Modern Design - Elegant Minimalism
Each piece of jewelry I create goes through a complex and thoughtful design process in order to create an impeccable result. The inspiration comes from many sources, modern architecture, painting and sculpture, furniture design, graphic design and geometry in nature, to name a few. Drawings, precise three dimensional computer layouts, and metal or wax models are created to refine the form, line and scale of the design. The piece of jewelry is then created and recreated until it is perfect. My jewelry is predicated on meticulous design, precise production and quality materials. No shortcuts are taken. The final product is a refined, handcrafted piece of jewelry for the most discerning customer.
The joy of purchasing an exquisitely designed and produced piece of jewelry is self-evident. Some customers can enjoy that process all on their own. Others like more information about what they are purchasing. I love educating interested customers because it helps to insure a seamless purchasing experience and a truly happy customer.
I also like to educate customers because not all jewelry is created equal. A great deal of jewelry is poorly constructed using inferior materials. It will not wear well over time, and can be very expensive, giving the buyer a false sense of quality. In some cases, this jewelry is produced by jewelers who don't possess the knowledge required to create high quality work. In other cases the brand or designers name is highly recognized in the fashion industry, but jewelry is not their area of expertise. Of course, there is also the issue of poor quality imports and knock-offs. So let's get started...
Precious vs Base Metals
Metals are divided into two categories, precious and base. Common precious metals used in jewelry include silver, gold and platinum. Base metals such as copper, brass and nickel are also used to make jewelry with increasing frequency and have become quite trendy. While jewelry made from base metals is usually much less expensive, there are issues of which the buyer should be aware. Most base metals tarnish extremely quickly, some in only a few hours. They can also discolor the skin or cause allergic reactions in many people.
In jewelry, the word silver is used to describe different things. It can refer to the tone or color of jewelry, a plated thin surface of silver or the actual metal that makes up the entire piece of jewelry . It's important to know the difference when purchasing jewelry because it effects the quality and longevity of the jewelry.
"Sterling Silver" is a legal standard in the US and should be stamped "Sterling" or "925". Sterling Sliver is an "alloy" or mixture of 92.5% silver and other metals. But beware, not all jewelry marked "Sterling" or "925" is, in fact, Sterling Silver. Jeff Herman, the Executive Director of the Society of American Silversmiths, has released a statement about the growth of imported jewelry being sold in the United States with a "925" stamp that is plated base metal. Plated jewelry, is problematic as it will not last as long. Silver tarnishes and must be polished, causing the very thin plating to be removed each time. The plating will also be removed through normal wear, exposing the base metal the piece is made from. Many high-end fashion designers as well as jewelers are selling silver and gold plated jewelry at extremely high prices. It may look beautiful when you buy it, but if you're looking for jewelry that will hold up over time, avoid plated jewelry. Also be aware that any items marked "German Silver", "Nickel Silver", or "Alpaca" have no silver in them, but are merely alloys of base metals.
Susan Snyder Jewelry, marks our Sterling Silver jewelry with a 925 mark and guarantees its purity. The only exception to this purity is in spring clasps for chains. Due to the softness of Sterling Silver, the springs in chain clasps are usually constructed of a stronger, springy metal such as steel.
Ring Fit & Sizing
Comfort Fit Band
The term comfort fit refers to a ring in which the interior of the band has been significantly rounded. This makes the ring more comfortable to wear, but is not practical with all ring designs.
Rounded Edge Band
This refers to a ring in which the interior edge of the band has been slightly rounded for a more comfortable fit. This can be done when a comfort fit is not practical or appropriate based on the ring's design.
Flat Edge Band
This refers to a flat interior ring surface with a sharper edge and is used on thin bands.
Figuring out your ring size is very important before ordering. When you understand the factors that affect the fit of a ring you are purchasing, you can choose a proper size.
- Wide band rings usually fit more snuggly than narrow band rings, and depending on the structure of your fingers you may need to order a larger size when purchasing a wide band ring. This is because more surface area of the ring is in direct contact with the skin and holds the ring in place more snuggly.
- The temperature of your hand also affects the fit. When your hands are warm they are larger than when they are cool or cold. In general, rings are more snug in the warmer month.
Find a ring in your jewelry box that fits comfortably (or better yet find two, a narrow band and a wide band). Place these rings on the finger and note the fit and comfort of the size. You can now take this well-fitted ring and place it on a US ring sizing chart you print from the internet (Note that US/Canada ring sizes differ from those of other countries). For more accurate sizing take the ring to a local jewelry store and have it measured on a ring mandrel. You can also have your ring size determined at a jewelry store without taking a ring in. Just be aware of the width of the ring sizer being used. We suggest you ask to have your finger sized with wide and narrow band sizers for the most accurate fit.