Whoa! You can't favorite your own shop.

Whoa! You can't buy your own item.

Whoa! You can't favorite your own item.

Whoa! You can't add your own item to a list.

Add this item to a treasury!

Close
You don't have any treasuries yet. Enter a title below to create one.
Close

This item has been added.

View your treasury.

Like this item?

Add it to your favorites to revisit it later.

Details

Sante Fe Hoop Earrings


A recent custom order was the inspiration for these South West inspired 1.5" earrings and, fortunately, I have just enough of these gorgeous Turquoise nuggets left to make two more pairs and that will be it. I'll hand-forged a pair of these gorgeous hoops especially for you from 18G Argentium Sterling, add some light hammered texture and then bind the stunning, little Sleeping Beauty Mine Turquoise nuggets to them with copper wire to produced a gorgeous pair of earrings that I call Sante Fe!

___________________________________________________________________

IMPORTANT:

1) Please allow 14 DAYS for creation of your item (BEFORE mailing), as it's being custom made especially for you and that takes time! Will you please see my policies for approximate shipping times before writing to enquire where your package is?
http://www.etsy.com/shop/LiteworkzDesign/policy?ref=shopinfo_policies_leftnav

2) Please shop carefully, as body jewelry is NOT refundable or exchangable, no exceptions! That being said, I stand behind my work completely and offer a 100% guarantee for defects in construction and will exchange any defective items for the identical item only.
Sante Fe Hoop Earrings


A recent custom order was the inspiration for these South West inspired 1.5" earrings and, fortunately, I have just enough of these gorgeous Turquoise nuggets left to make two more pairs and that will be it. I'll hand-forged a pair of these gorgeous hoops especially for you from 18G Argentium Sterling, add some light hammered texture and then bind the stunning, little Sleeping Beauty Mine Turquoise nuggets to them with copper wire to produced a gorgeous pair of earrings that I call Sante Fe!

___________________________________________________________________

IMPORTANT:

1) Please allow 14 DAYS for creation of your item (BEFORE mailing), as it's being custom made especially for you and that takes time! Will you please see my policies for approximate shipping times before writing to enquire where your package is?
http://www.etsy.com/shop/LiteworkzDesign/policy?ref=shopinfo_policies_leftnav

2) Please shop carefully, as body jewelry is NOT refundable or exchangable, no exceptions! That being said, I stand behind my work completely and offer a 100% guarantee for defects in construction and will exchange any defective items for the identical item only.
Reviews
0 out of 5 stars.
(12)
Reviewed by ange28091
5 out of 5 stars.
Aug 2, 2014
Thank you so much for your amazing hoop earrings! Communications, packaging and shipping time were A1 and I hope to shop with you again!
Less Is More L'il Hoop earrings (1"dia)

Reviewed by sam moore
5 out of 5 stars.
May 21, 2014
Perfect! Wear it every day for a bit of fun.
14K GOLD Ring

Reviewed by Anonymous
5 out of 5 stars.
Aug 20, 2012
thanks so much!!!
CUSTOM ORDER for kaligrrrl666

Reviewed by Anonymous
5 out of 5 stars.
May 23, 2012
Very pretty earrings, great seller, VERY good communication!
Less is More South West

Reviewed by ange28091
5 out of 5 stars.
Aug 2, 2014
Thank you so much for your amazing hoop earrings! Communications, packaging and shipping time were A1 and I hope to shop with you again!
Less Is More L'il Hoop earrings (1"dia)

Reviewed by sam moore
5 out of 5 stars.
May 21, 2014
Perfect! Wear it every day for a bit of fun.
14K GOLD Ring

Reviewed by Anonymous
5 out of 5 stars.
Aug 20, 2012
thanks so much!!!
CUSTOM ORDER for kaligrrrl666

Reviewed by Anonymous
5 out of 5 stars.
May 23, 2012
Very pretty earrings, great seller, VERY good communication!
Less is More South West

Reviewed by Anonymous
5 out of 5 stars.
Sep 17, 2011
Fantastic customer service! Beautiful and unique designs. Super fast shipping from Canada to U.S. Perfect experience from beginning to end. Delighted with result.
CUSTOM ORDER for Jude

