GaudyBaubles

Personalized Monogram necklace Engraved Initial Jewelry

California, United States · 1651 Sales

GaudyBaubles

Personalized Monogram necklace Engraved Initial Jewelry

California, United States 1651 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Julie

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Announcement   Engraved monogram necklace & initial necklace round circle disc charm pendant necklace jewelry. Handmade in Sterling Silver & Gold. Gaudy Baubles are custom engraved to order. Please allow 7-14 days for me to handcraft your items. Shiny or Matte Finish now available on all items.

Personalized monogram necklaces and initial charm pendant necklaces custom engraved on sterling silver round circle discs are currently being featured. All letters of the alphabet, as well as numbers are available! Also available in solid 14K yellow gold.

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These are a great gift ideas for: Weddings, brides, bridesmaids, mothers, mother-in-laws, mommies, Mother's Day, grandmothers, children, grandchildren, Valentines day, girlfriends, sisters, best friends, birthdays, graduation, weddings, anniversaries, Christmas, Chanuka / Hanukkah, bat mitzvahs / bar mitzvahs, and other special occasions.

***

Interested in a different initial charm size?
If you are interested in a charm size other than what is offered in a listing, please contact me prior to purchasing. I would be happy to discuss custom options, pricing, and create a reserved custom order listing for you to purchase with all your details.


Interested in a different initial letter font style?
Most font styles shown in my shop can be done on any charm size, although there are a few exceptions. Prices vary and are based on charm size and font style/ layout.

To view all initial letter and monogram font styles and charm sizes available, please take a moment to browse through my shop. (click on the link below to return to my shop)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles


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My charms are listed as examples in Alphabetical order, starting on page 4

***

To start a message referencing a particular listing, simply click on "ask a question" while viewing that listing.

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USA and International Orders Welcome!

***

Production time:
All orders are handmade, and custom engraved to order.
- Please allow approximately 7-14 days from date of purchase for me to handcraft and ship out your order.


***

Shipping (Domestic orders- within the USA):

Standard shipping is via USPS First Class Mail, with an estimated delivery in 3-5 business days, to most destinations.

- Please note- the USPS does not guarantee delivery transit times.


Expedited shipping options are also available as detailed below.

1) Priority shipping via USPS Priority Mail, with an estimated delivery in 2-3 business days, to most destinations
- select "shipping upgrade to USPS Priority Mail" during checkout.

2) FedEx, with guaranteed date certain/ trackable delivery in 1-4 business days, depending on the destination and service selected.
- Please provide complete shipping address so that I may obtain an actual
shipping quote
- standard overnight= estimated $45.00
- 2day air= estimated $22.00- $28.00
- express saver 3 day= estimated $16.00-$22.00
- express home delivery 4 days= estimated $10.00-$15.00
( not available to all destinations).

***

Shipping Address:
Orders will be mailed to the shipping address you provide during checkout. Please be sure you have entered the correct shipping address before you confirm your order.

Please note: One shipping address may be specified per transaction.

***

CA state sales tax:
Orders being shipped to an address within California will have CA sales tax applied during checkout.

***

Shipping (International orders- outside the USA):

Standard shipping is via USPS required mode of shipping for Jewelry/ Precious metal category to the destination country. Please see below for shipping charges to commonly shipped countries.

***
Canada-
International First Class Mail/ Registered, with an estimated delivery in 7-21 business days, depending on the destination. ($29.00- added during checkout)

***
Japan-
International First Class Mail/ Registered, with an estimated delivery in 7-21 business days, depending on the destination. ($36.00- added during checkout)

***
Australia-
International Priority Mail/ Insured, with an estimated delivery in 6-10 business days, depending on the destination. ($50.00- added during checkout)

***
Germany / France / Switzerland-
International First Class Mail, with an estimated delivery in 7-21 business days, depending on the destination. ($22.00- added during checkout)

***

For all other destinations not listed above, please contact me prior to placing an order, and provide your complete shipping address, including postal codes, so that I may advise an accurate shipping charge quote.

