Oct 15, 2007

Jewelry Basics: Getting The Best Fit Possible

When you shop for jewelry, it’s important to look for more than just the latest trend or the piece with the smallest price tag. While both style and price are important, it’s also essential that you choose the best fit for your body. This article is designed to show you how. When you shop for jewelry, it’s important to look for more than just the latest trend or the piece with the smallest price tag. While both style and price are important, it’s also essential that you choose the best fit for your body. This article is designed to show you how.

Determining Your Ring Size

If you don’t already know your ring size, don’t fret. The process is simple and, best of all, it will only take a few moments of your time. Your first step is to cut a strip of paper that’s approximately 5" in length and 1" in width. Next, take the strip of paper and wrap it around the finger that you want to size. Using a pen, mark the point on the paper where the ends meet. Next, take a ruler and measure the distance from the edge of the paper to your pen mark and compare it to the list below:

* If your finger measures 1-7/8" in circumference, you should wear a size 4
* If your finger measures 2" in circumference, you should wear a size 5
* If your finger measures 2-1/8" in circumference, you should wear a size 6
* If your finger measures 2-1/4" in circumference, you should wear a size 7
* If your finger measures 2-3/8" in circumference, you should wear a size 8
* If your finger measures 2-1/2" in circumference, you should wear a size 9

As a general rule, each 1/8" in circumference translates into one full ring size. Using this simple method, you can easily discover the size for any finger on your hand.

Choosing The Perfect Clasp

There are many different types of clasps, including lobster claw, spring ring, toggle, slide insert safety, magnetic, etc. Whether you are choosing a necklace, bracelet or even an anklet, it’s important to know which clasp will work best for you.

A spring ring clasp is the smallest of all clasps and is typically reserved for fine link chains. This type of clasp is not recommended for heavier weight jewelry, unless it is an oversized spring ring that’s capable of supporting the chain’s weight.

A lobster claw clasp is one of the more popular clasps for use on jewelry of substance. It’s fairly easy to open and is a stronger variation of the spring ring clasp. A lobster claw clasp may cost a little more than a spring ring clasp, but you will have the benefit of added peace of mind for your heavier jewelry.

A magnetic clasp is just as it sounds - a clasp that attaches with the help of a magnet. This is one of the easiest and most popular designs in jewelry today. It’s simple, effortless design is ideal for anyone whose in a hurry and doesn’t have time to fuss with a clasp, or for anyone who has trouble with traditional clasps. Even if your jewelry doesn’t already have a magnetic clasp, many manufacturers offer extenders that attach to either a spring ring or lobster claw in order to convert your otherwise traditional clasp into a magnetic clasp.

Necklace Knowhow

When shopping for a necklace, it’s important to choose the right length for your intended wear. For instance, a shorter 16" of 17" necklace is ideal for a blouse or dress with a lower neckline. This allows for your jewelry to be showcased without getting tangled up in your outfit. If you are wearing a turtleneck, an 18" to 24" necklace will be perfect for showcasing your favorite pendants without getting lost in the fold of your sweater.

If you find yourself in a situation where you simply don’t have the right length for your outfit, consider purchasing an extender to add some length to your necklace. If what you need, on the other hand, is a shorter length, it may be possible depending on your style of necklace. A rolo chain, for instance, can easily be shortened by simply fastening the clasp into one of the links to make the necklace shorter.

Almost Diamonds, a popular online retailer specializing in sterling silver jewelry, has a complete line of items featuring cubic zirconia and genuine gemstones in a variety of styles to choose from. If you are looking to maximize your jewelry collection without minimizing your wallet, consider the affordable option of sterling silver. Not only is this a precious metal that’s designed to last forever, but it also is an economical way to get the look of platinum or white gold without spending a fortune.

by: Melanie Spark