Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Are James Avery ear posts hypoallergenic?

All James Avery ear posts and ear wires on sterling silver earrings are made of nickel-free sterling silver, the same alloy used in our sterling silver jewelry. People who are not sensitive to silver or copper should not experience any allergic reaction.

Is James Avery jewelry priced and sold by the metal weight of the design?

James Avery jewelry is priced based on the intrinsic and artistic value of the design and the labor to create the design, as well as the metal content. Due to various jewelry making techniques such as casting, cutting, finishing and polishing, the weight of each individual piece will vary slightly.


What can I do if I lose one earring?

We know it's frustrating to lose a favorite earring. But don't worry, we can help.

Our Earring Replacement Process has two simple steps:

  1. Return your remaining earring.
  2. Purchase a new pair of earrings for one-half of the current price.


I have selected several charms that I would like to have soldered on a charm bracelet. What do you charge for this service?

We are happy to solder James Avery charms for you. First-time solders of our charms are complimentary. To have a James Avery charm moved or re-soldered, there is a $5.00 charge for each sterling solder and a $10.00 charge for each 14K gold solder. If you need several charms soldered to one item, please specify the location and spacing you would like for each of the charms.


I’m not sure of my ring size. How can I find out what size I wear?

The width of the band is an important factor to consider when measuring for a ring. Generally, a tapered ring will fit your normal ring size while a ring with a band ¼" or wider requires a half size larger. All James Avery rings are available in full and half sizes. For your convenience, download our printable Ring Size Guide or contact Customer Service to order a free set of sizing rings.


How do I properly clean and care for my James Avery purchase?

Polishing jewelry regularly will take care of most tarnishing and cleaning problems and help reduce the chance of skin irritation. We recommend a lint-free polishing cloth which we have available. If your jewelry needs a little more attention than gentle polishing, use a mild detergent and warm water with a soft brush. Avoid the use of harsh chemical dips and only allow a professional jeweler to clean your jewelry. Gemstones and pearls require special care, so we recommend they be professionally cleaned as well. To learn more, see our Care and Cleaning Guide.

How should I properly store my jewelry?

To minimize the chance of scratches, separate your jewelry into a compartmentalized box, and store it in one of our soft flannel pouches.

Why does my jewelry sometimes leave a black residue on my clothing or skin?

Certain types of cosmetics contain chemicals that can abrade your jewelry, causing a sort of metallic dust. This metallic dust often appears black and can cause smudges on your skin or clothing. To avoid this problem, put on your jewelry after applying your cosmetics.

Black smudges may also be caused by corrosion due to perspiration, exposure to salts and exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas (present in polluted air, some www.jamesavery.comdstuffs and industrial chemicals). To avoid these smudges, we recommend that you do not wear your jewelry while handling chemicals or products containing sulfur, and gently polish your jewelry often to remove tarnish.

Why do I occasionally have skin irritation when wearing my ring?

Some people occasionally experience a burning, itching and/or redness, usually on the skin beneath rings. This condition may be due to the build-up of soaps, detergents, waxes, and/or creams, which also cause a dulling film on your jewelry. To avoid skin irritation and to keep your jewelry bright, do not wear your rings when using cleaning products or lotions, and clean your rings frequently.


Do you have James Avery gift cards?

Yes, we have gift cards available and you may order our gift cards in predetermined amounts. You may order a James Avery gift card online, in-store or by calling Customer Service.

How do I check the balance of my gift card?

You may check the balance of your gift card online or contact Customer Service for further assistance.


Where can I find the Avery Handbag Collection?

Handbags are available on and these locations:

Kerrville, TX:
James Avery Visitor Center and Store in Kerrville

Corpus Christi, TX:
James Avery at Moore Plaza

Tulsa, OK:
James Avery Shop Inside Dillard’s at Woodland Hills Mall

James Avery at Central Texas MarketPlace

James Avery at Midland Park Mall

James Avery in Harlingen

Dallas, TX:
James Avery in NorthPark Center
James Avery in Stonebriar Centre
James Avery at Southlake Town Square

Houston, TX:
James Avery Discovery Center and Store at the Market at Crenshaw
James Avery at the Centre at Post Oak
James Avery in The Woodlands Mall

Pasadena, TX:
James Avery Discovery Center and Store at the Market at Crenshaw

San Antonio:
James Avery at Alamo Quarry
James Avery at Dove Creek
James Avery Discovery Center and Store at Huebner Oaks

James Avery in Barton Creek Square
James Avery at Wolf Ranch Town Center

Why is the Avery Collection only available in select stores?

We wanted to launch in a limited number of stores to understand whether our Customers are interested in handbags from James Avery Artisan Jewelery. If we find that there is interest, we plan to roll them out to additional stores and

Is the hardware sterling silver?

No. Sterling silver and leather don’t always work well together. Sterling can tarnish and damage the leather finish. Our decorative hardware is cast in bronze, then finished with a nickel plating specifically designed to have a similar finish to our sterling jewelry.

Where can I get my Avery Collection Handbag's Accessories embossed?

Currently we are only embossing in our Discovery Center and Store locations. To find one near you visit our store locator.

Why is James Avery making handbags?

We added men’s leather wallets several years ago, which have been well received by our Customers. Adding handbags felt like the right next step, but we value our Customers’ input, which is why we are running a limited test.

How do I clean my Avery Collection handbag?

Keep the outside of our handbag dry and avoid harsh chemical cleaners. The inside of the bag is water resistant and can be cleaned with a damp cloth. You can bring your Avery Collection Handbag to any store that sells Avery Collection Handbags for a free cleaning.