Expedited International shipping via Fedex International is also available. If you are interested in this option, please contact me prior to placing an order, and provide your complete shipping address, including postal codes, so that I may advise an accurate shipping charge quote.
- FedEx International= estimated $65.00


Buyer is responsible for all import/customs duties, fees, charges and taxes upon receipt.

All Payments accepted in US Dollars


***

Gift Purchases:
If you are sending as a gift, and would like me to include a gift letter enclosure, in lieu of the invoice please include the "to/from" info and your message in the "Note from Buyer" at checkout.


***

Click here to return to GaudyBaubles Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles

***


Charm sizes compared to USA coins

(diameter)
1 inch charm= size of a Quarter
7/8 inch charm= size of a Nickel
¾ inch charm= size of a Penny
5/8 inch charm (same as 10/16”)= 1/16” smaller than a Dime (which is 11/16”)
½ inch charm (same as 4/8”, or 8/16”)= 3/16” smaller than a Dime

(thickness):
quarter= 1.75mm
nickel= 1.85mm (12gg is 2.00mm)
penny= 1.65mm (14gg is 1.60mm)
dime= 1.30mm (16gg is 1.30mm)

My standard charms are 1.0mm thickness (18gg)

Thicker charms are available by special order. Please contact me prior to purchase if you would like a price quote on one of the below options:

1.30mm (16gg)
1.60mm (14gg)
2.00mm (12gg)

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Monogram Etiquette (for married couples):

Below are the three common types of monograms formats for married couples:

A Traditional Monogram for a married couple (reading the monogram from left to right):
1) Wife’s first name initial.
2) Husband’s last name initial. This initial is in the center and larger..
3) Wife’s maiden name initial.

A Modern Monogram for a married couple (reading the monogram from left to right):
1) Wife’s first name initial.
2) Husband’s last name initial. This initial is in the center and larger.
3) Husband’s first name initial.

A Single Initial Monogram for a married couple is the first initial of the husband’s last name.

(An engaged couple should not use the married monogram until after the wedding ceremony.)

***

Gaudy Baubles make great custom engraved monogrammed and personalized jewelry gift ideas!

For new brides, bridesmaids gifts, bridal shower gifts, wedding shower gifts, weddings, and anniversary gifts.

For new mothers, mommy, mom, mother's day gifts, mother-in-laws, mothers necklace jewelry, mommy necklace jewelry, grandma necklace, grandmother jewelry, baby shower gifts, push presents, childrens name jewelry, kids name necklace, baby name necklace, family name jewelry.

For special gifts for family and friends, sister necklaces, best friend necklace jewelry, girlfriend necklace jewelry.

For special occasion gifts, Birthday gifts, Graduation gifts, Bat Mitzvah gifts, Sweet 16 gifts, Quinceanera gifts, Valentines day gifts, Christmas presents, Chanukah gifts, Hanukkah presents, Anniversary gifts, memorial keepsakes.

For special accomplishments, goal attainment, and milestones in life such as 12 step serenity jewelry, marathons, mountain climbing.


***

Shop with confidence! To view GaudyBaubles shop policies:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles/policy


***

If you have any questions, comments, special requests, or custom orders, feel free to contact me at any time:

to start an Etsy Conversation: Just click on "Contact Shop Owner" located in the “Shop Owner” Info box.

to Email: gaudybaubles [!at] sbcglobal.net


***
I currently have three shops on Etsy:

1) GaudyBaubles

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles

***

2) GaudyBaublesEngraved:
Created to focus on Engraved Jewelry by GaudyBaubles

https://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaublesEngraved?ref=ss_profile

***

3) GBReserved
Dedicated to hosting Individual Reserved Custom Order Listings, when my shop GaudyBaubles is in VacationMode

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GBReserve


***

Thanks for stopping by!
Julie at Gaudy Baubles

Delightfully detailed gloriously embellished trinkets and trifles to be enjoyed!

