Cut a thin strip of paper or get yourself a piece of string of several centimeters. You can also use a tailor’s tape. Wrap the string around your finger. Mark with a pen where the strip joins. Measure in millimeters the length between the two pen marks using a ruler. Do not tighten the strip too hard when you wrap around your finger. The strip should slide easily.
Measure the size of a ring:
This is quite hard to get exact measurements of. But we can almost always change rings to the right size. Just get in touch with us, we love to help! Measure the inner diameter of one of your rings with a ruler, note the size.
----------------------------------------- We love to use solid silver / brass / bronze in Wild & Arrow pieces; mostly recycled or vintage. All brass / bronze chains are new with protective coating unless otherwise stated. Your jewelry is made to be beautiful for years to come. The solid metal in our jewelry is recyclable.
We avoid gold/silver-plating because of the harmful chemicals that needs to be used and because the solid silver/bronze/brass metal can be polished over and over if you want your jewelry to shine.
The Wild & Arrow golden pieces are made of raw solid brass / bronze, unless other stated. The metal will change it´s color over time, fade or darken. We really love this natural result which will make your Wild & Arrow jewelry truly unique. If you prefer a golden look it´s easy to clean and polish brass and bronze. Ring that are used frequently will remain golden and shiny and darken in corners. Brass and Bronze pendants will usually darken over time.
Bronze & Brass // Rings & Earrings
Does your skin darken by the copper in brass/bronze? Avoid wearing rings/earwires with moisturizer or around water. Also a layer of clear nail polish works nicely inside of a ring and on the back of an earring. If you want us to add a protective layer on your piece, or change earwire to silver/gold just get in touch!
Wild & Arrow silver pieces are made with solid sterling silver 925. This is the most common silver used in jewelry around the world. Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. Pure silver is mostly too soft to use in jewelry, therefore silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength. We use recycled silver because of all ethical and environmental problems in the mining industry. We also buy locally recycled silver and locally made chains as much as possible. Matte/shiny silver usually needs a little cleaning after frequent use. See our tips further down to get your silver polished.
Wild & Arrow oxidized jewelry is also made with solid 925. sterling silver. The copper in the silver alloy darkens when it comes in contact with oxygen/humidity. This creates the finish which sometimes is unwanted. Of course we want the silver to be dark! Oxidizing is a treatment that basically speeds up the natural oxidization process that would occur on silver over time. Your dark jewelry will evolve/fade with wear, resulting in a patina that is unique to your piece. Especially on frequently used rings the oxidization will fade to a more shiny silver appearance. Clean your dark oxidized jewelry gently only with soap and water. The dark patina can otherwise be polished off.
We can reapply the oxidized finish and add a protective layer if you wish to keep it dark. Just get in touch!
----------------------------------------- Store your Wild & Arrow jewelry in a cool dry place. Most jewelry can be gently rinsed with soap and water if needed. Make sure to dry completely before storing your jewelry. If you want your bronze/brass pieces to darken and oxidize you can speed up the process and do the opposite; if you store them in your bathroom around humidity they will darken faster. But be aware of any fingerprints. They don´t look pretty in our opinion..
Golden brass/bronze is easy to polish back to it´s original shiny state. Ketchup is a great cleaner, yes really! Apply a thick layer. Let your Wild & Arrow piece soak for a few minutes. Rinse with water. Voila! A kitchen sponge with some dish washing detergent will help if you want a matte brushed finish or if the jewelry was in really bad shape. We can also clean the jewelry for you, just get in touch! Avoid using harsh cleansers (don´t rub with any cleanser) on our brass chain as this may cause the protective coating to wear off.
Sterling Silver and Gold is easy to clean back to it´s shiny state with a bath of hot water, salt and a piece of aluminium foil. Add a tablespoon salt above a small piece of foil. Pour in hot water and let your silver jewelry soak for a minute! Rinse with water. This will probably not work on our dark oxidized pieces.
Another way of polishing your silver is to use baking soda (bikarbonat in Swedish) and water. Add enough baking soda so you get a paste. Then use a toothbrush or a piece of cloth and rub your silver. Rinse with water and always dry your silver throughly.
A kitchen sponge will help if you want a matte brushed finish or if the jewelry was in really bad shape. Also a small rinse with dish-washing liquid and a tooth brush can be helpful.
If you don´t want to be bothered, we can clean your Wild & Arrow jewelry for you. Get in touch with us!
Spanning the Cooper River in South Carolina, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is a cable-stayed suspension bridge connecting the cities of Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Completed in 2005, this stunning bridge is loved by locals for its breathtaking views, pedestrian-friendly paths, and for being a symbol of Charleston.
Inspired by her travels and by the bond a bridge makes between the communities it spans, designer Betsy Cross brings us the Bridge Cuff Collection. Each cuff is a celebration of the bridge’s unique elements and structural beauty. Etched on the inside you’ll find the year the bridge was completed and its geographic coordinates.
Made by Betsy & Iya in their studio in Portland, Usa.
Materials: Raw brass Measures 1.5" at widest. Adjustable (fits most adult wrists).
betsy & iya® started in 2008 in a coffeeshop with a notebook, a bright red pencil, and nothing to lose. Among scribbles and coffee stains, the words “jewelry making” appeared in that notebook.
Betsy wrote it down, thought about it for a while, and then she made some jewelry. And it worked, so she did it some more.
Today, they are more than just jewelry. They are a brick and mortar shop snuggled down in Portland, OR. It is where they design and make it all.
Constantly learning, building, growing. Goofballs who can still work 80+ hour weeks, but know when to take a deep breath. Design is important, but so are quiet Sunday mornings, roller coasters, and new music. "We’d love to live in a house from Dwell magazine, but we don’t. And if we did, you might find a stray sock in the hallway or a *temporary* stack of dishes in the sink. We’re people, just like you. We love what we do. And we put ourselves into our designs, into our business, into how we say hi when you walk through our door."