The Ultimate Guide to the Care and Wear of Your Katie Kismet Statement Ring

Congratulations on your showstopping glass statement ring! Each Katie Kismet ring is handcrafted using a variety of glass and techniques and kiln-fired at 1400-1500 degrees multiple times to achieve the final piece you hold now. Read on for history, useful care tips, and even a little design secret...

A Brief (and Fabulous) History

Statement rings, also known as cocktail rings, have larger than average ornaments (the part that shows on top of your hand), and are a fun and easy way to express your style and personality. 

Cocktail rings came into fashion in the United States during the roaring '20s, a boom time marked by both feminism and Prohibition.

Rebellious "flapper girls" of the time would attend illicit parties wearing unstructured fringed shift dresses and sparkling jewelry. At the bar, they’d raise their right hand to flash the bartender a large ring—a secret signal for ordering forbidden alcoholic drinks.

This gave rise to the name "cocktail ring", and is why statement rings have been traditionally worn on the right hand. (source) Other accounts suggest the flashy rings were merely an exuberant way to flaunt that prohibited cocktail in hand. 

Styling

Now we wear statement rings on any finger and we certainly wear them to more places than just the bar. 

Katie Kismet rings look amazing with a white shirt and jeans, but don't be afraid to wear your ring with clothing in a different bold color. Another approach is to stay in the same color family, pairing your cobalt blue statement ring with a deep blue shirt, for example. 

A mostly solid-colored ring will work well with patterned clothing, while a multi-colored ring often looks best with less visually complex clothes.

When pairing your ring with other jewelry, shoot for a commonality, such as the same metal, color, or design feel. And remember—statement rings are meant draw attention—one way to let yours live out its destiny is by styling it with more understated accompanying jewelry. 

Glass

Store your glass ring in a soft, protected environment. Most smaller items (like stud earrings) would be tough to break, but larger pieces (such as statement rings) are more at risk.

When traveling, wrap your ring in something soft then pack snugly within a firm-sided box or case. To clean, wipe with any microfiber cloth. To really make it shine, wipe with rubbing alcohol and a lint-free cloth. 

If you experience a problem or break, please reach out to me and we'll discuss what can be done!

Ring Band

My custom ring bands are made in the USA using recycled metals. The legs of the two “Ks” in Katie Kismet inspired the custom design. Do you see them wrapping around your finger from each side?

The custom ring bands are adjustable to approximately sizes 5-10. They are strong, so I say they're "set it and forget it" rings. I provide them to you close to their largest size so you can adjust your band with a pinch. Be sure it fits over your knuckle as you adjust the size.

Every metal weakens with frequent bending,  so avoid "resizing" your ring more than a few times. To remove your ring pull it straight off with minimal twisting. 

Metal

My custom ring bands are cast using recycled metals in a facility in LA that uses green manufacturing protocols and fair labor practices.

Currently, the rings bands are made in pure brass. Brass is a fantastic metal for jewelry: strong, gorgeously golden, and it can be polished to your heart's content (unlike plated jewelry, where polishing risks removing the plating).

Pure brass contains only two ingredients: copper and zinc. No mystery metals! Slight skin coloration may appear with moisture, but this is natural and easily removed with a hand washing.

Finally, brass is a versatile material that can be recycled numerous times without losing any of its properties!

Storing

When not wearing your sterling silver, brass or plated pieces, store them in a low-oxygen environment, such as a flannel jewelry bag or sealed plastic bag. Frequent and/or intense exposure to grooming and cleaning products can be hard on metal finishes and can contribute to tarnishing.

Katie Kismet metals can be polished with a silver cloth, microfiber, or other soft, nonabrasive cloth. (Paper towels and tissues aren't recommended as they contain fibers that can scratch.)