use a ruler or tape measure and measure from your finger to the end.