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  1. How to Care for Gold Jewelry

    How to Take Care of Gold Jewelry

    Gold jewelry is timeless elegant. We like to say “put it on, never take it off” - it’s jewelry that moves with you. Whether it's 14k gold rings or gold bands that adds shine to your everyday, taking care of your gold jewelry is easy and almost effortless. In this guide, we'll explore the best practices for keeping your gold rings, gold earrings & jewelry looking its best, from storage tips to cleaning methods, and everything in between.

    How do you keep gold jewelry shiny?

    Gold jewelry, regardless of its karat or plating, can dull in its shine over time due to exposure to elements like sweat, perfume, and chemicals. To keep your gold jewelry tip top, regularly clean with a soft cloth and mild soap solution, avoiding harsh chemicals. Store it in a dry, airtight container away from moisture and direct sunlight to prevent tarnishing. For more specific instructions on how to care for your gold jewelry follow the below steps. 

    How to store gold jewelry

    Proper storage is helpful for maintaining the condition of your gold jewelry. Follow these tips to keep your pieces safe and secure:

    • Store each piece separately to prevent scratching and tangling.
    • Use a jewelry box with compartments or individual pouches to keep pieces organized and protected from dust and moisture.

    How to clean gold jewelry

    Regular cleaning helps remove dirt, oils, and tarnish, keeping your gold jewelry looking radiant. Here's how to clean your gold jewelry safely:

    • Fill a bowl with warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap.
    • Soak your gold jewelry in the soapy water for a few minutes to loosen dirt and debris.
    • Gently scrub the jewelry with a soft-bristled toothbrush or cloth to remove any remaining residue.
    • Rinse thoroughly under lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean, soft cloth. 

    Does Gold Tarnish?

    Pure gold is resistant to tarnishing, but alloys used in gold jewelry can tarnish over time due to exposure to air, moisture, and chemicals. Proper care and maintenance can help prevent tarnishing and keep your gold jewelry looking its best.

    Is it OK to shower with gold jewelry?

    While some may say showering with gold jewelry is safe, it's technically best to remove your jewelry before bathing. Soap, shampoo, and other shower products can leave residues on the metal, dulling its shine and potentially causing damage over time.

    Differences between 14k Vs 18k Gold Jewelry

    14k Gold Jewelry:

    • Contains 58.3% pure gold and 41.7% alloy.
    • Known for its durability and affordability.
    • Ideal for everyday wear due to its strength and resilience.

    18k Gold Jewelry:

    • Contains 75% pure gold and 25% alloy.
    • Offers a richer, deeper color and higher gold content.
    • Slightly softer than 14k gold, making it more prone to scratches but still suitable for everyday wear.

    Gold jewelry is made to last! It’s easy and low fuss to care for, and adds maximum joy to the everyday. Explore our14k gold ring and gold earring collections, as well as our gold signet rings. This is jewelry as poetry.

  2. How to Care for Silver Jewelry: Essential Care Tips for Silver Rings & Jewelry

    Silver jewelry adds a touch of cool to any outfit. Whether it's a sterling silver necklace, bold silver rings, or discreet silver bracelets, proper care will help to maintain its luster and beauty over time. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the best practices for caring for your silver jewelry, from cleaning methods to storage tips.

    How to Care for Silver Jewelry

    To keep sterling silver jewelry shiny, regularly polish it with a soft cloth and mild silver cleaner, avoiding harsh chemicals. For more details, read the following care tips and learn from our experts how to care for your silver jewelry.

    How to Care for Sterling Silver Jewelry

    Sterling silver jewelry is made from an alloy containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, typically copper. While more durable than pure silver, the following will help to keep it looking top top and tarnish-free. 

    • Regularly polish with a soft cloth to remove tarnish.

    • Store in a dry, airtight container to prevent oxidation.

    • Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures.

    How to Clean Silver Jewelry at Home

    You can easily clean silver jewelry at home using household items. Here's a simple DIY cleaning solution:

    • Mix equal parts water and mild dish soap in a bowl.
    • Soak the silver jewelry in the soapy water for a few minutes to loosen dirt and debris.
    • Gently scrub the jewelry with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any remaining residue.
    • Rinse the jewelry thoroughly under lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean, soft cloth.

