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.
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!
Cork Backpack Bag in black color, complete with contrasting metallic hardware. Drawstring cords gently gather the top of the bag. The lighter lined interior helps you quickly find what you need, while the interior slip pocket, zipped pocket and key holder keeps everything organized. Sleek lines and top handle with drawstring closure, make for an iconic design, now available in vegan cork fabric.
- Crafted of a soft, durable and eco-friendly cork fabric - Water resistant, protective exterior - Drawstring top - Adjustable Shoulder Straps - Soft contrasting lining - One Interior zipped pocket - Key holder - PETA-approved vegan product (100% animal free)
External Size 29 x 29 x 16 cm (11.4" x 11.4" x 6.3") Shoulder Strap drop of (23.6") 60cm
Weight 21 Ounces or 600 grams
How to clean cork? Cork is a natural stain and water resistant material. However, we do recommend the clean with a wet towel and non-toxic soap like baby shampoo. Let air dry, to keep it in perfect condition.
- Winner of the Vegan Fashion awards by Peta Growing up surrounded by cork oak trees Natália and Vitor learned to love and respect them since childhood. They started out with only the two of them and today they proudly employ a handful of local Portuguese artisans. In their small workshop at Barreiro, the beautiful and perfectly finished handmade cork products are made.
Cork is a 100% sustainable product. To harvest the cork no oak tree needs to fall! The harvesting is done by specialized professionals and no tree is damaged during the process. In the following 9 years after each harvesting the cork oak will regenerate its bark and the cork will acquire a smoother texture. Considering the life of an oak tree is on average 200 years, each tree can be harvested around 17 times.
Will it last? Well, it works beautifully. It won’t crack or crumble, in fact, the quality and suppleness of cork fabric products can be compared to that of leather goods. Unlike leather, it’s 100% natural, water repellent, stain and scratch resistant. It is also very easy to maintain and clean: water and soap will do the trick! It does age, but will do so nicely. It will last you for years to come, with added character.