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Pearl Earrings

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Description

From the subtle texturing of the hand-crafted ear-wires to the glowing iridescence of the black freshwater pearls, the "Pearl" earrings are an exercise in restrained elegance.

Perfect with the "Pearl" necklace; satisfying alone: these earrings "go with" everything from an evening gown to jeans.

~~fine-silver wire hand-textured ear-wires
~~sterling-silver wire
~~black freshwater pearls
~~wee white freshwater pearls
~~apatite droplets

MEASUREMENTS:
1 1/4" long

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Returns & exchanges

We want you to be completely satisfied with anything and everything you purchase from our shop---& will accept returns under certain conditions.
However, these are the conditions under which, unfortunately, we cannot provide a return/refund:
One-Offs/One-Of-A-Kind Pieces:
1) We provide detailed information on sizes of each of our one-of-a-kind items. PLEASE make sure that you measure carefully BEFORE making a purchase.

2) If a "one-off" necklace is too large or too small, we can adjust it accordingly after you have purchased it; if, upon receiving it, the necklace does not match your specified measurements, we will happily re-adjust it.
However, we cannot offer a refund once the necklace has been altered.

Bespoke/Made-To-Order Pieces:
1) When purchasing a "one-off" piece, you will receive EXACTLY the item pictured.
However, many of our listings are made-to-order and are near-exact examples of the prototype pictured. Because they ARE hand-crafted and BECAUSE they are made of stones which have minute variations in color and other miniscule details, there might be very subtle differences between the item you receive and the item photographed.
By making your item to order, we are able to customize it to your specific needs: length, etc., and there will NEVER be any significant difference between the prototype pictured and the item you will be receiving; more often than not, the differences won't even be visible to the naked eye!

2) Within the descriptions for the bespoke pieces are instructions for the specific measurements we need to properly construct and fit your necklace.
Please read them and measure carefully. When your necklace arrives, if there is some reason why it does not fit properly, we will be more than happy to readjust it.

3) Finally, if you have ANY questions and/or if you are ever in doubt about any aspect of your potential purchase, PLEASE don't hesitate to contact us. We want you to be completely delighted with your piece(s) and with us and to form an ongoing relationship with you.
We want you to be completely satisfied with anything and everything you purchase from our shop---& will accept returns under certain conditions.
However, these are the conditions under which, unfortunately, we cannot provide a return/refund:
One-Offs/One-Of-A-Kind Pieces:
1) We provide detailed information on sizes of each of our one-of-a-kind items. PLEASE make sure that you measure carefully BEFORE making a purchase.

2) If a "one-off" necklace is too large or too small, we can adjust it accordingly after you have purchased it; if, upon receiving it, the necklace does not match your specified measurements, we will happily re-adjust it.
However, we cannot offer a refund once the necklace has been altered.

Bespoke/Made-To-Order Pieces:
1) When purchasing a "one-off" piece, you will receive EXACTLY the item pictured.
However, many of our listings are made-to-order and are near-exact examples of the prototype pictured. Because they ARE hand-crafted and BECAUSE they are made of stones which have minute variations in color and other miniscule details, there might be very subtle differences between the item you receive and the item photographed.
By making your item to order, we are able to customize it to your specific needs: length, etc., and there will NEVER be any significant difference between the prototype pictured and the item you will be receiving; more often than not, the differences won't even be visible to the naked eye!

2) Within the descriptions for the bespoke pieces are instructions for the specific measurements we need to properly construct and fit your necklace.
Please read them and measure carefully. When your necklace arrives, if there is some reason why it does not fit properly, we will be more than happy to readjust it.

3) Finally, if you have ANY questions and/or if you are ever in doubt about any aspect of your potential purchase, PLEASE don't hesitate to contact us. We want you to be completely delighted with your piece(s) and with us and to form an ongoing relationship with you.

Shipping policies

WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES:
Any purchase over $75 includes free USPS Priority shipping plus a luxurious, gold-embossed, leather presentation box for each item.
We will also include insurance. As soon as the item is shipped, we will send you the tracking number and any other relevant information.
For any purchase under $75, we provide free USPS First Class Mail.

OUTSIDE THE CONTINENTAL US:
Any purchase over $75 includes a luxurious, gold-embossed, leather presentation box for each item.
Shipping costs will vary, from free to no more than actual costs (ie we do not charge a handling fee)---depending on your location and additional items such as insurance and tracking (both of which we highly recommend). For further information, please convo us.