    How to Store Sterling Silver Jewelry

    Proper storage is essential for preserving the condition of your sterling silver jewelry. Follow these tips:

    • Store sterling silver jewelry in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and moisture.
    • Keep each piece separate to prevent scratching and tangling.
    • Consider storing your silver jewelry in anti-tarnish bags or pouches to minimize tarnishing.

    Catbird Sterling Silver Jewelry

    Caring for your silver jewelry requires small acts of diligence and attention to detail. By following these tips for cleaning, storage, and maintenance, you can ensure that your silver remain shining for years to come. Put a record on, throw open the windows, light a candle, and start polishing!

  3. How To Choose an Engagement Ring & How Much to Spend

    Embarking on the journey of choosing an engagement ring can be stressful. That is why Catbird has created a guide on how to buy an engagement ring. Explore our best selling engagement rings, our lab grown engagement rings and wedding bands for your special moment. 

    If you want more information on how to buy an engagement ring visit our Online Shopping Experience to learn more tips on choosing the perfect engagement ring for your special day.

    This is our guide to your ring buying journey: 

    Define Your Budget: Determine a budget that aligns with your financial comfort, ensuring a meaningful yet practical investment. There are no rules when it comes to what is appropriate, and we proudly offer a selection of rings suitable to every budget and lifestyle, always made with the finest ethical metals and conflict-free stones. 


    Discover Preferences: Understand your partner's style and preferences, noting whether they prefer gemstones, diamonds, or an interesting setting. Here at Catbird we cover all the preferences with our extensive wedding & engagement jewelry collection. From classic solitaire diamonds to vintage inspired rings to non-traditional styles, our ring and band pairings are tailored to you, and uniquely you. 


    Explore Styles and Settings: Explore various ring styles and settings to find one that resonates with your partner's taste and personality, whether it's a classic solitaire or a more intricate design we offer engagement rings that speak to you.


    Know Your Partner's Ring Size: Ensure the perfect fit by discreetly discovering your partner's ring size, perhaps with the help of a friend or by using one of their existing rings as a reference. See our sizing guide for all of your options. 


    Consider Ethical Sourcing: Embrace ethically sourced diamonds and metals for a socially responsible choice, ensuring your symbol of love reflects values that matter. Catbird’s diamonds are all ethically sourced, lab grown, or 100% recycled. Explore our lab grown engagement rings, engagement rings and wedding bands.

    How much should an engagement ring cost

    The cost of an engagement & wedding rings is subjective and should align with your financial comfort. Prioritize ethical sourcing, choosing a ring that symbolizes love without compromising financial well-being or indulging in unnecessary societal pressures. Get in touch with us at [email protected] to learn more about our financing options as well. 

    How much are engagement rings

    Engagement ring costs vary widely based on factors like materials and design. Catbird offers a diverse range, from the elegant Classic Wedding Band at $230 to the luxurious Grand Swan Solitaire at $28,000. Explore a spectrum of choices within different budgets at Catbird's engagement ring collection, ensuring there's a perfect ring for every love story.

    Engagement rings under $5000

    Embrace the allure of luxury engagement & wedding rings with Catbird's captivating engagement rings priced under $5000. Elevate your cherished moments with our carefully curated selection: 

    The Grand Swan Solitaire, Emerald Cut (Lab-Grown Diamond) - Adorned with a mesmerizing lab-grown diamond this ring seamlessly blends timeless sophistication with modern ethics. 

    Anna the Swan, Supreme - A majestic manifestation of supreme craftsmanship, this engagement ring captivates with its intricate details.

    Daphne Solitaire Ring - This ring features a solitaire design that exudes simplicity and sophistication, making it a perfect embodiment of your enduring love.  

    Engagement rings under $1000

    For those seeking affordable elegance, Catbird offers stunning options: Below we have a list of our preferred choices however you can always explore our full range of Engagement rings under $1000

    Fairy Light Curved Demi-Pavé - A delicate choice and as always with ethically sourced metals and diamonds.

    Catbird Classic Wedding Bands - Timeless design without breaking the budget.

    Diamond Wave Band - Affordable sophistication with a touch of sparkle.

     

    Do men wear engagement rings?

    Absolutely! It’s increasingly common for all gender identities to wear engagement rings as a symbol of commitment. At Catbird, love knows no bounds. Explore these stunning unisex wedding bands, perfect for expressing yourself. 

    Catbird Classic Wedding Band - This timeless band, with its half-round design, represents the unending nature of love—a perfect symbol for a lifetime commitment.

