Foe & Dear
Foe & Dear is a collection of one of a kind pieces that are assembled to order by hand and heart. Experimentation with unique and exotic materials, ranging from sterling silver to 14 karat gold to precious and rough stones, makes Foe & Dear a blend of mystery and romance, reminiscent of stories both whimsical and dark. Each Foe & Dear piece is designed and handcrafted in Vancouver, BC.
Utilizing materials and incorporating influences from the world over, Foe & Dear offers collections of jewelry that honour humanity’s roots—from the sparkliest, most sublime peaks, to the darkest, roughest depths. This contrast illuminates a tension that envelops us: one of romance and mystery.
Designer Katherine Huie founded Foe & Dear in a tiny apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, during the thick of summer in 2009. Now, designed and handcrafted amid Vancouver, BC’s shimmering skyline and sea, Foe & Dear is a fixture in the fashion industry and is proudly stocked all over the world by first class vendors. Katherine believes that jewelry should delight and endure, and each piece of Foe & Dear jewelry is intended to do just that for decades to come.
About Your Jewelry
14K gold contains 58.5% gold and is the perfect compromise for a precious metal. It’s more durable than pure gold and doesn’t easily tarnish. 14K gold is a premium gold, and is an affordable metal choice for those who have sensitive skin.
Sterling silver is an alloy comprised of pure silver and copper. This compound is highly durable and less malleable than silver alone. Though sterling silver is more durable, the additional metals in the alloy make the compound more prone to tarnishing—this happens because the copper, nickel, zinc or other mixtures in sterling silver may react with oxygen and other elements in the air. Taking proper care of your sterling silver jewelry will ensure a long, shiny life.
Opal stones are widely regarded as one of the most beautiful gemstones. Opal colors are white, pink, red, blue and violet, but opal stones can also be brown or orange. Usually opals are rather small, and possess a glassy or plasmic glow. The characteristic color of opal comes from the interference of transmitted light. They’re also October’s birthstone.
Herkimer diamonds are beautiful double-terminated quartz crystals found in Herkimer, New York. Incredibly, these phenomenal gemstones are close to five hundred million years old. The crystals are magnificent works of nature, found in rock, with a diamond-like geometrical shape. Some crystals contain anthraxolite or decayed plant life. The anthraxolite resembles bits of black coal within the crystals.
Druzy is the glittering effect of tiny crystals over top a mineral. The druzy quartz gems grow slowly over millions of years and are found as the very last layer of growth on agate or another colorful base.
Freshwater pearls are the product of mussels that inhabit freshwater lakes and rivers. Freshwater pearls are beautiful, rare, and of the highest quality. They are naturally a creamy white and contain no dye. Each pearl has a lustrous, iridescent and rainbow hue. Pearls are June’s birthstone.
How to Care For Your Jewelry
We believe that all jewelry—from the most precious, to the most casual—is meant to be worn every day, not locked in a safe. Scratches and dents can happen, so can some tarnishing—and that's okay! It's a sign that your beautiful jewels are serving you well, day in and day out. That said, there are also ways to keep your jewelry as pristine as the day it was made.
We always recommend taking your jewelry off if you are swimming, gardening, playing contact sports, cleaning, or moving heavy objects. Slide your rings and bracelets off, and keep them in a dedicated jewelry box or dish—don’t just set them down on the edge of the sink, or on the banister in the front hall. This will help you keep track of your jewels.
As a rule, if you’re unsure if an activity will tarnish or damage your jewelry, take it off. This will ideally require less jeweler intervention—though we’re always here for you if you need advice or repair.
Most of the jewelry we sell requires very little care—just wear and enjoy. However, here are our best practices:
Cleaning 14K Gold (with or without diamonds, sapphires or rubies)
Mix a small amount of mild dish detergent with warm water in a bowl. Put the jewelry into the bowl and let sit for a few minutes, and then use a very soft, dedicated toothbrush to gently scrub the jewelry. Remove item from soapy water, rinse it and dry thoroughly with a soft polishing cloth.
You can also use a polishing cloth for extra shine and to remove any tarnish. Sometimes 14K gold can tarnish a bit—particularly earrings or the inside of rings—depending on your skin chemistry, but it is a very easy fix.
You can also bring your diamond rings to a reputable jeweler and ask if they can put your piece in their ultrasonic cleanser.
Sterling silver can tarnish quite quickly when it comes into contact with oxygen or sulfur. However, the best measure to prevent this is wearing your jewelry often. Usually, the oils in your skin help prevent tarnish, however, this will vary depending on your own body chemistry.