Reviewed by Anonymous
5 out of 5 stars.
Sep 13, 2011
LITEWORKZ WONDERFUL TO WORK WITH. EXTREMELY PLEASANT. QUALITY WORKMANSHIP.
Luscious Lapis

Reviewed by Anonymous
5 out of 5 stars.
Apr 19, 2011
Lovely packaging, speedy arrival. Love my new nose ring. Thank you :)
South West Flavor

Reviewed by Anonymous
5 out of 5 stars.
Jan 30, 2011
Wonderful seller - very responsive & friendly. I love my earrings, thank you!!
Less Is More L'il Hoops

Reviewed by Anonymous
5 out of 5 stars.
Jan 20, 2011
The picture does not do these earrings justice. Very elegant. The craftsperson was kind enough to switch from posts to hoops. Service was excellent.
Spiral Dance Luna

Reviewed by Anonymous
5 out of 5 stars.
Jan 20, 2011
Colourful, delicate and well made. Glamourous yet understated.
Fire 'N Ice

Shipping

Shipping from Canada
Ready to ship in
1 - 2 weeks
ALL SHIPPING TO CANADA & USA HAS TRACKING & INSURANCE

CREATION PERIODS & RUSH ORDERS:

1) There is a 14-day creation period before shipping: unless marked as "Ready To Ship", each order is individually handcrafted. While I always try to ship earlier, it depends on my workload, as orders are created chronologically. Ready To Ship items ship within 2-business days.

2) CREATIONS PERIODS "CAN VARY" FROM LISTING TO LISTING... shipping time is noted in each listing towards the bottom of the listing right under "Ships From Canada"... please see the shipping time for your listing. Sometimes I have to order a part of stone in and this can take longer.

3) RUSH ORDERS... if you need something immediately and it has to be "moved to the front of the queue", there will be a $20 surcharge which will be invoiced through PayPal, as I do orders in chronological order and it means someone's order gets bumped.


SHIPPING METHODS / rated / DELIVERY ESTIMATES:

1) I DO NOT SHIP ON WEEKENDS... as nothing leaves the PO on weekends (even though I can drop things off)... so your item will ship on the next business day so if your shipping date, as clearly noted on your order, falls on a weekend or a stat holiday, it will ship on the next BUSINESS day.

5) DELIVERY TIMES... THESE ARE "APPROXIMATIONS" ONLY:

USA: 7 - 12 business*** days
Canada: 5 - 7 business*** days
International: 14+ business*** days - varies by country & VERY hard to estimate

***Business days*** means Monday thru Friday and does NOT including weekends or statutory holidays. If your shipping date falls on a weekend or a stat holiday then I will ship next business day.

6) CUSTOMS & DUTY:

By law, I must declare the contents and full value on the Customs Declaration... please, do NOT ask me to alter this in any way, as that would be a criminal offense and I will not do it under any circumstance.

Please be aware that you may have to pay duty and taxes if Customs does a spot check on your package... this very seldom happens but it's always a possibility. You are fully responsible for payment. The general amount for the duties and taxes fee is roughly 15% of the dollar amount of the merchandise, however, this is only a general guideline and may vary depending on your country.

On rare occasions there might be a delay in delivery is your package is held by Customs for inspection but it’s usually only two of three days additional from what customers tell me. 

7) INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING INFO & RESTRICTIONS:

I am not responsible for paying any taxes, tariffs or duties levied by your country and I am not responsible for any Customs restrictions and/or other regulations that apply to gem material contained in your order! The customer is wholly responsible for all these things and I encourage you to speak with the Customs officials in your country if you have any questions. Do not order gems that are illegal to import into your country... import laws vary from country to country and it's the customer's responsibility to check with their Customs office to see if their country permits the import of certain gem material. If for any reason the package is seized by the Customs in your country, it is NOT my fault and I will NOT issue you a refund... knowing the Customs rules of your country is solely your responsibility and not mine so it's a "buyer beware" situation.



