Silver Explained

Karen Silver – Comes from Thailand and is 97-99% Silver. It has higher silver content and therefore much softer and easier to craft. Each individual piece/bead/charm/pendant is handmade. This makes it a dream to work with as no piece will ever be exactly the same. All my Karen Silver I buy direct from Thailand – this ensures its authenticity and at the same time keeps the costs down. As Karen Silver has a higher silver content to Sterling Silver it seems to tarnish less, but it can still be cleaned as you would any other silver.

Sterling Silver – Has a silver content of 92.5%. Normally it is mixed with copper. Sterling Silver is much ‘harder’ than fine silver so for making rings and ‘wearable’ and durable jewellery items I prefer to use Sterling Silver.

Bali Silver – Comes from Indonesia and has a silver content of about 92.5-95%. This varies from piece to piece. All the Bali Silver is handmade just as Karen Silver. Once again I try to buy at source to keep the costs down and ensure authenticity.

Precious Metal Clay – This clay is a revolution in jewellery design. It is available in gold, copper, bronze and silver. It comes in clay or paste form and the designer can then sculpt and mould it into various forms and designs. The majority of my silver clay is fired in a kiln. By firing PMC in a kiln it is harder and more durable. Smaller pieces are fired with a blow torch. When fired silver clay is transformed into what is called ‘fine silver’ which has a silver content of about 99%.

Cleaning your jewellery:

All silver tarnish due to the moisture and chemicals in the air. Every now and again you do need to give your jewellery a bit of a clean. For pieces made from sterling silver or Fine Silver with no stones or other non metal decorations or additions ‘dipping’ in a silver cleaning solution is absolutely fine.

Pieces with stones and other porous additions I would recommend nothing else but a silver polishing cloth and a little elbow grease. Khazimula Jewellery cannot take responsibility for damage to jewellery caused by inappropriate cleaning.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us for help and information.

Returns and Breakages

Under the Distance Selling Regulations, you have seven working days to return your item for any reason (by law this excludes items made to order). After receiving the piece I (Khazimula Jewellery) need to refund you your money within 30 days including postage. This however does not include the postage expense for returning the goods to me. Please note that this excludes earrings.

Items made on commission from any collection of Khazimula Jewellery (Personalised; Cutlery Jewellery; Inspirational Designs and all others made completely to specification) are non refundable and non returnable unless the piece is faulty, not described properly or in the case of a ring or bangle not made to the client’s specified size.

More information about jewellery returns and your rights can be found at the British Jewellers Association: http://www.bja.org.uk/en/consumer/consumer-help-advice/buying-jewellery.cfm

Packaging

The packaging and presentation of your jewellery item is almost as important as the piece itself – it makes it that little bit more special regardless of the value and price. Great care and attention has gone into the design of my packaging. Packaging is included as standard.

The Ordering Process

Upon ordering a piece from any range featured on the Khazimula Jewellery website or social media pages’ full payment is required to secure your order.

Payments in the UK can be done through Paypal or bank transfer. Please note that work will only be undertaken once the payment has cleared in the account. Payments from all other countries can only be made via Paypal.

For all rings and bangles an accurate size is required. For ‘open’ designs a guide to size will be helpful. Your ring size can be determined by visiting your local jeweller which would normally measure your finger free of charge. A standard size bangle measures approx. 63-67mm (inside diameter). Small Size measures approx. 60-63mm (inside diameter) and Large will range from 67-70mm (inside diameter). For an accurate size, you can measure the inside diameter of one of your existing bangles. All sizes can be catered for.

Commissions normally take 14 working days to complete. During busy periods please allow additional time – especially Christmas, Mother’s Day and Valentines Day. In some cases, an extra week needs to be allowed for hallmarking. Sometimes a special stone, metal or materials need to be sourced which will also add complications to delivery timescales… Please be aware of this if you are planning on commissioning a special piece for a particular birthday or Christmas.

All personalised and commissioned pieces will be photographed and sent via e-mail or message to the client for approval upon completion. Please study the photographs carefully – for spelling errors, design errors or any other requests that were made. If you have any questions or queries at this stage I ask that you get in touch immediately before the item is sent. This gives me the opportunity to rectify the problem or explain the reason why it was done in a particular way. In failing to respond or reply to a message I will assume that you are happy with the item and post it.

No personalised / specially commissioned piece of jewellery can be sold on, so I ask that you please comply with this condition. Confirmation and approval will be an automatic commitment to full purchase and full payment upon receipt of the item (if so arranged). No returns will be accepted after approval except for details that are not apparent on a photograph such as sizing. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Most of my completed work get featured on social media pages and the Khazimula web site. I aim to ask permission from all my clients to post pictures of finished work, but I do sometimes forget. I never ‘tag’ photographs of work to specific people as this is not possible. If for any reason, you do not wish a picture of your finished piece to be posted on social media or the website please do let me know. All designs made by Khazimula Jewellery or Janina Hedger remains the property of Khazimula Jewellery/Janina Hedger. No design or photograph of designs etc. can be reproduced without prior permission. Previous designs remain the property of Khazimula Jewellery and inspiration for new work or duplication of old work remains the right of Khazimula Jewellery unless agreed differently.

Postage

All GBP (£) prices quoted on this website exclude postage within and outside the UK. Postage costs within the UK is £5.00 per shipment (minimum charge) up to a maximum of £10. Postage is calculated based on the value of the parcel. Where necessary additional insurance will be purchased to cover the value of the item/s.

