Category Archives: Jewelry Tips

11.09.2015

HOW TO KNOW YOUR CUFF BRACELET SIZE

How to know my cuff bracelet size

One of the questions I often get from people looking to buy a cuff bracelets is “how do I know my bracelet size?” Well, depending on what kind of bracelet you are looking to buy, there are a few different ways to figure this out.

Today, I want to focus on a simple way to measure your bracelet size specifically for a fitted cuff bracelet, such as the Arch Cuff and Tribal Cuff. But, before we continue I would like to emphasize the word “FITTED.” I designed these two bracelets to be worn close to your wrist bone and to fit SNUGGLY around it without much movement back and forth through your forearm.

To figure out your cuff bracelet size, follow the instruction below:

STEP 1. Cut a long piece of string or paper
STEP 2. Wrap it around your wrist where you would normally wear your cuff (normally just below the wrist bone)
STEP 3. Mark your size on the string/paper with a marker
STEP 4. Measure the length of the string/paper with a ruler in inches
STEP 5. To find your cuff bracelet size add your wrist size with the appropriate measurements below:
– Snug fit: Add 1/4” to 1/2”
– Comfort fit: Add 3/4” to 1”

** You can use a flexible tape measure instead of a string or piece of paper to measure your wrist.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me. I love answering your questions and hearing from you!

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07.15.2014

How To Clean & Care For Your Jewelry

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New jewelry is bright and shiny, but as time goes by it can begin to look opaque and dull. As a jewelry users, we have two options: (1) we can enjoy the patina that develops over time (which can add character to a piece) or (2) we can slow down the tarnishing process and learn how to bring the jewelry back to its original luster.

While keeping in mind the second option, I have compiled some basic tips on how to care for and clean your jewelry. I’ll begin by sharing some general advice that you can use for all metal jewelry and then I will focus on sharing specific recommendations for each metal.

General Rules:

  • As a rule of thumb, remove all your jewelry when exercising, swimming & cleaning. I know this can be annoying, but exposing your jewelry to sweat, chlorine, salt water and chemicals will tarnish (and sometimes damage and discolor) your pieces.
  • Store your jewelry in a clean and dry place. I’m a big advocate of displaying jewelry in pretty ways around your room, but the truth is that we need to be selective. For example, if a piece is prone to tarnishing and you enjoy wearing it bright and shiny, then is best to keep it protected inside an airtight box. On the other hand, if you have a piece that does not tarnish easily or a piece that you love because of the patina that has developed over time, then yes! do keep it out for everyone to see. Remember that there are many beautiful jewelry cases that can also make awesome displays. If you need some ideas, you can see some here.

** The tips below are for jewelry that does not have stones in them.

GOLD: Although gold jewelry will not tarnish over time, it can accumulate dirt and grime making it look dull. The easiest way to clean it is by soaking your gold jewelry in warm soapy water for about 15 minutes and then gently scrubbing it with a soft bristle brush. After removing the dirt, rinse the piece(s) thoroughly with warm running water and pat dry with a soft cloth.

GOLD VERMEIL: Gold vermeil is an overlay of gold over a base of sterling silver and, as such, it will tarnish over time. To clean gold vermeil, use a mild dish soap and a soft-bristled brush under warm running water. Rinse well and dry the piece with a soft non-abrasive cloth. Make sure the piece is completely dry before returning to storage as water residue can cause staining.

STERLING SILVER, BRONZE & BRASS: Although there are many ways to clean silver, bronze and brass jewelry, I have found that the easiest and fastest way is by using a treated polishing cloth. I use this particular cloth to clean my jewelry, and although it’s labeled as a “Silver Care Cloth” it works great on brass and bronze as well.

BRONZE & BRASS: When cleaning bronze and brass be aware that sometimes jewelry made out of these metals may have a protective transparent coating to keep tarnish away. If this is the case, avoid using treated polishing cloths or brushes with cleaning mixtures on these pieces, as they could remove the coating.

Hope this information helps you keep your jewelry looking great!

xx
–Alexandra

07.06.2014

How to Know Your Ring Size

Figure out your ring size

One of the challenges when purchasing jewelry online is figuring out what size of rings and bracelets to buy. Today I would like to share with you some of the best ways to find out the size of each of your fingers so that you can feel confident when purchasing rings, no matter what finger you are planning to wear them on.

Option #1: The most accurate way to figure out your ring size(s) is to go to a nearby jewelry store and ask if they could size your fingers. All jewelry stores have ring sizers on hand, and most of them will be happy to help you out even if you are not planning to purchase a ring at that particular time.

Option #2: If you feel uncomfortable with the last option, the second best option is to make a small investment by purchasing an inexpensive ring sizer that you can keep handy at home for years to come. Here is a great and inexpensive option I found on Etsy.

