All of our fashion jewelry is traditionally crafted. The metal is plated and each crystal and gemstone is individually set. As a result, special care is required. Many jewelry cleaning solutions, steam and ultrasonic cleaners can cause irreparable damage to Swarovski crystals and gemstones. We recommend that you polish your jewelry frequently with a soft dry lint free cloth to maintain its original, lustrous finish. Do not wash Swarovski simulated pearls, buff with a dry cloth. Avoid alcohols and acids like vinegar and ammonia. Hot soapy water and a soft makeup brush can be used to clean gemstones. Dry the stones with a soft towel and rub with a soft lint free cotton cloth to remove fingerprints.
The activities you are performing while wearing your plated jewelry affects the lifespan of the plating. It can’t be said exactly how long it will last – it all depends on how and when you wear it. Please use care when handling your jewelry. Never toss it on a counter or tabletop as it can cause scratching, chips or even worse of the crystal or gemstones. Every time your plated jewelry comes into contact with something, whether it be a door handle or even your handbag, the plating is being worn down. Remove your jewelry before washing hands, swimming, and/or applying products (e.g.) perfume, hairspray, soap, or lotion), as this could harm the metal and reduce the life of the plating, as well as cause discoloration and loss of crystal or gemstone brilliance.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer, we ask you to use care and common sense. You shouldn’t subject plated jewelry to high temperatures or grease. The high temperatures will make you sweat, which leads to the wear of the plating.
Chlorine, salt water, suntan lotion, hair spray, perfume, sweat (physical activities), dirt buildup (never taking jewelry off), chemically treated pools, whirlpools, exposure to air, and household cleaners that contain bleach will cause discoloration of silver and brass and dips will remove the oxidized "antique finish" of your metal and may damage stones.
Your skin PH also affects the plating. There are some people whose skin PH will cause the plating to wear down or turn dark in mere days! This does not mean it is an inferior plating or metal; it is merely the acidic reaction of your skins PH level on the metal.
Store your jewelry in the original packaging or a soft pouch to avoid scratches. Sometimes jewelry tarnishes when it's not worn, especially silver and gold. To maintain the luster of your jewelry, place silver anti-tarnish strips or silica gel packets in your storage container to absorb the oxidants that discolor and tarnish jewelry. A zip lock bag will also help prevent tarnishing of metals and keep the metals and stones from being scratched. Prolonged exposure to air will cause silver and brass to tarnish. Please do not store jewelry in sunlight or heat.
We know this may seem like a lot of info but if your anything like us, we hate to purchase something only to find out later more about it. So we want you to be educated prior to your purchase. You CAN own plated jewelry and ensure it lasts for years, as long as you take care of it.
Buying bracelets is much easier if you know your correct wrist size. . 7-7 1/2" is standard. The bracelet should hang between your hand and wrist bone, which is the most attractive position. When measuring for bracelets, use a soft dressmakers tape and measure tightly where your wrist is widest. We recommend you do this 2 or 3 times until you get a consistent measurement. Next, you need to make allowance for comfort. You may like a bracelet to have a snug fit or a more loose fit so add approx ¼ inch to 1 inch, (½ inch is average) depending on how tight you like your bracelets to fit. This is your bracelet size. With bracelets the actual length is not what is a concern, it's the inner circumference when latched shut.
Our cuff bracelets are recommended for wrist sizes 6 to 8. You can slightly adjust it by gently curving it for a closer fit, but please handle with care when doing so. When you place your order let us know your wrist size and we will shape it for you.
We love custom and personalized orders whether for a bridal party or a personal gift. We will work with you to create your dream piece. Most Swarovski crystals are available in various color ways so if you see something you like but it is not in the color you wish please ask us if it can be created in your desired color and size crystal.