Payments

Secure options
  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Etsy keeps your payment information secure. Etsy shops never receive your credit card information.
CANADIAN TAXES: BC residents must pay the appropriate taxes

CANCELLATIONS:

a) *NO* CANCELLATIONS AFTER 24 HOURS FROM TIME OF YOUR PURCHASE!!! Please write immediately after ordering if there's a problem with your order and/or you have to cancel.

b) ABSOLUTELY *NO* CANCELLATION OF "CUSTOM ORDERS" IN WHICH I HAVE ORDERED SPECIAL METALS AND/OR GEM MATERIAL SPECIFICALLY FOR THE ORDER!


Returns & exchanges

1) I stand behind my craftsmanship 100%... if you experience a defect resulting in the item's construction within 30 days of your purchase date, please email me and wait for my reply. The item must must be returned in it's original packaging and shipped with full contents insurance and racking! Original S&H charges will not be refunded, as is usual with returns. Please contact me before leaving negative feedback, as I desperately want to see you happy and I'll do whatever I can to that end.

2) BODY OR NOSE JEWELRY: *** ABSOLUTELY NO REFUND OR EXCHANGES***

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING & SHOP VERY CAREFULLY... BY LAW WHERE I LIVE, THERE ARE ***NO*** RETURNS ON BODY JEWELRY ~ NO EXCEPTIONS, PLEASE DON'T ASK FOR ONE! This is the law where I love and it is to protect consumer health... this is the same policy in returning body jewelry to retails stores, it is not allowed.

I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE OR BREAKAGE OCCURRING FROM A CUSTOMER TAMPERING WITH THEIR NOZE JEWEL IN AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AFTER THEY HAVE RECEOVED THEIR ORDER! I HAVE HAD THIS HAPPEN! SILVER HARDENS AS IT'S MANIPULATED (CALLED WORK HARDENING)... THIS HAS ALREADY OCCURED WHILE I've MADE YOUR ITEM SO BREAKAGE CAN OCCUR IF A CUSTOMER FIDDLES AROUND TOO MUCH!!! Before trying to make adjustments yourself, please contact me and either send it back for me to make the adjustment for you or else take it to a jeweler near you for minor tweaking, they should not charge much.

3) CUSTOM ORDERS: absolutely NO return/refund/exchange unless due to a fault of a defect in construction.

3) ON ALL OTHER ITEMS OF JEWELRY:

I will refund or exchange regular items of jewelry (meaning not on body jewelry) providing the item is returned to me within 7 days of you receiving it... because my packages are tracked, I know which day this is. The item to be returned must be in 100% pristine conditions and returned with full insurance and tracking. IF IT IS PAST 7 DAYS... I will not refund or exchange.






1) I stand behind my craftsmanship 100%... if you experience a defect resulting in the item's construction within 30 days of your purchase date, please email me and wait for my reply. The item must must be returned in it's original packaging and shipped with full contents insurance and racking! Original S&H charges will not be refunded, as is usual with returns. Please contact me before leaving negative feedback, as I desperately want to see you happy and I'll do whatever I can to that end.

2) BODY OR NOSE JEWELRY: *** ABSOLUTELY NO REFUND OR EXCHANGES***

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING & SHOP VERY CAREFULLY... BY LAW WHERE I LIVE, THERE ARE ***NO*** RETURNS ON BODY JEWELRY ~ NO EXCEPTIONS, PLEASE DON'T ASK FOR ONE! This is the law where I love and it is to protect consumer health... this is the same policy in returning body jewelry to retails stores, it is not allowed.

I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE OR BREAKAGE OCCURRING FROM A CUSTOMER TAMPERING WITH THEIR NOZE JEWEL IN AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AFTER THEY HAVE RECEOVED THEIR ORDER! I HAVE HAD THIS HAPPEN! SILVER HARDENS AS IT'S MANIPULATED (CALLED WORK HARDENING)... THIS HAS ALREADY OCCURED WHILE I've MADE YOUR ITEM SO BREAKAGE CAN OCCUR IF A CUSTOMER FIDDLES AROUND TOO MUCH!!! Before trying to make adjustments yourself, please contact me and either send it back for me to make the adjustment for you or else take it to a jeweler near you for minor tweaking, they should not charge much.

