Useful Jewellery Information
We all have a favourite piece of jewellery. Whether it’s a special gift or a staple piece you love, we know you’ll want to keep it looking beautiful. We hope that you will find the information in this section helpful to make informed choices when purchasing in our Online Store.
NECKLACE & CHAINS LENGTH GUIDE:
Choosing the right necklace length is an easy and effective way to frame your face, showcase your jewellery, and compliment your outfit. This guide will assist you with your next necklace purchase. First, we show images how and where different necklace lengths fall on the body for women and men. Second, discover guidelines for selecting the right necklace length for your specific neck, height, face and body type. And third, learn how to find and purchase the perfect necklace length Blue Wing website.
Choosing the Right Necklace Length for Your Neck: The most important factor to consider when selecting the appropriate necklace for your body type is your neck size. All necks vary, so a standard choker for the average female may be larger or smaller on your actual neck. If possible, measure your neck before purchasing any necklace, but it is especially important to measure your neck before purchasing a collar or choker, as it is designed for a tighter fit. The easiest and best way to measure your neck is with a soft measuring tape. Simply wrap the tape closely around your neck. To get an accurate measurement, the tape should be snug but not suffocating. Once you know your neck measurement, a good rule of thumb for selecting a collar or a choker is to go up one necklace size from your neck measurement. For example, if you measure your neck circumference at 14 inches, the minimum recommended collar or choker length would be 16 inches.
Finding the Right Necklace or Chain on Blue Wing Gallery Website: Once you have determined which length necklace will work best for you, please click Necklaces & Pendants in Jewellery Category Menu to start searching for the right necklace or chain length. The categories list and filters on the left side of each page will help you narrow the listings by category or collection or item type. Each of these styles may vary in terms of necklace length, but as a general rule of thumb, chokers will be the shortest necklaces. We provide size/length information with each product listing to guide you for selecting the right necklace length. All our pendants are sold separately from their chains. This will allow you to select your preferred length and style of chain with your purchase. We highly recommend a sterling silver chain as an excellent addition to your pendant. Please select a suitable length chain from the drop down list in the product page when ordering pendants. The silver chains, silver chokers, silver omega neck-pieces are also offered on their own at Necklaces &Pendants Category Page.
14" Necklace: Fits most like a choker.
16" Necklace: Falls perfectly around the base of the neck like a collar. On a petite woman it will hit your collarbone while for plus size women it might feel more like a choker.
18" Necklace: A common choice for women that will fall just below the throat at the collarbone. This length is popular for adding pendants which will hang over a crew neck.
20" Necklace: Will fall a few inches below the collarbone and allow a little more breathing room. Perfect for a low, plunging neckline or if you want to wear it over a turtleneck.
22" Necklace: Falls at or above a low neckline.
24" Necklace: Falls below any neckline.
26" Necklace:Common with pearl strands and will hang below the bosom. They can be worn as a single strand or you can double them for an 18 inch necklace.
BRACELETS & BANGLES SIZE GUIDE:
Measuring your wrist for an accurate bracelet size: To find your perfect bracelet size, follow these steps:
STEP 1: Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measurements or a strip of paper just below the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet.
STEP 2: If you are using a plain strip of paper, mark your size with a pen or pencil then use a ruler to measure the length. That would be your wrist size.
STEP 3: To find your bracelet size, just add your wrist size with the appropriate measurements below.
Snug Fit: Please Add 1/4" to 1/2"
Comfort Fit: Please Add 3/4" to 1"
Loose Fit: Please Add 1 to 1/4"
BANGLES SIZE GUIDE:
To determine your bangle size, please follow these steps:
STEP 1: Close your fingers together and bring your thumb to your little finger (as pictured). Pretend that you were putting on a bangle.
STEP 2: Using a strip of paper or tape measurements, wrap it around your hand at the widest point. If you are using a plain strip of paper, mark your size with a pen on that paper. Then measure that paper strip with a ruler. That would be the circumference of your hand.
STEP 3: Compare your hand circumference to the chart below. Purchase a bangle with diameter that is the next size up from your actual hand measurement.
