Specimental

Rough Diamond and Raw Gem Recycled Gold Jewelry

Vancouver, British Columbia · 2043 Sales

Specimental

Rough Diamond and Raw Gem Recycled Gold Jewelry

Vancouver, British Columbia 2043 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(705)

Announcement   You can also contact me via email at treloar [!at] telus.net

Find Specimental here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/specimental/
Why buy your raw diamond ring from Specimental?

A raw diamond is an exceptionally difficult stone to set properly. Their unique shape means that a custom setting needs to be fabricated for each and every stone. The way in which the setting is closed around the diamond must be approached in a very particular fashion.

I have been setting raw diamonds into my rings since 2009, when only a small handful of jewelers were working with this type of stone. As the appeal of the raw diamond has exploded, countless numbers of jewelers are now incorporating them into their designs. I have set thousands of raw diamonds into my pieces since 2009. Please check out my client feedback, as a testament to my workmanship and design skills: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Specimental?ref=hdr_shop_menu#reviews These reviews are just a sampling of the positive feedback my work has received- many more clients choose to contact me privately with their feedback, and to not use a public feedback system.

Our hands are busy objects, and any ring worn on a finger can become accidentally damaged. All rings need regular maintenance. Make sure you are buying your raw diamond ring from a jeweler with the knowledge and experience needed to ensure your stone stays put. Ask them about their warranty and their repair/upkeep policy. Look at how frequently they work with raw diamonds, and assess whether they have the technical experience to create a ring that will last your lifetime.

I stand behind each piece of jewellery I make. If something goes wrong with your ring, at any time- you slam your finger in a drawer and crush the band, you break a prong, you smash and crack your stone- you can count on me to support you with the repair.

As a single mom/only parent, this business is the main way in which I support my three young children. I take the running of my business very seriously- our livelihood depends upon me providing you with the best built, best designed piece of jewellery possible.


For more of my custom rings, please visit my new website at http://www.specimental.com

PLEASE READ BEFORE ORDERING- PRODUCTION TIMESLINES HAVE CHANGED: Please take note of my current production timelines before you order...

Raw Diamond Bezel Earrings: 4 weeks, please contact me for rush option
Diamond Slice Earrings: 4 weeks, please contact me for rush order options
Hand-built Prong Set Rough Diamond Earrings: 4 weeks, please contact me for rush order options
Custom Rings- Sterling Silver- 5 weeks- please contact me for rush order options
Custom Rings- Gold, any karat- 6 weeks- please contact me for rush order options

Rush orders may be available- please contact me before purchasing to see what my schedule looks like.

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SPECIMENTAL is conflict-free rough diamonds and raw gemstones embedded in unique handmade jewelry. I work in all colours and karats of recycled gold, platinum, palladium, and in sterling silver.

Check out my feature in Vancouver's biggest arts and entertainment weekly, The Georgia Straight:

http://www.straight.com/life/515221/rough-cuts-and-hand-tools-jewellery-gets-real

I am very honoured to have been one of 60 women featured in Marlo Thomas' new book, 'It Ain't Over...Till It's Over'. Here is a link to the book: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/It-Aint-Over-Till-Its-Over/Marlo-Thomas/9781476739915

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My rough diamonds are sourced from a small number of 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.

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: 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 times are listed at the top- look way up.

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 the abovementioned timeframe, 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.

Most pieces are sent with Fed Ex. Fed Ex Ground (4-10 business days estimated delivery time, tracking number and $100 of insurance included). This shipping method is about $28 into the USA.

Overnight Fed Ex in Canada and the USA. 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), and Huge (done by caratweight, over 10mm).

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.

Announcement

Last updated on 13 Apr, 2018

You can also contact me via email at treloar [!at] telus.net

Find Specimental here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/specimental/
Why buy your raw diamond ring from Specimental?

A raw diamond is an exceptionally difficult stone to set properly. Their unique shape means that a custom setting needs to be fabricated for each and every stone. The way in which the setting is closed around the diamond must be approached in a very particular fashion.

I have been setting raw diamonds into my rings since 2009, when only a small handful of jewelers were working with this type of stone. As the appeal of the raw diamond has exploded, countless numbers of jewelers are now incorporating them into their designs. I have set thousands of raw diamonds into my pieces since 2009. Please check out my client feedback, as a testament to my workmanship and design skills: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Specimental?ref=hdr_shop_menu#reviews These reviews are just a sampling of the positive feedback my work has received- many more clients choose to contact me privately with their feedback, and to not use a public feedback system.

