School Me: How to Put on a Cuff Bracelet

Cuff bracelets are one of our favorite accessories. These stylish pieces are easy to wear: there's no need to worry about a clasp, closure or ordering the wrong size.

Diamond Rustic Cuff Bracelets

While cuff bracelets are meant to be lightly adjusted, repeatedly stretched and compressed metal can wear over time, not to mention diamonds can pop out! To avoid weakening your treasure, we've come up with an easy guide to adjusting and loving your cuff.



Before putting these bracelets on for the first time, take a look at the side of your wrist. Find the narrowest part on the thumb-side: this is where your cuff will slide on.

Very, very gently stretch the two ends apart, just wide enough to fit over the most delicate part of your wrist.

Turn the cuff sideways, and slide it on, turning your arm into the bracelet until it's correctly positioned.

Rustic Cuff Bracelets

To make it tighter, put your whole hand over the bracelet (so that you don't weaken one spot), and squeeze just enough so that it won't slide off. Be sure you can still slip it back off the side of your wrist, reversing the process.

You shouldn't need to adjust your cuff again, which will give it a much longer life. 

 

Betsey & Iya have a great video showing this technique. Sometimes a picture (or moving pictures) are worth a thousand words!

 

 

School Me: Rose Cut Diamonds

Though they fell out of fashion at the turn of the century, rose cut diamonds are experiencing a resurgence, particularly across the U.S. 

Sarah Swell Leona Ring

The soft, sculpted cut has a flat bottom and can have anywhere from 3 to 24 facets. And the name? It's not exactly random; the shape imitates the narrowing spiral of rose petals.

Sarah Swell, One-Of-A-Kind: Edition 1

The cut became popular all the way back in the 16th century, and was especially common during the times of Jane Austen and Queen Victoria. 

England, circa 1780

By 1900, advanced cutting techniques and a widespread interest in brilliant cut diamonds (think traditional, sparkly engagement ring) led jewelers to collect centuries worth of rose cut diamonds. Though this meant cutting down the stones, they were transformed into the trendy new styles of the day.

Because of this, very few original rose cut pieces survive from before 1900.

England, circa 1820

We happen to be very fond of this particular cut. 

Sarah Swell: One-Of-A-Kind, eight