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. 

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