    Gatsby Ring 4mm - Inspired by the elegance of the Roaring Twenties, the Gatsby Ring embodies a timeless and sophisticated commitment to everlasting love.

    Never Say Die Band - As resilient as its name suggests, the Never Say Die Band is a testament to enduring love, with a design that speaks of strength, unity, and eternal devotion.

    At Catbird, we take great pride and care in quality control - all outgoing pieces are inspected with rigor by our experienced in-house team. Within the first year of purchase, we offer complimentary resizes on eligible styles, diamond or stone tightening, and ring reshaping. If we determine a repair issue is due to a manufacturing defect, Catbird will cover any repair or replacement fees, and will replace side or accent diamonds that go missing due to a manufacturing defect. Our wedding and engagement jewelry come with lifetime polishing and matting service and lifetime warranty. 

    In the pursuit of the perfect engagement ring, Catbird offers a range of ethically sourced options, ensuring love knows no bounds. Regardless of your budget, discover timeless symbols of commitment, crafted with care and consciousness, making your journey towards forever as beautiful as the love you share.

     

  4. Jewelry Birthday Gift Ideas

    Jewelry, with its enduring charm, makes for a sentimental birthday gift, worn close to the heart. Explore our birthday jewelry gift collection and find the perfect gift for the one you love.

    Jewelry Birthday Gifts Ideas For Some But Not All BIG Birthdays :)

    16th Birthday 

    Consider delicate pieces that symbolize the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Personalized charms, birthstone jewelry, or friendship bracelets make thoughtful 16th birthday jewelry gifts.

    Our Catbird Dollhouse Locket in yellow gold is a classic gift, radiating timeless elegance and sentimentality. Annie wore a heart locket, remember!?

    Explore our Birth Month Jewelry Collection, full of charming charms - stack them together, layer them over time to tell a story.

    Finally the Sweet Nothing Bracelet is our delicate best-selling bracelet, made with 100% recycled gold — sustainably made and shining make it a perfect birthday jewelry gift.

    18th Birthday 

    Oh, the precipice of adulthood! Kind of. Opt for timeless classics like a pendant necklace, a pair of pearl earrings or drop earrings. 18th birthday jewelry gift ideas can include items that signify growth, and the journey ahead.

    The Love Letter Charm is made with 100% recycled gold and engraved by Catbird jewelers in our Brooklyn studio. Choose a special message, perhaps a childhood address? 

    The Baby Pearl Hoop Earring is our choice for an 18th birthday jewelry gift, full of youthful elegance with ethically sourced pearls.

    Little Disco Earring, a shimmery, wear-them-always choice for an 18th birthday gift.

    21st Birthday 

    The 21st birthday marks a significant turning point. Exciting! Choose jewelry that capture this milestone – perhaps a symbolic piece representing newfound freedom like Key Charms or heart jewelry. 

    The Tiniest Key Charm can be engraved with anything from a hometown zip code, or a secret message. You choose!

    The 1976 Gold Bracelet is Cool with a capital C, just like all 21 years old we know.

    30th Birthday 

    For the 30th birthday, consider jewelry pieces that exude sophistication and elegance. Diamond earrings and personalized jewelry with engraving are loved by all.

     Fairy Light Diamond Hoops add the perfect touch of diamonds to everyday.

    The Greco Lariat Necklace is a Catbird favorite.

    The Dollhouse Signet Ring for personalized, classic shine.

    40th Birthday

    Opt for timeless pieces that reflect experience, pearls for your pearls of wisdom. A carefully chosen pearl necklace, a diamond bracelet or a pair of fine earrings are all excellent choices.

    The Pearl Moonflower Earrings are the most romantic future heirlooms. 

    The Snow Queen Bracelet, or as we call it, the bracelet for ALL seasons.

    The Swan Lake Diamond Drop Earring, graced with ethically sourced diamonds, captures the essence of grace and sophistication.

    Thank you for joining us in your quest for  jewelry birthday gifts. At Catbird, our number one goal is to make jewelry that creates joy now through forever.

  5. Shop the Look

    Two favorite looks from our Valentine's Day shoot - shot on a gold & glowing winter's day.

    Catbird Classics

  6. What is the difference between Solid Gold & Plated?

    Since Day 1 we have been committed to working in 14k solid gold, never plated. Here we’ll highlight a few of the key differences between our solid gold jewelry and plated options offered elsewhere. 