3) CUSTOM ORDERS: absolutely NO return/refund/exchange unless due to a fault of a defect in construction.

3) ON ALL OTHER ITEMS OF JEWELRY:

I will refund or exchange regular items of jewelry (meaning not on body jewelry) providing the item is returned to me within 7 days of you receiving it... because my packages are tracked, I know which day this is. The item to be returned must be in 100% pristine conditions and returned with full insurance and tracking. IF IT IS PAST 7 DAYS... I will not refund or exchange.






Additional policies

I work in precious metals and premium gem materials. All gems are hand selected and I use nothing but the very best material obtainable.

A NOTE ON GEM COLOR: Gems of the same type vary in color by nature and their color is also highly influenced by the type of light it's observed under so incandescent and florescent light, sunlight and clouds will each produce a different tone or shade of color in the same gem! Computer screens also vary in the way they show the same color so a listing may appear may or may not appear slightly differnent in shade or tone on someone else’s screen.

MY GUARANTEE:

I offer a 100% guarantee against any defect in craftsmanship (NOT from breakage arising from a customer bending/adjusting the metal - pls see #3 directly above this) for a 30 day period after purchase. Any problems in an item's creation will happen within that time frame if it's going to. If you have a problem with your piece arising from it's fabrication (creation), or feel that you do, please contact me immediately. The following protocol will be used...

a) In the event of unforeseeable and very limited circumstances, there will be NO refunds and an EXCHANGE ONLY FOR THE IDENTICAL ITEM! At my discretion, I will either repair the item or else exchange it for the identical item meaning I will not exchange for another item, NO exceptions will be made.

b) You must contact me by email within seven (7) days of receiving your order... please do ***NOT ship the item back to me*** until I have responded to your email or else I will not accept your return.

c) I must received the defective item back within thirty (30) days from the order date and in it's original packaging.

d) BUYER PAYS RETURN SHIPPING FEE... original shipping & handling fees will not be refunded. !

___________________________________________________________________

VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:

***DO "NOT" WEAR STERLING SILVER, FINE SILVER OR ARGENTIUM STERLING IN A PIERCING THAT IS LESS THAN 6 MONTHS OLD... AND WAITING 12 MONTHS IS EVEN BETTER YET***

1) Placing Silver in a new piercing with fragile scar tissue can "sometimes", on VERY rare occasions, result in staining in and/or around the piercing. There is some debate over the truth in this but I feel I must put it out there! While very rare, please be aware there's a small possibly it could happen and an even more rare possibility that it might cause a permanent stain. Older piercings will most likely never stain if PROPER hygiene (read below) is followed but that is NOT a 100% guarantee so be forewarned! I have warned you so I am NOT responsible if any staining and/or /discoloration occurs from one of my items if it occurs. What you "might" experience given the right chemical situation, in residual tarnish rubbing off in and/or around your piercing... this is oxidative residue and is NOT permanent and WILL wash off!!! This even happens with 18K gold... I have two 18K rings and, on occasion, I will have a slightly grey mark left underneath them.

2) ALL Sterling, Argentium and Fine Silver WILL oxidize (tarnish), this is the nature of Silver and it is NOT the fault of the material of a problem with craftsmanship; I buy all my metals from a supplier to the professional industry!!! Tarnished silver can sometimes turn black, grey or greenish... this oxidative residue can sometimes rub off on the skin in and around nasal piercings... while not attractive, it is just the nature of the material and even 18K gold will oxidizes and leaves marks at times, as the same alloys are used in silver are used in gold. The warm, moist environment of a nasal piercing is the perfect situation for oxidization to happen (more in #2 below on this), especially combined with facial products. Please be aware that I am NOT responsible for this natural occurrence, as it is a result of the silver reacting to something in the environment and not due to it’s manufacture. Wearing your nose jewelry non-stop and without a "rest period" at some point during the day or night when you take out your jewelry to allow the skin and piercing to dry and breath also has the potential to create this problem... please consider yourself to be warned. If you're worried about oxidization, one can buy a paint on protector used on pierced earrings for people with nickel allergies... it can be found in the pierced earring section in retail and drug stores and online.

