Step 1: To find your bangle size, you will need to take the size of your hand into account. Cut a string long enough to comfortably measure your hand or obtain a measuring tape.
Step 2: To measure, tuck your thumb into the palm of your hand (as if you're about to put on a bangle) and using a measuring tape or a piece of string, measure your hand all the way around at the widest point (see image below). If you use a string, you will need to mark it where it overlaps.
Step 3: If you used a string, measure it from its leading edge to the mark using a ruler. If you used a measuring tape, simply use the measurement from the tape.
Step 4: Now you have the measurement for the circumference of your hand. You can use this to determine if a bangle will fit. We will provide circumference measurements in inches and cm or mm for the bangles sold in our store, so that you can compare. See the image below for an explanation of bangle circumference and diameter.
If you already own a bangle that fits well, you can use that to determine the size for a new bangle by measuring it as shown below.
You can use the chart below to determine the bangle's approximate circumference from the diameter measurement obtained above.
Note: This is a general guide only; the positioning of a necklace will vary with different body types. An alternative method for determining your ideal necklace size is to compare the measurements of our products with a necklace you already own that fits according to your preference. Most of our necklaces are in the princess length range at 17-18 inches long.
HOW TO USE THE CHART BELOW TO MEASURE YOUR RING SIZE:
All of our rings follow standard US/Canada sizing guidelines.
Cut a string about 6 inches/ 15.2cm long.
Wrap the string around the base of the finger where it will be worn.
Mark where the string overlaps with a marker.
Place the string on a ruler.
The mm number closest to the mark on the string is the circumference of the ring size in millimeters (mm).
Reference the conversion chart below with your measurement to get your ring size.
If your knuckle is a lot larger than the base of your finger, you may want to measure both the base of your finger and your knuckle and select a size between the two measurements to allow the ring to slip on easily.
If you are considering a wider band, you may want to size up for comfort.
If you already own rings that fit well, reference those rings when selecting a size.
I've always loved antiques...
"Ever since I found a wonderful antique store that was just a brief bus ride away from my university, I've always loved antiques. There was something magical about them. At the time, it was mostly furniture and paintings that attracted me. I couldn't really afford it, but I wanted my silly student apartment to be stocked with as many antiques as I could find. I wanted to live within decor that had a story and a style that was different than the practical Ikea pieces my fellow students were buying. Back then, it was just a hobby, but years later, my love of antiques would become something else entirely."
- Christine M, Founder of Le Gem Nouveau
"I wasn't loyal to any particular style, I simply loved anything and everything from eras gone by."
It took some time for me to commit to vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry. When I first decided to start an online boutique, I gravitated towards very mainstream styles. For some reason, I didn't connect my love of antiques with ideas for jewelry styles to stock in my store. I thought mainstream was best.
Eventually, when designing an earlier version of my store, I came across some images of old paintings and remembered an aesthetic I used to love. An idea was born that day.
I began to think about ways to combine my love of all things antique with my desire to start a modern, mainstream online jewelry store.
Eventually, it all came together. I was able to give my store a homey, antique store/art gallery feel and stock it with vintage-inspired jewelry made from modern materials. I figured this was the ideal way to share a passion of mine with online shoppers while still surviving in today's market.
And It Became Le Gem Nouveau:
So there's my story. It's nothing overly grand. I'm just an ordinary person. In fact, I'm actually fairly private and don't like getting personal online. I've never been that into social media and I'm not even sure I know how to use most forms of it properly, but when it came to this store, I felt I had something to share. I felt other women would enjoy that little feeling of old-world glamour I try to infused into the jewelry I sell.
That's my simple and humble goal: To give the people who shop at my store a bit of that feeling of times gone by that I experienced when I entered an antique store all those years ago.
Welcome to Le Gem Nouveau and thank you for taking the time to look through my gallery of wearable art.