Hey, what about the rest of us?
I can’t count the times a potential customer has come into my gallery, looked around and said sadly:” I’m sure you won’t have anything in my size.”
People come in all sizes, but jewelry is mainly found in mid-range sizes, making it hard to find a fit if you are either larger or smaller than average. If you’re a larger person, the jewelry that you often find is light weight or delicate which makes it doubly unsuitable for you. This is especially true for the professional woman for whom the right jewelry is essential to her image.
Not surprisingly, manufacturers make jewelry mostly in middle sizes in order to maximize sales, especially so for fine jewelry designs made in gold. This leaves the rest of us out.
Over the years, Ricco has made larger and smaller versions of some designs and has noted the delight that people show on finding a nice design in their size. “Finally, something nice that fits!” is typically heard.
In the future, Ricco will offer fine jewelry more often for hard-to-find sizes. Spread the word: the rest of us will served!
Also, Ricco will custom-make a design to your exact size on request.
This large heavy 18K gold bracelet is an example.
- Solid 18K yellow gold 45 grams
- 3/8 inch wide by 1/16 inch thick
- 8 to 9 inches diameter
- Signed with maker’s mark (Ricco) and quality stamped 18K
- Comes with signed certificate guarantee
- Unisex design suitable for man or woman
Buy it here on Square Market
Earring Wires—Options and Choices
Earrings are typically worn as matching pairs, so if you lose one you’re out of luck and that’s a shame. For this reason it’s important to know about the pros and cons of earring wires and how they attach to the ear. Here’s a rundown on some common types:
French Wire or Shepherd Hook
French wires are popular because they are easy to insert into the ear. But easy in also means easy out. One way to prevent these wires from slipping out is with a small plastic keeper that slips on the end of the wire, as pictured, but some don’t like how this looks. Noting the angle of the pictured hook you can see that it won’t take much for this wire to slip out unless you put on a keeper.
Post and Clutch (Push Back)
Post earring wires and backs are another very common choice. They are quite secure as long as the back (aka earring nut, butterfly clutch) keeps its spring tension. If the backs wear out or get deformed, the earring can easily slip out of the ear. Be sure to put the back on straight; alignment is important with this type of closure.
Posts come in a number of sizes, some longer than others, some thicker too. Makers sometimes use very flimsy posts and backs to save money. These can wear out quickly, so be sure to look carefully at this feature. Some backs are tiny, making them hard to put on, but there are other options like jumbo backs or mechanical backs that have springs. Just one set of those will serve for all your earrings, so though they cost a little extra to buy, they are worth it to avoid losing favorite or valuable earrings. Just search Google for “earring backs.”
Other options include leverbacks, screwbacks, and clips. Clips can have a post or just a spring-tension wire that presses on the ear lobe (omega clip.) Clips without wires are for unpierced ears. The downside is that they must press on the lobe with enough force to keep them on and too much force is painful over time. Screwbacks are secure but take time to put on and remove. Be careful to put these on straight or the threads can become damaged. Leverbacks have spring-loaded closures that are easy to put on and they are secure as long as they keep their shape. Some are on the flimsy side, but they will last if you take care.
Ricco would appreciate feedback about the type of earring attachment you normally prefer and the reasons for that preference. Do you own some of the types mentioned above? Have you lost earrings? How do you lose them (in what way, do you suppose?) Do you have a particular lost earring sad story? Any comments about earrings are appreciated. Leave comments here or on my Facebook page by clicking the icon here or send me an email at email@example.com. Thanks!
This is my latest addition to the solid gold bracelets collection posted before.
Simple, elegant design with hand-sculpted sleek lines giving a classic look that is timeless.
Dimensions are: 6mm wide (1/4 inch) by 2mm thick (very substantial.)
Comes with signed certificate warranting metal quality and authorship.
Original design copyright Ricco 2014
Reasonably priced. Check it out at my online store on Square Market
Wide cuffs in 14K Yellow Gold, 18K Palladium White Gold, and 22K gold are 1 inch wide and range in size from small to large.
Narrow cuffs are 18K Palladium White gold and 18K Yellow Gold in the same range of sizes.
Note the differences in color from the 14K cuff at the bottom to the 22K cuff at the top with the 18K yellow in between.
See these bracelets at my ONLINE STORE
These are original design earrings by Ricco copyright 2014.
Versatile design has removable bottom drops that snap into loops on the bottom of the hoops. Any earrings with this type of ring can be attached to the snap in loops, so this is a great feature.
The hoops are substantial, about 1/16 inch thick, but not too heavy either.
The drops are about 1/2 inch diameter and have concave centers that magnify dainty white pearls centered in the cups.
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Sweet and petite minimalist design with voluptuous drop pearl. Original design by Ricco copyright 2014. Elegantly simple–sometimes the most exquisite designs have the least ornament. And sometimes they’re the hardest to find.
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Ricco Original Design 18K gold frames enhance these 17mm Mabe pearls beautifully. Evocative of moon symbolism, the circle within a circle is a perfect complement to the feminine rounded shapes of the pearls.
Available to buy online here 18K Gold Earrings with Mabe Pearls on Square Market
Just created: new original design to showcase 6.5 mm freshwater pearls. Pearls nested in concave hemispherical cups produce a halo of gold around them. Side view shows that the studs come off the earlobe with some height, lending substance to the form and protecting the pearl.
A beautiful and very effective design if I don’t say so myself. Design copyrighted: Ricco 2014.
Buy them from my online store.
What is white gold and what is palladium white gold?
In its pure form, gold is yellow. So how do you make it change to white? You mix pure gold with another metal, a white metal.
A mix of metals is an alloy. To make a white gold alloy, makers can use either palladium, a noble metal, or nickel, a base metal. Since palladium costs $900 an ounce while nickel costs 9 dollars a pound, most white gold jewelry uses nickel.
Using nickel in the alloy can have consequences: it produces an allergic reaction in some people; the alloy is brittle may develop cracks; the prongs around stone settings can break off, especially for those who spend a lot of time in chlorinated pools (the chlorine leaches nickel out of the metal.) So, if you own white gold jewelry with prong set stones, it’s a good idea to visually check the prongs occasionally. For more details, see this article.
This is why Ricco white gold jewelry uses palladium alloys. It reflects an underlying philosophy that you can do things cheaply or you can do them right, and my choice is always to do the best I can with quality materials and processes. Details the buyer may be unaware of are important to me since I want my jewelry to endure in time.