JEWELRY CARE | SIZING
Aluminum Care | Aluminum is a great, affordable option! It is a very shiny metal but it does look different from sterling silver. I describe it as being more playful and reflective than sterling silver. I have yet to see an aluminum piece oxidize or discolor. However, it is a softer metal so it does require gentle care. If you do need to shine it up I would recommend a jewelry polishing cloth-nothing abrasive.
Silver & Copper Care | Sterling silver and copper both naturally darken with time but can easily be restored to there original color. Most of my pieces are purposely oxidized and then polished with steel wool. This process adds a "rustic" finish by leaving the crevices dark and the higher areas light. This process also leaves a "brushed" satin finish.
To restore your piece to this finish, simply use fine steel wool to brush off unwanted oxidization. I recommend keeping jewelry sealed in a plastic bag to delay darkening.
For shiny non-oxidized finishes, I would recommend a jewelry polishing cloth. Or, if you do not mind a brushed/satin finish, steel wool would also work. Just be sure to use a very fine steel wool.
Brass Care | Brass is a great option for those who want a gold color without the 14K gold fill price. Brass does darken naturally but can be restored to its original color and finish by using the same techniques referenced above under Sterling Silver & Copper Care. You may need to use warm soapy water with the steel wool.
14k Gold Filled | Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating. Gold filled has 100% more gold than gold plating. Since gold filled is actually made up of an actual layer of gold pressure bonded to another metal, you do not have to worry about it tarnishing, flaking off, or turning colors. To care for your gold filled jewelry, simply keep away from chemicals, clean regularly with mildly sudsy water, rinse well and pat dry with a non-scratching cloth. Polish gently with a jewelry polishing cloth.
How Can I Find My Bangle Size?
To determine your bangle size, follow these steps:
STEP 1: Close your fingers together and bring your thumb to your little finger. Pretend that you are putting on a bangle bracelet.
STEP 2: Using a strip of paper or tape measurements, wrap it around your hand at the widest point. If you are using a plain strip of paper, mark your size with a pen on that paper. Then measure that paper strip with a ruler. That would be the circumference of your hand.
STEP 3: Compare your hand circumference to the chart below. Purchase a bangle with diameter that is the next size up from your actual hand measurement.
Small- 2 3/8" diameter (about a 7.5" circumference)
Medium-2 5/8" diameter (about a 8 1/4" circumference)
Large-2 3/4" diameter (about a 8 3/5" circumference)
Necklace Length Chart