How To Put On A Cuff Bracelet
HOW TO PUT ON A CUFF BRACELET
The best way to put on a cuff bracelet is to ‘roll’ it on from the inside of the wrist, right above your wrist bone (see illustration).
It should be easy to put on and take off in a ‘rolling motion’ rather than a ‘pulling or stressing’ motion. The main desire is to have them fit comfortably and not be at risk to fall off.
HOW TO ADJUST YOUR CUFF BRACELET ON YOUR OWN IF DESIRED
If a bracelet is too snug or loose, it’s best to ask a professional to adjust (we can help).
Never squeeze or open your bracelet without care or the proper experience as you will create a weak point in the metal and over time it can break at that weak point. Stone settings or soldered decorative pieces should be left alone as much as possible to avoid metal stress.
We recommend having someone experienced help you but if you would like to try, you can follow the techniques listed below:
- If the bracelet has inlaid stones , stone settings, or soldered decorative pieces all the way around the cuff bracelet, it CANNOT be adjusted. If there are some stone settings or a soldered piece across the top or a single stone setting, just be sure to cup or support this area with your hands before you start adjusting the sides
- To adjust your bracelet, begin by ‘warming it up’ in your hands,
holding it between your fingers and palm, so the metal is not ‘cold’
when you begin adjusting it. Hold the bracelet with the thumb and
forefinger placed near the outermost stone or at the lower third
section of the bracelet (see illustration).
Then apply gentle pressure to the lower portion of the shank only, avoiding any pressure on the center of the bracelet where the setting is.
- Do not repeatedly bend/adjust your bracelet. Because while metals are durable and strong they also can be worn into a pattern that can lead to breaking, it is important to adjust once for the best fit so the bracelet can just ‘roll on’ easily each time it is worn.
Your bracelet has most likely been protectively sealed to improve the life of the patina or finish and to decrease the likelihood of discoloration due to oxidation of metals with your skin. Protect your bracelet from chemicals such as chlorine, hairspray, hand sanitizer, etc. and the coating should last a very long time. It can be reapplied!
Follow these basic guidelines and you should be able to enjoy your bracelet in its original condition for many, many years.
Thank you for your support and feel free to contact us with any questions.
with thanks to the Indian Craft Shop and Himalayan Gems for informational content.