Our hands are busy objects, and any ring worn on a finger can become accidentally damaged. All rings need regular maintenance. Make sure you are buying your raw diamond ring from a jeweler with the knowledge and experience needed to ensure your stone stays put. Ask them about their warranty and their repair/upkeep policy. Look at how frequently they work with raw diamonds, and assess whether they have the technical experience to create a ring that will last your lifetime.

I stand behind each piece of jewellery I make. If something goes wrong with your ring, at any time- you slam your finger in a drawer and crush the band, you break a prong, you smash and crack your stone- you can count on me to support you with the repair.

As a single mom/only parent, this business is the main way in which I support my three young children. I take the running of my business very seriously- our livelihood depends upon me providing you with the best built, best designed piece of jewellery possible.


For more of my custom rings, please visit my new website at http://www.specimental.com

PLEASE READ BEFORE ORDERING- PRODUCTION TIMESLINES HAVE CHANGED: Please take note of my current production timelines before you order...

Raw Diamond Bezel Earrings: 4 weeks, please contact me for rush option
Diamond Slice Earrings: 4 weeks, please contact me for rush order options
Hand-built Prong Set Rough Diamond Earrings: 4 weeks, please contact me for rush order options
Custom Rings- Sterling Silver- 5 weeks- please contact me for rush order options
Custom Rings- Gold, any karat- 6 weeks- please contact me for rush order options

Rush orders may be available- please contact me before purchasing to see what my schedule looks like.

********************************************

SPECIMENTAL is conflict-free rough diamonds and raw gemstones embedded in unique handmade jewelry. I work in all colours and karats of recycled gold, platinum, palladium, and in sterling silver.

Check out my feature in Vancouver's biggest arts and entertainment weekly, The Georgia Straight:

http://www.straight.com/life/515221/rough-cuts-and-hand-tools-jewellery-gets-real

I am very honoured to have been one of 60 women featured in Marlo Thomas' new book, 'It Ain't Over...Till It's Over'. Here is a link to the book: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/It-Aint-Over-Till-Its-Over/Marlo-Thomas/9781476739915

*****************

My rough diamonds are sourced from a small number of 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.

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: 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 times are listed at the top- look way up.

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 the abovementioned timeframe, 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.

Most pieces are sent with Fed Ex. Fed Ex Ground (4-10 business days estimated delivery time, tracking number and $100 of insurance included). This shipping method is about $28 into the USA.

Overnight Fed Ex in Canada and the USA. 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), and Huge (done by caratweight, over 10mm).

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.

Laura Treloar

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(705)
Heidrun

Heidrun on 08 May, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This ring is incredible! I wanted to post my own photo of it but my camera doesn't do it any justice, so I'll let Laura's photos speak for themselves. I have been wearing this every day since it arrived, and can't stop looking at it! The emerald obviously is an impressive deep and dark beauty, but the diamonds that flank it are spectacular as well and there's always something new to discover here. Laura built the ring expertly, patiently, and lovingly by hand, updating me on the progress and staying open to input from me (though of course I always relied on her expertise and keen eye). She is the sweetest person you can imagine and is committed to getting everything absolutely right, no effort is too much. I could not be any happier with this stunning ring and will cherish it forever. As always, thank you, Laura!!

simon le large

simon le large on 01 May, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Very good interactions with the artist. Smooth delivery and very - very happy present recipient!!

Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones on 24 Apr, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Hi. So I presented the ring and asked the big question this past Sunday on Mcafee’s Knob in Virginia on the Appalachian Trail. She absolutely loves the ring and has since been showing and telling to all of our close friends,family and Facebook. Everyone has stated how beautifully crafted your work is and is inspired by your story. Thank you so much for all you have done.

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Updates

Specimental is spring cleaning! Many ready-to-ship rings and earrings are now on sale, marked down by 25-50% off
Rose cut sapphires, waiting to be set into custom-built, recycled gold rings
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About

Rough Diamonds, Raw Gemstones, and Recycled Gold Bespoke Jewelery

I am a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (now a university), and the University of British Columbia, here in Vancouver, Canada. I am fortunate enough to be a high school art teacher, and have been teaching since 1998.

Over the last few years, Specimental grew to be such a job that I could no longer stay in the teaching profession full time: jewelery designing and making, along with my three young children, called for more of my time.

