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FAQs


  • What are your Processing Times?

Necklaces, beaded bracelets, extra items and some rings are ready to ship and will be sent in 1 - 3 business days of ordering.

A large quantity of rings are currently made to order. These take 5 business days to build and make into a one of a kind ring made especially for you.

  • Are Your Rings Treated?

As copper has been used since ancient times for the treatment of certain disorders and is found to be very beneficial, our pieces are untreated, meaning they do not contain wax, lacquer or any other substance that creates a barrier from the copper. This is because copper absorbs through the skin and has many beneficial healing properties. Copper is also a very efficient energy conductor and some suggest it has the ability to amplify the energies emitted by crystals and minerals. We at Blackbird & Sage believe in the magic of crystals and don't want want to interfere with any energy amplification if you are wearing your piece for healing purposes. 

  • What Is the Difference Between Bright Copper and Antique Copper?

Bright copper has a lustrous shine and will darken over time. Just wipe with a jewelry cloth to brighten it up again. Jewelry cloths are available in the Extras/Other section of the shop.

Aged copper gives the ring an antique look which will brighten over time, leaving you with a beautiful natural and shiny aged ring. The copper is dipped in Liver of Sulfur and polished to give it a gorgeous dark and warm patina.

  • My Size is Not Listed, What Can I do?

    Do not see your size listed? No problem! We can make most rings from US sizes 1 through 16, including 1/4 and 1/2 sizes. If your size is not listed choose "Custom" in the Size drop down menu and include your size in the Notes to Seller box at checkout. If Custom is not a list option, it generally means we do not have any stones available to make extra rings. If in doubt, just message us!

    • I Want to Order But I Don't Know My Size!

    We suggest going to a jeweler's for an accurate ring size measurement. Alternatively, you may purchase a ring sizer from our shop listed in the section "Extras/Other". For International Orders we use the Official International Ring Size Conversion Chart at ringsizes.co

    The average ring size for women in the US is a 7.


    Statement and large stone rings require a smaller band size (approx 1/4 - 1/2 size smaller). This is because larger stones make the ring top heavy which can lead to slippage, especially if you are wearing the ring on your index or little finger.

    • For all Made to Order pieces:  

    We are happy to choose particular shaped stones for your piece. Please leave us a note at checkout with any preferences you may have. You can even point us to a particular stone you like in the listing photos and we will try our best to find a stone that is similar. If we cannot accommodate your preference, we will choose a stone that matches the description as close as we can and will choose a stone that sits well on a ring.

    • Will Copper Turn My Skin Green?

             Also See: Copper Care

    Copper oxidizes quickly and may or may not turn your finger green. The oxidization reaction is due to body chemistry, in particular your pH level (high pH = higher incidence of oxidization). Low pH does not cause this. We cannot tell you if the piece will react to your skin because everybody's pH is different. If you experience greening, it is easily removed with soap and water and you may apply a layer of clear nail polish to the inside of your ring to create a barrier. Copper basically reacts to the sweat and oils on our skin. A high pH can indicate stress and dietary issues and may lead to health problems if not addressed. Wearing copper is therefore a great indicator of your general health and whether your body is alkaline or acidic.
      
    • What Is The Best Way To Care For My Jewelry?

    Tips to keep your copper ring from discoloring your skin and keeping your piece clean:

    - Keep the copper clean and dry as much as possible. Wipe down with a soft cloth and place in a clean baggie after it has been worn.
    - Remove jewelry before washing your hands, showering or bathing so soap and water does not get trapped under the band/pendant.
    - Do not wear jewelry while swimming, the chlorine or salt can damage the copper.
    - Take off jewelry while exercising, applying cosmetics or skin lotions. Sweat and chemicals in lotions/cosmetics will increase the likelihood of oxidization.

    • What is Electroforming?

    Electroforming is the slow process of fusing copper ions onto a prepared surface, using a low electrical current in an electrolyte bath. The process can be very slow and creates a unique layer of copper to form a completely one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.

    Due to the nature of electroforming, there will always be imperfections, striations, bubbles, or divets in the metal. This results in a truly beautiful and unique piece of jewelry that will each have its own character once pulled out of the liquid electrolyte bath.

    • How Is The Jewelry Packaged? 

    All items come in a sturdy jewelry box or ring box made with recycled materials, ready for gift giving. To save on waste and supplies multiple items will be packaged in one box. However, if you require multiple boxes for different gift recipients please leave a message in Notes to Seller at checkout. We will be happy to accommodate your request and give you separate boxes for each item.

     

    If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us through the contact form or at blackbirdandsage@gmail.com, we generally respond to messages within 24 - 48 hours.