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Your Knuckles Are Not Too Big

Sharon Zimmerman

This and other myths about your fingers, coming right up.

Thigh-gap, cankles; too much volume in your hair, or not enough; boobs that are too big or too small; wrinkles; grey hairs - the list of things that we are supposed to feel bad about when it comes to our bodies is a lot. But your body is not a fault or a failing.

Jewelry Should Be Free of Body-shaming

I thought when I got into jewelry that it was more democratic and less judgmental than the rest of the fashion industry. And it should be. After all, many of us in the industry are making jewelry to order, so making a ring to fit you shouldn’t be a problem. Unfortunately, when it comes to making sample sizes, a lot of us (myself included) opted to make rings in sample sizes that were less than inclusive. And that’s why I continually hear customers talking about their knuckles and complaining that they are “so big!” Or that “rings never fit” them. It’s a bad cycle, and one that I can definitely break.

If You Want To Flip Someone Off, You’ll Need Your Knuckles

So let’s start by talking about what knuckles are. Knuckles are formed when the round knobby ends of your phalanges meet and are joined together by tendons and ligaments so that you can do useful things like bend your fingers to flip the bird to the driver who just cut you off in the crosswalk. Knuckles are useful is what I am saying.* And sometimes knuckles are wider than the base of your finger, mostly cuz of the shape of your bones. And this is OK.

Rings Can Be Made to Fit

Now onto “rings never fit”, too many jewelry designers (I am guilty of this too) use a sample size that is “average”. What, exactly, is average? Is it a 6 or a 7? I’ve seen some unsubstantiated articles suggest that rings ordered online are likely to be about a size 5. No, wait! A size 7! Or maybe it’s really a 6. These averages don’t take into account the customers who get frustrated at not being able to try on their size and simply never buy a ring. Or potential customers who think that rings never fit them and so they stop trying.

And how should a ring fit? The answer is that a ring should feel a little snug going over your knuckle and then just a little loose at the base of your finger. A ring should fit snugly over the knuckle so that it doesn’t fly off of your hand when you move about. Some people have more webbed fingers with very little difference between the knuckle and the base of the finger. This is also OK.

So What Now?

Rings can be made to fit. Almost all rings can. This year, I am working to bring larger sizes of rings (8 and up) to my shows to provide more people with the experience of being able to try on rings. It is a slow process, but one that I am committed to because trying on rings is hella fun.

I’ve changed my ring sizing options on this website. A few of my rings can’t be resized below a size 4 without disrupting the integrity of the design. For any of those rings, you’ll be able to pick your size off of a drop-down menu all the way up to a size 15. For any ring with greater flexibility in the design, you’ll be able to specify your ring size (whole, half or quarter sizes) whatever your ring size is. Need a 1? I can do that. Need a 15? I can do that too. I want all of you to be able to experience the joy of jewelry.

Rings for all, and fuck beauty standards.


*This is just for everyone out there dealing with arthritis in your hands, the only time that your knuckles might actually be a little larger than average. Yet even with arthritis, your knuckles are not too big. They are inflamed and need care, and a couple of sizing beads on the inside of your ring. We can make that happen.

Ethical Gemstones Part Three - What is Moissanite

Sharon Zimmerman

What is Moissanite and how does it compare to a diamond?

4 karat recycled rose gold with 5mm round brilliant Moissanite-Made in San Francisco RI-090-Rose Chalice Ring - 1.jpg

What is Moissanite?

OK, so maybe you don’t want a diamond (I’ve talked about their ethically dubious status in the past), but you’d still like some sustainable and conflict-free bling, with similar hardness and durability. And maybe you don’t have the budget for a lab-grown diamond, or you’d like to spend your money in other ways (like a hella awesome honeymoon!). What to do?. If you are happy with lab-grown stones but don’t want the expense of a lab-grown diamond, then a Moissanite is the perfect sustainable solution.

What is Moissanite?

Moissanite is silicon carbide (different than a diamond, which is carbon) and has strong covalent bonding, which is what makes it so suitable for forming into gemstones. Plus, it originates from outside the solar system, so that’s pretty cool.

So where does Moissanite come from?

Moissanite was discovered in the remnants of a meteor crash in Arizona in 1893. Originally confused with diamonds due to its brilliance and hardness, it would be more than 100 years before this stone would finally be made available for jewelry use thanks to advances in lab-growing techniques. Now all Moissanite gemstones are created in labs. This amazing stone has greater fire than a diamond and is harder than a sapphire (it reaches 9.25 on the Mohs hardness scale). The Moissanite that I get for my engagement rings comes from North Carolina’s own Charles and Colvard.

How does Moissanite hold up compared to a diamond or a lab grown diamond?

Damn fine, if you ask me. It is highly scratch resistant (it can really only be scratched by a diamond). This gemstone is brilliant, has so much fire and for much greater value. Best of all, there is no destructive mining involved with Moissanite. 

What can’t Moissanite do?

It cannot do your laundry. Trust me, I’ve tried.

Engagement Ring Lookbook is Here!

Sharon Zimmerman

A relaxing afternoon spent with the fabulous hand model Alana Rivera of Etta and Billie resulted in some awesome shots of my engagement and wedding ring collection.

Introducing the Rani Ring. Rani, from the Hindi word for "queen". This ring features a 1 carat lab-grown pink sapphire.

Sharon Zimmerman

Introducing the Rani Ring. Rani, from the Hindi word for "queen". This ring features a 1 carat lab-grown pink sapphire. Find the link in my profile. #labgrownsapphire #pinksapphire #yellowgold #makersworkshop #beyondconflictfree

Introducing the Rani Ring. Rani, from the Hindi word for "queen". This ring features a 1 carat lab-grown pink sapphire. Find the link in my profile. #labgrownsapphire #pinksapphire #yellowgold #makersworkshop #beyondconflictfree