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Stretch Cord Comparison

Stretch Cord Comparison

Many people are hesitant to buy stretch cord gemstone bracelets as they may have already done so in the past and had them snap or break. While this is a complete possibility, regardless of material used due to several factors, there are products that are more durable and resilient to some of those factors. 

Awaken The Gems uses 1mm thick Stretch Cord, unless the circumference of the hole in the bead does not allow for that, at which time a thinner version of the same product is used. 

Many commercial jewellery makers use a product called Floss Elastic Cord (as picture above). This is the product that most people have their experiences with. This product is called floss because it resembles dental floss which is more of a string made up of many small fibres. Over time and with exposure to normal daily elements, these little fibres break down and begin to fray. Eventually the integrity is broken down enough and causes it to break. If you've ever experienced this...beads are flying everywhere and it can be frustrating that

a) you don't recover all the beads OR

b) your favourite bracelet is done.

By using a more durable cord you will get longevity out of the wear/use of your bracelet.

*Please note that there are many things to consider environmentally when talking about the life of your jewellery in general. Consistent exposure to water, chemicals,  over stretching, will effect the life of any type of material.

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Understanding Bead Size Before You Buy

Understanding Bead Size Before You Buy

When choosing a bracelet, be sure to check which size of beads were used to create it. Photos can often be deceiving for bead size.

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Cleansing Crystal/Gems

Cleansing Crystal/Gems

The following is an excellent explanation and offers numerous ways to cleanse your bracelets, if that is something you would like to practice. www.ethanlazzerini.com/how-to-cleanse-crystals-safely

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Bracelet Sizing

Bracelet Sizing

Finding out the right size for your bracelet is an important part of the ordering process. By following a few simple steps you can be sure to find what's right for you. 

Measure your wrist using a tape measure or flexible fabric measure. That number will let you know the minimum size required to fit. Depending on your preference for fit, you would either order close to that size for a less loose fit or larger for more "dangly" look. 

All Awaken The Gems bracelets are made with a stretch cord and will expand to fit over your hand, but extreme stretching or velocity can result in the deterioration of the integrity of the cord.

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