Announcement Welcome to my Etsy shop! I'm a Toronto artisan specializing in raw copper and precious stone jewelry, and custom Canadian penny keepsakes. Each piece is made to order in my studio in rural Ontario. I've been a full time artisan for over 25 years ever since starting out with a pop up shop on Ossington Avenue in Little Portugal, where I grew up. Feel free to contact me for customizing designs and other details.
Welcome to my Etsy shop! I'm a Toronto artisan specializing in raw copper and precious stone jewelry, and custom Canadian penny keepsakes. Each piece is made to order in my studio in rural Ontario. I've been a full time artisan for over 25 years ever since starting out with a pop up shop on Ossington Avenue in Little Portugal, where I grew up. Feel free to contact me for customizing designs and other details.
Lauren on 02 Aug, 20225 out of 5 stars
I am pleased and delighted by this well-crafted ring!
Marjie on 01 Jul, 20225 out of 5 stars
A little big. But I think that was my fault. (My finger lost weight) Well made helps control the arthritis pain in my hands and fingers.
Kalyn on 22 Jul, 20225 out of 5 stars
I love the hair pin. It would be a little easier to weave the stick through my hair if the end was slightly pointed vs blunt.
Micaylah on 26 Mar, 20225 out of 5 stars
I love this ring. It's so pretty and fits me perfectly. I've had quite a few compliments so far. Well made and solid. This is not a dainty ring, it's a subdued statement piece that can stand alone on anyones hand and look gorgeous. Simply an awesome ring. I will be back. Thank you.
Roxanne on 09 Feb, 20225 out of 5 stars
Very happy with this 2nd purchase, quick delivery, very good quality, the ring is beautiful and my mother is very happy. The work done by this artist is amazing. I'm sure when we will show our rings to our friends & family more orders will be created. Thanks a lot.
WindandWaterDesign on 21 Nov, 20215 out of 5 stars
This is just as pictured and I love it. Very nicely made.
Copper Artisan Jewelry inspired by world cultures, healing therapy, Toronto jazz and growing up in Little Portugal
I was born in Angola, Africa where my family lived for a number of years before eventually immigrating from the Portuguese islands of the Acores to Canada, settling in Toronto. Both of my parents worked with their hands, my mother as a clothing designer and seamstress and my father as a master carpenter.
When I was nine years old, we moved to a neighbourhood in Little Portugal, where 'old Europe meets 21st century style' (http://littleportugal.ca/home) in a blend of galleries, boutiques, and late night entertainment. There just so happened to be a bead shop two blocks away, a magpie's haven. Need I say more? I turned a childhood hobby into a successful career when I was "thankfully" laid off my office job. My company name is a play on my middle name, Fatima, and I used the word "collection" to incorporate all of my strengths and interests.
I am also a percussionist and have studied and performed with outstanding percussionists Glen Sorzano, Nicholas Hokin, Mutadhi, Ron Cross and Armando Borg as well as drummer Mark Hundevad. I currently play with Jim Heineman's Dream Band and Mark Hundevad's Controlled Demolition. I co-produced and performed on my musical mentor Jim Heineman's CD entitled 'Rh Positive,' Jim Heineman's Dream Band, and Live@Lorraine's, which was nominated for an International Independant Music Award for best Jazz song in 2011 for the title track and won the public vote for the category.
I've sold my jewelry to galleries and boutiques all over the country, and at shows and festivals mostly in Southern Ontario. Now based in the beautiful rolling hills of Bethany, I still have a "pop-up shop" at my place on Ossington Avenue during the warm weather. The same Toronto property is also my music & art gallery called 'Fatima In The Alley.'
My mission at The Tima Collection is to create unique, beautiful and good quality jewelry. I create pieces made from natural earthy materials that carry on the ancient tradition of wearing jewelry for healing, protection, inspiration and assistance in times of transition and transformation. Inspired by these things, and by life growing up in Little Portugal and the cool rhythms of Toronto jazz, my logo is, “Jewelry for Body & Soul."