Gaudy Baubles
Registered trademark est. 2007

Announcement
Last updated on Sep 9, 2016

Engraved monogram necklace & initial necklace round circle disc charm pendant necklace jewelry. Handmade in Sterling Silver & Gold. Gaudy Baubles are custom engraved to order. Please allow 7-14 days for me to handcraft your items. Shiny or Matte Finish now available on all items.

Personalized monogram necklaces and initial charm pendant necklaces custom engraved on sterling silver round circle discs are currently being featured. All letters of the alphabet, as well as numbers are available! Also available in solid 14K yellow gold.

***

These are a great gift ideas for: Weddings, brides, bridesmaids, mothers, mother-in-laws, mommies, Mother's Day, grandmothers, children, grandchildren, Valentines day, girlfriends, sisters, best friends, birthdays, graduation, weddings, anniversaries, Christmas, Chanuka / Hanukkah, bat mitzvahs / bar mitzvahs, and other special occasions.

***

Interested in a different initial charm size?
If you are interested in a charm size other than what is offered in a listing, please contact me prior to purchasing. I would be happy to discuss custom options, pricing, and create a reserved custom order listing for you to purchase with all your details.


Interested in a different initial letter font style?
Most font styles shown in my shop can be done on any charm size, although there are a few exceptions. Prices vary and are based on charm size and font style/ layout.

To view all initial letter and monogram font styles and charm sizes available, please take a moment to browse through my shop. (click on the link below to return to my shop)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles


***

My charms are listed as examples in Alphabetical order, starting on page 4

***

To start a message referencing a particular listing, simply click on "ask a question" while viewing that listing.

***

USA and International Orders Welcome!

***

Production time:
All orders are handmade, and custom engraved to order.
- Please allow approximately 7-14 days from date of purchase for me to handcraft and ship out your order.


***

Shipping (Domestic orders- within the USA):

Standard shipping is via USPS First Class Mail, with an estimated delivery in 3-5 business days, to most destinations.

- Please note- the USPS does not guarantee delivery transit times.


Expedited shipping options are also available as detailed below.

1) Priority shipping via USPS Priority Mail, with an estimated delivery in 2-3 business days, to most destinations
- select "shipping upgrade to USPS Priority Mail" during checkout.

2) FedEx, with guaranteed date certain/ trackable delivery in 1-4 business days, depending on the destination and service selected.
- Please provide complete shipping address so that I may obtain an actual
shipping quote
- standard overnight= estimated $45.00
- 2day air= estimated $22.00- $28.00
- express saver 3 day= estimated $16.00-$22.00
- express home delivery 4 days= estimated $10.00-$15.00
( not available to all destinations).

***

Shipping Address:
Orders will be mailed to the shipping address you provide during checkout. Please be sure you have entered the correct shipping address before you confirm your order.

Please note: One shipping address may be specified per transaction.

***

CA state sales tax:
Orders being shipped to an address within California will have CA sales tax applied during checkout.

***

Shipping (International orders- outside the USA):

Standard shipping is via USPS required mode of shipping for Jewelry/ Precious metal category to the destination country. Please see below for shipping charges to commonly shipped countries.

***
Canada-
International First Class Mail/ Registered, with an estimated delivery in 7-21 business days, depending on the destination. ($29.00- added during checkout)

***
Japan-
International First Class Mail/ Registered, with an estimated delivery in 7-21 business days, depending on the destination. ($36.00- added during checkout)

***
Australia-
International Priority Mail/ Insured, with an estimated delivery in 6-10 business days, depending on the destination. ($50.00- added during checkout)

***
Germany / France / Switzerland-
International First Class Mail, with an estimated delivery in 7-21 business days, depending on the destination. ($22.00- added during checkout)

***

For all other destinations not listed above, please contact me prior to placing an order, and provide your complete shipping address, including postal codes, so that I may advise an accurate shipping charge quote.

