HOW DO I CARE FOR MY FOUNDRI JEWELLERY?
None of our products are plated, so normal jewellery cleaner will work just fine to clean your products. If you don't have jewellery cleaner, good ol' Sunlight liquid soap and a toothbrush does the job too. Silver and bronze both tarnish over time, and more so if not worn often. So if you wear your ring often, it will stay shiny for longer. Silvo can be used to remove tarnish on silver items (don't use it on brass, Mokume or Shibuichi)
If need be, we will be happy to repolish your jewellery for you at a charge of R50 per item.
Please note that you will have to take care of all shipping costs.
WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU USE IN YOUR JEWELLERY?
All our products are made from either 925 Silver (we alloy with copper not nickel), Shibuichi Bronze, Mokume Gane, Brass, or a combination of these materials. We do not currently work in Gold, but hope to do so in the future.
WHAT IS SHIBUICHI BRONZE?
Shibuichi is a "semi precious" Japanese bronze that alloys silver and copper in a specific ratio to get the desired colour, properties and patina. It has a rosy undertone and gains a gunmetal grey patina over time (a finish we love about this alloy). As seen, the bronze contains copper, so normal skin colouration may occur. This should however cease after a period time as the copper content in the surface layer that comes in contact with your skin eventually wears out.
Shibuichi is quite popular in men's wedding bands as it provides a nice alternative to gold or silver and is more durable than wood. We normally line the inside of our Shibuichi rings with Silver to prevent skin colouration.
WHAT IS MOKUME GANE?
Mokume Gane (pronounced Moe-koo-may Gah-nay) is an ancient Japanese metalworking technique, developed in feudal Japan by master swordsmiths. The name translates as "woodgrain metal," referring to one of the most popular patterns created to adorn samurai swords.
Mokume is made by layering thin sheets of metals like silver, bronze, gold or copper, and laminating the layers together under heat and pressure. The laminated block is then twisted and carved into to create different types of patterns. See our Men's collection for an example of a men's Mokume Gane ring.
HOW DO I GET MY RING SIZE?
The best way to get your ring size is to have it measured professionally by any local jeweler or jewelry shop. We understand that this is not always possible or convenient, so here's what you can do at home:
There are many sizing charts and guides available for download online. A very handy sizing site when you want the size of an existing ring is findmyringsize.com. You can find the size of your ring by measuring it on the screen!
Please note that we cannot be held liable if the size you ordered is incorrect or does not fit.
WHAT IF THE RING I PURCHASED IS THE WRONG SIZE?
We will be more than willing to resize your Foundri ring for you! We charge a R100 resizing fee. Alternatively, if the ring you purchased has not been worn and is undamaged, we will be happy to take your incorrect ring as stock, and make you a new one free of charge. You will however be responsible for all shipping costs.
STANDARD RING SIZES (UK)
If you know your exact ring size, you can state your size in the comment box provided when checking out, otherwise, below you can see what size range each standard size falls into.
X-Small (G, G½,H, H½,I, I½)
Small (J, J½, K, K½, L, L½)
Medium (M, M½, N, N½, O, O½)
Large (P, P½, Q, Q½)
X-Large (R, R½, S, S½, T)
Small (O, O-, P, P-, Q, Q- )
Medium (R, R-, S, S-, T, T- )
Large (U, U-, V, V-, W, W-)
X – Large (X, X-, Y, Y-, Z, Z-)
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY PACKAGE TO REACH ME?
Most of our products are made to order so once your order has been placed and processed, please allow 10 working days for production and another 2 to 3 working days for shipping in South Africa. If we get your order done within a shorter time period, we will most definitely ship it ASAP and it may reach you sooner!
For Commissioned pieces like wedding bands, custom cuff links or stone settings there will be a longer production time that will be decided upon once we have met with you and finalised all the details.
For urgent delivery, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will try our very best to accommodate you. International shipping may take between 2 and 5 weeks to reach you.
CAN I COLLECT MY PRODUCT AT YOUR STUDIO?
When purchasing your product you can choose between collection and shipping. Collection time and place must be arranged beforehand via email : firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call Elbie at +27 76 231 9373. Our studio is located in Villieria, Pretoria. (See our contact page for our address and studio times)