QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
WHAT ARE RECYCLED METALS & GEMS?
This is So Important to me! I work with metals that have been reclaimed from old jewelry and other sources. The metals I work with are Recycled Precious Metals.
Whenever possible the white diamonds I work with are recycled.
Other diamonds that I work with are ethically sourced, non-conflict gemstones, usually from Canada.
Black diamonds and blue diamonds have been heat treated and/or irradiated to bring out the deep color. White diamonds are natural, untreated gems.
THE OXIDATION – YOU SAY IT WILL WEAR AWAY – WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
The oxidation (black patina) is only a surface treatment to the metal using a sulfur compound.
It will not last – there is not a way to do this. The length of time that it lasts depends on how you “use your hands” and whether you take your ring off and on to do things like dishes and gardening.
You have to be OK with the look of your ring changing as it will!
The black patina can be restored by your local jeweler, or you can do it yourself using Liver of Sulfur or hard boiled eggs. Search engines can tell you a lot about how to do this.
I use Liver of Sulfur Gel.
WHAT ABOUT FIGURING OUT THE CORRECT RING SIZE?
Everyone is so different! I strongly suggest having a professional jeweler determine your ring size for the width of the band you want to purchase.
I do not trust methods where you measure using a string or a piece of paper – it doesn’t take into consideration the thickness of the metal, the width of the ring, your knuckles .. really, please visit some shops and galleries and be professionally sized.
WHAT ABOUT RESIZING?
Rings with flush set stones are Not Easily Re-Sized. That is why it is so important to get the right size to begin with. The rings cannot be stretched or compressed like a band without a stone can be.
If it turns out that you order an incorrect size, please contact me. It is not the end of the world! You can be professionally sized (best to have the ring with you and ask to be sized for that ring), let me know the correct size, return the ring to me, and I will either adjust the size or make you a new ring for you depending upon the size difference.
MATTE FINISH RINGS
WILL THE MATTE FINISH CHANGE?
Yes, the matte finish will change as well. It will want to become more shiny.
The matte finish on rings can be maintained by using a Scotchbrite pad in gentle, circular motions – use dry without soap. Do not polish.
The finish on all rings will change – rings take a lot of abuse and it will happen for sure.
Rings will scuff up and ding with wear – it just happens.
To clean diamond rings – Soak in warm water and mild soap – use mild soap and a soft toothbrush if needed.
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