All items are posted via Royal Mail by either the ‘Signed For’ service or ‘Special Delivery’. Delivery can take up to 3 Business Days using the ‘Signed For’ service. This is not a fully tracked service – it only requires a signature at the end. Please allow additional time for busy periods such as Christmas. The ‘Special Delivery’ service will be used for all purchases exceeding the value of £50. With this service the parcel is tracked all the way and generally delivered the next day. Please allow additional time during busy periods.

Postage outside the UK to foreign destinations is £12.00 per shipment for up to 2 items. Insurance is included up to the value of £50 as standard. Additional insurance is bought when more than three items are posted with a cover of up to £200.00. For valuable shipments, I would recommend you contact me for alternative postage methods. All items are posted via Royal Mail ‘International Signed For’ with appropriate tracking. Delivery can take anything from 5-21 days depending on the destination country. Unfortunately, I cannot take responsibility for 3rd party negligence. However, I will do my utmost to resolve any complications and issues in a fair and appropriate manner.

Attaching a Leather End

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You will need a Leather End (provided)
Flat nose pliers (preferably 2)

Cut excess leather to size.
Place end of leather in the sterling silver leather end cap with the ring facing outward.
The bits sticking up will have to be folded over the leather.

With the flat nose pliers push down really hard over the leather end cap giving the leather a little tug once you are sure the leather end is secure. Make sure you push down all over the cap.

Attach the Jump Ring to the loop. Make sure that the two sides of the jump ring meet securely with a little ‘click’ as the two ends meet. Two flat nose pliers work well for this as it will keep the jump ring ‘straight’ as it is pushed together. The jump ring is heavy enough that it shouldn’t require soldering. Please check your jump ring occasionally to make sure the two sides still fit together securely.

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Fusion of Metal

Electroplate-and-Care Electroplate and Care
Electroplate is an electrical process of fusing a precious metal to a metal of a lesser value. The ‘base’ metal I use is sterling silver with a fusion/coating/plate of Gold. The Gold is a very thin layer on the surface of the metal. Some layers will be thicker than others and does not add any particular monitory value to the piece. It is used mainly for decorative purposes. On jewellery such as rings and bangles I will not recommend adding electroplate unless on the inside of a flower for example where there is less ‘wear’ to the piece. Over time the electroplating will wear off – it completely depends on the thickness of application, the amount of wear and tear; excessive polishing, dipping, perfume etc. will affect the longevity of the electroplated gold. Even so, the Electroplate can easily be replaced and what remains underneath is sterling silver. Electroplate can be added to most of my designs for a minimum additional charge. Electroplate works particularly well with the ‘Fairy Collection’… It is an inexpensive way of adding depth and definition to the design.
Keum-Boo-and-Care Keum- Boo and Care
Keum Boo is an Ancient Korean technique of fusing a layer of 24ct Gold to Sterling or Fine Silver. The process of fusing the two metals together is a little different to Electroplate and requires consistent heat of approx. 500 F.
This process is also known as Silver-Gilt and is a permanent fusion between metals. This process is more suited to the application of rings and bangles as it is more durable and more suited to high wear and tear jewellery pieces. Of course this application is more expensive and I will only use it to add ‘accents’ to a design. Due to the intricate and less ‘controlled’ nature of adding Keum Boo I use it mainly for an ‘organic’ feel and application. Any
Sterling Silver piece in which Keum Boo (24ct Gold) is present can be cleaned and treated as normal. It will not affect your Gold fusion.
Gold-Dust-Fusion-and-Care 9ct Gold Dust fusion and Care
This is something I have been doing for a while and have done on a few pieces. It is a relatively inexpensive way of adding colour to the surface of sterling silver and it is not as ‘deep’ yellow as 24ct Gold (Keum-Boo). This process is achieved by fusing 9ct Gold ‘dust’ with flux and a blow torch to the piece. The process is a little less controlled and is most suited for accents. Durability of this technique is good if added to pieces like pendants that do not have to sustain high wear and tear. Any Sterling piece in which I have fused ‘Gold Dust’ can be cleaned and treated as normal. It will not affect your 9ct Gold fusion. The 9ct Gold layer is very small and a piece will be
hallmarked as Sterling Silver (base metal) and not 9ct Gold.

Why your sterling silver ring turns your finger green.

Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver and the rest is made up of copper which gives the sterling silver strength. The copper in the sterling silver is the culprit for making your finger green. There is no need to panic when this happens. There is simply a chemical reaction between the metal and the acids in your skin either through residue of perfume / lotion or perspiration.
This does not mean you are allergic to the metal and by no means does it mean you should stop wearing and enjoying your ring.
A way to fix the problem and stopping it from happening again is to remove the ring, wash your hands and the green on your finger will fade away very quickly. Wash your ring in bit of washing up liquid and boiling water. Dry it thoroughly. Always make sure that your finger is dry and clean from any lotions/perfume etc. You could paint a layer of clear nail varnish inside the ring to create a barrier between the skin and the metal… You will have to re-apply it on a regular basis.
There are loads of information and tips available about this subject on line.

Chlorine and Bleach will make your jewellery black

Chlorinated Swimming Pools / hot tubs / jacuzzi’s and household bleach will turn your sterling silver – and in some cases your gold – black. This does not mean your ring/jewellery is ruined… The only way to polish up your silver is to leave it in a dipping solution and polishing it with a soft cloth and a silver cleaning solution. ‘Dipping’ is not recommended for any jewellery set with porous stones such as pearls.
If you are unable to remove the black from your jewellery successfully please feel free to contact me and I will gladly help in getting your sparkle back!

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