Frequently Asked Questions:
Have a question? Have a look below, perhaps it will be answered. If not, feel free to drop me a line!
Q:How do I determine my finger/ring size?
A:Excellent question! The simplest way to is to use a finger sizer. I always have mine with me at markets, just ask!
You can also use a soft measuring tape to measure your finger's circumference in mm. Or, wrap a piece of paper or string around your finger, then measure that with a flat ruler to find the length in mm.
Use this chart to convert your finger circumference measurement from mm to ring size. There you will also find a printable page that allows you to determine the size of rings that you already have.
Always keep in mind that your fingers will fluctuate in size with weather, humidity, hydration, & weight gain/loss. If you're ordering a wide-band ring, go up a size, as they tend to fit a bit tighter than normal rings.
If you are planning on purchasing a ring or ordering a custom piece, I would be happy to ship you a simple finger sizer, free of charge! Just contact me!
Q:Do you sell wholesale?
A:Not at this time. I am open to very select consignment arrangements. Feel free to contact me to discuss further.
Q:Do you do custom orders?
A:If you see something that I have created that you love, but isn't your size, feel free to reach out and request it in your size. I may be able to accommodate you, depending on gemstone availability.
I am not taking on full custom "from-scratch" requests at this time.
Q:I have some old jewellery/gold/gemstones, or my own gemstones, that I would like to have reworked into something new. Can you do this?
A:Not at this time. I do hope to be able to do this for my customers in the future, as I am a big believer in recycling, and making what was old, new again. But I simply don't have the resources right now.
Q:How long are your necklace chains?
A: No two necks are alike, and chain lengths fit differently on different people. When selling pendants, I include a basic chain so you can wear it right away! These chains are a simple rolo style, and adjustable from 16" - 18" - 20". If you need a longer or shorter chain, please get in touch. When it comes to my handmade necklaces, I tend to make it whatever length I have enough material for, or I think suits the design. If you love a handmade chain of mine but don't love the length, contact me so we can talk about it!
Q:What metals do you use?
A:Primarily 925 Sterling Silver and 999 Pure Silver. I do use some brass here and there, occasionally copper, and am currently dipping my toe into using gold.
I have made and sold 14k Gold Fill pieces, but have stopped. It's simply not a material that I enjoy working with.
Q:How should I care for my jewellery?
A:Most of these metals will tarnish & develop a patina. That's just the way it is. They can also get scratched, dinged, and filthy if you don't take care of them.
You can scrub them gently with mild soap & water, and a soft toothbrush. You can also purchase a silver polishing cloth that will do a nice job of shining up your pieces. Just be careful if you have a piece that I had intentionally added patina to (black parts of the design) as a polishing cloth will remove the black parts of the design.
In terms of gemstones, again, gentle washing with soap & water, and being very careful not to wear them when you're doing lots of activity.
Try to remove all of your jewellery when swimming, bathing, exercising, and applying creams, hair products, and makeup. This will help to keep damage & gunk buildup to a minimum. That being said, the more you wear your jewellery, the less it will tarnish. The oils from your skin tend to prevent oxidization for the most part. When you're not wearing your pieces, store them somewhere safe, and with little to no airflow- little baggies or boxes are perfect.
Q:Where do your gemstones come from?
A:I work with lapidary artists mostly in North America who obtain their raw materials from all over the world. They make great efforts to ensure that all materials come from ethical sources. Ethical sourcing is an ongoing effort in the world of gemstones that I am constantly learning about, and I strive to be on the right side of it.
Also, I am increasingly working with stones cut from local BC, Canada, and US materials. Some of it is sourced from local rockhounds, dealers, and miners, while some is collected by our own two hands. I will proudly indicate these special stones on their listings!
Q:Where can I shop for your work in person?
A:You can find my work at select boutiques and at the various artisan markets that I attend. This can all be found on the Find My Work Page, which I keep very up-to-date.
If you want to see my work in your favourite local boutique, feel free to suggest to them or to me. Though I am just a one-woman show and therefore not able to take on big wholesale accounts, I am open to a few more stockists taking a small amount of inventory.