unique handmade jewelry and gifts

Danvers, Illinois · 290 Sales


unique handmade jewelry and gifts

Danvers, Illinois 290 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

BigSmileDesigns is taking a short break


Note from shop owner My shop is closed while I'm traveling for a bit.
I plan to reopen on Sunday, April 1.

In the meantime, feel free to visit my facebook page:

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Mar 24, 2017

My shop is closed while I'm traveling for a bit.
I plan to reopen on Sunday, April 1.

In the meantime, feel free to visit my facebook page:

Deborah Zilm

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Deborah Zilm


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

dawnndarr113 on Mar 9, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

What a beautiful piece. I love it! I'm so glad you didn't sell it to someone else. I have a lot of black onyx and gold pieces that I can wear this with. Just gorgeous! Very fast shipping too. A+ seller

GeoGema Alhajas - GeoGem Treasures
5 out of 5 stars

Dainty and VERY elegant with excellent wire wrapping, although bone needs bright light to really showcase red colors. Will enjoy wearing and responding to curious questions ;-D

Deb Martin

Deb Martin on Jan 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

A beautiful pendant with excellent artison wire wrapping. Quickly shipped and very friendly seller thank you!

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rocks and metal make me happy

I started my jewelry making with a 6 week wire-wrapping class at our local art center. Before the class was finished, the center requested some of my pieces to offer for sale in their gift shop. I was also chosen to be the featured artist of the month at the center-- the first time a 3-D artist had been selected! It's been non-stop since.

I struggled for a long time about a store name. Finally my husband suggested "Big Smile" because that's the first thing he noticed about me, and that's what I hope people have when they receive my work! Also, even strangers sometimes comment on my big smile, so hopefully it will be easy for people to remember :)

I enjoy selling my jewelry at our local farmer's market-- I always have so much fun meeting new people who stop to look at my booth, and have made many friends through my jewelry. I've had the honor of making several very special custom orders, and often get specific requests, which I love to work with.

I love to work with semi-precious stones, Czech glass, silver, copper, and brass. I also really enjoy working with metal clay, and have recently started doing more metal work, which is a blast. Even though I've been doing this for a long time, I still enjoy learning new techniques and working them into what I already do.

I try to keep my prices reasonable by constantly searching for quality materials at great prices. When I get a good deal, I can pass it on to my customers. I don't charge "boutique" prices, because I skip the boutique and sell directly to the happy customers who wear what I make.


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  • Deborah Zilm

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I've been making jewelry since 1998. I love rocks in all forms, and am obsessed with jewelry of all kinds. I'm a retired soldier and current social worker, happily married to the best guy on Earth. We love to travel and enjoy long distance running.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 26, 2012
Thank you for your interest in my designs. I usually use sterling silver, copper, brass, and gold-filled metals in my designs, but will always list materials so you have an accurate description of exactly what you're getting.

I NEVER use plastics... all stones are actually stones! I prefer to make designs using semi-precious or found stones, but also enjoy using glass, wood, leather, crystal and other materials. Again, materials will always be listed.

Please convo me if you have any questions about my pieces-- I love to hear from you!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
I accept paypal-- it's easy, immediate, and protects both the buyer and seller.
I also accept credit card payments; another easy way. If you pay by credit card, please know I do not see your credit card number; etsy has set up a secure way for you to pay without giving the merchant your card number directly.
My standard shipping for US addresses is first class mail with delivery confirmation. If you would like an upgrade to priority or insurance, or have another means you prefer to receive your packages by, let me know! I usually ship in a bubble-mailer, and I try to re-use/recycle packing material as much as possible.
Refunds and Exchanges
I am currently not offering refunds except in the case of mistaken shipments. I will make repairs to items in the unlikely case they would be necessary. Buyer is responsible for return shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Is your item a gift for someone else? I can take care of the gift-box or bag if you'd like-- just let me know what works for you, and I'll do my best to meet your needs.

Please note that some of my items require information from the buyer; info like color and length are important to include in the "note to seller" when required. If the information is not provided, I will either WAIT until I hear from you to ship your item, or CANCEL your order. In some cases, I may choose a default color or size and send it to expedite the order.