ExLibrisJewellery

Quality handmade book themed jewellery

Wellington, New Zealand · 98 Sales

ExLibrisJewellery

Quality handmade book themed jewellery

Wellington, New Zealand 98 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(27)

Announcement   Quality handmade book themed jewellery. Colourful or classic tone leather binds these delicate statement pieces that capture a love of literature while also remaining stylish and sophisticated! Crafted from rescued manuscript proof copies of books that would otherwise be thrown away and re-used leather (where possible) you don’t need to give up quality when buying something that has been upcycled.

Thank you for supporting my work and giving me the opportunity to do what I love each day!

xo
Imogen

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Announcement

Quality handmade book themed jewellery. Colourful or classic tone leather binds these delicate statement pieces that capture a love of literature while also remaining stylish and sophisticated! Crafted from rescued manuscript proof copies of books that would otherwise be thrown away and re-used leather (where possible) you don’t need to give up quality when buying something that has been upcycled.

Thank you for supporting my work and giving me the opportunity to do what I love each day!

xo
Imogen

Follow Ex Libris on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/ExLibrisJewellery

Imogen Wilson

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About

I love books, both as things to read and as objects of beauty.

I live in my home town Wellington, New Zealand where for the better part of ten years I've worked in local bookshops in order to feed my literary habit and pay my rent. In 2009 I launched my first creative business Imogen Wilson Jewellery https://www.etsy.com/shop/findimogenwilson when, after selling at my first craft fair, I was approached by the owner of a local shop and asked if she could stock my earrings. The rest, as they say, is history! For several years I was bookseller by day, maker by night and sold at craft fairs on the weekend.

Fast forward to 2013, and I found myself in a unique position: I was getting married and going on a two month honeymoon. My day job couldn’t give me that much time off. I could request less leave and have a shorter honeymoon. Or I could quit my job and leap into the big, scary unknown world of self-employment. And seeing as I made roughly the same selling earrings as I did working 9-5…

I quit my job.

It was completely terrifying, and yet it also wasn't at all. It felt right; I felt ready. I've never been happier with my work or my life. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of hard work and very long hours, but I am giving it a shot and it’s a great feeling betting on myself!

I have always been creative, and have dabbled in every form of making you can imagine. From sewing, to pottery, painting, metal work, and everything in between. The only thing I love more than creating things and working with my hands is books, both as things to read and as objects of beauty. So when I returned from honeymoon with oodles of time at my disposal, instead of simply expanding the origami jewellery range I already had, I also created a totally new brand—Ex Libris Jewellery!

My original business had a simple conception, I loved the idea of wearing a pair of origami crane earrings- so I made some. After receiving compliments on that first pair (and realising how fun they were to make), I sold them. The business grew and morphed day by day. I made it up as I went along, and it grew and changed as I learnt more.
Creating a new brand was such a different experience from spending four years working on the first one. But the idea came from the same place: it was something I wanted to wear myself, and I thought other people would too.

I made my first book necklace by re-purposing a leather wallet and giving new life to a proof manuscript copy of a book. I gave it to my good friend Jane, who works in publishing, for her birthday. I soon realised I could make my products out of re-purposed materials for the most part, just like the original necklace I had made Jane. It would cut down on my eco footprint, and give my brand an ethos to be proud of. It was a way of working with books again, even though I no longer worked 'with books'. Also, handling tiny tomes all day meant I could pretend I was a giant... What's not to love!

I contacted my favourite shoe company, Minnie Cooper, which is something of a Wellington institution. They kindly agreed to save me their leather off-cuts, meaning not only was my business centered around re-purposing it was also working side-by-side with a local business. This was one of my proudest business moments. I was so chuffed to be associated with a company I admire so much, and also very proud that the networking skills I had taught myself over the years had paid off.

I love how being a 'one man band' means there’s a variety of work, there is always something to do, and it's different every day. Sometimes motivation is hard, but often the moment it's lagging will be when I receive a bit of feedback from a happy customer, which makes it all worthwhile.

I make jewellery that is fun yet elegant and unique. It's important to me that my work is different, makes people smile, and doesn't take itself too seriously! As much as I love simplistic jewellery made from precious metals, or a bit of bling now and again, my jewellery is a conversation starter where other pieces might not be.

I make things I enjoy making, enjoy wearing, and enjoy promoting. It's something I can do from the comfort of my house (while the newest addition to the business, my 3 month old baby, sleeps in the other room). I am adding to the micro-economy, to the handmade movement, and creating something from (mostly) re-purposed materials. When you buy from me, you buy from my heart, from my hands, from my family. You add to my story, and become part of it.