3) DO NOT LEAVE YOUR NOSE JEWELRY IN 24/7/365... YOUR SKIN UNDERNEATH YOUR NOSE JEWELRY MUST BREATHE!!! All nose jewelry should be taken out at some point during the day (overnight is best), as this allows the skin underneath the jewelry and in the piercing channel itself to dry and to breathe... this is MOST important!!! Nasal piercings are dark, warm moist environments and totally perfect incubators for bacterial growth and it is known to happen! Leaving your jewelry in 24/7/365 creates a perfect set of conditions for serious infection to take place so, please, treat your piercing with respect and allow it to breath in order for it to remain healthy.

4) TARNISH INFO & JEWELRY CARE:
ALL forms of Silver WILL tarnish... even the Fine Silver I use in bezels, 99.9% pure silver, will tarnish! Sterling Silver is composed of .925% of pure silver and 0.75% of other metals to make an alloy we call Sterling. Tarnish is the result of a process called oxidization which is formed when pollutants in the environment or acids in skin oils found in/around a nasal piercing (combined with the warm, moist environment of the piercing itself accelerating it) contact the alloys in the Sterling. A well known tarnish-causing culprit is chlorine found in tap water and swimming pools so it is NOT advisable or recommended to wear your silver jewelry when bathing, showering or swimming!!! I use a highly tarnish resistant form of Sterling called Argentium Sterling which was developed fairly recently... Argentium contains 93.0% of pure silver and the remaining 7.0% is formed with less copper than .925 Sterling plus the addition of Ganadium which helps to prevent tarnish... but it still tarnishes!!! I use Fine Silver (99.9% pure silver) for bezels when I can and, while they are slightly more tarnish resistant, they also will tarnish, for such is the nature of Silver.

Tarnish can easily be removed with either commercial silver cleaner purchased at jewelry counters, drug stores, etc., or else with the homemade cleaner noted below. While most commercial cleaners are safe for gemstones, please be VERY careful with pearls, as their luster can be harmed by some cleaners so carefully read ALL directions on the container before placing your pearls in them! The following recipe is safe for Sterling, Argentium, gold, silver, brass, copper and bronze; I have also cleaned jewelry containing pearls with it but please do be careful for those items.

OXIDIZED (ANTIQUED) JEWELRY FINISH: Please be aware that ALL applied antiquing (oxidization) will wear off over time, as it cannot be made permanent.

A SIMPLE & EFFECTIVE HOMEMADE CLEANING SOLUTION:

1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp washing soda (NOT baking soda)
1 Tbsp dish detergent
1 c hot water

1. Cut a piece of aluminum foil to roughly cover the bottom of a small, glass bowl.
2. Add water to bowl (don't add foil yet) - heat in microwave until hot but NOT boiling.
3. Into the bowl place foil and add salt, baking soda and dish detergent.
4. Place your jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5-10 minutes... jewelry MUST be in contact with foil!
4. Rinse in cool water and dry completely with soft cloth.
5. Discard solution after use, as it will no longer work.

This can be used to clean Karat Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Fine Silver (.999), Sterling Silver (.925) and Argentium Sterling (.930), brass, copper, gold-filled wire and German (nickel) silver. You can clean pearls using this method but be very careful because pearls can easily be damaged (affecting their luster)! If pieces are heavily tarnished, you may have to repeat process by first soaking items and then cleaning them with a soft toothbrush, rinse and soak again for an additional few minutes and rinse thoroughly and dry.

______________________________________________________________

LISTING PICTURES: Except for Ready To Ship listings where the included pictures are of the actual item you will receive, the rest of my listings feature pictures that are REPRESENTATIONAL ONLY and of items already sold.. This being said, I absolutely guarantee that the gem you’ll receive will be equal or greater value/quality to the one shown in the listings!

MY METALS & GEM MATERIALS... I endeavor to offer as many rare and hard to find stones for my discerning customers as I can and constantly search for these unique gem material. I use ONLY top grade, earth-mined gem materials as found in nature other than Moissanite which is more costly than some diamonds. I use absolutely NO lab-created or synthetic gems and I work only in "precious metals" meaning, pure 14K/18K/22K gold, Platinum and several forms of Silver (Sterling, Argentium Sterling, Fine Silver, Palladium Silver)... I do not use gold-fill or base metals at all. My default stem is U/left piercing/19ga Argentium/6mm shaft.

