Q: How do you pack fragile Specimens/Crystals for Shipping?
Protecting the crystals is our first priority:
For sturdier specimens, we put thick cotton padding over the crystallized area(s), before wrapping (avoid fiberfill cotton which tends to get caught on crystal terminations)
If there are sharp points, nooks or crannies, we place a piece of saran wrap over the specimen so the cotton doesn't stick to the crystals).
Sometimes on large specimens we'll put tape on the terminations, since it's surprisingly easy for them to be damaged.
After protecting the crystals, we then apply an inner wrapping layer:
We usually use industrial strength stretch film, wrapping the specimen in a multiple layers so it is suspended in a cocoon of the material. Besides providing great protection, plastic leaves no dust or fibers, which can be a royal pain to pick off.
Paper towels or newspaper are other options, especially for sturdier specimens where the crystals are well protected.
Once the piece is wrapped in its inner layer, we further wrap the specimen with an outer cushion layer, using materials such as these:
Our favorite is bubble wrap (we use 3/4" and 1/2" bubbles), which is great for encasing the inner packaging.
Sometimes we use foam sheets (such as AF sheet pipe insulation) which are especially useful for smaller, delicate items.
We usually avoid using polyfill stuffing, but cotton batting works well for delicate large specimens.
We use an inner box to protect the specimen from damage. This can be made out of:
Cardboard box, which is just large enough to fit the wrapped specimen into.
Other choices include plastic food containers and thick sheets of Styrofoam, which can be assembled into a box shape. When necessary, we make a cardboard "collar", cutting strips of sturdy cardboard that are several inches taller than the specimen to be wrapped, in which will reach all the way around, avoiding any overlap. Then we wrap the sides of the matrix in cotton, AF foam, plastic bags, or bubble wrap to protect the edges of the specimen from damage.
We pick out a strong outer box, one large enough to hold all the inner boxes we will be sending:
We always use sturdy cardboard boxes (single or double, depending on the total weight).
FILLER AROUND INNER BOXES
First we load the bottom of the box with layers of filler, then put in the boxes, next fill the sides of the boxes, and finally fill the box to the top using protective cushioning materials such as these Styrofoam peanuts.
We seal the box using a strong, sturdy tape:
We prefer 2" sticky clear packing tape (2 mil) tape works well for most packages and doesn't add much weight.
We usually avoid using duct tape which is strong, because it adds weight.
Product Sizes and Fit
We offer a variety of sizes in most of our jewelry; how a piece fits a person can be vary from person to person. If you have any questions or want something more accurately described then our sizing offers, please contact us immediately and we will do our best to do everything right by you.
Jewelry and Salt Water
Most of the jewelry on our website is made from genuine gemstones and materials. Unfortunately the environment can still damage these prized possessions.
It is not advised to submerging any of the jewelry being that it can tarnish, rust or discolor metal and some of the beads.
Exposure during ordinary wear to perspiration and household chemicals, like perfumes, chlorine and hairspray, can cause buildup that dulls the surface of a diamond and other gems. We suggest periodic cleanings to keep them brilliant and refractive. To help preserve the finish of your piece longer, do not submerge it in water or use soaps to clean it. Polishing can be done with a simple soft dry cloth. Please take off your rings when you wash dishes, swim, bathe or garden. Don't crash hard objects or fall off & Keep it away from chemicals, cosmetics, wine, acid and alkaline. Clean gemstone jewelry and wipe it with a soft cloth to remove any dirt. Then, store your gemstone jewelry in a soft cloth pouch or jewelry case so it does not touch other pieces in your collection. Keep it from high temperature and direct sunlight, which may cause damage to gemstones. Remove any gemstone jewelry before engaging in any strenuous physical activity, such as exercise or sports
Please also refer to our "Sterling Silver Care Guide" at the main footer as well.
Let us know if you need further help figuring out sizes or any other questions, contact us via contact form or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Measurement Guide for Necklace sizing
Measurement Guide for Bracelet sizing
Measurement Guide for Bracelet sizing - The rings we sell are in USA sizing for reference