Expedited International shipping via Fedex International is also available. If you are interested in this option, please contact me prior to placing an order, and provide your complete shipping address, including postal codes, so that I may advise an accurate shipping charge quote.
- FedEx International= estimated $65.00


Buyer is responsible for all import/customs duties, fees, charges and taxes upon receipt.

All Payments accepted in US Dollars


***

Gift Purchases:
If you are sending as a gift, and would like me to include a gift letter enclosure, in lieu of the invoice please include the "to/from" info and your message in the "Note from Buyer" at checkout.


***

Click here to return to GaudyBaubles Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles

***


Charm sizes compared to USA coins

(diameter)
1 inch charm= size of a Quarter
7/8 inch charm= size of a Nickel
¾ inch charm= size of a Penny
5/8 inch charm (same as 10/16”)= 1/16” smaller than a Dime (which is 11/16”)
½ inch charm (same as 4/8”, or 8/16”)= 3/16” smaller than a Dime

(thickness):
quarter= 1.75mm
nickel= 1.85mm (12gg is 2.00mm)
penny= 1.65mm (14gg is 1.60mm)
dime= 1.30mm (16gg is 1.30mm)

My standard charms are 1.0mm thickness (18gg)

Thicker charms are available by special order. Please contact me prior to purchase if you would like a price quote on one of the below options:

1.30mm (16gg)
1.60mm (14gg)
2.00mm (12gg)

***

Monogram Etiquette (for married couples):

Below are the three common types of monograms formats for married couples:

A Traditional Monogram for a married couple (reading the monogram from left to right):
1) Wife’s first name initial.
2) Husband’s last name initial. This initial is in the center and larger..
3) Wife’s maiden name initial.

A Modern Monogram for a married couple (reading the monogram from left to right):
1) Wife’s first name initial.
2) Husband’s last name initial. This initial is in the center and larger.
3) Husband’s first name initial.

A Single Initial Monogram for a married couple is the first initial of the husband’s last name.

(An engaged couple should not use the married monogram until after the wedding ceremony.)

***

Gaudy Baubles make great custom engraved monogrammed and personalized jewelry gift ideas!

For new brides, bridesmaids gifts, bridal shower gifts, wedding shower gifts, weddings, and anniversary gifts.

For new mothers, mommy, mom, mother's day gifts, mother-in-laws, mothers necklace jewelry, mommy necklace jewelry, grandma necklace, grandmother jewelry, baby shower gifts, push presents, childrens name jewelry, kids name necklace, baby name necklace, family name jewelry.

For special gifts for family and friends, sister necklaces, best friend necklace jewelry, girlfriend necklace jewelry.

For special occasion gifts, Birthday gifts, Graduation gifts, Bat Mitzvah gifts, Sweet 16 gifts, Quinceanera gifts, Valentines day gifts, Christmas presents, Chanukah gifts, Hanukkah presents, Anniversary gifts, memorial keepsakes.

For special accomplishments, goal attainment, and milestones in life such as 12 step serenity jewelry, marathons, mountain climbing.


***

Shop with confidence! To view GaudyBaubles shop policies:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles/policy


***

If you have any questions, comments, special requests, or custom orders, feel free to contact me at any time:

to start an Etsy Conversation: Just click on "Contact Shop Owner" located in the “Shop Owner” Info box.

to Email: gaudybaubles [!at] sbcglobal.net


***
I currently have three shops on Etsy:

1) GaudyBaubles

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles

***

2) GaudyBaublesEngraved:
Created to focus on Engraved Jewelry by GaudyBaubles

https://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaublesEngraved?ref=ss_profile

***

3) GBReserved
Dedicated to hosting Individual Reserved Custom Order Listings, when my shop GaudyBaubles is in VacationMode

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GBReserve


***

Thanks for stopping by!
Julie at Gaudy Baubles

Delightfully detailed gloriously embellished trinkets and trifles to be enjoyed!

Gaudy Baubles
Registered trademark est. 2007

Julie

Contact shop owner

Julie

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About

“Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life.”