When storing your silver jewelry, use an airtight plastic bag, like a Ziploc, and if you can, add a piece of chalk or a silica gel pack, like the little packets found in new shoes. These will help prevent tarnish while you are not wearing your silver.
If your silver is tarnished, you can clean it with a jewelry polishing cloth.
There are also many viable home remedies for cleaning silver online. Just remember that silver is very soft so use something like a very soft baby toothbrush to avoid scratching.
For any pieces with stones, especially rings, we recommend having the tightness of the stones checked regularly by a professional. Depending on the amount of wear the piece receives, they should be checked every four to six months. Stones should also be checked more frequently at home. You can use a simple pinhead to gently tap the surface and sides of the stone and see if they move or glint in the light. If even one stone is moving, refrain from wearing the piece until it can be tightened. Do not check soft stones, such as opals or moonstones, for tightness.
Opals are relatively delicate stones, which require some special care to keep them in good shape. Opals are fairly soft—they are a 5.5 - 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, while diamonds are a 10. They are also high in water content and are porous, which causes them to be very sensitive to changes in climate, temperature, and humidity.
The best way to care for your opals is with some mindful preventative measures. Don't wear your opal jewelry in extreme temperatures, during physical activities, and also, avoid contact with soap, water, and household cleaners. Set your opals down gently when you remove them.
Diamonds are among the hardest materials on earth. They are so hard that they may cause damage to other jewelry worn around them. For example, it would be best not to wear a diamond ring next to or on the same finger as an opal ring. A diamond can also damage a metal setting if it is loose, which is why it's best to check for loose stones regularly and have them tightened as needed.
Pearls are rather sensitive beauties, but they love to be worn! They don't like being stored away and their intrinsic luster and glow will only improve when worn regularly.
However, they do need proper care to last many lifetimes. Pearl experts say put them on last and take them off first. Pearls are more vulnerable to the chemicals found in cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume. Do all your primping before you put your pearls on.
Pearls should only ever be cleaned with a soft cloth moistened with water—not with any detergent.
Where is Foe & Dear jewelry made?
Our jewelry is designed and handcrafted in Vancouver, BC.
Do you use conflict free diamonds and stones?
We do our best to source stones responsibly, always taking into consideration the environmental and ethical impacts of purchasing stones.
Where can I see the jewelry in person?
Please check our Stockists page for shops that carry our collection. It’s always best to contact the shop first if you’re looking for a specific piece, as all shops have a different assortment of the collection.
Ordering and Shipping
How long will my jewelry take to ship?
All jewelry is made to order. Most items will ship within 10 business days of an order being placed. If there may be a delay we will contact you immediately. Delivery times are outlined on our Shipping page.
How is my order shipped?
All jewelry is shipped Canada Post expedited mail with tracking and is insured up to $100. Purchases exceeding $1000 will be shipped using Fedex or UPS and are fully insured and require a signature upon delivery. If you prefer another carrier or would like priority shipping, please contact us.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes. We ship everywhere!
Do you gift wrap?
Your item(s) will arrive individually packaged in custom Foe & Dear logo boxes ready for gift giving and will include a personal thank you note. If you would like the note to include a short personal message, please contact us after you place your order with your request.
Do you offer wholesale pricing?
We do work with wholesale accounts. Please contact us and include your shop details for more information.
How do I care for my jewelry?
We recommend gently washing your pieces with mild dish soap and a soft toothbrush. This is all you should need to brighten up the metal and make diamonds sparkle. Do not wear jewelry where chemicals are present, such as a pool or hot tub. For more info, please visit our Product Care page.
What if I need a ring sized?
We are happy to size rings for our customers for a $30 charge plus return shipping within 60 days of purchase. The customer is responsible for safe shipping back to us for sizing. Please contact us if you need a ring sized for instructions on how to proceed.
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How do I inquire or get the price of a custom Foe & Dear piece I saw online?
For inquiries on custom pieces, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I want to alter an existing piece?
If you are interested in customizing an existing item in a different metal, different size, a different chain length, shape or type of stone, or different size, please contact us for a quote.
What if I'd like to design a piece from scratch?
Let’s make your jewelry dreams come true. Please email email@example.com for more info.
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Foe & Dear offers a variety of ring sizes for purchase. Your can find out your ring size by using this guide or inquiring at a local jewelry shop. The standard ring size for women is size 6. Additional sizes, if available, are considered custom sizes.
Custom-sized rings can be ordered at no additional cost, however, they require extra time and attention. Because of this, please allow an additional 7 business days for processing.