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Jewelry sizing & care instructions

ZLABA pieces are handmade and each piece unique. Please note that body form, structure, print placement and color hue may vary. For jewelries, given that each piece is hand-sculptured from scratch, with no casting  it is common to find shapes or form slight variety in each piece.

 

__ S I Z I N G

We've heard several questions on how to measure ring size, here is a video on how;

Once you have found your finger circumference size, check it with our chart (it's also available in every ring product page);

Size chart Circumference Diameter
US 2 XXS 4.15 cm 1.32 cm
US 3 XS 4.41 cm 1.41 cm
US 4 XS 4.70 cm 1.49 cm
US 5 S 4.93 cm 1.57 cm
US 6 S 5.19 cm 1.65 cm
US 7 M 5.45 cm 1.74 cm
US 8 M 5.72 cm 1.82 cm
US 9 L 5.94 cm 1.89 cm
US 10 L 6.23 cm 1.98 cm
US 11 XL 6.50 cm 2.07 cm
US 12 XL 6.75 cm 2.15 cm
US 13 XXL 7.00 cm 2.23 cm


Or simply download and print the guide here

 

__ C A R E

Unless otherwise stated, we only work with 22kt Yellow or Rose Gold and .925 silver (or commonly known as Sterling Silver). Both metals are chosen for their versatility and ability to be recycled.

 

22kt Yellow or Rose Gold Vermeil

Jewelry made of gold vermeil is higher in quality than gold-plated pieces.

Theoretically, to create vermeil, sterling silver is covered in a layer of gold that's at least 10 karats and 1.5 microns thick - while in ZLABA workshop we are using 22 carat gold and applying 3 microns thick of it.

To the naked eye, vermeil looks like pure gold. It can be polished for a glossy look or left to tarnish for a hint of vintage style.

How to care
Gold vermeil jewelry requires special care. Always store your gold vermeil jewelry in closed pouch or airtight container when not in use.
To clean gold vermeil jewelry, buff very gently with a soft and dry 100% cotton cloth or a microfiber cloth. Never use chemical cleaners on 22k gold vermeil jewelry as it can strip the gold finish.
It is natural for gold vermeil jewelry to tarnish with time—it adds character to the item makes it as individual as you are.

 

.925 Silver

Part of the natural process of silver, is that over time it will change appearance, get darken and develop a patina, this is called tarnishing. 

Avoid (these will accelerate tarnishing process) : Never put in contact (these will damage silver badly) :
Body lotions, perfumes, hair sprays, hair dyes, sunscreens Alchohol
Swimming (chlorinated and salt/sea water) Vinegar (Ammonia)
Invigorating exercise (sweating) Nail polish remover (Acetone)
Cigarette smoke Bleach
Detergents, desinfektan Turpentine


Tarnish is also accelerated in a moisty, humid environment, don't store your jewelry in the bathroom. Avoid wearing your jewelry when completing activities such as cleaning, gardening and exercising. Oily salty sweats from fingers can also tarnish silver.
 

For longer silver lifespan, taking the right precautions is essential. The most practical solution is to learn which substances accelerate tarnish and to try and limit the exposure your silver jewelry has to them. 

 

High gloss finish items

Jewelry that is finished with a high gloss polish is highly susceptible to showing up tarnish, because of this it is necessary to take extra care of your items in order to keep them blemish free.

 

Coral Specimens 

It is in the nature of sea coral to absorb liquid, so be careful when wearing the pieces from Dead Sea collection. Daily beverages like coffee, chocolate, wine, soda, any colourful liquid can stain the coral if they are spilled/splashed to it.

Coral is also fragile, so avoid wearing your Dead Sea pieces on bumpy or active days. By time, the colour will dissolved and get darken a little, white coral will turn to into yellow-ish or grey-ish, it is a natural process. To decelerate this, always keep your jewelry in a closed pouch or compartment.

 

Gemstones

Since gems vary in hardness, storing them next to each other can result in scratches and reduced polish. Keeping jewelry separately, wrapped in soft cloth, is an easy task that will ensure preservation of luster and prevent damage.

The temperature at which gemstones are stored should be constant. Extreme temperature fluctuation can cause gemstones to fracture. Also, prolongued exposure to strong sunlight may cause some colored gemstones to fade or discolor. Therefore, some jewelry should be stored out of direct sunlight.

Check for loose gemstones before wearing your jewelry and always remove it when engaging in strenuous activities. Restring pearl or bead necklaces at least every two years (or every year if you wear them frequently). This will prevent lost gemstones.

Do not wear your jewelry if there is a risk of exposure to chemicals. For example, do not wear your jewelry whilst cleaning or during activities such as swimming or showering. Chlorine can damage gemstones and soap residue leaves jewelry looking dull. In addition, the chemicals in cosmetics, hairspray and perfume can damage gems, so necklaces or pendants should be put on last when dressing and taken off first when undressing, as a precaution.

 

We hope you enjoy our creations. For any other help/tips, feel free to email us: info@zlaba.com

 

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