Unique collection of quality-crafted beads and dangles designed to inspire, motivate and speak to your heart.
Whether you prefer European beads, traditional charms or dangles for a necklace, you can find it here.
Dangle your charms from your own bracelet or necklace or something new -- a bangle, snake link bracelet or beaded necklace.
As a teenager I purchased jewelry made by Native American craftsmen. I loved the beauty and shine of the silver. I also received charms and other jewelry from my mother. I liked them, but noticed it was hard to find pieces that conveyed uplifting phrases beyond "Believe", "Faith", etc.. So I decided to create them and share them with others. I hope many of the phrases resonate with you and that you enjoying shopping at the Karisa Charm Store.
What has evolved are various thoughts and ideas that lift me up and bring a positive outlook to life. I'm also intrigued by the use and power of "verbs" so I use them in some of my Karisa brand charms. I also think the world would benefit from more love and kindness, so those thoughts are conveyed in my charms as well.
Quality is important to me, and as such, Karisa strives to offers a range of quality products. Most of the charms and bracelets are produced in S925 (Sterling Silver) and others may be an alloy metal that is plated with rhodium, silver or gold. Learn more about these different metals and processes on the "Sterling Silver & Rhodium" web page.
Sterling Silver is created when pure silver (99.9% silver) is combined with 7.5% of another metal (usually copper). Adding another metal makes sterling silver more durable. Otherwise, it is too soft and scratches easily. Sterling Silver jewelry is typically marked with 92.5, 925 or S925.
Sterling Silver (S925) tarnishes because it reacts to elements in the air. Household chemicals, chlorine, latex and wool also cause tarnish. After wearing S925 jewelry, gently wash it in warm water. Washing it will remove make-up, perfume and other chemicals. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
Sterling Silver should be stored in a soft pouch. The pouch should be put in an air-tight container (zip bag will work). You can also polish your jewelry with a silver polishing cloth. Using harsh silver cleaning cremes or other jewelry cleaning solutions are not recommended.
Jewelry is made from a variety of metals and what you choose may depend on your budget and how much you intend to wear a piece of jewelry. One solution is silver plating, often referred to as silver tone. With plating, a thin layer of S925 (or pure silver) is electroplated onto the surface of an alloy material.
Rhodium, the most expensive precious metal from the platinum family, is often used to plate jewelry. Rhodium gives a white, reflective appearance, reduces scratching and (unlike sterling silver) resists tarnish. Sterling Silver and white gold are often plated with Rhodium for the reasons outlined above.
Rhodium plating can last a lifetime or an item may need to be re-plated. This varies depending on the amount of plating applied, how often the jewelry is worn and care of the jewelry. Clean Rhodium with mild liquid soap and water. Use a non-abrasive, lint free cloth. Avoid silver or gold polishing cloths.