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SPECIMENTAL is conflict-free rough diamonds, raw crystals, uncut gemstones, geodes, fossils, and minerals embedded in unique handmade jewelry. I work in all colours and karats of recycled gold, and in sterling silver. I can also build your pieces in argentium tarnish-resistant silver.

NEW TO THE STUDIO....are gorgeous vintage, Old European, and old mine cut diamonds. These vintage and antique diamonds are breathtaking and organic in appearance- the Old European and mine cut diamonds date back to the turn of the last century, and were cut by hand.

Star rubies: I have carefully selected these top-quality stones for their vivid colour, bright, sharp stars, and lack of heat/glass filling treatment. They are direct from the stone cutter, and are seriously beautiful.

Ceylon star sapphires: These gorgeous stones have not been heat nor diffusion treated, and are completely natural. They are a lovely cornflower blue colour.


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My rough diamonds are sourced from four main reputable dealers who source their stones from conflict-free countries. All of my diamonds comply with the United Nations Kimberley Process guidelines.

Rush orders- may be possible, but please get in touch with me before you order.

My current posted lead time is a minimum of eight weeks (approximately 2-3 weeks for custom-made earrings).

All pieces are created solely by me in my Vancouver, Canada, studio. You can read more about me here: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/featured-seller-specimental/ when Etsy had me as a Featured Seller. Thank you Etsy for publishing this article I wrote about my life as a widow and single mother: https://www.etsy.com/blog/news/2013/supporting-her-family-with-her-own-two-hands/#comments

Please be sure to read my shop policies regarding returns and refunds before you purchase- I do not accept returns on custom pieces unless there are issues with workmanship: http://www.etsy.com/shop_policy.php?user_id=7237531

Please keep reading for information on my production time, shipping, and insurance on purchases.


PRODUCTION TIME- PLEASE READ:

Please be sure to check my current production time and your delivery time BEFORE you purchase. My current production time is A MINIMUM OF EIGHT WEEKS, unless stated as sooner in the listing you wish to purchase. This production time CAN BE LONGER, as I am a very busy one-person studio. SHIPPING TIMES are also listed- if the shipping time is longer than you wish, please ask for a postal upgrade. Please make note of this information before your purchase, and ask any questions about rush orders or postal upgrades prior to checking out.

Most of my pieces are made-to-order. Please see individual listings, which will state whether the piece is custom, or ready to ship.

If you have a firm 'need by' date, please make sure you let me know- otherwise, I will do my best to produce your piece in seven to eight weeks, but please understand that this can take longer- I am an extremely busy one-person show


INSURANCE AND SHIPPING-

Your piece will be insured as you request, if different from what is in the listing. However, the declared value of your item will be listed on the import/export paperwork- this is the amount you paid for your item. It will be marked as 'merchandise', and not a 'gift'. I am not authorized to collect your country's import fees and taxes, and they are not included in your purchase price. If you are unsure of the import fees/regulations for your country, please contact your local Customs office for precise information.

Less-expensive pieces ship using regular Air Mail shipping, which has a delivery guideline of 4-10 business days into the USA- however, there is no time guarantee from Canada Post on this. International delivery takes around 2 weeks or longer. Also, Air Mail does not include a tracking number. It does include $100 of insurance. This shipping method is $8.50 into the USA.

Costlier pieces are sent into the USA with Expedited Canada Post (4-10 business days estimated delivery time, tracking number and $100 of insurance included). This shipping method is between $20-25 into the USA.

My custom ring sets and most costly pieces are sent using Overnight Purolator ($35 into the USA, $65 to most places Internationally, NO insurance provided) or Canada Post Expresspost for $25 with $100 of insurance (3-5 days of travel time). I want them in your hands as quickly as possible once they are complete! Contact me for the cost of an insurance upgrade, if you would like your pieces insured for their full value. I cannot replace nor refund for pieces that ship without full insurance. Please note that it is no longer possible to insure jewelery shipments out of Canada for more than $1000.

Please get in touch for assistance with figuring out the shipping method you need, or to upgrade your shipping method and insurance.

RAW DIAMOND SIZING: I have a huge collection of conflict-free rough diamonds, and they are my favourite specimens to work with. I have finally started sorting my white and silver crystal cluster diamonds by size, and have made listings for each size category. The categories are Size A (1.5-2mm), Size B (3.5-4mm), Size C (5-6mm), Size D (6.25-7.5mm), Size E (8-10mm), Size F (10.5-11mm), and Size G (11.5mm plus).

SHOP POLICIES: Please see my policies for information on shipping, resizing, returns, and jewelry care- http://www.etsy.com/shop_policy.php?user_id=7237531

LAYAWAY: Get in touch if you see something you like, but can't buy until later. I am generally able to place pieces on hold.

BUYERS OUTSIDE OF CANADA: Please note that I am not able to estimate for you what your country will charge you in import fees when you buy a piece from me. Any import fees, taxes, brokerage fees, etc. are assessed by your government. These fees cannot be estimated nor collected by me, and are not included on your invoice from me. Please call your country's customs office if you would like an idea of fees that may be levied upon your purchase.

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.