Sherry Baker's Profile

About

I have been making jewelry for many years now. What began as a hobby, turned into a business by accident more than design. Originally, some of my pieces were given as gifts. My friends told friends who in turn started buying direct from me. Eventually, it was on to shows, and finally online auctions and Etsy. Selling online is probably the greatest challenge. It is hard to properly convey the fit, the feel, and the colors in this one dimensional medium. I understand this very well, and that is why it is such a fantastic feeling when someone receives their purchase and is happy they made that choice. While there are many ideas floating around that I would love to run with, I sit down for every piece and start from scratch. This was the very reason I finally worked up the nerve to sell at Etsy. This was a decision that was in the works for a while. I love new ideas and I have no desire to churn out clones or skimp on quality. You might…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 21
  • Joined September 8, 2006

Favorite materials

Gemstones, Crystal, Leather, Silk, Brass, GoldFilled, SterlingSilver, Enamel, Pearls, Shells, Vermeil, Glass

About

I have been making jewelry for many years now. What began as a hobby, turned into a business by accident more than design. Originally, some of my pieces were given as gifts. My friends told friends who in turn started buying direct from me. Eventually, it was on to shows, and finally online auctions and Etsy. Selling online is probably the greatest challenge. It is hard to properly convey the fit, the feel, and the colors in this one dimensional medium. I understand this very well, and that is why it is such a fantastic feeling when someone receives their purchase and is happy they made that choice. While there are many ideas floating around that I would love to run with, I sit down for every piece and start from scratch. This was the very reason I finally worked up the nerve to sell at Etsy. This was a decision that was in the works for a while. I love new ideas and I have no desire to churn out clones or skimp on quality. You might love, you might not...but hopefully, there is something in here for everyone.

I am delighted by the wonderful people I've met and done business with. Many thanks to all of you, Sherry

Material Matters.....

Sterling Silver- Pure silver is a soft, easily damaged metal. For this reason, it is often combined with 7.5% copper in order to produce what is commonly known as .925 sterling. While sterling is a fairly durable metal, it should not be bent or twisted unduly. It is best stored in a dark, dry place and kept away from chlorine. Sterling does not contain nickel, so is less likely to produce allergies. An occassional polish with a silver cloth is recommended.

Gold Vermeil (ver-may)- is solid sterling silver overlaid with gold. The highest quality is 24kt, but may range to 18kt or even 14kt. This finish has a warm, buttery tone to it that is different to karat or gold-filled. Recommended care is as for sterling silver, but best kept away from abrasives and polish.

Gold-Filled- is a process in which gold is bonded to a base metal alloy such as nickel or brass, using a combination of heat and pressure. The amount of gold must make up 1/20th of of the weight of the material used. All exterior portions are gold, usually 14kt, and unlikely to provoke allergies. The layer of gold is approximately 100 times that of gold plate. The material when properly cared for is unlikely to tarnish and may retain it's finish for decades.

*A Note About Natural Gemstones*
Flaws are nature's way of keeping it real. In some stones they may even be desirable for aesthetics, and in others to determine authenticity. I will never knowingly sell an item with flaws that compromise the structure of the piece, nor are an obvious eyesore.

All materials used in my designs will be described 100% to the best of my ability. I use professional quality jewelry making supplies. Gemstones are genuine, unless otherwise specified. Crystals and glass pearls are Swarovski. I will not represent silver plated as sterling, or gold plated as gold filled. I take this very seriously as I want you to be assured of the quality in the product you receive.
All my jewelry items are handcrafted, strung, or wire wrapped by myself. You are buying directly from the artisan at wholesale prices.

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