A spotlight on our wonderful customers and their rings, various wedding topics and fun ideas, and our talented staff here at brent&jess. If you have content you would like us to consider please give us a quick email @ blog(at)brentjess.com. We'd love to see pictures of you wearing your ring!
There are several different types of silver used in jewelry making. We use .925 silver, which is 92.5% pure silver alloyed with other metals, mostly copper. The other metals provide strength and durability to the sterling piece. We feel that .925 silver is the best known and most durable metal for our silver pieces.
When exposed to atmospheric pollution, sterling silver tarnishes. If you live in a particularly polluted area with a lot of industry or the burning of fossil fuels, your silver will tarnish faster. In addition, the copper in sterling silver reacts with oxygen to cause tarnish. Your skin oils and your food intake can cause tarnishing, too. Most people will find that their sterling pieces are less likely to tarnish when worn every day because the friction of the jewelry against your skin essentially polishes it.
Sometimes people’s fingers turn green when they wear silver jewelry. Contrary to myth, this happens with .925 sterling silver as well as “fake” silver. The copper in sterling silver can cause a reaction depending on your particular skin make-up, the foods you eat, and air quality where you live. This happens with 2-3% of the population, and the instances of it happening are rising due to the chemical composition of the foods available to us. If your finger turns green while wearing a sterling silver ring, there are several things you can do to keep it from happening again.
First, polish your piece with a soft cloth. If you clean the piece daily, the reaction may stop happening after a week or so.
Soak your ring in a 50/50 mixture of ammonia and water for a day or two.
Make sure your skin is dry when wearing your jewelry. Take your ring off before you wash your hands and dry your finger thoroughly before putting it back on.
If your finger still turns green, there are a few jeweler’s tricks we can employ to help keep it from happening. Please contact us.
We have been asked why we don’t use PMC (precious metal clay). PMC is a clay that, when fired, becomes 99.9% silver, and is referred to as Fine Silver. This silver is far too soft to be used for rings, in our opinion. We strive for accurate representation of the fingerprint, and PMC shrinks quite a bit when the impurities in the clay are fired out of the piece. As well, we can keep a set of fingerprint molds if our customers ask us to, and make more jewelry from the same molds if a piece of jewelry is lost or there is a new member in the family. This is not possible with PMC.
People always want to see rings on fingers.... Here are a few! DO you have a photo of your ring on your finger? Email it to email@example.com
Get Insurance On Your Ring!
Did you know many people lose their ring on their honey moon?! (no you aren't the only one who did!)
Many couples choose to go on beach vacations and they dive into the sea or ocean only to realize their ring has slipped off their finger and is at the bottom! Why does this happen? Well when you go into cold water your finger shrinks and the ring easily slides off.
What can you do to prevent it? Leave your ring in the room. Be sure to put it somewhere safe!
If you have insurance before you go it is less likely to happen too :)
Most insurance agencies need an invoice or a value statement of some kind.
A photo of the ring is good too. Really you should photograph all your valuables.
Don't be too worried, enjoy the holiday!