Tuesday here in the Mikah Studio and I am just sitting down with a coffee and some early David Bowie playing ready to start typing this blog...something that doesn't come easily to me. Here we go though! Today I wanted to give you all the info on measuring your bracelet/bangle sizes.
Have you visited our bracelet and bangle category? Well this is the most popular category you all visit on our site. I always wonder why this is and I think I know why...because when you are gifting someone a piece you may say 'they don't wear jewellery' or 'they rarely wear a necklace' followed by 'a bracelet would be a great option though!'. But your next dilemma...how to I give a measurement when I can't get the size?? It's a gift!!
While it may seem daunting there are a few steps that can make it an easy task. Firstly, have you seen our video on measuring your bracelet or bangle size? Here is the link to view or click the image below.
It is so simple to measure your bracelet &/or bangle size. All you need is string, a pen, a ruler and maybe piece of tape if you are finding it hard to hold the string in place. If it is a gift there are a few questions you can ask youself -
• Do they wear a watch? Do they wear it high and tight or low on their wrist and loose? Can you get their watch to sneak a measurement?
• Do they already wear bracelets / bangles, how do they wear them?
• Do they find it easy to use a clasp or have someone to help them? If not maybe a bangle or style with a magnetic clasp is best.
• Is their wrist a similar size to yours or someone you know? Maybe you can use that as a reference.
• Go bigger. If you are choosing a leather wrapped or chain bracelet they can be altered easily. If it is too big just let us know (you will need to post it to,us with a return envelope).
Everyone is different. Different preference for wearing, wrist shape, they may have young children so a chain stlye might get pulled on so a solid bangle may be best etc. but we hope these tips help. You are giving them such a personal gift, that will really show them how much you care, all the time you put into the piece will show and they will cherish it forever.
We hope this makes it so much easier for you!
Sarah and Michael xx
Rings, we all love them. Such a special and sentimental piece of jewellery. But sizing them...sometimes it can be a daunting task.
Drum roll please...Welcome to our new ring sizing guide! We have created a video with step by step instructions that goes with your ring size guide that we send you when you order your ring with us. It is quite easy and also gives you the opportunity to check your ring size several times over the day.
Each ring in our collection is created from a simple piece of sheet or wire. Because each piece is made individually for you we can make it to fit your exact size. Once we construct your stunning band we can then move to personalising your hand stamped ring.
Have you seen our Ring Size Guide video? If not click the text to follow the link.
Sarah, Michael and the Team xx
Day to day wearing can lead to your jewellery slowly getting dirty and tarnished, even the old rule of 'last thing on and first thing off' doesn't save your piece from needing a clean from time to time.
How do I clean my jewellery you ask?
Read on and your jewellery will be sparkling in no time.
Firstly, what are we removing? Oils, dirt, perfume, chemicals/biofilm...your jewellery comes into contact with everything. Just like everything else around us it can build up and needs to be cleaned.
There are some options for cleaning...
1. Keep on top of it by washing your piece in soapy water using a soft cloth/flannelette. Pat dry with paper towel and then use a soft polishing cloth/flannelette to polish.
2. Go straight to one of our polishing squares to remove the thick layer of build up. If you like you can now repeat step 1 again to bring more lustre and shine to your piece.
3. Take part in our Mikah Care Club. Twice a year we open our studio to you! You can send your piece to us (with a return envelope) and we will buff and polish your piece bringing it to it's original state. You are notified of this via our newsletter. All cleaning can remove the oxidisation (blackening) of the text on your pendant, we will reoxidise every piece that we receive as part of the Mikah Care Club.
4. To see how to clean your piece of Mikah Hand Stamped Personalised Jewellery then please click here to watch the video.
We do not recommend silver dips or abrasives. These can damage your piece either during the cleaning process or after if not neutralised.
It is quite simple to keep on top of keeping your piece of Mikah Hand Stamped Jewellery clean. If you are unsure or notice some surface scratches appearing from wear then we are always happy to help and bring your piece back to it's original condition.
To purchase more of our polishing squares then please follow the links below...
PACK OF 4 DOUBLE SIDED POLISHING SQUARES
PACK OF 8 DOUBLE SIDED POLISHING SQUARES
Sarah, Michael and the Team xx
Wow! It what seems like yesterday...it has been 2 years since we closed our blog from the website! Hasn't that gone INCREDIBLY FAST!
So why are we starting our blog again? We have had several requests from those of you that missed reading about what we do, what we get up to and little tips and tricks. So we thought why not!
We have been working on many special projects to incorporate with our blog too. We have decided to update this page every fortnight but you can see more of what we are doing on our Instagram page - we use Instagram stories daily so for little sneeky peekys this is the place to be!
Hello! Blog time! I really do enjoy putting my thoughts down and keeping in touch with you all and our blog is a fantastic extension to this.
When thinking about this months blog I realised that there is alot happening this October...behind the scenes we are crazier than ever. We are growing more and more as the months roll by and we have many other designs and opportunities we are working on everyday alongside creating for you.
Also this is the time we are creating many teachers gifts, our limited edition teachers gifts are often scooped up fast and that is such a heart warming feeling. We have heard of parents spotting their gifts being used the following year and that is what we LOVE to hear.
October is also pregnancy and infant loss month and professionally we create many commemorative gifts for bereaved parents but personally at home it is a great opportunity to reflect on how our loss has impacted on us. While we miss our son everyday this month gives us some great moments to commemorate our love for him with our other children in a different way.
Not only this we are already preparing for Christmas and have started a few custom designs for clients. Custom orders are a design challenge at times and also get me thinking outside of the box...a few of your requests have influenced new designs. In the last few weeks we have had requests to create a sixpence into a personalised locket, melt down some gold to a bangle and personalise it, layer some pendants into an intricate design all personalised in their own special way and also mounting special keepsakes into one of our current deigns. All of these get me using my imagination and sadly I can't complete all of them (due to not being set up for casting components or the design functionally not working) but I still enjoy every minute of buiding on your design dreams.
So please any design dream big or small please just ask and let's see where we can take it!
I hope you all enjoy your October whether you are preparing for your kids to start term 4 at school or you are involved in celebrating the life of babies and children who have passed. Next month will be a more informative post but for any behind the scenes info and news follow us on facebook or instagram.
All our love,
Sarah and Michael xx
It has been a few weeks since our last blog post...I'm so sorry to those who have been missing it!
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