SETTINGS: All my items including the settings are fabricated by my hand at my workbench using traditional metalsmithing techniques garnered from over 30 years of experience. I do NOT "glue" gems into their setting EVER... but I do place a less than hair thin bead of special sealant between the gem and the edge of the bezel in order that dirt, pollutants and skins oils and acids do not sneak under the tight fitting bezels to work their way down and under the stone (which happens by capillary action in all bezel setting) marring shine and beauty! You cannot see this tiny seal because it’s less than half a human hair in thickness; in NO WAY does it secure the gem, as that’s the job of the bezel or claws! I can make "most" of my Silver listings in 14K or 18K gold and some I can render in 22K or Platinum although there are some exceptions with the last two so please convo me if you have a request or idea that you’d like a quote on.

__________________________________________________________________

A NOTE ON GEM COLOR: Gems of the same type vary in color by nature and their color is also highly influenced by the type of light it's observed under so incandescent and florescent light, sunlight and clouds will each produce a different tone or shade of color in the same gem! Top quality flawless Moonstone WILL appear completely colorless from some angles but I 100% a good flash in each and every Moonstone I set because I will not set stones that aren’t up to my standards. Computer screens vary in the way they show the same color so a listing may appear may or may not appear slightly different in shade or tone on your screen and in real life but I try my level best to ensure that the pics in each listing I put up matches the exact color of the gem as it appears to my eye.

PROBLEMS: If you have a problem with an item you've purchased from me, please contact me BEFORE leaving negative feedback and lets work things out to your satisfaction! I pride myself on my customer service and strive for happy, well satisfied customers so I always bend over backwards to ensure that happens.
I work in precious metals and premium gem materials. All gems are hand selected and I use nothing but the very best material obtainable.

A NOTE ON GEM COLOR: Gems of the same type vary in color by nature and their color is also highly influenced by the type of light it's observed under so incandescent and florescent light, sunlight and clouds will each produce a different tone or shade of color in the same gem! Computer screens also vary in the way they show the same color so a listing may appear may or may not appear slightly differnent in shade or tone on someone else’s screen.

MY GUARANTEE:

I offer a 100% guarantee against any defect in craftsmanship (NOT from breakage arising from a customer bending/adjusting the metal - pls see #3 directly above this) for a 30 day period after purchase. Any problems in an item's creation will happen within that time frame if it's going to. If you have a problem with your piece arising from it's fabrication (creation), or feel that you do, please contact me immediately. The following protocol will be used...

a) In the event of unforeseeable and very limited circumstances, there will be NO refunds and an EXCHANGE ONLY FOR THE IDENTICAL ITEM! At my discretion, I will either repair the item or else exchange it for the identical item meaning I will not exchange for another item, NO exceptions will be made.

b) You must contact me by email within seven (7) days of receiving your order... please do ***NOT ship the item back to me*** until I have responded to your email or else I will not accept your return.

c) I must received the defective item back within thirty (30) days from the order date and in it's original packaging.

d) BUYER PAYS RETURN SHIPPING FEE... original shipping & handling fees will not be refunded. !

___________________________________________________________________

VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:

***DO "NOT" WEAR STERLING SILVER, FINE SILVER OR ARGENTIUM STERLING IN A PIERCING THAT IS LESS THAN 6 MONTHS OLD... AND WAITING 12 MONTHS IS EVEN BETTER YET***

1) Placing Silver in a new piercing with fragile scar tissue can "sometimes", on VERY rare occasions, result in staining in and/or around the piercing. There is some debate over the truth in this but I feel I must put it out there! While very rare, please be aware there's a small possibly it could happen and an even more rare possibility that it might cause a permanent stain. Older piercings will most likely never stain if PROPER hygiene (read below) is followed but that is NOT a 100% guarantee so be forewarned! I have warned you so I am NOT responsible if any staining and/or /discoloration occurs from one of my items if it occurs. What you "might" experience given the right chemical situation, in residual tarnish rubbing off in and/or around your piercing... this is oxidative residue and is NOT permanent and WILL wash off!!! This even happens with 18K gold... I have two 18K rings and, on occasion, I will have a slightly grey mark left underneath them.

