StorytellingStrands

Bold Designs. Meaningful Elements. Thoughtful Artistry.

Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Buyers are raving!

This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

Announcement    It has been said that we are all gemstones, polished by those who now live among the stars. I try to honor the rocks and gems that Mother Earth creates when I make statement jewelry for you to wear or artistic crescent moon pieces for you to showcase in your home or sacred space. Thank you for visiting my shop.

To see new works in progress, I post on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/storytellingstrands/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StorytellingStrands if you'd like to follow.

My studio is located in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, part of the Denver metropolitan area. I handcraft designs made with refreshing and nourishing items from Mother Earth's jewelry box. Each piece comes with information cards about the history and metaphysical properties of the elements used in the design. It's just me here at Storytelling Strands. I work all departments, from creation to photography to shipping and accounting!

Most items ship within 24 hours via USPS PRIORITY FLAT RATE MAIL for customers in the US. I strive for outstanding quality and exceptional service so please let me know if you are not satisfied for any reason. I will do everything I can to make it right. I am not liable for for items lost in the mail.

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. Additionally, I use only quality metals like 14K gold, 14K gold-filled, sterling silver, brass, and copper. In many cases I use a patina to give the metal a beautiful oxidized look to accent the natural gemstones, making the piece even more unique.

RETURNS: I want you to be happy with your purchase, so if you not satisfied with your jewelry piece, you can return it for a full refund. Please notify me about returning your piece WITHIN 3 DAYS of receiving it. Item needs to be shipped back to me within ONE WEEK of receiving your purchase. Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs.

Colorado residents will have sales tax added to their invoice. Please note that I pay this back in full to my state, county and city on a monthly basis.

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 26, 2021

It has been said that we are all gemstones, polished by those who now live among the stars. I try to honor the rocks and gems that Mother Earth creates when I make statement jewelry for you to wear or artistic crescent moon pieces for you to showcase in your home or sacred space. Thank you for visiting my shop.

To see new works in progress, I post on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/storytellingstrands/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StorytellingStrands if you'd like to follow.

My studio is located in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, part of the Denver metropolitan area. I handcraft designs made with refreshing and nourishing items from Mother Earth's jewelry box. Each piece comes with information cards about the history and metaphysical properties of the elements used in the design. It's just me here at Storytelling Strands. I work all departments, from creation to photography to shipping and accounting!

Most items ship within 24 hours via USPS PRIORITY FLAT RATE MAIL for customers in the US. I strive for outstanding quality and exceptional service so please let me know if you are not satisfied for any reason. I will do everything I can to make it right. I am not liable for for items lost in the mail.

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. Additionally, I use only quality metals like 14K gold, 14K gold-filled, sterling silver, brass, and copper. In many cases I use a patina to give the metal a beautiful oxidized look to accent the natural gemstones, making the piece even more unique.

RETURNS: I want you to be happy with your purchase, so if you not satisfied with your jewelry piece, you can return it for a full refund. Please notify me about returning your piece WITHIN 3 DAYS of receiving it. Item needs to be shipped back to me within ONE WEEK of receiving your purchase. Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs.

Colorado residents will have sales tax added to their invoice. Please note that I pay this back in full to my state, county and city on a monthly basis.

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About StorytellingStrands

Sales 915
On Etsy since 2013

We are all gemstones, polished by those who now live among the stars...

There is a “story” behind Storytelling Strands and some of it started before I was an artist. For twenty-five years of my life, I was in the corporate world, working as a manager and vice-president at a bank. My brain was always focused on numbers, not art. After the financial crisis in 2008, I was laid off and at the time, it was an extremely devastating experience for me. Without my job, I had lost my identity and didn’t know what to do next.

One day, after she saw me cleaning my kitchen floors with Q-tips, my daughter encouraged me to “get a hobby” to help me transition to my next chapter in life. I took a jewelry class and learned the basics of beading and wire-wrapping techniques. Needless to say, I was ecstatic about my new skill. I spent the next three years making gifts for family members and friends, while teaching myself more advanced techniques such as silversmithing and bezel setting. I collected beads and stones from markets in Denver and Tuscon, as well as from travels around the world, including Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and Peru.

Then, in 2012, my husband suggested I start to sell some of my work, so Storytelling Strands became an official business on December 15, 2012. For the next six years, I sold pieces on Etsy and at various shows and markets in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. Incidentally, the date of my business start-up honored 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 sales each year to local and national SIDS foundations and awareness groups.

Recently, in 2019, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. He fought hard with aggressive chemotherapy but died at age 60 that same year. He was my soul mate and the biggest fan of my work. We had been together for approximately four decades. With heavy grief after his death, I took some time away from my business to seek therapy and counseling. I attended one specific group session near my home and the speaker made a comment that I will never forget. She said, “We are all gemstones, polished by those who now live among the stars.”

All I could think about in that moment was that my husband was sending me a message to get back to my art. I re-opened my studio doors and in addition to my jewelry, I began to create crescent moon wall hangings based on the inspiration of this statement.

With every piece that I create, I consciously try to honor each gemstone in order to let the finished strands tell their stories. I now realize that stones, crystals and gems are healing, in some ways because they have their own history and story to tell. I am grateful they have been by my side during the most difficult times of my life...and my little home business has grown into something much more than just a hobby. It’s a passion that continues to bring me joy and happiness.

Shop members

  • Barbara McReynolds

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Whether it's a piece jewelry, or a large statement wall hanging for your home, I think every item is a delight to create. Thanks for taking the time to browse my collection!

Shop policies

Last updated on December 12, 2020
Welcome to my Etsy Shop!

Storytelling Strands is a collection of handmade jewelry and crescent moon wall art designs. Each piece is created with raw stones, crystals, gems, beads, and other natural elements from earth's jewelry box, all of which are genuine and artful. Each item has a story to tell and I hope they bring you as much joy as I feel while making them!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna 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.
Payment
I accept PayPal or Etsy Direct Checkout for Credit Cards. Full payment is due at the time of order. Sales tax is charged on purchases shipped to states with online sales tax payment requirements.
Shipping
SHIPPING AND HANDLING-
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.

US CUSTOMERS-
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
CARING FOR YOUR ITEMS-
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 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.