Thank you so much for visiting Silver Echoes. Please make yourself comfortable, take some time to look around and imagine the possibilities. I fill everything I make with love and light and send it out into the world infused with wishes for peace and personal happiness. We are all beautiful, both inside and out, and every now and then a new piece of jewelry can sparkle up our day. And when we sparkle more brightly, we teach those around us how to do the same. Enjoy your day and stop by whenever you are in the neighbourhood.
Measure your wrist (snugly but not tightly) just below the wrist bone using a flexible tape measure (the kind used by seamstresses). If you do not have a flexible tape measure, use a strip of paper or a string. Mark the point where either overlaps. Measure your marked strip of paper to determine your wrist size.
1” to your wrist size for a ‘comfort’ fit
1 ½” for a more ‘relaxed’ fit
It may be helpful to measure a favorite bracelet to establish that you already find comfortable.
Argentium silver is a modern sterling silver alloy which modifies the traditional alloy (92.5% silver + 7.5% copper) by replacing some of the copper with the metalloid germanium. As it contains at least 92.5% silver content of the traditional alloy, it is still referred to as sterling silver. Many people who are allergic to copper find argentium silver much more comfortable to wear.
Base metal (steel or brass) is dipped into electroplating solution containing a lump of gold. An electric current is applied and a thin layer of gold is deposited on the metal. Since the plating is quite thin, the plate (and hence the colour) on findings can wear off.
Base metal (brass or copper) covered by sheets of gold using a mechanical bonding process. Gold content is 5% or 1/20 of the total weight. It is hard wearing and with reasonable care, will not peel or flake. Should last as long as solid 14k gold jewelry. Also known as rolled gold.
For those of you who regularly wear jewelry, keeping your jewelry clean and looking like new requires a little bit of time and a little bit of effort.
Here are some general guidelines that may help:
• Remove all jewelry before showering or doing any sort of cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form, making your jewelry appear dull, dingy and aged.
• Use a jewelry polishing cloth on silver, gold, copper or brass for the best result. Using a tissue or paper towel can cause scratches because of the wood fibers in these products.
• Cleaning your own jewelry regularly will help keep it looking like new. You can purchase commercial cleaners from a jeweler or make a cleaning a solution yourself. Rubbing alcohol can work wonders. Bleach will literally destroy jewelry, so avoid it at all costs.
• Using warm water is best when cleaning your jewelry. Hot water can cause a reaction with the cleaning fluids, resulting in discoloration. Sterling silver in particular. Should this occur, this can be remedied by applying a tarnish remover and buffing out the discoloration.
• Do not clean jewelry that is damaged, cracked or broken, since the additional handling is likely to worsen the damage. If you find that a piece of jewelry is damaged, it should be set aside for repair as soon as possible.
• Just like all things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When having your jewelry professionally cleaned, it's a good idea to have each item checked and inspected for any possible problems. Addressing signs of damage or loose gemstones will prevent any further damage or loss and keep all of your pieces in excellent shape for years.