Do the handbags come with a warranty?

Yes! We offer a 1-year warranty with our handbags and small leather goods for manufacturing defects only. Beyond the warranty for manufacturer defects, repairs are offered at set fees.

Bring your bag to any James Avery retail location, email Customer Service at or complete the repair request form and send the form and your item to the address below. We recommend using an insured and trackable service such as UPS or FedEx.

For UPS and FedEx Delivery:
James Avery Artisan Jewelry
145 Avery Road
Kerrville, Texas 78028

James Avery Artisan Jewelry
P.O. Box 291367
Kerrville, TX 78029-1367

Are the Avery Collection Handbags 100% leather?

Yes, with the exception of the inside of our bags where we have added a protective finish to the leather to make the inside of the bags water-resistant. (This helps with makeup, water and other spills common to handbags.) Simply wipe the interior with a damp cloth and your bag is clean. All of our handbags are made with quality Italian leather. You will notice some natural variations in color and texture of the leather.

Do the handbags come with a warranty?

Yes! We offer a 1-year warranty with our handbags and small leather goods for manufacturing defects only. We cannot replace bags damaged by normal wear and tear.

Can I return or exchange my Avery Handbag?

See our Returns and Exchanges Policy.


As a way of expressing our gratitude to the women and men who serve, or have served, our country and its citizens, we are pleased to offer a 10% in-store discount to all active service members, retired military, veterans, first responders and their spouses and dependents. Simply bring a valid ID mentioned in the list below and present it when making an in-store purchase.*


  • Veteran's Identification Card (VIC)
  • Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)
  • Common Access Card
  • Uniformed Services Identification Card Active Duty
  • State Driver's License and/or Identification with veteran's designation
  • DD214
  • DD256
  • Police/Sherriff/State Trooper/U.S. Border Patrol Officer badge or ID card
  • Firefighter badge or ID card
  • Emergency Medical Service Personnel badge or ID card
  • Emergency Services Dispatcher badge or ID card
  • Agencies that have First Responder indicated on their badge, i.e. Government agencies, Refineries

*Both the Military and First Responder Discounts are established for personal purchases and cannot be used for previous sales or the purchase of gift cards or services including engraving. Only one of these discounts may be applied and it cannot be used with any other offer, coupon, promotion or discount. Valid in James Avery stores and Airport locations. Not offered online or at Dillard's. We reserve the right to cancel or modify this program at any time at our sole discretion or to discontinue an individual’s discount based on evidence of misuse. US armed forces include active, reserve or retired members of the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard and the National Guard. Veteran includes all individuals who received an honorable, under honorable condition, or general discharge. First responders are those designated to arrive first at the scene of emergencies and who are trained to provide assistance, including police officers, sheriffs and deputies, state troopers, U.S. border patrol officer, firefighters (paid and volunteer), emergency medical service dispatcher and persons who have First Responder indicated on their employer-issued identification badge.


I saw an item I wanted in last year’s catalog, but now I can’t find it in the current catalog. Is it still possible to order this item?

Yes, if it is still in our active line. We have limited space in our catalogs and we try to highlight new items introduced in our line plus many of our best selling items. All items in our active line may be viewed online. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please contact Customer Service if you have any questions.

I placed my order yesterday, but today I found another item I want to add to my order. What should I do?

Once an order is completed, the next order is treated as a totally separate order. Another order will have to be placed. If the item(s) are in stock, we will ship within 24 hours.


I am purchasing a gift online. Do you have gift packaging?

We will enclose the jewelry you select in a protective flannel pouch inside our signature James Avery coral box. Your gift is then placed inside a coral organza bag for gift presentation. If you wish, we will add your personal message on an enclosed card. These services are complimentary, of course. At James Avery we want to make your gift giving as special --- and as easy --- as we can.


I have a relative in the Armed Forces. Can you ship to them?

Yes, we can ship by standard delivery service to APO/FPO addresses. Charges vary and we are prohibited from shipping to some foreign countries.


What is the James Avery Guarantee of satisfaction?

Each piece of James Avery jewelry in our current line is guaranteed to satisfy you in every way. If for any reason an item in our current line does not meet your full expectations, just return it in new condition with proof of purchase within 60 days for a refund, exchange, or James Avery gift card. After 60 days, or without proof of purchase, items in our current line that are in new condition are eligible for exchange or a James Avery gift card only.

Can I return, exchange, or have an item refurbished?

Yes, as long as it complies with our guarantee. For all returns, exchanges, and product care services we recommend you ship your merchandise using UPS, FedEx or U.S. Mail. Additional shipping charges are required to process your exchange. Please insure all items for the full retail price. If you are returning an item for credit or exchange, please include your credit card number and expiration date to enable us to process your request promptly. We offer minor alterations on most of our items, refurbishing and sizing at a reasonable fee.

For UPS and FedEx Delivery:
JAC, Inc.
145 Avery Road
Kerrville, Texas 78028
For U.S. Mail:
JAC, Inc.
P.O. Box 291367
Kerrville, Texas 78029-1367


Do you offer franchises or wholesale dealerships?

No, we do not offer franchises or wholesale dealerships. All James Avery retail stores are company owned and operated.


May people see the place where your jewelry is made?

Yes! We welcome visitors at our Kerrville Retail Store and Visitor's Center, where you may view various videos about the company, design inspirations and how our jewelry is made. Visit during our regular retail store hours Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Who do I contact about job opportunities?

For current job opportunities please visit our Careers Page. For more information or to speak to an Employment Specialist, please call our Human Resources department at 1-800-522-2303.