RING SIZE GUIDE:
How To Find Your Ring Size: Buying a ring can be one of the most momentous purchases of your life, so it is important to make sure you find the perfect fit. This ring size guide offers helpful tips to finding your ring size with ease.
Measurement Guide : Use this table of circumferences (mm) and a tape measure to find out your ring size.
Your ring should fit your finger comfortably; snug enough so that it will not fall off, but loose enough to slide over your knuckle. Finger size changes depending on the time of day and the weather. For best results measure your finger size: At the end of the day and when your fingers are warm (Fingers are smaller in the early morning and when cold.)
METALS & GEMSTONES:
Some information regarding the metals and metarials we use. With so many different metals and materials used to make jewellery, it’s important to know how to care for your specific piece of jewellery. Please also read about jewellery care guidelines on our "Jewellery Care" page so you can be sure you’re looking after your jewellery well.
Silver: Silver is alloyed in order to make it harder and more suitable for use in jewellery. All of Blue Wing Gallery jewellery is sterling silver, which is the standard most often used for jewellery. It is 92.5% pure silver. As with most precious metals, sterling silver tarnishes. Good news though – tarnishing is less likely to happen as quickly if you wear your silver jewellery regularly. Sterling silver is nickel free and is suitable for people who are sensitive to nickel.
Titanium: Titanium is a lightweight, lustrous grey metal with a low density, great strength and high durability. Titanium is most commonly used in men's watches and jewellery including wedding rings because of its durability. This contemporary metal with a polished finish comes in colours of black, grey and silver. As strong as steel and twice as strong as aluminium, titanium is very resistant to denting which makes it perfect for wedding rings and watches. It’s high-tech and modern appeal has made it particularly popular amongst prestigious watch brands and jewellery. Some of our special Collections made with Titanium which is heat treated, to give it amazing colours ranging from deep purples to electric blues and hot pinks.
Stainless Steel: Stainless steel contains a minimum of 10.5% chromium, preventing it from corroding easily or rusting like ordinary steel and making it resistant to tarnishing. It is used a lot in rings and watch straps due to its versatility and resistance to scratching.
Bronze: Bronze, is a combination of both copper and tin, renowned for its strength and longevity. You’ll find our Botanic collection is made out of Bronze and due to its strength, fine details can be cast into the bronze which gives an incredible effect. It is also hand patined to protect the bronze from discoloration.
Aluminium: Aluminium is the most abundant metallic element on the planet, making up 8% of the earth’s crust. Because of its lightweight, resistance to corrosion and ability to alloy well, it is perfect as a unique piece of jewellery that you can wear for years of enjoyment.
Gold: Pure gold is the only precious metal that won’t tarnish, but it is a relatively soft metal. Generally, the higher the carat weight, the softer the metal, so 22ct gold tends to be less resistant to scratching than 18ct.
White gold – White gold is a combination of pure gold and alloys such as silver and palladium. It is then coated in rhodium, a precious metal which is very hard and has a bright white lustre which doesn’t tarnish easily. Over time, the rhodium coating will wear away.
Rose gold – The majority of our rose gold plated jewellery is 1 micron minimum, and some have an anti-tarnish protection. As with any plated piece, the plating will wear off over time so to ensure you get the best from your rose gold plated jewellery follow our general jewellery care tips. Wear for special occasions, and is best worn on its own to avoid the plating wearing too quickly.
Leather: Known for its flexibility and durability, we offer a high quality of leather for our wrist wear. Here are some additional tips on caring for your leather wrist wear. Avoid washing, tumble drying and dry cleaning. Stay away from products containing bleach, oil or alcohol. Avoid getting wet, as excessive water will damage the leather. Leaving the leather to dry in direct sunlight can cause it to crack, so allow to dry naturally.
Jewelry is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories. Understanding how to care for and protect your treasured jewelry can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your heirlooms sparkling for generations to come.
Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, light and heat can affect a colored gemstone’s durability and color. Over time, and in excess, they can also fade or damage some gemstones, such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz and shell cameos. Pearls and other delicate materials, as they will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light.Excessive heat and sudden temperature changes may also fracture some gems. Heat can easily remove the natural moisture these gems need to keep their beauty. Pearls, for instance, can dry out, crack and discolor. Opals can turn white or brown, develop tiny cracks.
