Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-Sale Questions

How can I order a piece of hand-crafted jewelry?

Ordering your jewelry is easy! Simply contact us, and we’ll place your order!

Are all your pieces of jewelry handmade?

Yes. We design and hand-craft each piece of jewelry that we sell.

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General Questions

What does pearl symbolize?

Pearls symbolize purity, integrity, and love. As a result, they are often sewn onto wedding gowns. June babies claim pearls as their birthstone, and pearls are also traditionally associated with the 3rd and 30th wedding anniversaries.

What does coral symbolize?

Coral is connected to multiple symbols. Coral stands for peace, good fortune, and positive self-esteem. Coral has long symbolized protection for children, and it is often given to young girls as gifts.

What does bone symbolize?

While the first symbol many associate with bone is mortality, bone also stands for strength, permanence, and a connection to the earth.

What does garnet symbolize?

Garnets are symbols of friendship, truth, and commitment. The garnet is also the birthstone for January babies. Garnets are traditionally associated with second wedding anniversaries.

What does carnelian symbolize?

In general, carnelian symbolizes courage, mental awareness, and emotional stability. Pink carnelian symbolizes the bond between parents and their children, whereas red carnelian is a symbol for strength and energy.

What does quartz symbolize?

Quartz carries a lot of symbolism, due to the fact that it comes in so many colors. Clear quartz, for example, represents clarity and purity. Rose quartz, on the other hand, stands for true love and harmony.

What does turquoise symbolize?

Turquoise stands for protection and strength. It is also a symbol for friendship. Turquoise is the traditional gift for an 11th wedding anniversary.
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What is the Mohs Scale of Hardness? What does it have to do with my jewelry?

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.

What are the different types of turquoise used in jewelry?

There are countless varieties of turquoise, and the appearance of this stone varies depending on where it was mined. The most popular (and valuable) type of turquoise is known as American Turquoise. American Turquoise, like every other variation of this stone, comes in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and matrix patterns (such as the extremely popular spider web matrix). Varieties of American Turquoise that are commonly used in jewelry include Sleeping Beauty, Royston, and Kingman turquoise. Other popular types of turquoise include Chinese Turquoise, from China, and Persian Turquoise, from present-day Iran.

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.

What is a cabochon?

The term cabochon refers to a specific cut for gemstones used in jewelry. Unlike the iconic Princess cut found in many rings and other settings,a cabochon does not have any facets. Instead, the top of a cabochon is a smooth dome shape while the bottom is flat. The polished dome shape of a cabochon shows off the natural beauty of the gemstone, and they are very popular as both accents and centerpieces in jewelry.

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What is the difference between sterling silver and fine silver?

Fine silver is 99.9% pure silver. In general, fine silver is too soft to be used in jewelry. Sterling silver, on the other hand, is much stronger. That is because sterling silver is actually a metal alloy, meaning it is a combination of two or more metals. Most of the time, sterling silver is made up of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. The sterling silver has the same beauty as fine silver, with the added strength of copper, ensuring longer-lasting jewelry.

What size bracelet should I buy?

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.

What is fire scale?

Fire scale is the by-product of heating sterling silver in the presence of oxygen (a.k.a. oxidation) that brings copper to the surface thus “staining” the silver. The only way to remove fire scale from silver is to use abrasion (filing, sanding, polishing, sandblasting or using an emery cloth) which removes all the copper stain by removing metal. The best way to avoid fire scale is to prevent it by using flux which reduces oxidation.

What is the difference between sterling silver and Argentium?

Argentium is sterling silver. It is fine silver combined with germanium in the ratio of 93.5% fine silver to 6.5% germanium. It has the advantage of being more resistant to fire scale, the bane of every silversmith.

How do your silver jewelry pieces get their unique shape?

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.

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