I am very lucky to have two absolutely fun jobs that challenge me in all of the right places. I now work full-time in my home studio, designing pieces, metalsmithing, stone setting, providing customer service, photographing pieces, packing, and shipping my pieces around the globe. I continue to teach high school art part-time.


All of my pieces are fabricated, which means they are cut and forged by hand from sheet, tube, and wire. I work in all colours and karats of gold, as well as sterling silver and platinum.

I am most excited about my work when I am coming up with custom pieces- please feel free to get in touch with me about your ideas.

Where to see me:

I was featured in Vancouver's biggest arts and entertainment weekly, The Georgia Straight: http://www.straight.com/life/515221/rough-cuts-and-hand-tools-jewellery-gets-real

I am really honoured to have been one of 60 women featured in Marlo Thomas' new book, 'It Ain't Over... Till It's Over', found here: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/It-Aint-Over-Till-Its-Over/Marlo-Thomas/9781476739915

Etsy has published two articles about me, my family, and my work... Read them here: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/featured-seller-specimental/?ref=fp_featured and here: https://www.etsy.com/blog/news/2013/supporting-her-family-with-her-own-two-hands

See my jewelery on Lise Watier 'Something Sweet' Model Jessica Kruger- October 2013 SAD Magazine

Recently, my work has been published in the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/26/unique-engagement-rings-_n_2026179.html

Also, I was in the June 2012 issue of Canada's most popular fashion magazine, Flare.

As well, you can see my work in Etsy's 'Finding The Ring' promotional video: http://www.etsy.com/blog/weddings/finding-the-ring/

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Shop policies

Last updated on 10 November, 2017
Please scroll waaaaay down to see information on finding your ring size. Or, send me a message here: http://www.etsy.com/convo_new.php?to_username=elseetee2

Welcome to my shop! I appreciate any comments or questions you may have- just get in touch. I love to create custom work- take a look through my 'Sold' section for inspiration, or contact me with your wildest ideas.

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.
LOST ITEMS:
I will work with you to track down packages that go astray. I always ship with a tracking number, and also use signature delivery confirmation wherever possible.

Please be aware of the amount your package is insured for- this information can be found in the listing from which you purchase. I cannot be held responsible for pieces that are lost or damaged in the mail, beyond their insured value. Please get in touch for an insurance upgrade should you wish full insurance.

Please also be aware that it is not possible to have international jewellery shipments out of Canada (where I am located) sent with more than $1000 CAD of insurance coverage. If you would like this insurance policy on your shipment, you must let me know prior to having your item shipped to you. Get in touch for a quote on an insurance upgrade to your location.


CHANGED YOUR MIND?
I do not provide refunds on any custom pieces. I always send multiple, detailed photos of your piece before I ship, so you can clearly see what you will be receiving. Please be sure of your commitment to your piece prior to purchasing.

I am extremely careful and particular in my work habits, but if you find a defect in workmanship, and I will repair or rework a custom piece that is returned to me- refunds are not possible.

Returns of ready-made pieces can be made, but you must notify me within two days of receiving your package that you wish to return. Shipping is non-refundable. Custom pieces can generally not be resold, and there is a great deal of my time and materials cost in each and every piece. Custom pieces are not returnable.

PROBLEMS WITH WORKMANSHIP?
All workmanship is guaranteed for a period of ninety days from the time you receive it. Should any problems occur through normal usage, I will repair it free of charge, including shipping both ways. Please note that if your piece is damaged due to rough wear or improper care, I cannot be held responsible for the damage. I will happily fix it for you if I can, but cannot pay for the shipping. Repair may incur a cost, depending on the extent of the damage.

MAKE A MISTAKE WITH YOUR RING SIZE?
I will build your custom ring to the size you give me. Please note that I am required to size up for wider ring bands- please do not do the sizing up for me. I need your accurate, true ring size from which to work. If you size up and do not tell me, your ring will be even larger than you expected.

All ring sizes of ready-to-ship rings are stated in the listings. If I agree to resize a ring prior to shipping it, I will do so to your specifications, at no extra charge.

However, if your ring does not fit the way you assumed it might due to an error in your estimation of your ring size, you may return the ring to me for resizing (shipping both ways is payable by you). There is a fee for resizing rings, which will be determined at the time you contact me.


