Cuff Bracelets - How to Wear and Care for a Life Time of Kick-ass Pleasure

This seemed a good time to share info on wear and care of cuffs. 

 Opalized Fluorite (aka Tiffany Stone) Cuff

Opalized Fluorite (aka Tiffany Stone) Cuff

Cuffs can be tricky because, like rings, they need to fit correctly to be comfortable, easily put on and removed without stressing the metal by stretching or compressing.  I remember the first cuff I bought that wasn't costume jewelry.  I purchased it from a vendor of handmade Southwest jewelry at a horse show.  i still love it and wear it 20 years later.  It is simply stamped NORA and thanks to the internet I have finally found out she is Nora Tahe Bill, a Navajo silversmith - I am even more proud of my cuff!  Though not a lot is written about her, I love knowing something about her as the maker.  Her maiden name, Tahe, identifies her as a member of a very large Navajo family known for its prolific silversmithing members - awesome!  So at any rate, the seller instructed me to turn the opening of the cuff to the inside of my wrist and slip it on at the soft area. 

 Labradorite Cuff

Labradorite Cuff

HOW TO PUT ON A CUFF BRACELET The best way to put on a cuff bracelet is to ‘roll’ it on from the inside of the wrist, right above your wrist bone.  It should be easy to put on and take off in a ‘rolling motion’ rather than a ‘pulling or stressing’ motion.  Bracelets can fit differently but the main desire is to have them fit comfortably and not be at risk to fall off.

Fit is important so that you aren't compelled to squeeze or stretch the cuff.  If you commission a cuff, every effort will be made to size the cuff to your wrist using your wrist measurements.

 Stabilized Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Rainbow Moonstone Cuff

Stabilized Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Rainbow Moonstone Cuff

 

IF YOUR CUFF NEEDS ADJUSTING  If a bracelet is too snug or loose, it’s best to ask a professional to adjust. Never squeeze or open your bracelet without assistance or the proper experience as you will create a weak point in the silver, and over time, it will break at that weak point. We recommend having a professional help you.  Do not repeatedly bend/adjust your bracelet. Because silver and gold are soft metals, it is important to adjust once for the best fit so the bracelet can just ‘roll on’ easily each time it is worn.

People who like to wear jewelry like to wear it no matter what they're doing and expect the jewelry can and should handle it.  But this is so not true.  Just like everything else, if you want your jewelry to last and remain beautiful and undamaged, it's imperative that it be taken care of.  

 Stabilized Turquoise Cuff

Stabilized Turquoise Cuff

CARING FOR YOUR BRACELETS It’s best to keep your bracelet and other jewelry dry and to avoid all chemicals, including those found in hair sprays and perfumes, soaps, lotions, etc. Zip Lock style jewelry-sized baggies, using one bag per piece will prevent jewelry from scratching and stones from getting chipped. These bags are also ideal to prevent tarnishing! To polish and clean your jewelry, be sure to use only a treated cloth.  Avoid dipping or using any silver cleaners or creams as this will remove the patina added in to accent the details AND can damage stones. Simply gently rub the silver/metal part of your bracelet with your cloth and avoid rubbing the stones if any. There is no need to worry if you accidentally rub/hit a stone with the cloth – just be sure to focus on the metal. 

If you like anything you see and must have, feel free to contact me!

Making The World A BETTER Place

So I’ve been binging on Silicon Valley (warning if you need it TV-MA) for the 2nd time this chilly weekend - it cracks me up!  And one thing that comes up over and over is the promised mantra for each new app - “making the world a better place”.  This morning I heard the news that The Letšeng mine in Lesotho has produced one of the biggest diamonds ever seen on this earth, as revealed by owners Gem Diamonds.  “The stunning 910 carat marvel takes its place as the fifth-biggest diamond ever discovered.” It is described as being the size of 2 golf balls.

 The 910-carat diamond found at the Letseng mine in Lesotho is the fifth-largest gem-quality diamond ever found. CreditGem Diamonds, via Reuters

The 910-carat diamond found at the Letseng mine in Lesotho is the fifth-largest gem-quality diamond ever found. CreditGem Diamonds, via Reuters

During my search for more news of this beauty I stumbled across this little gem, so to speak...If you’re a SV enthusiast you know I chuckled.  

  Source: https://www.77diamonds.com/blog/index.php/diamonds-that-make-the-world-a-better-place/

Source: https://www.77diamonds.com/blog/index.php/diamonds-that-make-the-world-a-better-place/

Even so, with or without diamonds, jewelry can make us feel good.  It is the exclamation point on the statement we make about ourselves.

"Yes I'm feeling hip today, thriving on diversity and personal empowerment!"

Source: Lefler DesignStudio

Sometimes finding those perfect pieces is a scavenger hunt. I can assist!  I recently received this request on Facebook:

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“Can you make this in a size 9 with your personal style?”

Yes I can.

Yes I can!

 Lefler DesignStudio, Commissioned January 2018

Lefler DesignStudio, Commissioned January 2018

In addition to working on my own designs, I enjoy working with your ideas as well.  Feel free to contact me when you have a special jewelry need in mind!

Though commissions are typically considered for special occasions requiring expensive pieces such as engagement and wedding rings, don’t think only expensive items are commission worthy.  

 Lefler DesignStudio Argentium Sterling Silver hammered hoops $45

Lefler DesignStudio Argentium Sterling Silver hammered hoops $45

Top 5 things to consider when commissioning:

  1. Design style - organic, boho, symbolic, etc. 

  2. Design details that are important to you

  3. Time frame if you have a deadline

  4. Material - all silver, mixed-metal, Yellow gold/rose gold

  5. Budget

What will make your world a better place?

Caring For Your Jewelry

Tips for Care

Jewelry, like all things, is subject to wear and tear and requires occasional maintenance - metals tarnish; get scratched, dented or break with an unintended, well-placed impact; gemstones can be chipped and broken if care is not taken.  Each piece of jewelry is individual and needs to be cared for differently. But in general you can avoid damaging your jewelry by following these practices:

·         Never wear jewelry in chlorinated water or when working with household chemicals. These chemicals can react with the metal, stones/pearls and/or degrade solder joints. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolor your  jewelry. Do not wear gold or silver jewelry while using chlorine bleach or while in a pool or hot tub.

·         Remove jewelry, especially rings and bracelets, when doing rough work or working with chemicals, including household cleaning chemicals.

·         Remove jewelry before showering. Soap can cause a film to form, making it appear dull and dingy. By preventing the formation of this film, you immediately reduce the frequency with which your pieces will need to be cleaned.

·         Store pieces individually, so that they don't knock together and scratch.

·         Do not use dip cleaners for jewelry with gemstones/pearls or pieces with a patina. 

·         Store jewelry individually to prevent scratches.

 

Cleaning Tips

Sterling silver tarnishes in the presence of common everyday items that contain sulfur, such as leather, rubber, and chlorine. Other elements to be mindful of are air pollutants and salt water. Because these substances cannot be completely avoided, it is recommended that sterling silver be routinely wiped down with a polishing cloth designed for silver use. Goddard’s Silver Polishing Cloths are perfect for Argentium Sterling Silver which is used at Lefler Design Studio. When not in use, store your jewelry individually.

We do not recommend silver polish or dip style cleaning solutions, which may damage gemstones and will remove the antique oxidation that has been intentionally applied to many Lefler Design Studio silver pieces to give them their distinctive look.