The Mohs Scale of Hardness is a measure of a gem or mineral’s scratch resistance. The scale ranges from 1 (very soft) to 10 (very hard). A mineral with a Mohs number of 1.5, such as the grap7hite found in your pencil, can be scratched by a fingernail. On the other hand, a diamond, which has a Mohs number of 10, is virtually impossible to scratch.
The Mohs Scale is very important to jewelry designers because it helps them determine which stone to use for which piece of jewelry. For example, pearls range from 3 to 4 on the Mohs scale. This means they are relatively soft. Therefore, while pearls may be great in earrings and necklaces, they aren’t always a good option for jewelry that will see rougher wear, such as rings.
Because turquoise comes in so many different varieties, it is hard to find a standard price. Two pieces of high-quality turquoise can differ greatly in price due simply from where they were mined as well as the color and patterning of their matrixes. Typically, American Turquoise, commonly used in jewelry, can range anywhere from $1.00 per carat to $300.00 per carat.
To determine your bracelet size for a loose fitting bracelet: Measure your wrist tightly with a cloth tape measure or a strip of paper between your wrist bone and your hand. This is your wrist size. Now add betwee .25" - 1" (1/2" is average). This is your bracelet size. The more you add to your wrist size, the lower the bracelet will hang on your hand.
To determine your bracelet size for a "tight" fitting bracelet: Measure your wrist with a cloth tape measure or a strip of paper just above your wrist bone. This is your wrist size. Now add betwee .25" - 1" (1/2" is average) depending on how tight you like your bracelets to fit. This is your bracelet size. The more you add to your wrist size, the looser the bracelet will grip.
To determine what size bangle bracelet you wear: Measure tightly around your hand where it is the broadest while holding your fingertips and thumb together.
Our hand-crafted jewelry is inspired by nature, so many of our silver pieces mimic the shapes of leaves. We carefully hand-cut and shape the silver to form a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. First the leaf pattern is drawn onto a piece of paper. Once the shape is set, it is then trimmed and adhered to the sheet of silver using rubber cement. Then, very carefully, we trace the leaf pattern with a saw, slowly cutting it from the rest of the flat sheet. Next, pilot holes are drilled so the saw can be used to create the prongs that will eventually hold the stone. Finally, we sand and polish the edges to remove any sharp areas.