Additional policies

Hi! Welcome to the "Additional Information" page. Due to Etsy's constraints, I've had to pack a ton of information onto one page that I wish I could have otherwise separated into separate pages. If there's any information that is not listed here about which you still have questions, please do not hesitate to convo me!

1) ABOUT OUR STONES/MATERIALS:
a) SOURCES:
Of paramount importance to me is that I purchase stones that have been mined under humane and environmentally sound circumstances.
This is tremendously difficult; in an era where most diamonds are certified "conflict-free," we still are giving little or no thought as to the source of our colored gemstones.
Unfortunately, more often than not, semi-precious and precious-stones are extracted from the earth by child and/or slave labor, under egregious conditions...
...often utilizing environmentally disastrous means, in countries devastated by war and/or ill-advised socio-economic policies.
Then, after the stones are mined, they are often "treated"---ie chemically or otherwise "enhanced"---to alter their natural appearance and artificially affect their market-value.
Unless I have been seriously misled (which, as yet, has never happened), I ALWAYS purchase stones that are "conflict-free," and I NEVER purchase stones from countries or mines that use slave- and/or child-labor and/or unfair labor practices.
This has required extensive research, but is a necessary part, I feel, of responsibly doing business.
Whenever possible, I buy stones as close to the source as possible: for example, the Cerrillos turquoise that I use is purchased from a family holding a claim to one of the last extant producing mines in Cerrillos, NM; the Ethiopian Welo opals in some of my designs come from a man trading directly with the Eritreans.
I also try to buy stones that have been processed/cut in their native countries---the Welo opals that I use, eg, are cut and polished in Eritrea---& passed on through the precepts of Fair Trade.
Many of the stones I use are "recycled" in that they are antique or vintage: one of my sources is a Tibetan family that travels to Nepal and Tibet a few times a year, purchasing old turquoise and carnelian from relatives and friends and then selling it here in Santa Fe.
Some of it is up to 500 years old (occasionally older).
I also use ancient Roman glass and other antique beads when I can find them; to me, they are as precious as newly-mined precious gems.
Whenever possible, I will provide you with GIA certification (or its equivalent) and will always give you as much documentation of the provenance for any and all of my stones. In some cases, certificates of evaluation/appraisal (for insurance purposes) will be available for a stone, depending on my source; if so, I will always pass it on.

b) TREATMENT/ENHANCEMENT:
Whenever possible, I buy untreated stones. The only exception to this is that in the case of some stones---eg, emeralds, which are routinely oiled to smooth them and, when, in rare cases, treatment with heat or enhancement with oil is necessary to stabilize and/or strengthen the gem. In these cases, I will ALWAYS tell you.
However, when this treatment is optional, I will always "opt out" and buy the stones closest to its natural state as possible.
I NEVER purchase turquoise that has received any kind of treatment---so-called "stabilized" and/or "enhanced" turquoise, meaning that it has been mixed with a resin or glue to harden it or dyed to enhance the natural color.
Turquoise naturally changes color over time and/or through exposure to skin oils, often becoming darker or more green. In my opinion, this is part of its natural beauty and appeal.
To prevent this from happening, one can limit how often one wears a piece, and/or take it off when washing (hands/dishes/etc.).

c) ACQUISITION/COMMISSIONED WORK:
Finally, a note about acquisition and commissions:
If you like one of our designs but have a favorite type of stone, please feel free to convo us about possible substitutions.
We have excellent sources for a wide variety of stones at extremely reasonable prices and can easily provide you with a combination of stone and setting that will perfectly suit both your taste and budget. In all cases, we will provide you with a photograph (or multiple photographs) of the actual stone(s) you will receive, and we pledge that we can find top-quality stones at highly competitive prices.

For more information on mining practices/fair mining/Fair Trade, see the links in the "Links" section.

2) CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF YOUR NEW PIECE:
With very few exceptions, all of our pieces are made to be worn 24/7 if so desired. Specifically designed to be light and comfortable, one need not ever remove your necklace or earrings unless you wish to do so.
However, it's probably a good idea to remove necklaces before using harsh cleansers and/or scrubs---which might damage the softer stones (like apatite and moonstone)---and before using occlusive creams/serums, which can cling to all stones and dull their sparkle.
If this happens, it's a fairly simple process to restore their original sheen. Mix a solution of a bit (eg about a teaspoon or so) of antibacterial dish-soap, a smidgen (about a quarter teaspoon) of Citrasol (or its equivalent: an orange-oil based strong cleanser) into about a cup and a half of water, stirring well until the mixture both foams and turns opaque.
Dunk the piece into the liquid until it's fully submerged and stir it around a bit---then leave it to soak overnight.
In the morning, rinse it off well, and voila! it should look like new!