RING SIZING:
If you have any further questions about ring sizing, please get in touch with me through my shop. The best way to get your ring size, other than having a jeweler measure your finger, is to measure the inside diameter of an existing, well-fitting ring. This needs to be done very specifically, to the fraction of the millimeter.

Wider banded rings will be built approximately 1/4 to a full size larger than your ring size- this will ensure for a more comfortable fit. Please DO NOT 'size up' on your own- I need your true, accurate ring size to work from.
Payment
PAYPAL:
I accept Paypal (you don't need a Paypal account to use Paypal, just a bank account or credit card- follow along with the steps after you decide to purchase. It's really easy, and if you hit a snag I will help you out).

NEED HELP WITH CHECKOUT? Click on this link for easy instructions on paying for your Etsy purchase: http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php

DIRECT CHECKOUT:
I can process credit cards through Etsy's Direct Checkout service.

ETSY GIFT CARDS:
Etsy Gift Cards are processed through Direct Checkout.

MONEY ORDERS:
I will accept international money orders- please be sure that these are the international kinds, as I am unable to negotiate USA (or other) domestic money orders, and will have to send it back to you if you send one in error.

CHEQUES:
I can also accept personal cheques from fellow Canadians, but the cheque must clear prior to shipping.

I can accept personal cheques from my American customers, but the waiting period for these to clear at my bank is 21 days. Work will not begin on custom pieces, resizing, etc. until after this waiting period, so please add that time on to the regular lead time.

EMAIL MONEY TRANSFER:
In Canada, you can send me an Email Money Transfer. Again, this is really easy to do.

WIRE TRANSFER:
Finally, for those out of Canada, you can send me a wire transfer- just contact me for the necessary information. This method does incur an ten dollar charge on my end, which will be added to your invoice.
Shipping
I SHIP TO your Etsy address, unless otherwise requested. Please double-check that your Etsy address is correct.

WHEN DO I SHIP?
I generally drop packages to my shipping agent throughout the week. I am in Vancouver, Canada, so please keep that in mind if you are outside of Canada.

IMPORT FEES AND TAXES:
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.

TRACKING NUMBER:
I always ship with a tracking number, and also use signature delivery confirmation wherever possible.


***Please choose the shipping option that will get your items to you when you need them- if you are having trouble deciding, please contact me through the shop and I will be more than happy to assist you.
Additional policies and FAQs
WHY BUY YOUR RAW DIAMOND RING FROM SPECIMENTAL?
A raw diamond is an exceptionally difficult stone to set properly. Their unique shape means that a custom setting needs to be fabricated for each and every stone. The way in which the setting is closed around the diamond must be approached in a very particular fashion.
I began setting these stones into my rings in 2009, when only a small handful of jewelers were working with this type of stone. As the appeal of raw diamonds has exploded, countless numbers of jewelers are now incorporating them into their designs. I have set thousands of raw diamonds into my pieces since then. Please check out my client feedback, as a testament to my workmanship and design skills: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Specimental?ref=hdr_shop_menu#reviews These reviews are just a sampling of the positive feedback my work has received- many more clients choose to contact me privately with their feedback, and to not use a public feedback system.
Our hands are busy objects, and any ring worn on a finger can become accidentally damaged. All rings need regular maintenance. Make sure you are buying your raw diamond ring from a jeweler with the knowledge and experience needed to ensure your stone stays put. Ask them about their warranty and their repair/upkeep policy. Look at how frequently they work with raw diamonds, and assess whether they have the technical experience to create a ring that will last your lifetime.
I stand behind each piece of jewellery I make. If something goes wrong with your ring, at any time- you slam your finger in a drawer and crush the band, you break a prong, you smash and crack your stone- you can count on me to support you with the repair.
As a single mom/only parent, this business is the sole way in which I support my three young children. I take the running of my business very seriously- our livelihood depends upon me providing you with the best built, best designed piece of jewellery possible.


JEWELRY CARE:
All of my jewelry is solidly constructed. However, any jewelry requires care- do not clean the ring with anything other than water, should the need arise. Please do not allow silver cleaner to touch the specimens, should you choose to use it. I don't use it myself- instead, I clean my gold and silver pieces using a special silver cleaning cloth. It is impregnated with fine garnet powder, which is a mild abrasive- so, please do not rub the specimen with the cloth.

Of course, your specimen will not enjoy being banged on a hard surface, and could fracture if you do so. Please wear with care. If you treat your specimen right, it should last you a lifetime.


