Jewelry

How to calculate your bangle bracelet size

April 1, 2017
How to measure your bangle size. invincibleart.com

Finding your bangle bracelet size is going to be easy if you already own one that fits you well. With a ruler, measure the bracelet inside diameter. Inches are standard in the US but millimeters, like used in Europe, will be more precise.

  • Bangle size medium = 6.4cm or 64mm or 2.5″ inside diameter
  • Bangle size large = 7cm or 70 mm or 2.75″ inside diameter

Or you can measure your hand. To do so, bring your thumb and little finger together and wrap a piece of string were your hand is the widest. By measuring the string, you will obtain the circumference of your hand.

How to measure your bangle size. invincibleart.com

 

    • Bangle size medium = 20cm or 200mm or 7.9″ hand circumference
    • Bangle size large = 22cm or 220mm or 8.6″ hand circumference

Order the closest size that makes sense to you. A size way too small will make it difficult to slide the bangle on and off. A size way too big will put you at risk to loose your bangle. Also, do measure the hand were you will wear your bracelet as hands are not always the exact same.

Medium size is the most common size.

If you are between sizes or need a size other than medium or large, please contact me. I can custom make bangles just at your size.

Do you have any question? please contact me directly or ask in the comment section below.

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Materials

What is copper and how it is used to make copper jewelry

March 31, 2017
slab of copper ore

I love making and wearing copper jewelry and I have done some home work to know more about this lovely material. Here I am sharing some information I have compiled that you may find interesting.

In the photo above: a slab of copper ore

Some basic facts about copper:

  • Copper is a metal that forms in the Earth. It is a chemical element with symbol Cu (from Latin: Cuprum) and atomic number 29.
  • Copper is a soft metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity.
  • Historians have determined that humans discovered copper about 9.000 years ago, probably because of its green or red color that makes it different than other surrounding rocks.
  • Copper based minerals are blue and green: malachite, azurite, turquoise, chrysocolla.
  • Copper, like gold, can occur in nuggets of pure metal that can be found laying around. It is a metal that will not disintegrate over time.
  • Copper was the first metal discovered, worked and alloyed by man.
  • Early uses of copper were for jewelry and tools, thus marking the beginning of the “copper age” from 7000BC to 3600BC.
  • Copper is alloyed with tin to make bronze and with zinc to make brass.
  • Copper is -with gold- the only metal on the element table that has color. All the other metals are shades of gray. FYI, bronze and brass are copper alloy and therefore not on the element table.
  • Copper is the most important metal used in society today. Its properties are applied in electrical, construction (copper plumbing), transportation, kitchen ware, home decor and jewelry.

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Arizona, Materials

Visiting the copper museum in Clarkdale, AZ

March 23, 2017

Copper mining has been a major industry in Arizona since the 19th century.

There are about 10 major copper mines in Arizona. A couple of hours drive north of Phoenix, Jerome was once a thriving copper town revolving around the Gold King mine on Cleopatra Hill. From 10.000 habitants in the 1920’s to less than 450 today, Jerome has now become a small quirky and artistic community. Its antique charm where art galleries and restaurants found their place amongst remnants of the old booming town attracts visitors from all over the world.

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Jewelry

How to keep your jewelry clean with Sunshine polishing cloth

February 26, 2017
How to keep your jewelry clean with Sunshine polishing cloth

Do you like your jewelry to be clean and shiny? I do! I do!

Sunshine cloth is one my favorite polishing cloth for jewelry

Sunshine cloth is impregnated with non scratch micro abrasives and is ready to use. It works very well on silver, copper, bronze, brass and nuGold (a brass alloy).

For a long time, there was only one version of the Sunshine cloth: the yellow one.

Recently, two new versions of Sunshine cloth have been introduced: a pink cloth (more abrasive than the yellow) and a light blue cloth (less abrasive than the yellow). After trying both, I decided I was going to stick with the original yellow cloth.

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Jewelry

The byzantine weave

December 21, 2016
Silver and peridot byzantine bracelet

Today I’d like to give more details about the famous and popular byzantine weave.

The byzantine weave is an historical weave

It makes fluid, comfortable to wear and elegant pieces of jewelry which makes it very popular.

The origin of the name byzantine is unknown. It is also called etruscan (which is a synonym of byzantine) or idiot’s delight (because it is rather simple to make). However, who would want to say “oh, I am wearing my idiot’s delight bracelet today”. This is ridiculous 😉 Byzantine or Etruscan are much more flattering and “oh, I am wearing my new Etruscan bracelet” will make you feel like a goddess!

Chain mail jewelry is the ultimate hand crafted jewelry

Each ring must be cut by hand or by a machine. I do cut my rings myself with a saw. Then, they must be weaved by opening and closing each rings according to the pattern. One by one, with hand pliers. This cannot be casted or mass produced overseas. At least, no good design is. I cannot honestly guarantee that somewhere someone is not going to cut corners… but that’s not going to look pretty.
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Materials

Precious coral, jewel of the oceans

August 31, 2016
Precious coral and 18K gold pendant by invincibleart.com

This morning, I received the newest issue of my favorite magazine, Lapidary Journal. And here it was… amongst the usual boatload of inspiring projects and articles… an article about precious coral. Not great, by the way, and somewhat inaccurate. This just gave me the kick in the pants I needed to review and publish this post that I had written already 3 months ago.

As a Scuba diver and jewelry designer, I know and respect coral.

Although many believe that coral is a plant, it is in fact an animal. Marine organisms called polyps who live in colonies secrete calcium carbonate to form a hard skeleton.

Mediterranean red coral. Source: Sophie de Wilde, Le miracle de a mer, 1993.

This photo of precious red coral was taken by my friend Sophie de Wilde and published in 1993 in her gorgeous book “Le miracle de la mer”. Sophie tragically died in a diving accident in 1999. She took this photo in Villefranche sur Mer (near the city of Nice), on the ceiling of an underwater cave.

Coral does not grow up from the floor like a plant. It grows down in stalactite formations, hanging from the ceiling of submarines caves. The red part is the skeleton of the animal. The little white flower-like part is the polype, a living animal. When the coral is broken, the polyp dies.

To be noted: the red color from the photo comes from artificial lightning used to take the photo. Red is the first color to disappear underwater and looks more like an ugly brown to the naked eye. And here goes down the myth of sharks attracted by red color 🙂

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