2) ALL Sterling, Argentium and Fine Silver WILL oxidize (tarnish), this is the nature of Silver and it is NOT the fault of the material of a problem with craftsmanship; I buy all my metals from a supplier to the professional industry!!! Tarnished silver can sometimes turn black, grey or greenish... this oxidative residue can sometimes rub off on the skin in and around nasal piercings... while not attractive, it is just the nature of the material and even 18K gold will oxidizes and leaves marks at times, as the same alloys are used in silver are used in gold. The warm, moist environment of a nasal piercing is the perfect situation for oxidization to happen (more in #2 below on this), especially combined with facial products. Please be aware that I am NOT responsible for this natural occurrence, as it is a result of the silver reacting to something in the environment and not due to it’s manufacture. Wearing your nose jewelry non-stop and without a "rest period" at some point during the day or night when you take out your jewelry to allow the skin and piercing to dry and breath also has the potential to create this problem... please consider yourself to be warned. If you're worried about oxidization, one can buy a paint on protector used on pierced earrings for people with nickel allergies... it can be found in the pierced earring section in retail and drug stores and online.

3) DO NOT LEAVE YOUR NOSE JEWELRY IN 24/7/365... YOUR SKIN UNDERNEATH YOUR NOSE JEWELRY MUST BREATHE!!! All nose jewelry should be taken out at some point during the day (overnight is best), as this allows the skin underneath the jewelry and in the piercing channel itself to dry and to breathe... this is MOST important!!! Nasal piercings are dark, warm moist environments and totally perfect incubators for bacterial growth and it is known to happen! Leaving your jewelry in 24/7/365 creates a perfect set of conditions for serious infection to take place so, please, treat your piercing with respect and allow it to breath in order for it to remain healthy.

4) TARNISH INFO & JEWELRY CARE:
ALL forms of Silver WILL tarnish... even the Fine Silver I use in bezels, 99.9% pure silver, will tarnish! Sterling Silver is composed of .925% of pure silver and 0.75% of other metals to make an alloy we call Sterling. Tarnish is the result of a process called oxidization which is formed when pollutants in the environment or acids in skin oils found in/around a nasal piercing (combined with the warm, moist environment of the piercing itself accelerating it) contact the alloys in the Sterling. A well known tarnish-causing culprit is chlorine found in tap water and swimming pools so it is NOT advisable or recommended to wear your silver jewelry when bathing, showering or swimming!!! I use a highly tarnish resistant form of Sterling called Argentium Sterling which was developed fairly recently... Argentium contains 93.0% of pure silver and the remaining 7.0% is formed with less copper than .925 Sterling plus the addition of Ganadium which helps to prevent tarnish... but it still tarnishes!!! I use Fine Silver (99.9% pure silver) for bezels when I can and, while they are slightly more tarnish resistant, they also will tarnish, for such is the nature of Silver.

Tarnish can easily be removed with either commercial silver cleaner purchased at jewelry counters, drug stores, etc., or else with the homemade cleaner noted below. While most commercial cleaners are safe for gemstones, please be VERY careful with pearls, as their luster can be harmed by some cleaners so carefully read ALL directions on the container before placing your pearls in them! The following recipe is safe for Sterling, Argentium, gold, silver, brass, copper and bronze; I have also cleaned jewelry containing pearls with it but please do be careful for those items.

OXIDIZED (ANTIQUED) JEWELRY FINISH: Please be aware that ALL applied antiquing (oxidization) will wear off over time, as it cannot be made permanent.

A SIMPLE & EFFECTIVE HOMEMADE CLEANING SOLUTION:

1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp washing soda (NOT baking soda)
1 Tbsp dish detergent
1 c hot water

1. Cut a piece of aluminum foil to roughly cover the bottom of a small, glass bowl.
2. Add water to bowl (don't add foil yet) - heat in microwave until hot but NOT boiling.
3. Into the bowl place foil and add salt, baking soda and dish detergent.
4. Place your jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5-10 minutes... jewelry MUST be in contact with foil!
4. Rinse in cool water and dry completely with soft cloth.
5. Discard solution after use, as it will no longer work.