RAW DIAMOND RINGS:
Please also note- due to the transparent/translucent and reflective or refractive nature of some of these materials, the type and intensity of light you view them in can affect their appearance- this changeable quality is part of what makes them so lovely.

CUSTOMS FEES: I am shipping from Vancouver, Canada. Any customs fees, import taxes, duties, tariffs, etc. charged by your government are not included in the selling price nor the shipping cost in my shop. Please be aware of any extra costs your country may charge you for importing pieces from Canada.

OTHER STUFF...

I love creating custom pieces. I especially love creating custom pieces with your personal stones, specimens, or other little curiousities.

More information

Last updated on 30 Oct, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I am always open to hearing your design ideas. Please contact me through the shop, or at treloar@telus.net to discuss design possibilities.

Sizing details

If you are unsure of your ring size, the best way to be sized accurately is by visiting two commercial jewelers. Please ensure they size you using their thin sizing tools- not the wide band sizing tools, nor by having you try on rings from their display.

If any questions arise around being properly sized, I am always happy to help- contact me through the shop, or at treloar@telus.net

Gift wrapping and packaging

All of my pieces come ready to present as gifts, in attractive foil stamped jewelry boxes, enclosed in a lovely Chinese faux silk gift bag.

If the person for whom you are purchasing the piece shares your address, please be aware of the following: International export law dictates that the detailed contents of packages, and their value, be clearly marked on the outside of the package. This means that if they see the package before you do, they can easily tell what they are being gifted with.

I am happy to ship to your workplace, a friend, or a relative, when secrecy is necessary. The very best option is to have your package held for you at your closest Fed Ex store- if you are unsure of its location, I'm happy to help.

What about repairs and upkeep of your new jewelry- how does Specimental provide ongoing customer support?

Our hands are busy objects, and any ring worn on a finger can become accidentally damaged. All rings need regular maintenance. Make sure you are buying your raw diamond ring from a jeweler with the knowledge and experience needed to ensure your stone stays put. Ask them about their warranty and their repair/upkeep policy. Look at how frequently they work with raw diamonds, and assess whether they have the technical experience to create a ring that will last your lifetime.
I stand behind each piece of jewellery I make. If something goes wrong with your ring, at any time- you slam your finger in a drawer and crush the band, you break a prong, you smash and crack your stone- you can count on me to support you with the repair.

Recycled Gold

My gold is all recycled- the metal plant I purchase it from has been in business for over 100 years. They smelt their metals to the highest environmental standards, to cause the least impact on the environment. They do not deal with newly mined metals, as these metals cause much greater destruction to the environment.

There is no visible difference between recycled metals and newly-mined metals. There is also no difference as far as the karat of the metals go- 18k recycled gold is exactly the same in constitution as 18k newly mined gold. The vast majority of my clients prefer their metals recycled, as environmental impact is of concern when choosing the perfect piece of jewelry.

Can Specimental reuse my old stones and recycle my gold?

I can use your heirloom stones in a new design. The stones must be pulled from their settings and checked for stability by a professional jeweler prior to shipping them to me. I cannot recycle your gold. I am not set up to smelt gold in the studio, so am not able to melt down your old gold pieces for you.

Rush Orders

My current production times are listed in my shop announcement. If you need something more quickly, please get in touch via the shop, or at treloar@telus.net

Depending upon my work and family schedule, I am happy to accommodate your rush orders. There is no additional charge for a rush order. However, please do get in touch prior to ordering to discuss your deadline with me.

Can I order a ring with a different stone, wider band, different texture, or in a different colour/karat of gold?

Yes! All of my pieces are completely hand fabricated in the studio by me, from raw materials. I am able to create any of my designs with any stone, in any composition. In short, you can have your ring absolutely any way you like it. Contact me through the shop, or via treloar@telus.net to get the discussion around your perfect piece of jewelry started.

Why buy your raw diamond ring from Specimental?

A raw diamond is an exceptionally difficult stone to set properly. Their unique shape means that a custom setting needs to be fabricated for each and every stone. The way in which the setting is closed around the diamond must be approached in a very particular fashion.

I began setting these stones into my rings in 2009, when only a small handful of jewelers were working with this type of stone. As the appeal of raw diamonds has exploded, countless numbers of jewelers are now incorporating them into their designs. I have set thousands of raw diamonds into my pieces since then. Please check out my client feedback, as a testament to my workmanship and design skills: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Specimental?ref=hdr_shop_menu#reviews