Bloggers like our rings!

We have recently ask few selected fashion bloggers to tell us what do they think about our rings. We asked for an honest opinion – we want to know the truth. And… they like our rings! See yourself!

Debz seems to enjoy her ring: “I don’t pretend to be a jewellery expert, but I do know that the ring is lovely and it fits great.”

Hollie made us laugh with her comment “When the ring arrived it came in a beautiful red velvet box and I almost felt like I was proposing to myself.”

Nikki also likes her ring and appreciates affordable prices “If you are looking for some sparkle to light up your hand then these rings are good value”.

It’s good to know that we do good job. We do it for you. Thank you!

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Paris, Paris!

There’s something magical in Paris in June – warm, long evenings; smell for croissants, that rude waiter in a lovely restaurant…

And there’s the Paris fashion. Last week we took a short trip to see what is trending with our continental friends. Quick stroll down the Champs-Élysées and visits to boutiques in Montmartre show a subtle change from the bold style of last year. It seems season 2014/2015 will be full of small, delicate and crafted items. The large necklaces and bracelets are gone replaced now with small, shiny and colourful pieces!

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Can Sterling Silver turn my finger green?

“Can Sterling Silver turn my finger green?” Yes.

Let me quickly tell you why that happens and what to do about it.

Why silver may leave green marks?

Statue of Liberty
I’m sure you recognize distinctive look of the Statue of Liberty. She looks majestic and seems to glow with her bright green colour. The tint doesn’t come from paint – it is a natural patina that covers copper. The same phenomena can be observed on roofs of churches and even old copper or copper plated utensils left for a while in the attic. The characteristic green layer is called Verdigris and is mostly made of copper carbonate – CuCO3.

But that’s about copper – what about my silver?

Pure silver is too soft to use in jewellery making. Ring made of 99.9% silver would bend and soon lose its shape, would get scratched and may lose stones. We don’t want that and that’s why jewellers around the world use Sterling Silver instead, which is an alloy of 92.5% silver and other metals – usually copper and zinc. This makes the material much more durable and lets us enjoy our jewels for years.

When this small amount of copper meet favorable conditions it will start changing colour. Unfortunately for some people their sweat have the perfect chemical compounds for the process to take place.
Fun fact: eating a lot of tomatoes and apples makes your sweat more acidic, which may be enough to trigger the reaction under the band of the ring. What’s good for you is not always good for jewellery!

What can I do to remove the green patina?

Do you remember poor old Richard Bucket from Keeping Up Appearances polishing Hyacinth’s silvers? This is the answer! In most cases a regular cleaning of the jewellery will be enough to stop it from marking your body. This will also remove grey tarnish from the silver and restore its shine. Cleaning the ring with silver polishing cloth should stop the reaction from reoccurring in couple of days.

Other way is to have the inside of the ring coated in something that will isolate the metal from your skin. People reported great results with just a bit of transparent nail polish, which can be applied in seconds and reapplied when it wears out.

So it is normal for a ring to leave a mark? Undesirable, but yes, it is normal. Luckily you can prevent and fix it.

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Not tested on animals!

No animals were harmed during the making of our silver jewellery!

We care. This simple statement is very deeply engraved in everything we do. We work hard to give you the best service and best products we can, because we think the world of you!

And when we sit in the evening to relax we like to think about the smiles that our products bring to your home. I may be getting sentimental, but that’s exactly what I’m doing now.

And yes, our jewellery was not tested on animals (they run too fast ;)!

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Celebrate International Women’s Day 2014!

International Women’s Day on 8th of March is a beautiful holiday which is gaining more and more well deserved recognition. The story is well described in this wikipedia article, but let’s focus on what is important here – our Moms, Grandmas, Daughters, Wives, Partners, Friends, Us – Women!

Please join us in this celebrations! Chocolate, red rose or a nice silver pendant (or all three of those!) make a perfect gift!

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Alternative engagement rings ideas

true love

All You Need Is Love

Being in love… It’s such a wonderful feeling to know that your girlfriend is your true soulmate and that is always right there by your side. To want to share everything with her, to be with her, to love her. To be the happiest ever. And one day to realise that your other half is the most important person and nothing else matters more than to be with her to the rest of your life.

It’s time to ask that important question

But first, you have to pop the big question. You start to wonder how to propose to your girlfriend. Timing is everything and the place you want to propose to her is important. Maybe you are thinking of booking a table in your favourite restaurant or taking her for a holiday. You may even consider asking her parents permission. But you definitely want it to be the unforgettable and special day. And when you eventually ask her “Will you marry me?” you want to hear ‘yes’.

You start to think what kind of engagement ring you want to buy, knowing that you don’t want to spend too much on it. Maybe you want to save money to buy a new house, and then there are always the wedding expenses. Every penny counts. She loves you deeply and you are aware that it doesn’t matter for her how much you spend on a ring it’s a symbol of your true commitment to her.

