Cuff style bracelets are designed by the silversmith to have a relaxed to snug (not tight) fit at the wrist. They should not be too loose that they can turn during regular activities nor should you be able to 'push them up the arm' as we often see. The size of the 'gap' is relative to the size of the bracelet.
Here are a diagram and description of the various Industry Standard Necklace Lengths. Please use this as a Guideline along with experience to determine the correct length for your preference and build.
13" to 16" Collar & Choker lengths should be comfortably close fitting, lying above the collarbone, or upon the neck.
17" to 19" The Princess length is probably the most common necklace seen in the graduated strand, although any style necklace can be made in this standard length, which rests beautifully just over the collarbone.
20" to 24" The Matinee is a lovely drape of beads most definitely on the chest, a length still sufficiently sportive to be worn for daytime activities, as opposed to the 28" to 32" Opera length strand, which may drape extravagantly to one's mid-section or more a necklace that adds opulence to one's most festive attire.
Over 45" The Lariat or Rope is a long string of beads, which can be looped, wrapped or draped, as one is inspired. What is the difference? A Rope may or may not have a clasp; a Lariat is an extraordinary length without a clasp.
1. Keep your jewelry away from the following as much as possible:
a. Water, lotion, perfume, or other harsh chemicals
b. NEVER wear jewelry in the pool or ocean
c. When NOT wearing, keep in a jewelry box or pouch
2. Do not use soap/water or jewelry cleaner to clean your costume jewelry. I recommend that you use Windex® or equivalent. Just spray & rinse under the sink with water & wipe away any excess until dry.
3. ESPECIALLY NEVER USE SILVER JEWELRY CLEANER – it has a mild acid and will ruin your fashion jewelry and strip the finish in seconds!
4. Fashion Jewelry is best worn for occasions – If you are the “I never take it off & wear it everyday” type of person - your jewelry will not last as long as someone who wears their jewelry every now & again. I often relate jewelry to clothes. Someone who wears the same shirt every day cannot expect it to last as long as someone who only wears the item once a week.
5. In time, if your jewelry has lost its luster – don’t despair - consider recycling it by using the beads, charms or chains for a variety of craft projects. Beads can be reused to make earrings; link chains can be cut and used as necklace extenders, charms can be used in scrapbooking projects or as pet tags or hot glued to accent just about anything!