minimetal

minimalist // precious metal // adornments // by hand..

Gold Coast, Queensland · 1961 Sales

minimetal

minimalist // precious metal // adornments // by hand..

Gold Coast, Queensland 1961 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars
(492)

Shop owner

Suzy C

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Announcement   Some of my MINI METAL adornments are temporarily unavailable whilst I pack up and move my studio. Sorry for any inconvenience - please contact me if you need something and I can give you an idea of when I can make it for you. Thanks x

Follow along @minimetalstudio on Instagram to see my new designs, behind the scenes and sneaky special offers ♥︎

Uncomplicated // minimalist // handmade // That's what I love, and what I make. My unique precious metal adornments are designed and carefully handmade by me using traditional metal-smithing practices. I strive to create simple, interesting items that will become your everyday, "go-to" pieces.

++ ALL my adornments are designed and handmade by me in my home studio using earth-friendly production practices and materials wherever possible. I source the majority of my precious metal raw materials from a supplier with a strong dedication to minimising environmental impact by recycling reclaimed metal rather than using metal obtained from mines ++

Please visit my about page to learn more about me, my designs & processes - or follow me on:

facebook https://www.facebook.com/minimetalstudio
instagram: @minimetalstudio

Announcement

Last updated on 16 Jun, 2018

Some of my MINI METAL adornments are temporarily unavailable whilst I pack up and move my studio. Sorry for any inconvenience - please contact me if you need something and I can give you an idea of when I can make it for you. Thanks x

Follow along @minimetalstudio on Instagram to see my new designs, behind the scenes and sneaky special offers ♥︎

Uncomplicated // minimalist // handmade // That's what I love, and what I make. My unique precious metal adornments are designed and carefully handmade by me using traditional metal-smithing practices. I strive to create simple, interesting items that will become your everyday, "go-to" pieces.

++ ALL my adornments are designed and handmade by me in my home studio using earth-friendly production practices and materials wherever possible. I source the majority of my precious metal raw materials from a supplier with a strong dedication to minimising environmental impact by recycling reclaimed metal rather than using metal obtained from mines ++

Please visit my about page to learn more about me, my designs & processes - or follow me on:

facebook https://www.facebook.com/minimetalstudio
instagram: @minimetalstudio

Suzy C

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5 out of 5 stars
(492)
Lucy Coles

Lucy Coles on 14 Jun, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful and dainty earrings that are exactly what I've been looking for! Been wearing them non-stop for a few weeks now and have had no issues with sensitivity (which is an issue for me!). I love these earrings so much, will be back for more in the future!

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About

uncomplicated // adornments // by hand

I have always been creative, and love working with my hands - as far back as I can remember I have always wanted to know how things are made. Next question was “how do I make it...”?

I was so lucky to have been encouraged to craft and create things (thanks Mum and Dad for throwing away the TV)! When I met someone who was learning from, and working for a local manufacturing jeweller I jumped at the chance to take lessons and learn the traditional techniques I now use to bring my scribbles and sketches to life. It was my “someday I’ll do that” dream to learn metal-smithing and I’ve been intrigued and inspired ever since to create my little range of precious metal adornments.

I just love the tiny tools and the techniques, and playing with fire! I also love the impact of uncomplicated, versatile, well-made pieces that you want to wear everyday! My range is always expanding and changing as I experiment with different techniques and find inspiration for new designs.

I aim to make interesting, quality jewellery that will be your “go-to” pieces for years to come. It might sound odd but I was never a big jewellery person – I just couldn’t find what I liked to wear. Commercial and mass produced pieces just didn’t resonate with me. Jewellery is so personal, and I’m thrilled that I now get to make (and wear) things that I love.

I live in a beautiful corner of the world and want it to stay that way so I strive to use the earth friendliest production practices possible. I am also proud that the majority of the silver and precious metals I use is from recycled sources.

When I’m not hammering metal, I indulge in growing organic veggies and herbs, creating wondrous meals with said veggies and herbs, and lolling about with my niece, nephew and my big and little sisters.

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    Jewellery Designer and Metalsmith. Owner & Maker

Shop policies

Last updated on 18 January, 2018
Welcome
Hello.... and welcome to MINI∆METAL. Thank you for taking the time to visit my shop!

All my pieces are created by me, in my home studio workshop. I put a lot of love, care, and attention to detail into all my creations and I get a lot of pleasure from designing and creating the unique pieces I offer for sale. I hope you will enjoy wearing (or gifting them) as much as I have loved bringing them to life.

I strive to use sustainable and eco friendly production practices whenever possible and the majority of my silver pieces are crafted from sterling silver refined from reclaimed and recycled silver. Please visit my about page to learn more about me and my story :) You can also visit me at:

» facebook - https://www.facebook.com/minimetalstudio
» instagram - @minimetalstudio

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*I absolutely want you to be happy with your purchase – PLEASE read my shop policies before making a purchase*

** I am not currently selling wholesale **
Suzy C
MINI∆METAL

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
> It is my aim for you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase and I try to portray my pieces as accurately as possible through my photos and detailed product descriptions. If you are unhappy with your purchase or if it is not as described I encourage you to contact me and I will look into finding a fair and honest solution.

