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  • How to shrink a swollen ring finger

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    Before you go through the trying ordeal of having a ring cut off of your finger, think of bringing down the swelling in a finger first (obvious, right?).

    First, don’t panic. Most stuck ring situations are remedied fairly easily. This means: stop pulling and yanking. Instead, take a deep breath and try these solutions first:

    Try an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, especially if your swollen finger was caused by an injury. This helps reduce pain and inflammation.

    OR:

    Fill a small tub or basin with a mixture of water and ice and set it somewhere higher than head level (like the top of a fridge, for instance) .

    Raise your arm above your head for five minutes. This will naturally aid the fluid and blood drainage out of your hand.

    Place your hand into the ice water for ten minutes. Your hand should still be elevated considerably above the level of your heart while it rests in the ice water.

    How does this work: the cold constricts blood vessels,  which further reduces swelling and makes it easier to remove any rings stuck on your finger.

    Still struggling with it? 

    A little oil rubbed on and around the ring will help!

  • T.D. Matching Scroll Wedding Bands

  • K.K. Rough Diamond Crystal Pendant/Necklace

  • Jewelry from Agricultural Plastic

    Here’s some staggering facts about plastic use:

    • 160,000 plastic bags are used globally every second!
    • 5 trillion plastic bags are produced yearly. Side by side, they can encircle the world 7 times.
    • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is a floating landfill of garbage in the Pacific twice the size of Texas, is mostly composed of plastic.
    • In 2008, a sperm whale was found beached in California. It died due to the more than 22 kilos of plastic found in its stomach.
    • Plastic will only start degrading after 700 years and will only fully degrade in 1000 years. This means that all the plastic that has ever been produced has not degraded yet.
    • Plastic bags remain toxic even after it breaks down. It doesn’t biodegrade, it photo-degrades. It means that after it degrades, it breaks down into smaller and smaller toxic bits of itself – and bleeds and contaminates the environment.
    • An average family will use 60 plastic bags on four visits to the supermarket.
    • Only 1 to 3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide.
    • Plastic bags cause the death of many marine animals when they are mistaken for food.

    Which is why we tip our hats off to Rachel Kippen who has created jewelry from “items she finds during cleanups and wants to keep out of a landfill including bread clips, straws, plastic monopoly game pieces, bingo chips and scotch tape rolls.” [Santa Cruz Sentinel]

    According to Kippen:

    “These are items that have no end of life cycle plan. They cannot be downcycled like other plastics and they end up either going straight to the landfill or are a persistent waste item on our beaches and in our oceans,” she said. “Unweaving and untangling it from the earth also made me think about weaving it back together and symbology around that,” she said.

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  • Dare to take up some space on your ring finger!

    Stacking rings has been trending for quite some time now. But what we’re seeing that’s equally fun–one ring that occupies more space on the finger and gives the illusion of stacking.

    Often engagement rings are small, delicate. Sure, they may have a powerhouse gem (or if you’re lucky, many) but ultimately, most of the finger real estate is left wide open, right?

    The beauty of a cluster band like the one below? Colored gemstones can work equally well when creating a cluster band (as opposed to simply diamonds).

    Take a look at this recent custommade rings of ours. Considered a cluster band, the many rows and stones create a visual showstopper. Sure, it’s a lot of ring–but for some bling lovers, this is the perfect fit!

     

  • M.N. & L.L. Custom Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

    Combo of our Scroll shank and our 103321 prongs


  • C.W. Split Shank Halo Engagement Ring

100 Years in Jewells Business

Today, Joseph Schubach builds upon his family's experience and continues the tradition with Joseph Schubach Jewelers, offering both intimate jewelry brokering in his Scottsdale, Arizona showroom and full-service online sales to clients from around the world, where he has maintained that personal customer connection in the virtual world.

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