From The Bench at Xinar

This page is a collection of posts that offer you Tips, Insights, and How To Articles. We hope you find the information contained here helpful in creating your jewelry designs.

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How to Measure Jewelry

Measuring Jewelry Here is a brief overview of how we measure our jewelry.  This explains how those measurements are arrived at, I need to caution you that the actual picture you are looking at may or may not be the actual size. In the picture, there are different reference points on coins and a bead…

Sterling Silver vs Silver Plating

Sterling Silver vs Silver Plated A Guide to Telling the Difference

Many sellers of beads and findings represent their items as sterling silver, gold-filled, or copper. When the product arrives, they are plated. Here is a guide to help you find remedies to determine what you got. So, is it .925 silver or just plated?? Procedures to determine real versus plated items: Determining Sterling Silver: Fire…