One of a kind Jewelry by Designs by Iris

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One of a kind Jewelry by Designs by Iris

7 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Welcome ! I work with semi precious stones , 9.25 silver ,Resins, Acrylics and Lucite, I have been designing professionally for over 25 years and have created over 1800 pieces and never any two the same ! I am a one man show and my goal is to make you come back for more !


Welcome ! I work with semi precious stones , 9.25 silver ,Resins, Acrylics and Lucite, I have been designing professionally for over 25 years and have created over 1800 pieces and never any two the same ! I am a one man show and my goal is to make you come back for more !


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One of a Kind Jewelry for the Fashion Concious Woman

As a woman of 65, I am often asked where I get my motivation and energy. Its easy - its in the genes. My 90 year young mother goes to work in her country hotel 7 days a week. When my husband asked her when she was going to sell and retire - she said, " when I get old ". Now that's a motivating attitude ! My goal at this time in my 3 rd career, is to make woman of all ages feel and look the best they can.

I have always been passionate about art , even as a kid. " Life begins at 40 ", it began again for me, I finally got the opportunity to follow my passion for design. I graduated from University in Clothing a Textiles, but by a fluke , ended up in the fitness business for 18 years. I retired to babysit my grand daughter just after my 40 th birthday. One of my presents was some fabric paints. I painted coloring book characters on T -shirts for my grand daughter. One thing led to another , and I was at last following my dream of designing. For 20 years with the help of my crew, the local ladies and their preschool children, I created and designed a line of hand painted clothing . These ladies also wanted a release for their creativity and a little pocket money for themselves. We did 12 artisan trade shows a year and serviced numerous boutiques. We were all in 7 th heaven !

About 10 years ago , I received a pair of beaded earrings as a gift, as I never wore them I made them into a necklace. One of my retailers saw them and asked me to make some for her store. Off I went and raided my relatives, girlfriends and my own jewelry box, and started to make necklaces from recycled earrings, broaches and beads. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. About 7 years ago retirement from the clothing business became inevitable. The artisan trade shows were saturated with ready made overseas reproductions, shipping and booth fees escalated and sales were on a downward spiral. We just couldn't compete with the mass produced reproductions and the big box stores. It was a huge blow to me and the ladies - the doors shut on our dreams ! But, when one door shuts, another door opens. I continued with my one of a kind jewelry and am now a one woman show with the help of my fit retired husband when I need some muscle. My regret, leaving my ladies behind. I have some retail outlets,do open houses at my studio and do the odd artisan trade show.

On line shopping is the wave of the future in this age of computers, so my ambition now, at another milestone in my life, is to be productive on Etsy and other on line venues. Also, to continue to do open houses at my studio, which overlooks the Elbow River in a little artisan town in the Foothills of the Rocky Mountain, near Calgary, Alberta. Bragg Creek is a weekend recreation destination for hikers and bikers from Calgary. On nice weekends, my husband puts up directional signs to my studio, and away we go ! The ladies like to shop at the studio as it is laid back and they can take their time. Mean while their husbands are happy to sit by the river , or do a little fishing. The atmosphere of our river property is very serene and relaxing both for shopping and for creating. Another huge passion of mine is helping rescue animals. This relaxed venue at my studio gives me the opportunity to raise money for the local animal shelter, when I am having a jewelry open house. I sell everything from old costume jewelry to lightly used clothing, whatever I can get my hands on. Last year we raised over $ 1,700.00.

My one of a kind jewelry appeals to the career woman that wants to feel and look great and who wants to make a lasting impression on her peers. I love Christine Baranski on the T V series "The Good Wife " , she wears drop dead jewelry and she is always immaculately put together! The baby boomers, they want to feel confident, they will when they look great . What is unique about my product ? Each piece is one of a kind, not mass produced, you will be unique when you wear my creations. My husband and I travel a fair bit and one of my greatest pleasures is searching out unique beads. In Cuba , at a flea market I found alligator beads ! Quality and service is number one, and is the reason in truth, why I have some long time customers whom have purchased over 50 pieces each, over the past few years for themselves and for personal and business gifts. I stand by all my creations and my guarantee is your complete satisfaction and your desire to come back for more ! What keeps me motivated at 65 going on 35, is the adrenalin flow I get when I look at a creation and i say YES!!. And, the excitement transmitted to me from a satisfied customer!

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Last updated on May 14, 2013
Welcome to my ONE OF A KIND shop on Etsy. I have been in the design business since 1987,and have made over 1800 one of a kind pieces. My primary goal is to make you want to come back for more. I aim to take you from the workplace to a night on the town. Your complete satisfaction in my personal guarantee !

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I will be happy to accept payment for your purchase though PAYPAL (no account needed) Just choose a credit card option.
I can also process Master Card and Visa through my company. I will need your credit card # either by phone or e-mail, your choice. Contact me though " message to seller box" .We will make it work.

I would appreciate payment at the time of sale, this would include, cost of item, whatever shipping costs are entailed, insurance, expedited services ,applicable taxes and duties .As my pieces are all one of a kind, they are only taken out of inventory when payment is completed.

I ship regular parcel post to Canada - ( 3-7 business days) -tracking number -$100.00 insurance

I ship Tracked to USA- $ 100.00 insurance -tracking number - ( 6 - 8 business days)

I ship standard delivery internationally - $100.00 insurance - no tracking number 2- 4 weeks.( Insurance costs $1.30 - $1.50 per hundred Customer responsibility) ,

Shipping time is always approximate as there are customs and duties involved which are the responsibility of the customer. Canadians are charged the 5 % GST at time of purchase.

Internationally shipping expedited is approximately $ 25. - $30. more. I will always quote the exact price, so please contact me before you make your payment so that I can give you an accurate quote based on destination and your choice of delivery. Fed ex,DHL and UPS are also options for you.

Once a package is shipped, unfortunately, I cannot take responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged goods. It is recommended that you insure your parcel, contact me and I will give you a quote and once it is approved by you, then you can check out. ( usually $1.30 - $ 1.50 per hundred)

As I am a one man show, as soon as payment is cleared I will send out your order, usually a day or two not counting weekends and holidays.I will e-mail you when I have shipped your order.

If you chose to insure or chose a different method of delivery, please DO NOT pay for your purchase until you have a revised invoice for these extra shipping charges, or you have added upgraded shipping option to your cart .

For smaller items, I ship in a gift ready silver jewelry box in a bubble wrap envelope.

Larger items,I ship in a cardboard box, with bubble wrap and also in a bubble wrap envelope.
Refunds and Exchanges
My bottom line is to make you a happy customer, I will gladly accept returns or exchanges within 14 days of shipping. A full refund will be issued once the item is received in the same condition it was sent out. Shipping costs will not be refunded and you will be responsible for the returned shipping and insurance costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
As I have stated before, I stand by my product, If there is a mal function with your purchase, send it back and I will fix it at my expense. Please notify me with the problem first and we will decide what is to be done. thank you