How to select your size?
It is important to know your correct bracelet or ring size before ordering. The following are suggestions to help determine your size. This works for most people however if you are still uncertain of your size we highly recommend you go to your nearest jewelry store as they have the proper tools for sizing and they'll usually do this for you for free.
When determining your size for a bracelet or bangle use a tailor type measuring tape that measures in inches. Measure the circumference of your closely clenched hand with fingers straight and thumb turned in to touch your pinky. The idea is to make your hand the smallest circumference possible.
Position the tape measure over your knuckles and run the tape starting from one point going completely around and stopping at the same point to take your reading. From this reading round out your size to the closest size for the bracelet or ring you would like to order.
The idea is to find the largest circumference of your hand the bracelet must slip over to reach your wrist. The bracelet must also be able to slide on and over your hand comfortably.
Measuring your size for a Ring
If you do not know your size please use a ring sizer to determine your ring size.
Most jewelry stores can do this for you for free.
These are only suggestions to help you select your size.
Recommended Care for .925 Sterling Silver Jewelry.
Does your .925 sterling silver tarnish?
Yes, It most certainly do tarnish.
We recommend gently use soft cotton cloth wipe off your .925 Sterling Silver Jewelry's excess make-up and skin oils after each wearing. You can use silver cleaner or warm water with some baking soda to clean your tarnished silver jewelry, but never use chlorine bleach, do not wear your Silver jewelry when you go in to the swimming poor. Clean and polish the Jewelry before storage.
Follow these simple recommendations to keep your Hawaiian Sterling Silver Jewelry looking good.
WHY DOES SILVER TARNISH & TURN BLACK?
WHAT MAKES STERLING SILVER TARNISH & CAN IT BE PREVENTED?
Silver is the most popular type of metal used for Jewelry in the World today. Jewelers love it, customers love it, there's a great abundance of it, and it's inexpensive! It seems like such a win-win situation, doesn't it?
But there's one huge down-fall to Silver...
It turns black. It leaves dark black, blue, purple stains on your fingers, wrists and neck. It even leaves stains on your clothes. Everywhere that Silver touches, Silver leaves its mark. And not in a pretty way! It's gross and ugly!
The funny thing is, it doesn't stop people from buying it or wearing it. People know Silver does this, and they don't care. It's still highly popular.
Why is Silver so Popular?
I would surmise that there are 3 main reasons why Silver is so sought after. 1) It's Cheap! (Very Cheap!) 2) It's very malleable. Jewelers and Artists have no problems molding and shaping Silver into wonderful works of art. 3) It's White! People have always been attracted to White Metals. Now more than ever. If you go into any Jewelry Store, over half the cases will be full of White Metals like: Silver, Platinum, Titanium, Tungsten, Steel or White Gold. There's no denying it, White Metals are HOT!
Silver Jewelry has been around forever. But forever doesn't help the fact that Silver is very soft. Silver is actually too soft to wear as Jewelry. That's why most of the Silver you find on the market today is called "Sterling Silver". Sterling Silver is more durable than pure Silver because of one main reason. It's mixed with other alloys. Sterling Silver contains 92.5% Silver, and the other 7.5% is Copper. Copper makes the Silver stronger and more durable so it can be crafted and styled into beautiful Jewelry pieces.
Sterling Silver Stamp
That's why you'll normally find a karat stamp inside the Rings or Jewelry that says ".925" That means 92.5% Silver, which is what the Government says Silver needs to be, to be sold in the U.S.A. as "Silver".
No matter what, Pure or mixed, nothing stops Silver from tarnishing. When Silver is exposed to the air and atmosphere, it causes a chemical reaction that creates something called Silver Sulfate. That's what that lovely little black mark is on your finger. A Sulfate stain.
DOES SILVER TARNISH & DISCOLOR?
WHY DOES STERLING SILVER TARNISH & CAN TARNISHING BE PREVENTED?
Tarnished Sterling Silver!
There really isn't much you can do about Silver tarnishing. It's just the nature of Silver. Silver's a metal that reacts to chemicals. Whether it be chemicals in the air, or chemicals touching it...
That's why most Sterling Silver sold today is plated with a thin layer of metal protection. This process is called "Flashing", and they use either Silver or Rhodium to coat the outside of the Rings or Jewelry to make them look Whiter, Brighter, and to keep the tarnishing down to a minimum. So until that plating wears off, your Silver will actually hold up pretty well.
Bad Reactions with Silver
Here's a list of things that Silver has a bad reaction with: Wool, Rubber Bands, Latex Gloves, Oils from your Hands and Fingers, Ammonia, Chlorinated Water, Carpet Padding, Air Pollution, Perfumes, Hair Sprays, and believe it or not, some foods can even make Silver tarnish. Foods like: Onions, Mayonnaise, Salad Dressing, Eggs and Salty Foods. (Put down those Chips!)
In fact, just the humidity alone can cause Silver to corrode!
It's a never-ending battle!
The good thing is, it's easy to buff and clean Silver. It doesn't take much to polish up a Ring with a Polishing Cloth or a Jeweler's Buffing Wheel. Just a couple of minutes and your Silver Jewelry will look new again.
The best way to store your Silver Jewelry is in individually sealed poly bags or zip lock bags. Store it with those cute little Silica Gel Packs and it'll help remove any moisture from the air. It won't keep your Jewelry from tarnishing, but it will delay the process.
Cleaning your Silver Jewelry with warm water and drying it with a soft cloth after you wear it, will remove any oily residue and slow the process down as well.
Some people also advise storing your Jewelry with chalk just because it absorbs the toxins in the bag. Keeping your Jewelry in Tupperware or Rubbermaid Bins works great also. (Especially if you can seal them air-tight!)
The best medicine for preventing Silver from tarnishing, believe it or not...
Is to Wear it!
It's true. Just normal wear and tear and friction of daily life will sometimes be enough to keep your Rings outer surface Bright and White! Fancy that! And if it starts to tarnish, what ever you do... Don't use Toothpaste to clean it with! The chemicals in Toothpaste are too harsh for Silver and it'll do more damage than good.
How to Clean Silver?
I'd recommend using a good Silver Polish or a soft Polishing Cloth made for Silver, or the best thing to do, is to take it in to a Jewelry Store twice a year and have them buff and clean your Jewelry.
Silver makes great Jewelry, and it makes it cheaper than any other White Metal out there. Silver's popularity with handcrafted goods have been passed down from generation to generation. Great American Indian Tribes have dabbled in Silver for centuries. Tribes like the Navajo, Domingo, Zuni, Hopi and Pueblo Indians have been incorporating Silver with wonderful Gemstones like: Turquoise (also known as the "Sky Stone"), Tigers Eye, Onyx, Lapis, Malachite, Amber and Coral into their Folk Lore, Culture and into our admiration, hearts and souls for countless years. Silver is just inspiring!