Sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. It can be antiqued or given a high polish. We use both antiqued and polished beads. A puff cleaner can be used to clean the outer edges of the sterling beads and leave the inner antiqued crevices antiqued. Do NOT use a Sterling Dip to clean your antiqued jewerly.
14K GOLD FILLED BEADS
Our gold filled beads are made by using heat and pressure to apply a layer of karat gold to a base of less costly metal. This produces a surface with karat gold much thicker than both Gold Plating and Heavy Gold Electroplate. The minimum layer of karat gold must equal at least 1/20th of the total weight of the item. Use care when buffing Gold Filled beads, to avoid removing the gold layer. Note: Gold fill is 50 to 100,000 times thicker that regular Gold Plating and about 17 to 25,000 times thicker than Heavy Gold Electroplate.
A product described as "vermeil" is strong and does not dent becasue it has a base of .925 sterling silver. It is plated with a heavy layer of gold not less than 10k. Where the Gold Plating has not completely bonded with the Sterling Silver, the Silver will eventually tarnish. Overtime, This will appear as darkened areas on the gold.
SWAROVSKI AUSTRIAN CRYSTALS
Our crystal is genuine 32% lead "Strass" crystal from D. Swarovski of Austria. The beautiful rainbows produced by this crystal have made Austrian Crystal Chandeliers famous around the world. This crystal is Swarovski's first quality crystal, not seconds. If you look very closely, you may notice occasional tiny "nicks" on the crystals. This is normal and does not affect the rainbows. All crystals are double checked for quality before they leave the warehouse.
Our Birthstone Crystals are all Swarovski Crystals. Common Gemstone names have been given to the crystals that most resemble them.
Crystal Color Chart
We use the strongest beading wire possible for each specific custom jewelry item. All custom bracelets and necklaces are made with 49 strands of steel coated in Nylon.
Our Alphabet Letter blocks are 5.8mm in size. All beads on our bracelets range from 4 - 6mm in size. Some of our Earrings, Gemstone dangles and Precious Metal dangles are made with 8mm beads. Some of our images are larger than life size to show detail.
All our Gemstones are Natural with the exception of Hematite.
Nearly ALL commercially available "hematite" beads are a simulated material virtually identical to real hematite. Both genuine and simulated Hematite are Iron Oxide. True hematite leaves a red streak when scratched across a piece of unglazed porcelain. The simulated products usually leave a gray streak. Even though a few vendors still say their hematite style beads are a natural material, we believe most mass produced hematite beads are the simulated product. The simulated material and the genuine are so similar in look and feel that vendors may not question their suppliers and may inadvertently mislead the customer.
Gold Plate and Silver Plate
Gold Plate is a very thin deposit of gold, electroplated or electrochemically applied to the piece. It is a very small fraction of an inch thick (1/1,000 - 1/1,000,000 or so of an inch thick). Heavy gold electroplate might be 2 or 3 1,000ís of an inch thick (this can also be written as 2 or 3 mils).
Silver Plate is a plating that matches the color of Sterling Silver.
NOTE: We only use Gold and Silver Plated materials on some of our Eyeglass Chains and Neckrings. This information is cleary specified in those two areas. All materials in our remaining products are Sterling Silver and Gold Filled.
Depending on your individual lifestyle and wear and tear on your bracelet you should have your bracelet periodically restrung to prevent breakage or loss.
A Note About General Jewelry Care
Remove your Beaded Jewelry while Cleaning, Swimming or taking a Shower. Chemicals used during these activities are hard on all jewelry and WILL damage silver.
The above image shows an example of Sterling Silver Damaged from Chemicals in a Hot Tub. Chemical damage is not covered under warranty.
Remove your jewelry for sleeping (except for rings and stud earrings). Movement during sleep causes stress on all moving parts. Cherished Time Designs uses the strongest jewelry wire in the industry suitable for our bracelets/necklaces but with wear and tear the wire does eventually need replacing. Following these few tips will lengthen the period of time between maintenance re-stringing. Please contact us if you have any questions. CS@cherishedtimedesigns.com
RE-STRINGING YOUR BRACELET
Single Strand - $10.00
Double Strand - $15.00
Triple Strand - $20.00
Four Strand - $25
Five Strand - $30
Please go to our RE-STRING page to order Maintenance ReStringing.