> Refunds and exchanges are considered on a case by case basis. To avoid disappointment, if you have any queries about a product please ask prior to purchasing and I will respond as promptly as I can. Unfortunately I cannot refund for “change of mind”. For hygine reasons, earrings cannot be returned for a refund.

**Unless you have upgraded to registered mail for your shipping option I am unable to refund for goods damaged in transit**

> Sterling silver and other precious metals are not indestructible and many of my pieces are delicate in their look and nature, and must be treated accordingly. I take care to package your item securely for shipping.

> If worn and handled with care, my pieces will last and give you pleasure for many, many years.
Payment
MINI METAL orders are processed upon payment. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR ADDRESS IS CORRECT AT TIME OF PAYMENT on BOTH your ETSY & PAYPAL ACCOUNTS. If you pay with PayPal - this is the address I am given to ship to. If you pay via direct checkout (or use an Etsy Gift Card) your order will be shipped to your ETSY address.

PayPal is highly trusted and very secure and you can pay via debit and credit card even if you don’t have a registered PayPal account.
Shipping
✈ MINI ▲ METAL SHIPS WORLDWIDE

International Orders
International orders are Posted Via Standard International Airmail (no tracking or insurance) unless you choose to Upgrade - You can choose to upgrade to the quicker, tracked International Parcel Post Shipping option upon checkout.

✉ Standard International Airmail (the cheapest option - no tracking/insurance) usually takes 2 about weeks to most international destinations, but can take 2-6 weeks due to customs or postal service delays, unforeseen weather events, and at peak times ie Christmas/holidays. I cannot predict if your item will be delayed!
(From experience items posted to Canada are most likely to experience delays).

Upgraded TRACKED items should take 7 - 10days, but can also take longer in some cases

- IMPORTANT!!!! I cannot track your item if you have not upgraded to tracked shipping.

Please also be aware that shipping estimates do not include production time (the time it takes me to hand make you item). Production times are included in each listing.

★ If you wish to also add INSURANCE your tracked item you MUST let me know when placing your order as there is an additional fee based on the price of your item.

∆ DOMESTIC SHIPPING (AUSTRALIA) ∆
Unless you upgrade to Express, Parcel, or Registered Post, I post all small items via "large letter" priority post THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE TRACKING!
⦊ Standard Priority Postage (large letter) 2-4 business days excepting very regional areas
⦊ NOTE: "large letters" are less than 2cm thick and will fit through the slot of most standard letterboxes.


There are a variety of postage options/upgrades available upon checkout.
- PARCEL POST (3-5 days most areas) Tracking included
- EXPRESS POST (1-2 days most areas) // Tracking included
- REGISTERED MAIL (2-7 days, available on selected items) // This service includes: signature required on delivery, compensation for loss or damage of up to $100 and Tracking. Note: for some reason registered mail can sometimes take a lot longer for delivery than standard post.


!‼︎ PARCEL LOCKERS: IMPORTANT - Australia Post advises that Parcel Lockers are only for TRACKABLE PARCELS. If you choose Standard Post (these are UNTRACKED), they are mailed to you as a "large letter" and are do not have a tracking number. In this instance Aust Post may not put your mail in the parcel locker and may not even notify you that it ready for pickup. Instead they may hold it behind the counter, WITHOUT NOTIFYING YOU. For this reason it is advised that if you wish to use a parcel locker for delivery, you should upgrade to Parcel Post, Express Post or registered mail, as these all have tracking numbers.

The dimensions of my "large letter" mailing boxes are 18cm x 10cm and only 2cm thick max. This size will fit through the slot of most standard mailboxes.

∆ PRODUCTION & TURNAROUND TIMES are specified in each individual listing ∆
✗ Upgrading to express shipping does not alter production time.
➭ For URGENT orders please contact me prior to purchasing to see if I can accommodate your request.

**PLEASE NOTE**
Please be aware that it is the buyers responsibility to be informed of their own countries import duties, handling fees and taxes applicable to your purchase. I am not responsible for any additional charges incurred by customs - if applicable these are to be paid by the buyer/importer.

Please do not ask me to declare a lower than actual value on international Customs forms to avoid paying your own countries import duties, as I will have to decline.

∆ LOST PARCELS ∆
> Please be aware that once I have posted an item, there is nothing I can do to speed up delivery. It is also IMPOSSIBLE for me to track your item if you have not upgraded to a trackable service.

I do not consider a parcel to be "lost" until it has been 6 weeks from the date of shipping, and I will not be able to consider replacement (if you are insured) before this time.

