Can I get a piece with my name on it or some kind of customization?
We think our products are pretty great as they are and we sincerely hope you see something in our store that speaks to you personally! Unfortunately, we do not offer customization or personalization of any products.
What is sterling silver?
Sterling silver is an alloy of pure silver comprised of 92.5% silver and 7.5% of other metals such as copper. An alloy is the mixture of two (or more) elements taken from the periodic table. Fine silver is 99.9% pure silver but it is too soft for use in jewelry so copper is added to increase hardness, strength and durability. You can tell if a piece is sterling silver jewelry because it is stamped with the numbers 925 or S925, usually on the back of a pendant or on a small silver tag.
Why should I buy sterling silver if there are cheaper metals?
Some jewelry is marketed as "base metal" (usually nickel, or brass) and disguised with a thin coating of sterling silver, called "plating" which ultimately wears off, looks cheap and can lead to skin irritation. The problem with inexpensive metals such as nickel or brass, is that they can cause infections, especially with earrings. Other metals can turn the skin green or cause other allergic reactions and there are even unscrupulous jewelry manufacturers that use cancer-causing metals like cadmium in their jewelry. Bottom line: Sterling silver, aka 925 silver is hypoallergenic, high quality, stylish and safe.
How can I keep my jewelry from getting tarnished?
Our jewelry is 100% sterling silver and is plated with rhodium which prevents tarnishing. The air contains small particles of sulfur which react with silver. Over long periods of exposure, this can cause tarnishing. To protect your jewelry, store it in a plastic bag zip-lock bag when you are not wearing it to prevent tarnishing. Remove your jewelry when going swimming or using bleach because chlorine damages silver. Perfumes, hair sprays, and lotions can also tarnish silver, so avoid getting these on your jewelry.
How do I polish my jewelry?
To polish tarnished jewelry, rub the surface gently with a silver polishing cloth. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing into the letters on Arabic calligraphy jewelry. Silver polishing cloths can be bought for a few dollars at a hardware store like Home Depot. Wearing silver jewelry continually prevents it from tarnishing because it’s constantly being polished when it rubs against your skin, clothing and objects.
What if it breaks?
If your jewelry breaks through no fault of your own, we will fix it free of charge. Contact us for mailing instructions.
What is your returns policy?
We’re so convinced you’ll love our products that we have a 30 day money back guarantee. Please contact us if you would like a return or exchange. Please note that you will be responsible for shipping costs to send the item back to us, unless we have sent you the wrong item or the item arrives damaged. Please include the packing slip when you return the item. We will refund the purchase price as soon as we have received the item in its original condition. Items must be received by us within 30 days of the date the product was shipped to qualify. Any items received more than 30 days from the ship date will be returned to the customer.
What about customs and taxes when ordering from outside the US?
Import duties and taxes may be charged by your local Customs Office. We are not responsible for these charges, nor do we know what they will be. Please refer to your local Customs Office for further information prior to completing your order. Such charges are the sole responsibility of the customer.
Do you do wholesale?
Yes, please fill out our wholesale form or call us at 650.284.8513.
I work with a non-profit and we would like to use your jewelry at a fundraiser. Do you give special discounts to non-profits?
Yes we do, we love supporting non-profits! Please fill out our wholesale form or call us at 650.284.8513. Non-profits that have used our jewelry for fundraising are: Middle East Children’s Alliance, International Solidarity Movement, Council on American Islamic Relations, Friends of Sabeel North America, ANERA, Ithaca Welcomes Refugees, and San Antonio for Justice in Palestine.
What is your commitment to sustainability and the environment?
We believe one of the biggest threats to the environment is the overuse of single use plastics. That's why we ship the majority of our products in recycled, fiber-filed, paper mailing envelopes. For larger orders that require more cushioning, we collect and reuse bubble wrap mailing envelopes. We encourage our customers to recycle the paper mailers and to reuse the bubble wrap mailers.
Can I share your art and jewelry on my blog/social media?
You may share product images and artwork on social media platforms as long as they contain an active link back to the product page on this website and state that the products or artwork have been created by Katie Miranda. If you'd like to write a blog post or article about Katie's work or use it in any other form beyond social media posts, please contact her first, she'd be happy to provide you with more information and images. Unauthorized use of images on blogs, YouTube, or any other web or print application beyond what has been specified above is prohibited and steps will be taken to recover damages from unauthorized use. When in doubt, ask first. All images are © Katie Miranda, all rights reserved.