Do you have a store?
We don’t have a physical storefront, as we currently devote our full attention to selling our jewelry online. This way, we can sell our jewelry to you, wherever you might be. Who knows what the future holds - one day, you might see a Drukker Designs jewelry gallery around the corner. We exhibit at several trade shows per year - check out our Upcoming Events on the website.
I am a store owner - can I order your jewelry in quantity?
You sure can. Contact us to find out more.
Will my silver tarnish?
Our jewelry is plated with palladium and rhodium, and as a result, will not tarnish for a very long time. Palladium, a precious metal which, unlike gold and platinum, is not spectacularly beautiful in itself, but just like those other precious metals, is non-reactive with the atmosphere and contact with the human body. It also is very useful for keeping the white shiny layer of rhodium securely attached to our silver jewelry. Rhodium itself does not adhere to silver as well. This extra precious metal plating is what helps to ensure that all silver jewelry that you purchase from us will stay beautiful for years to come.
What is 875 Silver?
In its purest form, silver is a very soft metal, therefore 100% silver jewelry is not durable, so in most jewelry, it is alloyed with other metals while in the molten state and the proportion of silver in the final mixture determines its fineness. Different countries have different standards for fineness (proportion of silver in the finished jewelry.)
In the United States, this standard is 92.5% silver, or 925, also called sterling silver. Our jewelry is made to both the standard of 87.5% Silver, or 875, with 12.5% copper and zinc, sometimes called “Russian Sterling Silver,” and 92.5% Silver, or 925, with 7.5% copper and zinc, called “Sterling Silver.”
What types of gold do you use?
We can make jewelry in 14 karat, 18 karat, pink, yellow, or white gold.
Does your jewelry contain nickel?
No, it does not. There is no nickel used in our silver alloy, or in the outside plating, which consists of two layers - palladium and rhodium. This plating assures that your jewelry will remain white and shiny like white gold (often plated with rhodium as well,) and will not tarnish.
Some people find nickel to be an irritant to their skin, so we do not use it in any of our jewelry.
Why do similar pieces of jewelry have different prices?
There are several factors that determine the price for any jewelry item, including the amount of gold or silver present, the size, the cut, the color, the quality, the number of stones, whether any of the stones are natural or lab-created, and many other factors.
I see stamps on my jewelry - what do they mean?
As our jewelry is manufactured in Russia and Ukraine, we follow those countries’ regulations that necessitate proprietary factory stamps on all jewelry produced, so that is what you might see. This changes year-to-year by those same regulations. You will also sometimes see silver and gold purity stamp (925, 14K, etc) - they are not required by those countries’ regulations, however the metal purity is guaranteed because every piece of jewelry manufactured for sale within the country and for export has to pass through an Assay Office, where it is tested.
If you do not see a metal purity stamp on your jewelry because it was either too small or there was no good place to put the stamp on without disrupting the integrity of the piece, be assured that the purity of the metal is as stated because of the above-stated regulations. The factory stamp means that we stand behind every piece of jewelry sold.
Is your jewelry "fine jewelry?"
It sure is. It is the work of the same designer, handcrafted, created in small batches, made of silver, gold, and semiprecious stones, and is therefore fine jewelry.
Is your jewelry mass-produced?
It is not. We consider our jewelry to be unique; each of our more than 2,500 models can be made with a multitude of different gems in all kinds of combinations, as well as in silver or gold. Not only that, but we don’t create more than a handful of each combination, so when you buy a piece of our jewelry, chances are that nobody else in the world has the exact same piece.
What are semiprecious stones and what’s the difference between precious and semiprecious?
It’s actually quite simple. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds are precious stones, and other gemstones used in jewelry (i.e. amethyst, amber, pearl, garnet, citrine, prasiolite, jade, carnelian, agate, and many, many more) are called semiprecious. This distinction originated with the ancient Greeks, and was based in part on the relative rarity of certain stones. In fact, many semiprecious stones are just as rare and diamonds are quite plentiful. We consider semiprecious stones to be the perfect source of color and vibrance for our jewelry.
I see a ring I like on your website, but you don’t have any in my size - can I buy it anyway and ask my local jeweler to re-size it?
We would rather you don't, and here are two reasons why: all of our jewelry has one or several gemstones that are individually prong-set. If the ring is cut and sized, the stability of the stones will not be assured - in other words, you’re more likely to lose your stones.
Another reason is that all of our silver jewelry is plated with palladium and rhodium, and any attempts at re-sizing will destroy the plating, which will be hard to recreate without removing the gemstones. Also, among most local jewelers, palladium and rhodium plating is not widely used.
Can you make custom jewelry for my Wedding Party?
"I have a wedding in 6 months - but I only see that you have a single ring/earrings/pendant I like in stock - can I order 12 more for my bridesmaids?"
Absolutely. Six months will be more than enough time for us to create anything you need.
What's your story?
Elena’s family in Russia and Ukraine has been designing and manufacturing jewelry for more than twenty years. Elena personally creates all jewelry designs, and to date has created over 2,500 unique models. We started Drukker Designs here in the US in 2011 to bring our jewelry to the US market.
Is my credit card information safe? How?
Absolutely. It is encrypted through the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). Your credit card information is stored only as long as is necessary to complete your purchase. After that is complete, your credit card information is deleted. All direct payment gateways adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
To read more, check out our full Terms and Conditions.
What does the name "Drukker" mean?
Drukker is actually a name, passed down for generations, and is also the family name of Elena Drukker, the person behind the designs of all of our jewelry.
Where are you located?
We are based in the Washington, DC. area and manufacture our jewelry in Russia and Ukraine.
Where is your jewelry made?
All of our jewelry is handcrafted in Ukraine and Russia.
What sizes of rings do you have / can I order?
We carry rings and bracelets in most common sizes. Please look around and search by any specific size. If we carry a ring or bracelet in your size, you’ll be able to purchase it directly. However, if we don’t have your exact size, get in touch with us and we’ll talk about making a ring in your exact size.
What about non-standard sizes?
We’ll make your ring in any size you need - just let us know.
How do I care for my jewelry?
All our jewelry is made of only the best natural precious, semi-precious, or cultured gemstones, cut and polished by hand. All of them require gentle care and maintenance.
In order to assure that your jewelry retains its brilliant shine and vivid colors for years to come, keep the following simple upkeep suggestions in mind.
Modern cosmetic and personal hygiene products contain several chemical elements and their components that may negatively impact jewelry. Because of this, gemologists usually recommend that you remove any jewelry prior to washing your hands, applying any cosmetic products to your hands or face and applying make-up, and only put them on afterwards. Bathing and showering, as well as using a sauna or pool isn't recommended.
What kinds of gemstones do you use?
Most of the gemstones and their colors are natural, just as they were mined. Others, however, are enhanced through various processes, both chemical, thermal, or radiation to enhance their intrinsic color and brilliance. There are others still that are grown in the lab to achieve specific looks that may or may not exist in nature altogether. Then, there are pearls: nowadays, pearls are not harvested, but grown.
Where do your gemstones come from?
All over the world - our designer scours the globe looking for the most interesting stones - new stones that are just coming on the market, new cuts of stones, new shapes, hand carved stones, but the majority of the stones we use are hand-cut and hand-polished in Russia.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards, including Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover, as well as payments through PayPal.
What is your return policy? What if we're not happy?
We are very confident that our jewelry will meet and surpass your expectations. However, if you are not completely satisfied for any reason, you may return your jewelry within 30 days from the date of shipment for a full refund or exchange. See Shipping and Returns for more details.