One weekend while shopping in a great little boutique near my home, I came across a beautiful handmade ceramic plate with the inscription “Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life.”- paraphrased from Confucius

That saying really resonated with me and stuck in my head. What is it that I would love to spend my time doing? After much thought, the answer came to me; “I love to work with my hands! I love to create things!,” and thus my journey in hand crafting jewelry began!

Along the way I was fortunate to be able to take jewelry classes being taught by Bob Hazeltine, a master jeweler, teacher, and an extraordinary gentleman to whom I owe much for his patience, pragmatism, and exceptional spiritual guidance and mentorship, as well as classes at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco.

Day by day I continue to hone my skills and learn new lessons on this wonderful journey of self discovery, through the creation of jewelry.

Please feel free to contact me at any time:
- Click on "contact GaudyBaubles" to send an "Etsy Conversation" message.
- Email: gaudybaubles [!at] sbcglobal.net


Thanks for stopping by!
Julie at GaudyBaubles

My primary shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles

My secondary shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GBReserve

GBReserve is my secondary shop, which is exclusively dedicated to hosting Individual Reserved Custom Order Listings, when my primary shop GaudyBaubles is in VacationMode

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Shop policies

Last updated on July 20, 2016
Thanks for visiting the shop!

Please take a moment to review my shop policies.

If you have any questions, comments, special requests, or custom orders, feel free to contact me at any time:

to start an Etsy Conversation: Just click on the "contact shop owner" or "ask a question", or "GaudyBaubles Contact" button.

to Email: gaudybaubles [!at] sbcglobal.net

Thanks for stopping by!
Julie at Gaudy Baubles

***

Interested in a different charm size?
If you are interested in a charm size other than what is offered in the listings, please contact me prior to purchasing. I would be happy to discuss options, pricing, and create a reserved custom order listing for you to purchase with all your details.

(Click on the last photo on any listing to view a reference photo of charm sizes and chain lengths shown “on-body”)

***

Interested in a different font style?
Most font styles shown in my shop can be done on any charm size, although there are a few exceptions. Prices vary and are based on charm size and font style/ layout.

To view all initial letter and monogram font styles and charm sizes available, please take a moment to browse through my shop. Listings are organized in Alphabetical Order. (click on the link below to return to my shop)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles

To start a message referencing a particular listing, simply click on "ask a question" while viewing that listing.


***

Charm sizes compared to USA coins
(Diameter comparison)
1 inch charm (same as 16/16”) = similar in diameter to a Quarter (which is 15/16”)
7/8 inch charm (same as 14/16”) = similar in diameter to a Nickel (which is 13/16”)
¾ inch charm (same as 12/16”) = similar in diameter to a Penny (which is 12/16”)
5/8 inch charm (same as 10/16”) = similar in diameter to a Dime (which is 11/16”)
½ inch charm (same as 8/16”) = similar in diameter to a Dime (which is 11/16”)

(Thickness comparison):
quarter = approximately 1.75mm thickness
nickel = approximately 1.85mm thickness
penny = approximately 1.65mm thickness
dime = approximately 1.30mm thickness

My standard charms are 1.0mm thickness (18gg)

Thicker charms are available by special order. Please contact me prior to purchasing if you are interested in a price quote on one of the below options:

- 12gg is 2.00mm thickness
- 14gg is 1.60mm thickness
- 16gg is 1.30mm thickness
- 18gg is 1.00mm thickness (this is the standard thickness of my charms)


***

Click here to return to GaudyBaubles Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles


***

I have two shops on Etsy:

You are now visiting my primary shop, GaudyBaubles:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles

My secondary shop is GBReserve, which is exclusively dedicated to hosting Individual Reserved Custom Order Listings, when my primary shop GaudyBaubles is in VacationMode.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GBReserve

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Payment is accepted in U.S. Dollars.

payment options:
1) Etsy Direct Checkout
2) Paypal

***

CA State Sales Tax:
Orders being shipped to an address within California will have CA sales tax applied during checkout.

***

Import/ Customs Fees (International Orders):
International buyers are responsible for all import/ customs taxes, duties, fees upon receipt.