A mentor of mine, Jess Van Den, said it best:

“I believe in handmade. I believe in the power and the goodness of the micro-economy. I buy handmade wherever I can. I believe that the more of us who succeed, the better our world and our lives will be.”

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  • Imogen Wilson

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I’m Imogen, the gal on the other side of the screen. I live in my hometown Wellington, New Zealand. I’m a jeweller, a blogger, a wife, an only child, a chocolate-addict, a bookworm & facebook-aholic.

  • Lindsay

    Designer, Motivator, Breakfast Maker

    Lindsay is Imogen’s husband, the Robin to her Batman. There would be no jewellery without Lindsay being the expert alarm clock and breakfast maker that he is. He’s also the brains behind website building, design, & my #1 fan.

  • Handmade by Me

    Ethos, Philisophy

    I am part of the Etsy team 'Handmade by Me' which guarantees that I make everything in this shop by hand, no mass production here!

Shop policies

Last updated on 22 September, 2015
Welcome! Thank you for visiting Ex Libris Jewellery!

Quality handmade book themed jewellery (jewelry) that is elegant, unique and doesn't take itself too seriously - handmade in New Zealand by Imogen Wilson

*I handmade each item in this shop myself, if a colour you desire is not available please contact me and I will list one if already available in my studio, or make one for you from scratch if i can!

*My book jewellery is made from recycled books that I have put out of their mysery. Perhaps they were missing their cover, some pages, had been water damaged. You won't notice any of this in the final piece as I make sure the section I use is in good condition. I love recycling and re purposing materials where possible, most of the leather I use is also recycled (I like to chop up wallets or handbags from op shops!)

Need help completing your order? Please read this - http://help.etsy.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/245

Accepted payment methods

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  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
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  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I offer a 10 day full refund for return policy. If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, please contact me within 10 days of receiving it. However - please be aware that I cannot accept returns of custom orders. I also cannot accept returns of earrings that have been worn for health and safety reasons.

I want you to be happy with your order, and I will do whatever I can to work with you to sort out any issues!

Return the item in original condition, and I will refund the full price on receiving it back. I cannot accept responsibility for repaying postage and handling charges.
Payment
Payment is accepted through PayPal. If you don't have an account, you can still pay using a debit or credit card if you pick this option!

If you live in New Zealand and would like to pay by direct credit please contact me for my bank details as this is no trouble!

If your payment will be delayed for any reason, please get in touch!

If I don't receive payment and don't hear from you within four days, I will re list the item and cancel the sale.
Shipping
Most of the time the items listed are already made, sitting in my studio, awaiting your purchase. This means the turn around time for me to post them to you is very short. I will often post the day of the sale, and if that is not possible for some reason, the day after.

I do ship internationally; however, please remember I am shipping from NZ. I cannot promise your package will arrive by a certain date. Sometimes packages are held up in Customs for seemingly no reason, and transit times vary wildly. For example, I have had packages reach Australia, the US or the UK anywhere from 10 days to 4 weeks after sending.

Please make sure your Etsy address and PayPal address are the same, as confusion with address will lead to delays with your order.

Please note tracking is not included with your order- NZ Post does not include tracking either domestic nor international tracking as part of their standard shipping cost. If you'd like to upgrade your shipping to include tracking, please let me know, however it can be quite expensive.

If your package does not turn up within the expected time frame, please contact me and I will do my best to rectify the situation! However, please be aware that I don't consider a parcel 'lost' in the post until it has been a full 6 weeks from the date of shipping, and I will not replace an item sooner than this.
Additional policies and FAQs
How to Care for your Paper Jewellery:
Treat your paper book jewellery as you would treat a real book. They are tougher than they look, but i'd still advise keeping them away from water and fire! They are stronger than they look, but still fragile so treat them as such. I would suggest spraying perfume before putting jewellery on to stop it reacting with the theather or damaging the paper.

Please keep in mind that all items in this shop are completely handmade, and therefore some small imperfections may be present. Hopefully, you will, as I do, see any small imperfection as part of what makes a personally hand-made item unique. After all, we are, none of us, perfect!

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FAQ:

I HAVE A SHOP; CAN I PUT YOUR WORK IN IT?
I do sell wholesale; please message me for more information!

DO YOU OFFER BULK DISCOUNTS?
Usually no, it would have to be a pretty huge order for me to consider it.