Exposure to chemicals can damage or discolor precious metals – gold, silver and platinum – and may harm some colored gems. Even everyday substances like hairspray, lotion, perfume or other cosmetics can contain chemicals that will permanently damage the surface of your pearls and other delicate or porous gems (like turquoise). Fine jewelry should be removed before diving into a chlorinated swimming pool or before using household cleaners. Many of these cleaners contain ammonia, which can be too harsh for delicate gems or vintage jewelry. Chlorine bleach, another common household solvent, can pit or damage gold alloys.
Many colored gemstones are routinely treated to improve the appearance of color and clarity. These treatments can be negatively affected by heat, solvents, steam and ultrasonic cleaners. Knowing whether your gem has been treated is the first step to knowing how to care for it.
Please also read about jewellery care guidelines on our "Jewellery Care" page so you can be sure you’re looking after your jewellery well.
Agate: A type of chalcedony; a cryptocrystalline quartz. This means the crystals are so tiny they do not show up under normal magnification.
Amber: This is not a stone but the naturally hardened resin of the amber pine, Pinus Succinifera. Transparent amber is 120-180 million years old. Opaque amber, called copal, is 60 million years old. We use Baltic Amber in all of our pieces.
Amethyst: Amethyst is a form of quartz. The top grade is a deep purple and has no flaws or inclusions. When heated to 540C amethysts turn dark yellow or reddish-brown and are called citrines.
Citrine: This yellow quartz can be found naturally or made by heating amethyst. Citrines can vary in colour, from orange to gold all the way through to yellow.
Coral: This is not a stone in the usual sense but a rock-like material formed from the underwater deposit of many tiny skeletons of invertebrate animals. We use not real coral but men formed coral in our pieces due to environmental concerns.
Cubic Zirconium: Also known as CZ, Cubic Zirconium is a transparent, singly refractive, man-made gem produced from the element zirconium. It is available in many colours, as well as a bright white that resembles diamond.
Garnet: Garnet is a deep red, almost burgundy gem.
Jasper: Jasper occurs in many colours and patterns, including stripes and pictures. These are really fossilized algae made when decomposed organic matter was replaced by silicon oxide.
Labradorite: This is blue iridescent feldspar found in Labrador.
Lapis Lazuli: Known for its deep blue colour, sometimes found with flecks of gold coloured pyrite or whitish-grey mottlings of calcite.
Malachite: A copper ore made up of deep and pale green stripes or concentric circles.
Moonstone: Moonstone is a beautiful pale white stone that gives off a blue shine when it diffracts light.
Onyx: Onyx occurs in many colours, most commonly in black but can also be seen in green and red.
Formed Opal: A beautiful stone that shows a range of colour flashes, usually including red, blue, green and violet. The play of colours is the result of water trapped in the stone.
Pearl: Pearls are created within living shelled molluscs. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth. We use freshwater pearls in all our pieces. Peridot: Peridot occurs as pale to deep yellow green in a gemstone, it refracts light beautifully.
Quartz: Quartz is a single crystal that is generally transparent and either clear or coloured to be purple, yellow or brown. It refracts the light beautifully and looks amazing on the skin.
Tanzanite: This light violet to blue coloured gem shows three distinct colours depending on the angle of viewing. Most Tanzanite will have a deep purple shimmer, which shines stunningly in the light.
Topaz: A transparent stone usually of golden yellow but also occurring as pink, red, blue, green and colourless specimens. Topaz is a very hard and resistant gem, making it extremely scratch resistant and versatile. You will find a lot of Blue Topaz in our jewellery, showing a beautiful ocean blue colour against the skin.
Turquoise: A blue or green stone, usually opaque. Some pieces of turquoise are cut so that they contain some of the rock in which they were formed and some show fine dark lines running throughout the stone. We use both types of turquoise in our pieces, so you are able to decide on the style you like best.
Zircon: A transparent hard stone occurring as brownish or green material, usually heated to turn it pale yellow and blue. It can be found naturally coloured as orange-red, purple, reddish-brown and brownish yellow.