***

Click here to return to GaudyBaubles Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles
.
Shipping
USA and International Orders Welcome!

***

Production time:
All orders are handmade, and custom engraved to order.
- Please allow approximately 7-14 days from date of purchase for me to handcraft and ship out your order.


***

Shipping (Domestic orders- within the USA):

Standard shipping is via USPS First Class Mail, with an estimated delivery in 3-5 business days, to most destinations.

- Please note- the USPS does not guarantee delivery transit times.


Expedited shipping options are also available as detailed below.

1) Priority shipping via USPS Priority Mail, with an estimated delivery in 2-3 business days, to most destinations
- select "shipping upgrade to USPS Priority Mail" during checkout.

2) FedEx, with guaranteed date certain/ trackable delivery in 1-4 business days, depending on the destination and service selected.
- Please provide complete shipping address so that I may obtain an actual
shipping quote
- standard overnight= estimated $45.00
- 2day air= estimated $22.00- $28.00
- express saver 3 day= estimated $16.00-$22.00
- express home delivery 4 days= estimated $10.00-$15.00
( not available to all destinations).

***

Shipping Address:
Orders will be mailed to the shipping address you provide during checkout. Please be sure you have entered the correct shipping address before you confirm your order.

Please note: One shipping address may be specified per transaction.

***

CA state sales tax:
Orders being shipped to an address within California will have CA sales tax applied during checkout.

***

Shipping (International orders- outside the USA):

Standard shipping is via USPS required mode of shipping for Jewelry/ Precious metal category to the destination country. Please see below for shipping charges to commonly shipped countries.

***
Canada-
International First Class Mail/ Registered, with an estimated delivery in 7-21 business days, depending on the destination. ($20.00- added during checkout)

***
Japan-
International First Class Mail/ Registered, with an estimated delivery in 7-21 business days, depending on the destination. ($26.00- added during checkout)

***
Germany / France / Switzerland-
International First Class Mail, with an estimated delivery in 7-21 business days, depending on the destination. ($13.00- added during checkout)

* For orders of $101 to $200- Registered Mail service is added to postage. (additional charge of $13.00= $26.00 shipping total)

* For orders of $201 and above- Registered Mail Service and Return Receipt service is added to postage. (additional charge of $16.00= $29.00 shipping total)


***
Australia-
International Priority Mail/ Insured, with an estimated delivery in 6-10 business days, depending on the destination. ($42.00- added during checkout)


***
For all other destinations not listed above, please contact me prior to placing an order, and provide your complete shipping address, including postal codes, so that I may advise an accurate shipping charge quote.

Expedited International shipping via Fedex International is also available. If you are interested in this option, please contact me prior to placing an order, and provide your complete shipping address, including postal codes, so that I may advise an accurate shipping charge quote.
- FedEx International= estimated $65.00


Buyer is responsible for all import/customs duties, fees, charges and taxes upon receipt.

All Payments accepted in US Dollars


***

Gift Purchases:
If you are sending as a gift, and would like me to include a gift letter enclosure, in lieu of the invoice please include the "to/from" info and your message in the "Note from Buyer" at checkout.


***

Click here to return to GaudyBaubles Shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GaudyBaubles
Refunds and Exchanges
Shop with Confidence!

Your satisfaction is very important to me!

If you are not totally satisfied with your purchase, you may return it within 14 days from receipt for an exchange, or a full refund, including the initial shipping charges. Please contact me first to arrange for an exchange/ refund merchandise return, and return the item, in its original condition, in its original packaging with a copy of the invoice, within 14 days of receipt. I will process the refund or exchange as soon as I receive the returned merchandise.


Click here to return to GaudyBaubles Shop:
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.
Additional policies and FAQs
Gaudy Baubles handcrafted jewelry:

Each engraved piece is hand fabricated out of sterling silver and then brought through many stages to a shiny final finish using a polishing lathe which spins at a very high speed. For matte finish pieces, the final finish is achieved by using matte satin wheels as a further step. The custom engraving is done by hand using a manual engraving machine. To preserve the depth and “bright cut” of the engraving, most polishing/ finishing is done prior to engraving.