Option #3: If you need a quick (and free!) solution, head to this website and follow the instructions to find out your ring size. Remember, this digital tool will give you a good idea about your ring size, but just like with “Option #4,” the result will be an approximate size, rather than an exact one.

Option #4: Use a free ring sizer template that you can download and print in your own home computer. There are several options online, but I decided to create my own and make it available for all of you to use. Printable ring sizers work great to get an idea of your size, but keep in mind that because you are using paper there is some room for error and, therefore, the results will be more approximate sizes than exact ones.

Here are the instruction to get the best results when using my template:

STEP 1: Download and print this template on a heavy stock paper. Important: You must print this PDF at 100% (actual size). Please don’t scale/shrink the artwork to fit margins, or any other way, when you are choosing your print settings.
Ring Size Template

STEP 2: Using scissors, cut throughout the gray dashed lines around each circle.
Cutting Ring Size Template

Cut out ring size template

STEP 3: Using an exacto knife, cut through the gray dashed inner circumference on each ring template.
Cutting Ring Sizer Template

STEP 4: Place each of your fingers through each circumference until you find your size. Make sure the template tightly fits around your finger to ensure the most accurate sizing.
Trying Ring Sizer

STEP 5: For a more comfortable fit around your finger, you can go one step further and cut the pink dashed lines located around the inner circumference with an exacto knife. I only recommend doing this if you are using a thick stock paper.
Ring Size Template

And that is it! After you are done cutting the templates, you can keep all of the pieces in a small envelope for future reference. As always, don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!

–Alexandra

06.06.2014

How to Wear a Short Necklace

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What’s not to love about short necklaces? These three gold, but very different pieces accentuate these ladies’ necklines in such a beautiful way that I just had to share them with you.

TIP: Pair your favorite short necklace with a top that has a simple round neckline. The necklace can fall right on top of the edge of your shirt or above it, allowing a little skin to show in between.

Happy Friday! Hope you all have a great weekend!

–Alexandra

05.16.2014

How To Wear Index Finger Rings

One thing that never fails to catch my eye is a well worn index finger ring. Regardless of the ring’s style, this placement makes rings feel contemporary and non-traditional, making them a great compliment to virtually any outfit.

The key to wearing index finger rings is finding a balanced look. Here are three ways to do this:

TIP #1 – WEAR IT BY ITSELF: Keep it simple by wearing a statement ring on your index finger and leaving the rest of your fingers ringless. This is a great way to maintain an elegant look in an effortless way.

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TIP #2 – JUST REPEAT: Choose rings with an understated and similar feel and wear them on at least three of your fingers. They will make a statement without stealing the show and will keep a delicate look or complement a loaded arm.

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TIP #3 – MAKE IT STAND OUT: When wearing several rings in one hand, make sure your index finger ring stands out. If more than one ring has a strong presence, you can accomplish this by leaving your middle finger naked.

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I hope you found these tips useful, but remember that the most important thing is to have fun with your jewelry. Just work on finding your own style and don’t be afraid of take a little risk here and there.

Have a great weekend!

Images via: Contrive, Cape Cod Collegiate, unknown

– Alexandra

04.18.2014

Wearing Knuckle Rings

Trends come and go, but from time to time one comes along that you wish never goes away. For me, this trend is the knuckle ring. There are plenty of reasons why I love these small rings but if I had to narrow it down to one it would be because they can complete a (hand) look beautifully.

I wrote about how to wear knuckle rings on my old blog and that post turned out to be very popular. So I thought it would be a good idea to bring all that advice to The Sommi Blog and take this opportunity to add a bonus tip!

TIP #1 – FLYING SOLO: A foolproof way to wear a knuckle ring is to wear it by itself while leaving the rest of your hand naked. The ring will be the focal point, and it will not clash with any other rings. You can choose to wear it virtually on any finger, but for best impact place it on the index, middle or ring finger

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TIP #2 – TRIANGLES: When wearing a knuckle ring, an easy way to keep a balanced hand look is to form an imaginary triangle by using three rings as its vertices. I tend to prefer the way this positioning looks when the triangle points outwards, but both ways are equally effective.

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TIP #3 – TWO IN ONE: Repetition pleases the eye. Use two rings that look the same (or alike) and stack them up. One positioned as a regular ring and the second as a knuckle ring. This will create a strong focal point by making the whole finger combination the attention grabber rather than just one ring.

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TIP #4 – THIN BANDS: A great way to wear multiple knuckle rings is to go with delicate bands that once stacked won’t take over your hands. The key for this look is to find a balanced look between your hands and to be playful. Mix regular rings with knuckle rings by positioning them at different heights. Style both hands simultaneously to ensure each hand arrangement is slightly different, as to avoid creating looks that are mirror images of each other.

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So there it is. I hope these tips will help you guys experiment with knuckle rings. Don’t forget that, at the end of the day, is all about finding your personal look. These are just some easy guidelines to help you get there!

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

–Alexandra