One of the most common questions we get, and easier to answer than you might think!
Ring size names vary by country, so first make sure that you are looking at a guide for where you live. If you're purchasing internationally, make sure you convert your size to match the country from which you are ordering.
Already have a ring that fits? Print our easy sizing guide (make sure to print at 100% size) and match the inside of your ring to a circle on the guide. Make sure your ring fits just outside the circle.
The guide also converts between US and UK/Australia sizes.
No ring? Cut a thin strip of paper and wrap it around your finger like a ring. Mark where the paper meets, measure the length, and compare to the guide.
If you're between sizes, we recommend sizing up, especially if you are interested in a ring with a wide band. Wider bands create more friction between your finger and the metal, so the same size will fit more tightly than with a thinner band. Fingers can swell from temporary water retention or a warm climate, so sizing up can accommodate those natural variations.
Still have questions? Send an email to kristen@minouxjewelry and we'll get back to you right away!
We make your jewelry by hand, just for you when you order it, and that does take a little time! Generally it takes up to two weeks to make your jewelry, plus shipping time.
If you have a deadline by which you need to receive your jewelry, there is a deadline box to enter your requested date during checkout. We will make every effort to meet your deadline, and will let you know within 24 hours of your order if we aren't able to meet it, and offer you a full refund.
We will email you with a tracking number when your jewelry ships, but always feel free to email us with any questions at email@example.com.
We love bronze! It's an alloy made of copper and tin, has a beautiful warm golden tone, and is an affordable alternative to 10 or 14k gold.
With bronze, we can offer affordable large statement pieces without the need for any plating that will eventually wear away. Solid bronze is durable, easy to clean, and will last for decades.
Our goal is to create long-lasting timeless pieces that don't end up in a landfill or discarded after one season. So we don't make items plated in gold or silver, because the plating will eventually wear off the base metal, leaving your jewelry looking nothing like how how you purchased it.
Bronze does have one drawback, which is that the copper content can cause an oxidation reaction with your skin oils, creating a greenish layer of copper carbonate.
If this is an issue for you, an easy fix is to coat only the inside of your piece with clear nail polish, which creates a barrier preventing oxidation.
You can also minimize the oxidation by taking your jewelry off at night and keeping it clean.
This differs from what happens with plated jewelry. Because your jewelry is solid bronze, there is no plating that is wearing off, your jewelry is not wearing out, and there is no base metal that will eventually show through. The copper content of the bronze is simply creating oxidation.
This happens most often with thick rings worn close to the skin, because of the lack of air circulation between your finger and the ring. We recommend sizing up one size for thick rings, to give a little more air space.
Bracelets have air circulation between your wrist and the bracelet, so have minimal to no oxidation. Pendants worn over your clothes won't oxidize because they aren't in contact with your sweat or skin oils.
With a little care, most people can wear bronze jewelry every day without oxidation.
Like sterling silver, bronze tarnishes over time. We recommend cleaning with any liquid metal polish. Polishing cloths generally will not quite do the job.
We think the benefits of bronze far outweigh the drawback, and happily wear our bronze pieces every day!
To help your jewelry last a long time while looking its best, take it off before you go to bed, and especially when swimming or bathing. This will prevent scratching, wear and tear on delicate chains and gold fill items, and oil and dirt build-up.
Sterling silver will eventually tarnish with normal wear. Gold fill may also tarnish, but at a much slower rate. To clean, gently wipe with a jewelry polishing cloth, or clean with a soft toothbrush and gentle soap and water. Any jewelry with an oxidized (black) or stone element should not go into chemical jewelry cleaning solution or ultrasonic cleaner.
Bronze jewelry will develop a rich gold patina over time. If this is not to your taste, you may restore shine with Worchestershire sauce! Dip the piece into the sauce for a minute, then thoroughly rinse in water. The acidity of the sauce will help remove tarnish. You can also maintain the finish of your bronze jewelry by washing it frequently with soap and water, which removes the body oils that facilitate oxidation.
Gemstones and pearls will slowly accumulate body oils and become dirty. Use a non-abrasive soap and water to wash them gently with your fingers. Do not use a polishing cloth on the surface of stones or pearls.
Yes! Each piece comes in an attractive recycled kraft paper gift box, with tissue paper and soft mat.
If you're sending the jewelry as a gift, please leave a note in the box provided while checking out. Let us know if the jewelry needs to arrive by a certain date. And if you'd like to include a gift card, please specify what you'd like the card to say on the checkout page.
We'll wrap everything up extra special and pretty for the lucky recipient!
We know how annoying it can be to lose one of your favorite earrings! To help ease the pain, we offer a discount on a replacement pair. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
14k gold fill is an affordable, quality alternative to 14k gold. Unlike gold plate, which has only a few microns thick layer of actual gold, 14k gold fill has a solid layer of 14k gold bonded to the outside of a base metal. The quality and amount of gold in gold fill jewelry is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission.
With gentle wear and occasional gentle cleaning, 14K gold fill jewelry will maintain its gold surface for many years. Keep your gold fill jewelry looking its best by taking it off at night, and when showering or swimming.
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All Minoux jewelry is made to order in Oregon. The pieces you choose will be made just for you, and we want you to feel great about your purchase! You may return any unworn items in original condition for exchange or return within 10 days of delivery.
To initiate a return, email email@example.com and let us know if you'd like an exchange or refund. Please note that shipping costs are not refundable.
Please mail back the jewelry in its original gift box, and use a protective padded mailer or small box for shipping.
Minoux Jewelry is not responsible for returned jewelry that is damaged or lost in transit; we recommend adding a tracking number and/or insurance to your return package. Return shipping costs are not refundable.
We'll send you an email once your return has been processed, normally within two business days after we receive it.