From Brooklyn, With Love

Hiya! My name is Jade. I own an Etsy shop. I make tons of wire knuckle / midi rings, amongst other types of jewelry. I created this blog to share stuff about my Etsy shop, my creative process as a jewelry designer and seller on the Etsy marketplace, and to answer any questions you may have. www.Etsy.com/Shop/FromBrooklynWLove

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Where Can I find “Fuck You” Rings?

Hey guys!

Today, I’ll be talking about my “fuck you” ring set. In the previous post, I explained how I use tarnish resistant and hypoallergenic wire to make most of my jewelry. The reason I say most, is because I do make other jewelry, just out of 99.9% pure silver, and soon, I’ll be using 92.5% sterling silver. It’s just that some of my designs are too delicate for soft silver, so I have to use a sturdier silver, but that’s for another blog post. The “fuck you” ring set is of course offered in copper, silver, gold, and rose gold. Because of the space the lettering takes up, the smallest size I currently make is a US size 4, and because my mandrels only go up to US size 12, that’s the largest size I offer. I also make them adjustable if it’s requested in the comments section of the order.

They can be worn next to each other, with a finger or two in between, or one as a normal placement ring, and the other as a midi ring. A customer contacted me with a photo she found, and said that she wanted the “fuck” ring to be smaller (so basically a midi ring) than the “you” ring so that she could wear them both upside down, and on her middle finger. Think about it. That’s a creative way to get through your day without having to say a single word. I’d be flipping birds everywhere. It’s especially useful for mornings.

A few months ago, my “fuck you” rings started to gain more traction, and before I knew it, a large majority of orders that came in were for this set. It was odd, but I didn’t think much of it. Weeks started to go by and I was positive that I was making less of my bestsellers, and more of these cute little grumpy rings. So I decided to google, fuck you rings, and sure enough, my listing popped up in the strangest of places. It was featured on foreign and domestic blogs, and surprisingly, thisiswhyimbroke.com, with this funny description:

“Spice up your bland look with a little profane language by accenting your outfit with these “Fuck You” rings. When the pair of rings are placed side by side, whoever you point them at gets a heartfelt “fuck you” without you having to say a single word.”

Then, one of my customers sent me a message telling me that she posted it to a Facebook group that had 25,000 followers, along with a screenshot from her app where people were discussing it and expressing their interest. WOW ❤ (I would add the screen shot, but for the sake of their privacy, I won’t).

Honestly, I’m really flattered. I thank all of you. The growing popularity of my “fuck you” rings is still shocking. I’m truly grateful to everyone who has made this purchase for themselves and friends. It’s really exciting to see shared pictures of my rings all over social media. I love receiving your appreciation pictures, and reading your feedback. Customers who turn into clients always get surprise discounts for their second+ orders. I know that the shipping prices are getting out of hand, but we only have USPS to blame for that. It’s not just me, and it’s not only the Etsy marketplace sellers. USPS ups their pricing to us sellers every year, but fortunately, they’re still your most wallet friendly option. I’m always looking for better options for my customers.

In the past summers, some of my clients who live and work in NYC offer to meet up for their package. It’s usually pretty convenient since most people are out and about in the summer, but as of right now, in this NYC winter, $3.99 shipping is still better than the $5.50 round trip metro card for the MTA. I’m all about balancing comfort, convenience, saving people money, and great quality. Anyway, I didn’t mean to let shipping hijack this post, so that’s all I’ll say about it for now.

Again, thank you all ever so much for your continuous support. If you like my jewelry, click through to order from my Etsy shop, From Brooklyn With Love. Feel free to ask anything or request a special order. I’m always happy to help. Don’t forget to like my shop on Facebook and Etsy. Follow my shop on Instagram and Twitter (both @FromBklynWLove) for surprise discounts and behind the scenes stuff. While you stay tuned for another blog post, check out my shop updates.

Buy fuck you rings and bye for now 🙂

~Jade ❤

I Love Foreign Feedback!