    Plated gold is a less expensive option, featuring a thin layer of gold over a base metal. Over a short period of time, you can expect plated jewelry to wear off or tarnish, and it’s unfortunately not waterproof. In contrast, solid gold is a timeless investment crafted from the precious metal. More importantly, solid gold rings, gold necklaces, gold earrings and gold bracelets are made to last and live within our circular economy while plated jewelry is often made with chemicals and can be disposed of once it tarnishes.

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Gold Plating: 

    Advantages: 

    ●  Budget-friendly option. 
    ●  Often offers more trend based designs 
    ●  Lightweight 

    Disadvantages: 
    ●  Prone to tarnishing over a short time. 
    ●  Limited durability. 
    ●  May cause skin reactions for some individuals 

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Solid Gold Jewelry: 

    Advantages: 
    ● Timeless and enduring. 
    ● High durability and resistance to tarnish. 
    ● Valuable long-term investment. 
    ● Sustainably sourced at Catbird, with over 95% of gold certified recycled 

    Disadvantages: 
    ● Higher upfront cost than plated 
    ● May be heavier than plated alternatives. 

    Difference Between Gold Filled & Solid Gold: 

    Gold-filled pieces consist of a thick layer of gold bonded to a base metal, offering a balance between quality and affordability. In contrast, solid gold represents an investment crafted entirely from the precious metal. Consider your preferences for longevity, budget, and design when navigating between these two options. 

    Solid vs Plated Gold Jewelry - Which to Buy? 

    Navigating the choice between solid and plated gold jewelry is in the end a personal choice.. At Catbird, we aim to offer a price range that allows you to create your solid gold jewelry look with pieces starting at just $48.
    Solid gold, a timeless investment, embodies enduring beauty and holds intrinsic value. Its durability and resistance to tarnishing will always make it a symbol of lasting commitment. 

    Consider your budget, style preferences, and the significance you attribute to your jewelry when choosing between these two options.The choice ultimately is personal, each piece reflecting a unique chapter in your journey. 

    Catbird Solid Gold & Silver Jewelry

    Catbird's collection of Solid Gold & Silver Jewelry embodies impeccable craftsmanship and lasting quality. 

    Threadbare Ring

    A delicate essential, showcasing minimalist allure with a slender band, perfect for stacking or wearing alone. 

    Greco Lariat Necklace

    A solid gold stunner, elegantly drapes with Grecian-inspired form, making a statement.

    Tomboy Ring, silver

    In the realm of Solid Silver Jewelry, Catbird presents the Tomboy Ring in Silver, a bold and versatile piece that adds an edgy touch to your style. 

    Adjustable Sweet Nothing Chain, Silver

    A delicate yet impactful look, allowing you to personalize with its adjustable length and complimentary charms and lockets. Each piece, whether gold or silver, encapsulates Catbird's commitment to responsible materials and and individual expression. 

    In the quest to choose between solid and plated jewelry, Catbird ensures that each solid gold piece we make reflects ethical craftsmanship and enduring beauty. Whichever path you choose, our collection epitomizes the commitment to sustainability, allowing you to embrace your unique style with a clear conscience and at accessible prices. 

  7. What is Ethical & Recycled Gold Jewelry

    At Catbird, we believe in the beauty of responsible luxury, this is why we are proud to offer ethical gold jewelry & recycled gold jewelry such as our ethical engagement rings. Discover with Catbird the ins and outs of ethical and recycled gold jewelry.

    What is Ethical Gold Jewelry

    Ethical gold jewelry, sometimes referred to as responsibly sourced gold, is crafted using gold that has been mined with minimal environmental impact and under humane working conditions. The goal is to ensure that the entire process, from extraction to production, is in harmony with both nature and humanity. This often involves supporting artisanal miners, investing in community development, and avoiding the use of harmful chemicals in the extraction process.

    What is Recycled Gold Jewelry

    Recycled gold jewelry, on the other hand, takes a different approach to sustainability. Instead of sourcing new gold from mines, recycled gold is derived from previously used jewelry. This process helps reduce the demand for new mining, limiting the environmental footprint of gold extraction. By repurposing existing gold, recycled gold jewelry contributes to a circular economy, where resources are reused and waste is minimized.

     

    Ethical Gold vs Recycled Gold

    While ethical and recycled gold jewelry aim to address sustainability concerns, they differ in their approaches. 