ABOUT THE JEWELRY:
Most of my materials still come from business owners in downtown Toronto, some of whom I've had business relations going back 20 years when first starting out. Most of the copper I used is manufactured by a company in the United States, as are the hypoallergenic niobium hooks used in many of the earrings designs. All of the jewelry is crafted using hand tools, so you might find the odd nick, but we take care to ensure high quality craft and this serves as a reminder of its handmade origin.
Recently I've found a supplier for beautiful 100% copper chain. Many shop items feature these chains, making them about 95% copper (except for the findings: clasps, jump rings and chain extensions). Most of the findings are copper plated steel or brass. All of the jewelry is 100% nickel and lead free.
How do you clean copper jewelry? Simply use soft steel wool, found at a local hardware store, or a silver polishing cloth. Most of my work is left as raw copper, and so it does darken over time but polishing with steel wool gives a lovely textured finish. Also, if worn often the oils in your skin will keep the copper shiny and bright.
Will it turn my skin green? It might a bit, especially on very hot, humid days. It may also depend on your body's acidic levels, sometimes related to diet. Many people find copper jewelry helps for arthritic pains, and copper is antimicrobial, used widely in medicine. Many people also love the earthy, textured look of aged copper. For these reasons most of my copper work is left raw, however the necklace chains and findings are treated with a coating so you won't have to worry about a green neck. Also, I use hypoallergenic niobium metal hook earrings.
Lucya FaTIMA Almeida
Multi-talented artisan, percussionist, trained transpersonal therapist, activist, and mother. Can be found across the country at artisan shows, or jamming with the jazz scene at her music/art gallery on Ossington Ave.
Crafter, photographer, model, salesperson, graphic designer... she adapts to help get the job done!
Currently working on a degree at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Elise is our master at copper colouring techniques, and lends a hand wherever else needed.
Accepted payment methods
Returns and exchanges
If your purchase arrives in poor condition or is otherwise damaged in the mail please send us a photograph before sending it back to us so that we may file a claim with Canada Post.
We will refund your item within 30 days of shipping date for Canadian customers, and within 60 days of shipping date for our International customers.
Please double check all of your mailing information before placing the order. We will ship to the address given during Etsy checkout.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express as well as Etsy giftcards, PayPal, personal cheques or money orders as payment for your transactions. You do not need an account to pay using PayPal, and can use their services as a guest, making payment with a credit card or debit card.
If you would like to pay using personal cheques/money orders, please note that your purchase will not be shipped until that payment is received.
Please contact us if you are having any trouble with your order and we can make other arrangements.
The majority of our shop items are 'made to order.' Generally it takes 1-3 days to make before shipping. More complex designs and customized orders may take longer- we will let you know.
We have shipped internationally and have had no issues with lost or missing mail items. If you require your purchase by a certain date, please send us a message along with your purchase as shipping rates may cost more.
Additional policies and FAQs
We like to use recycled packaging as much as possible, and most items are delivered in small padded envelops so as to fit all sized mail boxes and slots.
If you would like your item to be sent as a gift, we can send it in a black gift box. Please let us know as shipping will be a bit extra, depending upon where it is being sent.
Custom orders are always welcome! I love creating original items for my clients. If you'd like something made for you, please send me an e-mail with a description and/or a photograph of what you have in mind, and I will respond with quote(s) and ideas.
If you are interested in the properties of Gemstones, I can create something personal in regards to the qualities you need: Jasper for grounding, Shells for soothing energies... the possibilities are endless.
If you are interested in penny jewelry, please note that custom dates may take longer to find, especially for any coins dated before the 1960s.
I have wholesale and consignment clients across Canada. If you are interested in placing an order, please contact me for further details. Please note that not every jewelry item shown will be available for wholesale and consignment purchasing.