This is a process better left up to the buyer; however, there are some points to keep in mind. Some of the larger and heavier bracelets can't be made to fit on a small wrist. They would look out of proportion and may be uncomfortable to wear. Otherwise, any style, in either sterling silver or gold, can be made to fit any wrist. The heavier bracelets especially, can be made to fit a man's wrist. Yes, I sell a lot of bracelets for men.
More than one bracelet can be worn at a time. Actually, this is encouraged. People have been buying my bracelets for many years and they look forward to the chance to add one more bracelet to their collection. Following is a picture of my mother's collection taken prior to her death in 2008. These are all bracelets made by my father and some are over seventy years old.
Rob Meixner Bracelets should be worn; as a result, size is very important. You should avoid buying a bracelet that you have to bend each time that you put it on or take it off. If this is the case, it is the wrong size and will eventually break. In order to insure that you buy the right size, measure the circumference of your wrist where it meets your hand. You can do this using a cloth measuring tape or by simply tying a piece of string around your wrist. Don't make it too tight or loose. From this measurement, I can estimate your size. Bracelets are initially sized by their length prior to bending. They range from 4 inches long for a small child's wrist to over 7 inches for a large adult wrist. I make them in quarter inch increments in length. This allows me to fit almost any wrist. If it is large enough, you will see several numbers stamped inside your bracelet. They include 50, 51, 52, 53, 60 or 1,2,3,0. These numbers represent different sizes in quarter inch increments. Once the right length is determined, then the bracelet can be shaped to fit your wrist. As an example, my wrist is 6.75 inches in circumference and I wear a bracelet that was 6.25 inches long before it was bent. After you determine your size, remember it so that you can easily buy more bracelets. The thickness of a bracelet will also effect its size. If two bracelets are the same length and one is thicker, the thicker one will actually be smaller in size once it is bent than the thinner one. This is just high school geometry. A more accurate way to size bracelets is to determine the internal end to end circumference (IC) of a bracelet that fits you well. This is the inside length of the bracelet measured from end to end. The following picture will show you how to measure a bracelet's IC. Regardless of its thickness, a bracelet should fit you as long as it is the right IC. If you wear more than one bracelet at a time, the size needed may change depending where on your wrist it is worn. There is additional information stamped inside of your bracelet. It includes the metal content (Sterling, .0925 or 14K), my initials (RLM), and a serial number. I have serial number records for most of my jewelry pieces going back to 1973.
Rob Meixner - Jewelry can be ordered through this website. Currently only standard Rob Meixner - Bracelets are available electronically. Other jewelry will be added in the near future. You can also order jewelry by emailing me at or calling me at (315) 689 5229. You are always welcomed to make an appointment to visit my shop and purchase jewelry in person. Purchases can be made by cash, check or credit card. A large collection of my jewelry is also available at Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, NY and Bailiwick Market and Cafe on Route 5 in Elbridge, NY.
Some people are initially challenged with putting on and taking off a cuff style bracelet. Basically, you are trying to get your wrist through the smallest gap possible so that your bracelet stays on, but is also comfortable and safe to wear. While it may be difficult at first, this becomes a very simple process and, as you wear your bracelet, you become accustomed to its feel and you eventually forget that it is there. Many of my customers wear as many as 10 on each wrist. If you wear more than one bracelet, it is a good idea to reverse their order from time to time to even out any edge wear that might occur from one bracelet rubbing against the other. Also, as you stack bracelets up your wrist, the size needed may change.
My Jewelry is made to be worn. As a result, I expect that it will get dirty, lose its polish and even get damaged. You can easily clean your jewelry by soaking it in a solution of hot water and sudsy ammonia. Use a soft (used), toothbrush to clean out the more stubborn dirt. DO NOT use commercial tarnish remover unless you want to remove all of the tarnish. If you do, use a liquid tarnish remover only as paste tarnish remover will scratch the surface. Remember that it is the contrast between the polished high spots that occur naturally from clothing rubbing against your bracelet and tarnish in the low spots that gives your jewelry that special look. Tarnish remover will remove this contrast. Be sure to read the MSDS for any tarnish remover before you use it as they can be dangerous. You can always return any of my pieces and, for a small fee to cover packaging and, shipping, I will re-polish it. If you damage your jewelry, email me first to discuss the damage and I would be happy to try and repair it. For an in depth discussion on the care of silver and gold objects, go to Herman Silver Restoration and Conservation. Jeff is a great silver conservator in Rhode Island and a wealth of knowledge on the care and restoration of silver objects.
Engraving is the process of cutting letters, number, and designs into metal. Engraving used to be done by hand with special tools called gravers. In the hands of a talented artist, many pieces of jewelry, flatware, raised vessels, guns and many more metal objects were engraved. It is now very difficult to find a hand engraver and, as a result, very expensive. Hand engraving has been replaced by machine engravers that are, more often than not, connected to a computer to engrave whatever design has been created on the computer. In a way, the creativity in engraving did not disappear, it was just transferred to the person creating the design on the computer. Hand engraving is still a very special art and one to be respected. Most of my jewelry can be engraved as long as there is a flat section large enough to hold the engraved pattern and the machine engraver can access the area to be engraved. Please discuss your engraving needs with me ahead of time to determine if they can be accommodated in the process of making your piece of jewelry. In the case of most bracelets, the engraving has to be done before the bracelet is bent into its final shape. All of my engraving is currently done by The Pen and Trophy Center in Syracuse.
That’s about it. Call or write if you have any questions...Rob