> All my items are carefully (and tastefully) wrapped for shipping. If you are purchasing as a gift I can even send your purchase directly to the intended recipient with a note/personal message (from you). Just leave the mailing address and all the relevant info in “note to seller” at time of checkout.
Additional policies and FAQs
RING PURCHASES

IMPORTANT - PLEASE ENSURE YOU GET YOUR RING SIZE CORRECT.
As your ring is a custom made item, I cannot refund your purchase if you give me the wrong size. This is in accordance with Australian Consumer Law.

Being professionally sized by a jeweller is the most accurate method. Most jewellery shops offer this service at no charge. When getting this done it is a good idea to get a sizing for both a thin and a wide band (as they will differ as wider bands need to be slightly larger to be comfortable).

Every Jeweller and Metalsmith has their own method for sizing rings. You can give me any standard measurement (UK/European or U.S) or even the inner diameter in millimetres (Metric Please!)

I do not offer engraving on rings. You can have this done locally once purchased.

More information

Last updated on 30 Jan, 2018
Frequently asked questions

Oxidised/Black Finish Information

MINI METAL Oxidised pieces are Solid Sterling Silver that have been given a surface treatment to give them a darkened black/grey colour (please note that variations in computer monitors may affect the shade you see).

This treatment is considered to be semi-permanent & can soften and change over time. How this happens is dependant on wear, contact with water, body products, chemicals, & the wearers own body chemistry. To prolong the original finish and colour I apply a special protective wax over the surface.

Polishing or cleaning with abrasives/chemicals is not recommended unless you are deliberately wanting to alter the appearance of your pieces.

Specific care instructions for oxidised items are included with your purchase.

Is your Jewellery Nickel Free?

Yes - all MINI METAL Adornments are Nickel Free.

Wherever possible I use Sustainably Sourced Solid Sterling Silver and Gold that has been not been extracted from mines, that has been reclaimed and manufactured in an award winning environmentally-conscious facility and is extremely pure.

I also favour green and non-chemical process in my studio workshop.

Sterling Silver and 18Karat Gold (or higher) is hypoallergenic.

What is Gold-Fill?

Gold Fill is very strong and durable and not to be confused with gold plating (there is up to 100 times more gold in Gold Fill than plated jewellery). A thick (1/20th) layer of 14K Gold is bonded under heat and pressure to a core of jewellers brass. If looked after it will last decades without showing signs of wear.

Sterling Silver & Tarnish...

Tarnish is a natural (but annoying) process where precious metals oxidises & darkens. How quickly tarnish forms will depend on climate, body chemistry, personal products used, contact with chemical compounds, & how you store your pieces - in a jewellery box (or even a zip-loc bag) with anti-tarnish tabs is ideal.

Polishing cloths have polishing compounds & tarnish inhibitors imbedded. Use regularly to prevent/remove light tarnish.

Another great way to maintain/refresh/restore the luminous quality to your Sterling Silver is clean with bicarb soda. You can make a paste with water & apply/rub gently using your fingers or dip a damp, SOFT toothbrush into the bicarb soda & clean items gently, then rinse & buff with polishing cloth ♥︎

Care instructions

Whilst I take all due care to produce high quality, durable products, sterling silver and other precious metals are NOT indestructible. Many of my pieces are delicate in their look and nature and must be treated accordingly. If worn and handled with care they will last and give you pleasure for many years.

I want you to get as much pleasure as possible from wearing your MINI METAL Adornments, so I include general as well as specific instructions relating to finish/style of item you purchase.

See my other FAQ's for additional information or contact me, I am happy to help with any other queries :)

Matte/Satin Finishes Info

Matte and Satin (brushed) finishes are created by using an abrasive to purposefully apply very fine "scratches" to the metal surface. The result is a modern, very luminous appearance. This finish can be prone to tarnish/dullness a little quicker than polished finishes, as it attracts dirt/dust.

But it is so quick & easy to refresh and restore the luminosity of this finish! ⬇︎
- You can make a paste with water & bicarb soda & apply/rub gently using your fingers. OR dip a damp, SOFT toothbrush into the baking soda & clean items gently, then rinse, dry & store
away from dust & humidity. This will keep it looking fresher for longer (see my Care Instruction FAQ for additional info).

My Butterfly Backs (clasps) are loose...

I supply quality standard weight sterling silver and gold butterfly backs with my stud earrings. If you notice that your backs begin to loosen over time with wear you are able to adjust them by squeezing the little "scrolls" together (take them off the earring post to do this).

The last thing I want is for you to loose one of you MINI METAL earrings, so I have done the utmost to make my stud earrings as secure as I can. I hand-make my notched posts to fit as snugly in the backs as possible. However, please remember this style is not infallible and you will need to take care whilst wearing. Whilst well made and generally durable, my items are not indestructible!

I do not recommend showering or swimming in any of my earrings.