    Ethical gold focuses on responsible mining practices, ensuring that new gold is sourced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. 
    Recycled gold, on the other hand, tackles the issue by reusing existing resources, thereby minimizing the need for new mining altogether. 
    Both options offer environmentally conscious consumers the opportunity to make choices that align with their values.

     

    Top Jewelry Picks for Ethical Gold Jewelry by Catbird

    One O’Clock Tennis Bracelet

    Crafted with ethically sourced gold, exemplifies timeless elegance while positively impacting the communities involved in its production.

    Tomboy Ring, Yellow Gold

    A minimalist statement piece, reflects our commitment to responsible sourcing.

    Fairy Light Diamond Hoop 

    For those seeking a touch of sparkle, our Fairy Light Diamond Hoop, made with ethically sourced diamonds and gold. Adds a celestial charm to any ensemble

    Swan Lake Ring

    Another exquisite creation in our ethical gold collection - a testament to our dedication to sustainable luxury.

    Snow Queen Ring

    Adorned with responsibly mined diamonds, captures the essence of ethereal beauty.

    As ethical and recycled gold jewelry gain prominence, consumers have the power to make choices that extend beyond mere aesthetics. Catbird's commitment to responsible sourcing and sustainable practices shines through in our curated collection, proving that beauty and ethics can coexist seamlessly. By opting for ethical gold jewelry, recycled gold jewelry, or a harmonious blend of both, you contribute to a more sustainable and conscientious future—one adorned with timeless pieces that tell stories of responsibility, beauty, and compassion.

  8. From the Vault: Ghost Rose Thorn Charm

    Our Ghost Rose Thorn Charm is a reissue of an old favorite; I started working at Catbird (then a teeny tiny store, with a teeny tiny website!) in 2005. Rony had started making jewelry by then — necklaces like a tiny doll's crown set with a ruby, little gold and silver bells, a miniature seahorse cast from a baby, and a single perfect and slightly ominous rose thorn. 

    It's so special to bring back archival pieces to celebrate our 20th (!) birthday. I still feel like that girl who worked in a tiny shop alone on winter days and the rose thorn is like a Proustian madeleine teleporting me to another time. Time travel with me, kittens?


    xo Leigh

    Love a Rose, Love Its Thorns

  9. Wedding Band & Engagement Ring Pairings

    Fine craftsmanship, beauty, and magic above all else - at Catbird, we’re here to help you find the ring you’ll love now through forever. We feel truly honored to be a part of all types of relationships and love, from marriage to friendship to family. We offer inclusive sizing, no pressure consultations and a lifetime of concierge care of your ring.

    We often get questions on how to wear wedding bands with other luxury rings and so we have happily put together a little guide on how to wear wedding bands & engagement rings. Tumble into our world of starry stacks of diamond rings  & gold rings, and unlock the secrets to creating poetry on your fingers. 

    How to Wear a Wedding Band

    How to choose a wedding ring should always be your choice but we have a few tips to make yours shine. Place it on the ring finger of your left hand, closest to your heart. Ensure a comfortable fit, allowing for daily activities. The choice often depends on individual comfort, style, and the significance attached to each ring.

    How to Wear an Engagement Ring

    Wearing an engagement ring is a tactile reminder of love. At Catbird, we understand the importance of getting it just right. Slip your engagement ring onto the same finger as your wedding band – the left ring finger. These rings symbolize the unity of your commitment and the bond they share. Some opt to wear a wedding band and engagement ring together simultaneously for everyday elegance, while others may choose to reserve an engagement ring for special occasions. Our highly curated engagement ring collection - found only at Catbird - represents the best and brightest in the jewelry world. Your ring will be not only unique but of the highest quality and sustainability standards. 

    How to Match Your Wedding Ring with Other Rings

    Love your engagement ring on its own, and your wedding band, too. You might not always wear them together, so they should each stand separately. Whether it's adding stacking rings or mixing metals, at Catbird, our selection of wedding bands and engagement rings is designed to complement each other effortlessly. Experiment with textures, stones, and shapes to create a personalized stack that tells your story. 

    Tradition dictates that the wedding band ring is worn closest to the heart, followed by the engagement ring. An eternity ring, symbolizing everlasting love, can be worn between the two, with other rings added over time to celebrate milestones (anniversaries, children, triumphs).

     

    Shop Catbird Wedding & Engagement

  10. Neighborhood Walks

    Why not take your favorite friend for a meander around the neighborhood and find yourselves a corner to warm yourselves in together. 


    xo Leigh

    Strolling Jewelry

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