If you bracelet has broken and you have lost beads we will repair and replace your beads. Send us an email to discuss the amount of loss so that we can determine the cost.
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO ACCURATELY DETERMINE BRACELET SIZE
All our bracelets are measured from end to end including the clasp. Please read the following carefully. If you follow our guidelines you will receive a nice fitting bracelet with a little bit of movement and room.
MEASURING YOUR WRIST
To determine the bracelet size you need, measure wrist with a soft flexible measuring tape and add the recommended amount as stated below. If you do not have a measuring tape you can use a ribbon or piece of string. Mark the length then measure with a ruler.
HEART TOGGLE CLASP
Bracelets with a Toggle Clasp need to be ordered larger than regular bracelets because the two ends of the bracelet overlap about 1/4". If the bracelet you are ordering has a Toggle Clasp, add 1 - 1 1/4" to your actual wrist measurement.
HEART LOBSTER AND PLAIN LOBSTER CLASPS
If the bracelet you are ordering has a Lobster Clasp, add 3/4 - 1" to your actual wrist measurement.
3, 4 and 5 STRAND CLASP
If the bracelet you are ordering has a 3, 4 or 5 Strand Clasp then it is a Lobster Clasp. Add 3/4" - 1" to your actual wrist measurement. 3, 4 and 5 strand bracelets are heavy and the secure closure of a lobster clasp is important.
CLASP SECURITY AND STRENGTH
Choosing a Bracelet with a Strong and Secure Clasp is critical. A lost bracelet is no bracelet at all. We pride ourselves on having the strongest most secure clasps available. When comparing us with the competition be sure to consider the FUNCTION of the clasp not just the look of the clasp.
GUARANTEE ON LENGTH
Depending on the bead configuration of your bracelet - your bracelet may vary from the size you order by up to 1/8 inch. We make all bracelets as close as possible to the SIZE YOU ORDER (including the clasp). If however we make a error and create your bracelet outside this 1/8" parameter we will resize your bracelet at no charge.
ORDERING A SIZE NOT LISTED
In the details section of checkout you can input a note about the size you desire. For example - at the bottom of the shipping address page you an enter a note like this:
Strand #1: MICHAEL
Strand #2: JONATHAN
Strand #3: RACHEL - Note: Make bracelet as close to 7 3/4 as possible.
REQUESTING A CLASP OTHER THAN STANDARD OFFERING
If you do not want a Heart Toggle Clasp on your 1 or 2 strand bracelet you can request the Heart Lobster Clasp. Input this request in the details/notes section at the bottom of the shipping address page during checkout. For example - Input something like this:
Strand #1: JOHN
Strand #2: SUSAN
Strand #3: Note: Use Heart Lobster Clasp
If for any reason you are not satisfied with your Jewelry purchase please return it to us within 2 weeks.
You will receive a full refund on items that are not personalized.
Any items that are custom made will be charged a 35% custom design fee.
Items that have been worn or damaged will not be accepted.
Be careful to measure accurately and order the correct size. If however, you require resizing we will gladly do this for you. Pricing is as follows:
Single Strand: $10
Double Strand: $15
Triple Strand: $20
Four Strand: $25
Five Strand: $30
Please go to our Resizing page to order Resizing.
We strive to provide the finest quality possible, however, if your jewelry item was made incorrectly or has a defect we will of course repair it at no charge. Please send us an e-mail note and we will do everything to make it right. If you wish for us to reimburse your shipping expenses for the item needing correction we will happily provide you with a credit up to $4.
Our Warranty is good for 3 months as problems should be obvious fairly soon after receipt of your Jewelry.
Any issues after 3 months will be considered wear and tear. We will gladly repair your jewelry piece for minimal fees. Please contact us for an estimate.
ADD A STRAND
If your family grows or you would like to add a strand to your bracelet send us an e-mail.
Add 1 strand - $45
Add 2 strands - $85
Add A Strand