This can be used to clean Karat Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Fine Silver (.999), Sterling Silver (.925) and Argentium Sterling (.930), brass, copper, gold-filled wire and German (nickel) silver. You can clean pearls using this method but be very careful because pearls can easily be damaged (affecting their luster)! If pieces are heavily tarnished, you may have to repeat process by first soaking items and then cleaning them with a soft toothbrush, rinse and soak again for an additional few minutes and rinse thoroughly and dry.

______________________________________________________________

LISTING PICTURES: Except for Ready To Ship listings where the included pictures are of the actual item you will receive, the rest of my listings feature pictures that are REPRESENTATIONAL ONLY and of items already sold.. This being said, I absolutely guarantee that the gem you’ll receive will be equal or greater value/quality to the one shown in the listings!

MY METALS & GEM MATERIALS... I endeavor to offer as many rare and hard to find stones for my discerning customers as I can and constantly search for these unique gem material. I use ONLY top grade, earth-mined gem materials as found in nature other than Moissanite which is more costly than some diamonds. I use absolutely NO lab-created or synthetic gems and I work only in "precious metals" meaning, pure 14K/18K/22K gold, Platinum and several forms of Silver (Sterling, Argentium Sterling, Fine Silver, Palladium Silver)... I do not use gold-fill or base metals at all. My default stem is U/left piercing/19ga Argentium/6mm shaft.

SETTINGS: All my items including the settings are fabricated by my hand at my workbench using traditional metalsmithing techniques garnered from over 30 years of experience. I do NOT "glue" gems into their setting EVER... but I do place a less than hair thin bead of special sealant between the gem and the edge of the bezel in order that dirt, pollutants and skins oils and acids do not sneak under the tight fitting bezels to work their way down and under the stone (which happens by capillary action in all bezel setting) marring shine and beauty! You cannot see this tiny seal because it’s less than half a human hair in thickness; in NO WAY does it secure the gem, as that’s the job of the bezel or claws! I can make "most" of my Silver listings in 14K or 18K gold and some I can render in 22K or Platinum although there are some exceptions with the last two so please convo me if you have a request or idea that you’d like a quote on.

__________________________________________________________________

A NOTE ON GEM COLOR: Gems of the same type vary in color by nature and their color is also highly influenced by the type of light it's observed under so incandescent and florescent light, sunlight and clouds will each produce a different tone or shade of color in the same gem! Top quality flawless Moonstone WILL appear completely colorless from some angles but I 100% a good flash in each and every Moonstone I set because I will not set stones that aren’t up to my standards. Computer screens vary in the way they show the same color so a listing may appear may or may not appear slightly different in shade or tone on your screen and in real life but I try my level best to ensure that the pics in each listing I put up matches the exact color of the gem as it appears to my eye.

PROBLEMS: If you have a problem with an item you've purchased from me, please contact me BEFORE leaving negative feedback and lets work things out to your satisfaction! I pride myself on my customer service and strive for happy, well satisfied customers so I always bend over backwards to ensure that happens.

Sante Fe Hoop earrings (1.5" in diameter)

$89.95

Only 1 available

Etsy Purchase Guarantee

Get what you ordered or your money back.
Learn more


Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Argentium Sterling, Sleeping Beauty Mine Turquoise
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
  • Feedback: 12 reviews
  • Favorited by: 8 people
  • View shop policies

You may also like

Turquoise Hoops
Turquoise Hoops
$15.00
AppleOfMyEyePortrait
Turquoise hoops
Turquoise hoops
$34.00
Spyhavenart
Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings
Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings
$35.00
NoellMarieHandbags
Turquoise Sterling Silver Earrings
Turquoise Sterling Silver Earrings
$33.25
VestaJewelry
Turquoise Hoops Earrings
Turquoise Hoops Earrings
$12.99
VlBESJewelry