Frequently Asked Questions
How do I measure for correct size?
Argentium Silver ? What is it?
Do you use silver or gold plated wire and components?
How do I care for the jewelry?
Do you repair jewelry?
Can I return a piece of jewelry if I
decide it is not what I want?
Can you make a custom piece of jewelry for
Why do your prices fluctuate?
Ordering and Shipping Questions
I'd like to buy some jewelry for a gift.
Do you offer gift certificates?
How do I order jewelry?
What is your shipping policy?
Do you sell wholesale?
Measuring for a bracelet - Use a soft tape measure and give me the
measurement of your wrist, at the wrist bone, not the bracelet
size you usually wear. Note the measurement to the closest
1/4 of an inch or in centimeters and enter it in the
"comments" section when checking out. (If you do not have a soft
tape measure, use a string and then measure that using a ruler.) Sometimes if a bracelet or
bangle needs to made unusually large, there may be a price adjustment. If that
is the case, I will contact you.
Please note: If you are ordering for a
gift and do not know the size, it is helpful if you can tell me if their wrist
is small, average or large. I offer free size adjustment for up to 3 months
Measuring for a choker -
The standard size for choker is 16 inch. Let me know if you want other than 16
inch. Use a necklace you already own to measure your desired length. (Slender or smaller than average
women may wear a 15 or 15 1/2 inch choker.)
Sterling Silver is a patented and trademarked alloy that is at least 92.5% pure
silver, just like traditional sterling. What makes it different from traditional
sterling silver is that a small amount of germanium replaces some of the copper
that is usually the other 7.5% of sterling silver, making it a highly
tarnish-resistant sterling silver. Peter Johns of Middlesex University in
England invented Argentium® Sterling Silver in 1996. It is cared for just like
traditional sterling silver.
Since November 2007 I am using almost entirely Argentium®
Sterling Silver wire and some beads, however all of the Indian, Bali, Thai, and
imported Sterling Silver beads are traditional sterling silver. Since Argentium®
sterling silver is more costly, my prices
will reflect this.
Mostly, I do not. All of the silver I use is Sterling Silver or
better. Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver. I use some silver beads and
components that come from the Karen Hill Tribe in Thailand. These silver beads
and components are 95% silver. The rest of the sterling silver beads come
from India, Turkey, Israel, China, Bali, Nepal and the USA, and maybe a few
other places as well. The gold wire I use is 14K gold-filled.
Occasionally I will use 12K gold-filled beads or components. Occasionally,
I may use Vermeil, which is 100 millionths of an
inch of gold layered over sterling silver, making it 50 times heavier than
standard gold plating. No standard plated gold is used in my pieces.
The description will state if Vermeil is used.
Recently I have been playing with Precious Metal Clay (PMC) mostly making
beads and components to include in my pieces. PMC is a material made of pure
silver and a polymer that can be molded much like clay. After the piece is fired
it becomes 99.9% pure silver. It is a very fun, yet expensive, material to play
in, so I am gradually including it in pieces here and there. It will be stated
in the item description if PMC is included.
To clean, scrub the piece using a soft toothbrush and mild dishwashing liquid
with warm water. To remove tarnish from silver I recommend that you occasionally polish it with a
Sunshine Polishing Cloth.
This is a non-toxic cloth that contains non-scratch micro particles and chemical
cleaners that bring the silver to a beautiful shine. It can also be used on
gold, brass and copper. Do not use this cloth on soft stones like Lapis,
Malachite, and Turquoise.
Don't store the piece out in the open. It is best in an
airtight bag or jewelry box. The piece may become
darkened in the crevices, like within the spiral beads for example. This, I
believe, adds character to the piece, like an antiqued
affect. Just polish as much
of the silver or gold as you can. The cloth will start to blacken very
quickly, but it lasts a long time after that. You can purchase a Sunshine
Polishing Cloth .
If the jewelry becomes very tarnished and
you would like to bring back the original brightness throughout the whole piece,
some of my jewelry can be dipped in a silver tarnish remover. Pieces containing
Lapis, Malachite, or wood should not be dipped. To be sure if dipping is
possible for your piece just ask me.
I have been asked many times to repair jewelry that has been made by someone
else. I occasionally repair jewelry that has been strung. but I work mostly in
wire. Normally the beads that were used in the stinging process have too
small of holes for my use. However there are exceptions, contact
me if you have beads that you would like made into a new piece of jewelry
Of course, my own designs are guaranteed and I will repair it any time free of charge if
breakage is due to a manufacture defect. You only pay to send it to me. If
repair is needed due to misuse or accident, please contact
me for an estimate. I may need the piece sent to me before giving an
I truly want you to be happy with the jewelry you purchase from me. If the
item has not been
altered or damaged, and if you
are not satisfied with the item, just return it to me within two weeks of
receiving it, and I will refund the price of the item, or exchange it, whichever
Yes, I do this quite often. I enjoy the creative input of the my
customers and it is great to co-create in this way. Contact me if you
would like to create together a custom piece of jewelry.
Why do your prices
The silver market is currently very volatile.
The price has been rising considerably the last few years. When I started creating silver jewelry back in 2000 the silver price
was around $5/oz. Today (spring of 2013) it is $29/oz. I do not keep a large
quantity of silver on hand, and must purchase it as needed. I have reluctantly
been increasing my prices due only to the increase in the cost of silver. Gold
has also been rising in cost significantly along with silver.
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Ordering and Shipping Questions
Yes, I offer gift certificates that can be
redeemed on this site or at a show, and are good for up to one year from day of
purchase. All jewelry comes in a gift box with a
tag that describes the piece. The descriptions on the tags are similar to the
descriptions that are given of each piece on this site. View the
gift boxes that you receive.
There are a couple of ways. You can call me at 715-892-6431
or use this web site to order. I accept VISA, MASTERCARD, or
DISCOVER on phone
orders. I will also accept checks or money orders.
You may order directly through this site using my secure shopping cart. Just click on the "BUY
NOW" button and the item is put into your
shopping cart. Be sure to include any size information in the
"comment" text box during checkout. The shipping and handling charges, and
tax if applicable, are automatically calculated when you check out. My shopping
cart on this site is safe and secure, it allows you to make payments directly to
me using your Visa or MasterCard, or you may use Paypal. Paypal is a
very safe and secure way to make payments over the internet using a bank
account or credit card account. free
When paying by PAYPAL the charge will made at the time of purchase.
When paying by VISA, MASTERCARD, or
DISCOVER through my shopping cart the charge will be
made the day the order is shipped.
When paying by personal check, the order will be shipped after the check is
received and deposit is approved.
Your Credit Card and PayPal statements will show a transaction to
"BJChristian Designs", and checks can be made payable to "BJChristian
Designs" or "Betty J Christian"
I ship using USPS (United States Postal
Service) with tracking details.
The shipping and handling fee is $7.95 on orders up to $100
The shipping and handling fee is $8.95 on orders over $100
Call or email for shipping charges out of the continental US. Please allow approximately
1 to 3 weeks for delivery in the USA. If I need to make the size you desire, up
to 3 weeks may be required. Sometimes there are exceptions. If you need something by
a certain date, let me know in the "comment" section during check out,
GENESA SPHERES: These have a separate
shipping and handling fee. Please see the
Genesa Crystal page for current S/H prices of
these items. Thank you.
Yes, I do sell wholesale to qualifying merchants.
Contact me to inquire about ordering wholesale.