3) CUSTOM ORDERS:
We are more than happy to take custom orders. As stated above, we have excellent sources for a wide variety of stones and materials to suit every budget and need---and we also specialize in "recycling" jewelry you already have or may have inherited but no longer wear because it does not appeal to your taste.
If you see one of our designs and would like us to re-create it using different stones or metals, let us know: we probably can accommodate you.
Please do not hesitate to convo us to discuss any ideas you might have!

4) REPAIRS:
In the unlikely event that your piece breaks, we will be more than happy to repair it for free (in most circumstances).
All that we ask is that you pay for shipping it to us.
If this should happen, convo us---with a description of the damage and a photo---& we will tell you where and how to send it to us.

5) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
a) What do you mean by "conflict-free"?
The term "conflict-free" is used most often in conjunction with the diamond industry. Fairly recently, the public became aware of the fact that the gems they were purchasing came from mines with horrendous human-rights' abuses (as well as being environmentally disastrous) and were being used to fund civil wars in Africa or other bloody armed conflicts.
In order to prevent the inadvertent purchase of these stones (also called "blood diamonds"), the label "conflict-free" was adapted and is now commonplace.
However, what most people do not yet realize is that such egregious practices---devastating human-rights abuses and environmental catastrophes---are not limited to diamond mines, but are the rule (rather than the exception) in the mining of semi-precious and precious colored stones.
At AfterPaulineStudios, we carefully screen our sources, and only buy from those rare mines that are humane and are as kind to the environment as possible.

b) Who is Pauline/what's with the title of the store?
Coming soon! ---& if you just can't wait, convo me, and I'll tell you the story!


If there are any questions that you have that we haven't answered here, please do not hesitate to convo us to ask. No question is too big or too small. We'll get back to you as soon as we can!
Hi! Welcome to the "Additional Information" page. Due to Etsy's constraints, I've had to pack a ton of information onto one page that I wish I could have otherwise separated into separate pages. If there's any information that is not listed here about which you still have questions, please do not hesitate to convo me!

1) ABOUT OUR STONES/MATERIALS:
a) SOURCES:
Of paramount importance to me is that I purchase stones that have been mined under humane and environmentally sound circumstances.
This is tremendously difficult; in an era where most diamonds are certified "conflict-free," we still are giving little or no thought as to the source of our colored gemstones.
Unfortunately, more often than not, semi-precious and precious-stones are extracted from the earth by child and/or slave labor, under egregious conditions...
...often utilizing environmentally disastrous means, in countries devastated by war and/or ill-advised socio-economic policies.
Then, after the stones are mined, they are often "treated"---ie chemically or otherwise "enhanced"---to alter their natural appearance and artificially affect their market-value.
Unless I have been seriously misled (which, as yet, has never happened), I ALWAYS purchase stones that are "conflict-free," and I NEVER purchase stones from countries or mines that use slave- and/or child-labor and/or unfair labor practices.
This has required extensive research, but is a necessary part, I feel, of responsibly doing business.
Whenever possible, I buy stones as close to the source as possible: for example, the Cerrillos turquoise that I use is purchased from a family holding a claim to one of the last extant producing mines in Cerrillos, NM; the Ethiopian Welo opals in some of my designs come from a man trading directly with the Eritreans.
I also try to buy stones that have been processed/cut in their native countries---the Welo opals that I use, eg, are cut and polished in Eritrea---& passed on through the precepts of Fair Trade.
Many of the stones I use are "recycled" in that they are antique or vintage: one of my sources is a Tibetan family that travels to Nepal and Tibet a few times a year, purchasing old turquoise and carnelian from relatives and friends and then selling it here in Santa Fe.
Some of it is up to 500 years old (occasionally older).
I also use ancient Roman glass and other antique beads when I can find them; to me, they are as precious as newly-mined precious gems.
Whenever possible, I will provide you with GIA certification (or its equivalent) and will always give you as much documentation of the provenance for any and all of my stones. In some cases, certificates of evaluation/appraisal (for insurance purposes) will be available for a stone, depending on my source; if so, I will always pass it on.