Here are some ideas to help you find an alternative engagement ring.

You can find a beautiful substitute proposal ring and very elegant indeed without a price tag, something nice and not gaudy at all. We know that silver rings with a diamond cut and a diamond-like shine and shimmer cubic zirconia are absolutely gorgeous and seem to be a good alternative to very expensive engagement rings. Honestly, no one will ever notice the difference.

This one for example looks elegant and traditional and it is our best-seller engagement ring with diamond cut cubic zirconia:
Adoria, Silver Engagement Ring with Diamond Cut Cubic Zirconia

Gorgeous silver substitute engagement ring with diamond cut cubic zirconia
Tiamo, silver substitute engagement ring with Diamond Cut Cubic Zirconia

Royal style engagement ring with sapphire and cubic zirconias, perfect for your little princess
Nila, royal style engagement ring

Classic silver proposal ring with diamond cut cubic zirconia
Esteri, silver proposal ring with Diamond Cut Cubic Zirconia

Solitaire sterling silver engagement ring with diamond cut cubic zirconia
Zaria, solitaire sterling silver engagement ring

Please check our website for more alternative engagement rings examples.

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For the one that matters

Silver Jewellery is different than almost anything else. It comes with a huge emotional baggage, it expresses affection and feelings. Only the bouquet of roses comes close when you look on the effect it has on the recipient. And the funny thing is that is as pleasant to give it as it is to receive it!

With a Valentines day almost upon up we have an opportunity to remind ourselves and our better halves what we feel and how we care. This is a special day. This is your second birthday – the cake is always good (isn’t it?), but on the actual birthday it tastes just better – thanks to the magic of emotions it carries. Jewellery is very similar – getting a silver heart necklace on 14th of February remains in memory for ever. I know it, because I got one and I cherish both the necklace and the memory.

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Plus size silver rings

plus-size-ringsI’m a bit bigger person. Not morbidly, but enough to be outside most shops ideal size. I wish I have never felt the frustration of trying new cloths or rings and hearing that they do not stock my size. Thanks for reminding me…

That’s why we decided (not without a resistance from older jewellers) to offer all sizes of the rings – from G to Z+3. Most of our designs were prepared in such way, that we can resize them to any size for your order. Yes, you read it correctly – when you order we will make your ring as you like it – whenever you need small or plus size ring (or even if you want the one in the middle).

Also we have chosen not to charge more for larger rings. It’s just our way of making your day just a bit nicer.

ps. if you need to check your ring size see our Ring Size Guide page.

TIAMO Silver Sterling ring with a cubic zirconia
TIAMO silver ring

 

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What to do when a ring is stuck on a swollen finger?

My fingers swell during a really hot weather or during extensive exercising, so sometimes I have a problem with taking off my wedding ring. If  this just happened to you and you need help, please read our tips on how to remove a ring from a swollen finger.

First rule is, don’t panic. From my experience, it’s better not try to tug and pull a ring too much, because it can cause additional swelling to your finger and can be really painful. You can try to twist (not pull!) a ring a little from side to side, but if it stuck really hard, try to use cold water and soap or any concentrated dishwasher liquid using the same method of twisting it around your finger. A water and soap usually works perfectly for me.

Other method of taking a stuck ring off, is to lubricate your finger using a hand lotion, Vaseline, butter, oil or anything else which is just slippery. A great product to use is… Windex. Yes, I really mean a glass cleaner, but if you suspect that you can have an allergy reaction, don’t use it. Spray Windex or put any other slippery product on your finger and once again, don’t try to pull your ring off, just twist it around a finger very gently.

One of techniques I’ve read about (never tried by myself, but people swear this works perfectly) is to stick a dental floss (or just a very thin string) under your ring, leaving a small tail to use later on and wrap it around your finger. Each wrap should be close to the one before, but it shouldn’t be wrap too tightly. Now grab the small tail you left and start to unwinding a dental floss and a ring should slip off by itself.

If this don’t help, and your ring is badly stuck, try to just hydrate yourself. Try to limit the amount of salt in your food and drink a lot of water. Elevate your hand above your heart for a few minutes, to bring swelling effect down. After some time you can try to repeat one of methods of removing ring I described above and I really hope this time you are more lucky!

But most importantly – be always safe. If at any point you feel that it’s impossible to do it by yourself, or this is giving you too much pain, and your finger (and sometimes even whole hand) is swollen so much that you are loosing blood circulation or you feel that your finger is broken, you have to seek a medical help immediately. They will probably cut your ring off, which can be really sad for you, especially if this is your precious wedding ring, but don’t worry. Any local jeweller can repair and also re-size this for you.

But remember, if your finger was really damaged, it needs some time to be fully cured, so try not to wear a ring on it for some time. Usually your finger needs about a couple of weeks to fully recover.

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