Sterling silver is a relatively soft metal and susceptibility to scratching is inherent to the nature of sterling silver. Care should be taken when handling, wearing, and storing your piece.

About sterling silver:
Sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5% fine silver and 7.5% proprietary blend of copper, and sometimes other elements. Pure fine silver is a very soft metal, and is not often used for jewelry applications. Copper is added to increase the silver’s hardness and durability.

Why sterling silver tarnishes:
The copper in sterling silver makes it susceptible to tarnish. Over time sterling silver reacts to the sulfur, oxygen, and moisture in the air which causes oxidation to occur on the surface of the metal in the form of tarnish.

Cleaning your jewelry to prevent tarnishing:
For a quick cleaning, simply wash your silver jewelry periodically with a mild dish soap and warm water to prevent tarnishing. Rinse jewelry well and pat dry completely with a soft 100% cotton cloth before storing in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Do not use any type of brush to clean, as it may be too abrasive. Do not clean your silver jewelry with toothpaste and a toothbrush as this is too abrasive and will scratch the silver. Avoid paste silver cleaners, as they may also be too abrasive. Avoid “dip” cleaning solutions even though they may say that they are for silver jewelry, as they may cause discoloration.

Preventing tarnishing:
1) Wear your silver jewelry. Bodily oils help prevent tarnishing so sterling silver jewelry that is worn often won’t have to be cleaned as often. Wearing and handling will slow the oxidation process and keep your silver polished, shiny and beautiful. It will eventually develop a beautiful silver patina.
2) Avoid contact with chemicals such as hairspray, make-up, perfume, deodorant, body lotion, bleach, etc, as well as acidic foods.
3) Do not wear silver jewelry in the shower, swimming pool or hot tub. Humidity and chemicals in the water can speed up the oxidation process that produces tarnish.
4) After taking off silver jewelry, clean with a mild dish soap and warm water. Rinse well and pat dry with a soft 100% cotton cloth prior to storing.

Storing correctly to minimize tarnish and scratches:
1) Store clean, dry jewelry in an airtight container, like a ziplock bag, along with an “anti-tarnish strip” (like the 3M Anti-Tarnish tab provided) to help prevent tarnish.
2) Store your silver jewelry separately to prevent scratching and marring from contact with other items. Avoid rubbing against harder items.
3) Do not leave silver jewelry in the bathroom. Humidity can speed up the oxidation process that produces tarnish.
4) Avoid storing your sterling silver jewelry directly on wood surfaces, because wood usually contains acids that can mar the finish.

Removing tarnish:
Please note- tarnish is the buildup of oxidation on the surface of the metal. All polishing and tarnish removing products, including jewelry polishing cloths work using some form of very fine abrasive, which will result in fine scratching on the surface of the metal. (test any new product on the back of the piece first.) Over time, these scratches will all blend together to develop a beautiful warm patina unique to sterling silver.

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*** I have recently discovered a product that I find to be excellent for removing tarnish on sterling silver, and is non-abrasive.

Brand- Blitz
Name- Blitz Silver Shine Instant Silver Jewelry Cleaner

*** disclaimer- I personally use this product, but am not responsible for its results or outcome when used by others.

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Monogram Etiquette:

Below are the three main types of monograms formats for married couples:

A Traditional Monogram for a married couple (reading the monogram from left to right):
1) Wife’s first name initial.
2) Husband’s last name initial. This initial is larger than the initials on each side of it.
3) Wife’s maiden name initial.

A Modern Monogram for a married couple (reading the monogram from left to right):
1) Wife’s first name initial.
2) Husband’s last name initial. This initial is larger than the first name initials on each side of it.
3) Husband’s first name initial.

A Single initial Monogram for a married couple is the first initial of the husband’s last name.

(An engaged couple should not use the married monogram until after the wedding ceremony.)


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