b) TREATMENT/ENHANCEMENT:
Whenever possible, I buy untreated stones. The only exception to this is that in the case of some stones---eg, emeralds, which are routinely oiled to smooth them and, when, in rare cases, treatment with heat or enhancement with oil is necessary to stabilize and/or strengthen the gem. In these cases, I will ALWAYS tell you.
However, when this treatment is optional, I will always "opt out" and buy the stones closest to its natural state as possible.
I NEVER purchase turquoise that has received any kind of treatment---so-called "stabilized" and/or "enhanced" turquoise, meaning that it has been mixed with a resin or glue to harden it or dyed to enhance the natural color.
Turquoise naturally changes color over time and/or through exposure to skin oils, often becoming darker or more green. In my opinion, this is part of its natural beauty and appeal.
To prevent this from happening, one can limit how often one wears a piece, and/or take it off when washing (hands/dishes/etc.).

c) ACQUISITION/COMMISSIONED WORK:
Finally, a note about acquisition and commissions:
If you like one of our designs but have a favorite type of stone, please feel free to convo us about possible substitutions.
We have excellent sources for a wide variety of stones at extremely reasonable prices and can easily provide you with a combination of stone and setting that will perfectly suit both your taste and budget. In all cases, we will provide you with a photograph (or multiple photographs) of the actual stone(s) you will receive, and we pledge that we can find top-quality stones at highly competitive prices.

For more information on mining practices/fair mining/Fair Trade, see the links in the "Links" section.

2) CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF YOUR NEW PIECE:
With very few exceptions, all of our pieces are made to be worn 24/7 if so desired. Specifically designed to be light and comfortable, one need not ever remove your necklace or earrings unless you wish to do so.
However, it's probably a good idea to remove necklaces before using harsh cleansers and/or scrubs---which might damage the softer stones (like apatite and moonstone)---and before using occlusive creams/serums, which can cling to all stones and dull their sparkle.
If this happens, it's a fairly simple process to restore their original sheen. Mix a solution of a bit (eg about a teaspoon or so) of antibacterial dish-soap, a smidgen (about a quarter teaspoon) of Citrasol (or its equivalent: an orange-oil based strong cleanser) into about a cup and a half of water, stirring well until the mixture both foams and turns opaque.
Dunk the piece into the liquid until it's fully submerged and stir it around a bit---then leave it to soak overnight.
In the morning, rinse it off well, and voila! it should look like new!

3) CUSTOM ORDERS:
We are more than happy to take custom orders. As stated above, we have excellent sources for a wide variety of stones and materials to suit every budget and need---and we also specialize in "recycling" jewelry you already have or may have inherited but no longer wear because it does not appeal to your taste.
If you see one of our designs and would like us to re-create it using different stones or metals, let us know: we probably can accommodate you.
Please do not hesitate to convo us to discuss any ideas you might have!

4) REPAIRS:
In the unlikely event that your piece breaks, we will be more than happy to repair it for free (in most circumstances).
All that we ask is that you pay for shipping it to us.
If this should happen, convo us---with a description of the damage and a photo---& we will tell you where and how to send it to us.

5) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
a) What do you mean by "conflict-free"?
The term "conflict-free" is used most often in conjunction with the diamond industry. Fairly recently, the public became aware of the fact that the gems they were purchasing came from mines with horrendous human-rights' abuses (as well as being environmentally disastrous) and were being used to fund civil wars in Africa or other bloody armed conflicts.
In order to prevent the inadvertent purchase of these stones (also called "blood diamonds"), the label "conflict-free" was adapted and is now commonplace.
However, what most people do not yet realize is that such egregious practices---devastating human-rights abuses and environmental catastrophes---are not limited to diamond mines, but are the rule (rather than the exception) in the mining of semi-precious and precious colored stones.
At AfterPaulineStudios, we carefully screen our sources, and only buy from those rare mines that are humane and are as kind to the environment as possible.

b) Who is Pauline/what's with the title of the store?
Coming soon! ---& if you just can't wait, convo me, and I'll tell you the story!


If there are any questions that you have that we haven't answered here, please do not hesitate to convo us to ask. No question is too big or too small. We'll get back to you as soon as we can!

Pearl Earrings

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: apatite, sterling silver, freshwater pearl, silver, fine silver, black pearls
  • Made to order
  • Favorited by: 2 people
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