So sweet! It basically says that she loves it, she never takes it off, and her friends love it as well. She was also surprised at the super fast shipping seeing as how it came from New York. Then, she sums it up by stating that I’m super friendly and attentive, and throws in a cute idiom that she “bought it with closed eyes”.

I Love Feedback Like This!

 

 

“This arrived so quickly that Etsy wouldn’t let me leave feedback for 2 days because it didn’t believe it had already arrived. Shipped out the same day I ordered it, looks awesome. Thanks, lady! ~ Lauren

Fuck You Rings

Set of rings that say ‘FUCK’ and ‘YOU’. They’re constantly in my top 5 on a weekly basis. No need to speak, so I love them too! #justsayin

https://www.etsy.com/listing/165315638/fck-you-rings to find them.

You’re welcome.

“OMG! I LOVE MIDI RINGS!” (Says a lot of twitter users).

Plain Knuckle Rings 2pc Set (midi / mid finger) - Handmade, Hypoallergenic & Adjustable

Plain Knuckle Rings 2pc Set (midi / mid finger) – Handmade, Hypoallergenic & Adjustable

“OMG! I LOVE MIDI RINGS!” (Says a lot of twitter users).

The normal consumer would see a celebrity wearing some of the cutest midi rings like Rihanna, Heidi Klum, Angelina Jolie, Miley Cyrus, and the dreadful “You’re ugly!” twitter diarrhea having, Amanda Bynes. Please do not wear midi rings because of Amanda Bynes.

This same normal consumer will then go online so Google can do the ever so hard work of finding a “super cute / but super simple / not really sure / midi / knuckle ring” (because lets be honest here, we’re not really sure what to call them). (Lets get something straight here, it is not the midi ring that makes your hand look nice, it is a nice manicure and/or unpolished, yet neatly trimmed and shaped nails that makes the midi ring look nice on you. If your nails are bitten down to the quick, do not attempt to wear knuckle rings. Enough said). Miss/Mrs. Normal Consumer will almost immediately be shot over to Etsy where she will find “ALL THE THINGS!” (#meme). So now that this large variety of shapes, colors, hybrids, and designs have been laid out for her, she will begin to weed them out with words like, ‘simple’ or ‘plain’ or ‘midi / knuckle ring like the ones Rihanna wears’ (Yes, I can see all of the ridiculous searches people do before finding my midi rings). Only then will she weed out knuckle rings by color, before following that up with price.

My major rant and rave begins here.

Miss/Mrs. Normal Consumer would rather purchase two open ended knuckle rings made of 20, 22, or even 24 gauge (thickness) of an unspecified metal content wire, to a set “one size fits all” type sizing, with the awesomely low price of $3.00. The shipping is also $3.00, the seller is international (so you’ll have to wait three weeks), and the seller does NOT have a perfect 100% positive feedback rating, but instead, it is sadly around a measly 60%.

When you, Miss/Mrs. Normal Consumer receive your so highly anticipated set of two knuckle rings (we’re talking three weeks later), you put them on and you think, “Hmmm, they’re kind of thin, just like stud earring posts, or the fish hooks of hanging earrings. They also feel about as durable as dental floss. It’s fine, I’ll go about my day typing, driving, doing groceries, etc., and see what happens”. By the end of the day, one is so bent, it’s lost its shape, and the other is NOWHERE to be found. So now, Miss/Mrs. Normal Consumer, you try to contact the seller, only to find out that they’re unreasonable and/or not returning your email correspondences. You leave them yet ANOTHER negative feedback to the crap feedback pile they have already accumulated. You bend the remaining ring into as best shape as you possibly can with your fingertips (because why would you have tiny jewelry pliers?), and you continue to wear your, now one, knuckle ring until your mid finger turns green, and speckled with some shiny, pink bumps. You finally give up and remove the damn thing, yet the sadness and regret of what could have been, will last until the disease like rash and green hue goes away. The seller, however, lies in bed at night cackling, “I got my money, and she got what she paid for.”

