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Chocolate and Steel by Christine Street

Chocolate and Steel is an eco-friendly jewelry collection that is handcrafted by Christine Street in Los Angeles, California. It is simple, modern, and cheerful.

My studio is run in the most eco-friendly way possible. Metal scraps are saved and reclaimed, no harsh chemicals are used and my studio is powered by 100% renewable energy sources including wind and solar power. All metals offered at reclaimed from previous manufacturing processes. Read on for more specific information about the metals and stones I use.

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  • Born on January 6
  • Joined December 19, 2006

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fine silver, Sterling silver, pmc, metal, gemstones, copper, white bronze

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About

Chocolate and Steel by Christine Street

Chocolate and Steel is an eco-friendly jewelry collection that is handcrafted by Christine Street in Los Angeles, California. It is simple, modern, and cheerful.

My studio is run in the most eco-friendly way possible. Metal scraps are saved and reclaimed, no harsh chemicals are used and my studio is powered by 100% renewable energy sources including wind and solar power. All metals offered at reclaimed from previous manufacturing processes. Read on for more specific information about the metals and stones I use.

Become a fan on Facebook to stay informed about sales and new designs:
http://www.facebook.com/ChocolateandSteel

NEW*** Gift certificates are now available! All denominations available:
http://etsy.me/rFWB6k

::About the metals that I use::
Currently I offer 3 different metals. Please note that all of the metals are nickel free. If you see a listing you like but the piece pictured is in a different metal, please email me your request. Most pieces can be made in any of these metals.

*Sterling Silver - Sterling Silver is also known as .925, which translates to 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper. This is the most common form of silver used in jewelry. It is very strong, perfect for rings! Most people have no reaction to the base metal (copper) in sterling silver as it is such a small amount. Sterling silver will tarnish over time. To minimize tarnishing, store in a jewelry box or bag out of the sun. If you need to bring back its luster, you may use any store bought silver cleaner or scrub with baking soda. The sterling silver I use has been reclaimed from previous manufacturing processes such as old jewelry sent to refineries. This is an eco-friendly selection. The chain included is sterling silver and made in the USA.

*White Bronze - White Bronze is an metal alloy of 60% Copper, 25% Tin, 15% Zinc. It is a strong metal with a gunmetal grey appearance. To keep it bright and beautiful wear it often, store in a jewelry box or bag, away from the sun. In my experience, chlorine can affect the color of bronze so I recommend to avoid wearing in a pool. If you need to bring back its luster, you may clean using steel wool or a fine grit sandpaper (220 or higher). The White Bronze I use has been reclaimed from previous manufacturing processes including defunct bridges and machine parts. This is an eco-friendly selection. The chain included is silver plated. All materials are made in the USA.

* 24k gold dipped sterling silver - Gold Plating is the process of adhering a very thin amount of gold to another metal. The gold plating process I offer is done outside of my studio by a local manufacturer and uses 24K gold. Because it is outsourced, please allow an additional 5 business days to process. The gold is plated to a sterling silver piece. Be aware that the gold plating can rub off over time. It is possible to re-plate the piece, for a fee, if you wish. The chain included is 14kt gold fill and made in the USA.

Stones
All stones used in the collection are lab-grown or synthetic unless stated otherwise. Lab-grown and synthetic stones are not mined making them an eco-friendly selection. By not mining stones the impact to the planet is minimized and they are free of human rights conflicts.


Not tired of me yet? Learn a little more about me and my studio:

I'm so honored to have been featured in Etsy's "Quit your Day job Series" Thanks to everyone who has sent kind words my way. Check it out if you want to know a little bit more about me:
http://www.etsy.com/storque/spotlight/quit-your-day-job-chocolateandsteel-2650/
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and check out my video:
http://blip.tv/file/1253528
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A proud member of the Etsy MetalClay Team and CCCOE

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