Bold Designs. Meaningful Elements. Thoughtful Artistry.

Wheat Ridge, Colorado On Etsy since 2013

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Bold Designs. Meaningful Elements. Thoughtful Artistry.

Wheat Ridge, Colorado | 858 Sales

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Note from shop owner Hi there- I'm so sorry I missed you! My Etsy shop will be closed for a few days while I care for a family member who is in the hospital. Thank you!

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Last updated on Sep 2, 2019

Hi there- I'm so sorry I missed you! My Etsy shop will be closed for a few days while I care for a family member who is in the hospital. Thank you!


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About StorytellingStrands

Sales 858
On Etsy since 2013

Corporate World to Jewelry World

This is the "story" behind Storytelling Strands Jewelry. Having previously worked for over 25 years in the corporate world, my brain was always working with numbers. However, colors were what I saw in my free time. My passion for making jewelry evolved from an appreciation of the outdoors combined with a lifelong interest in art and design. But my three greatest influences are my family members. My husband is a business owner; our oldest daughter is an accomplished Artist and our youngest daughter graduated with a Geology degree. Rocks, stones, and gems were collected on family trips around the world. Creating jewelry from these items was always a passion and has grown into something more than just a hobby.

Storytelling Strands are designs made with refreshing and nourishing elements from Mother Earth's jewelry box. All of my jewelry creations are handmade and most pieces are one of a kind. I see ideas for designs through the beauty of a hike in the mountains, a walk with my dog on a greenbelt trail, or a run on a marathon course anywhere in the country. My heart feels a deep connection to earth when I work with the vast array of shapes, colors, textures, and patterns that nature creates. I try to create meaningful jewelry pieces and I believe that stones can be healing, since they have their own history and story to tell. With these pieces, you don't have to wear what everyone else is wearing and you will stand out from the crowd!

Each piece of jewelry is named and numbered. My collections are based on a "story" of color found in nature. Here are the names of my nine collections.
Pink Hues - "Pastel Morning Sky"
Red Hues - "Red Maple Memories"
Orange Hues - "Copper Sunset"
Yellow Hues - "Sun and Sand"
Green Hues - "Rainforest"
Blue Hues - "Ocean Waters"
Purple Hues - "Mountain Blooms"
Brown Hues - "Rocky Mountain Majesty"
Black, Gray and White - "Stars at Midnight"

I use only the finest elements of crystals, gemstones, rocks, and seeds that I have collected from my travels all over the U.S. and the world, including Australia, New Zealand, and Peru. Additionally, I use only quality metals like sterling silver, gold vermeil, and copper. In many cases I use a patina to give the metal a beautiful oxidized look to accent the natural gemstones, making the pieces even more unique. I consciously try to honor these gemstones in order to let the finished strands tell their stories.

Thank you for taking the time to browse my collections and if you have a personal STORY to TELL, let's put it on a STRAND!

Note: Storytelling Strands became an official business on December 15, 2012, honoring the anniversary of our son’s birthday. He died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome but I am grateful to be able to donate a portion of the net proceeds from jewelry sales each year to local and national SIDS foundations and awareness groups.

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  • Barbara McReynolds

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Whether it's a delicate necklace with an exquisite gem on a chain, a hammered sterling bracelet, or a large statement piece, I think every piece of jewelry is a delight to create. Thanks for taking the time to browse my collection!

Shop policies

Last updated on May 29, 2019
Welcome to Storytelling Strands Handmade and Custom Jewelry Designs...

Storytelling Strands is a collection of handmade jewelry designs created with raw stones, crystals, gems, beads, and other natural elements from earth's jewelry box, all of which are genuine and artful. Elegant to funky, the finished strands are earthy and soulful, making them conversation pieces as well as wardrobe accessories. Most of the pieces are one of a kind due to color and size variations of the stones which have been collected from my travels all over the US and other parts of the world including Australia, New Zealand, and Peru. Each strand has a story to tell and I hope they bring you as much joy to wear as I feel while making them!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
I want you to be thrilled with your purchase but if there is something you are not satisfied with, please convo me to inform me of your comments/questions within 3 days of receiving your purchase.

Any returned item must be received within 7 days of receiving your purchase. The item must be returned in new and unused condition. Buyer pays all return shipping fees. Refunds will be issued less original shipping charges.
I accept PayPal or Etsy Direct Checkout for Credit Cards. Full payment is due at the time of order unless you contact me to set up a payment plan. Sales tax is charged on purchases shipped to states with online sales tax payment requirements.
I ship to your Etsy address unless you specify another location in a note at checkout. Most items are shipped the same day you order, with the exception of Sundays.

All Storytelling Strands purchases in the US are shipped to the buyer using USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate shipping rates. If you need your purchase sooner, please convo me before purchasing so that I can give you a quote on what you will pay for upgraded shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Always use an appropriate sterling silver or gold metal cloth to gently buff the metal surfaces. Gemstones should be buffed gently with a soft cloth. Do not immerse Storytelling Strands jewelry in any cleaning solution. All stones are natural so be careful when placing them on surfaces so that the stones do not fracture or break.