YES Miss/Mrs. Normal Consumer, you are slowly starting to realize what this rant is about. You are both correct, yet incorrect at the same time. Compare, compare, COMPARE when you shop! Now, chances are, I cannot protect you from crappy sellers out there. What I can do however is help you weed out the good, from the bad sellers.

Things to look out for as an Etsy knuckle / midi ring buyer:

  • “Oh, this is cute, but it’s silver and I like gold (insert mental frowny face here).”

Click on the listing. Chances are, the seller already thought of that, and offers a variety of the “normal” jewelry industry colors like silver, copper, gold, and rose gold. Some sellers even offer fun colors like blue, pink, green, black, purple, etc. wire choices.

  • Make up your mind on if you would like adjustable knuckle rings. They have their pros and cons.

Pros:

You can save money, because then you can switch up which fingers you would like to wear your knuckle rings on, instead of having a set finger for that one knuckle ring.

They’re also harder to fall off. You can squish them tighter in the winter as our fingers shrink in cold weather, or widen them a bit in the summer, as our fingers get slightly plump in warm weather.

Cons:

Sometimes buyers do not finish the ends correctly or neatly, and your ring can scratch your skin. Politely ask them.

  • Adjustable knuckle rings are even more awesome when they’re your size.

Which would you rather? An adjustable knuckle ring that can only adjust one whole size up or down, but is a size 9, or an adjustable knuckle ring that can adjust a whole size up or down, but is a size 4? Exactly.

This leads me to sizing. How do I know what size I am in knuckle rings? If your ring finger is a size 7, you just need to size down by two. This means that when you receive your size 5 knuckle ring, it will sit comfortably between your first and second knuckle on your ring finger.

  • If you are allergic to non-precious metals, do you want your finger to turn green, itchy, and break out in a rash?

If yes: Buy whatever you please to your hearts’ content.

If no: Look for descriptions that have key words like:

Non-tarnish

Nickel-free (it is the nickel in lower end metals that cause the allergic reaction)

Hypoallergenic

  • Shop domestic. Why?

Boost small businesses within your country (yes, we have to pay taxes too).

You get your package faster, and you get really excited when there’s something other than a pile of bills sitting in your mailbox. (Example: I ship from Brooklyn, NY [one of five boroughs in NYC]. It takes ONE day for USPS snail mail to get my packages anywhere in NYC, and TWO days to states like NJ, CT, even GA and FL. Lastly, it takes THREE days to get to states like TX, CA, AZ, etc.)

  • Check out a buyer’s feedback rating. If they have 100% positive, you’re golden.

However, if you’re a skeptic like me, feel free to read what people have to say (that’s what the feedback system is there for).

The feedback rating is especially strong when you check to see how many sales they’ve made.

  • The price:

Only now can you weed out your next prized piece of jewelry based on the price.

For the Etsy sellers who do this to buyers and further turn them away from all of Etsy, shame on you. Try wearing your jewelry a few days at a time so you can give your buyers an ACCURATE description. Perfect, perfect, PERFECT!

–For future reference, all of the knuckle / midi rings that I make and sell in my Etsy shop, FromBrooklynWLove, are made of thick, sturdy, non-tarnish, nickel-free wire. Most of them are adjustable, and you can select a ring size for all of them. The ends are either rounded off or buffed down, so they won’t snag on your skin or clothing. I ship from NYC, USA. I have 100% positive feedback after over 750 sales within the past 9.5 months that my shop has been open. You can find wonderful multiple blog reviews about the jewelry I make, its quality, reasonable pricing, and my cause (I donate $1 from each knuckle ring to the (ACS) American Cancer Society) all over the web. Anyway, I adhere to these rules. I’m an Etsy buyer too, therefore I find it fair.

Stalk me:
Twitter & Instagram -> @FromBklynWLove
Facebook  -> /FromBrooklynWLove
Shop -> http://www.Etsy.com/shop/FromBrooklynWLove

Thank you for reading my post

My 2pc knuckle ring set pictured above -> https://www.etsy.com/listing/124323339/plain-knuckle-rings-2pc-set-midi-mid

Love,

~ Jade

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