Anonymous on Apr 3, 2013
Beautiful product. Good price and fast shipping. Will be worn with love after our wedding!
Anonymous on Mar 30, 2013
The ring arrived today and it is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much. I'll try to get a photo to you after the wedding. :)
Anonymous on Mar 13, 2013
The ring arrived today and I am delighted. Just what I wanted. Its perfect. Thank you very much! It will become an important piece of me forever!
Seattle based jewelry designer – crafting unconventional organic forms in jewelry.
I am drawn to the aesthetic values of the Japanese, where beauty often lies in the imperfect mark of the hand. This aesthetic, that they call wabi sabi, accepts the process of growth and decay, and celebrates it through the beauty in the cracked, worn-down or repaired. It is an understanding of imperfections. These cracks and changes from time just add to the meditative value of the piece. It is humbling and grounding.
After completing my third cross-country move, and my seventh cross-country road trip, I have recently re-located to Seattle (again). I spent the past two years in NY working towards my MFA in metalsmithing. In addition to making the jewelry in this shop, and my one-of-a-kind art jewelry, I teach jewelry making and enameling all over the country.
When I'm not busy making jewelry, I'm doing web design, letterpress, learning calligraphy, quilting, doing origami, making books, teaching classes, taking classes, riding my motorcycle, going on boat rides, eating pizza, visiting antique stores, and enjoying the Northwest.
I am an avid collector of containers – all kinds of containers – but I have a particular love for the old rusty steel kind. I often feature containers from my collection in the photographs of my jewelry. All of the photos (except the ones on models) of my jewelry were taken by myself. Photos, of my work on models, were taken by photographer Katie Lomax in Seattle, WA.
To read more about me and what I do, check out my blog: www.bittersweetproject.wordpress.com
I also have a shop dedicated to wedding jewelry. To see more of my wedding jewelry please go to www.aidememoire.etsy.com
Owner, Maker, Designer
My name is Aran, like the Irish Islands , sweaters, and yarn. I am a lifetime maker.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
All jewelry is handmade to order. Please allow up to three weeks for me to create and ship work. All items ship in a gift box via USPS first class. I ship to your Etsy address, so make sure that this address is accurate. If you would like expedited shipping or insurance, please convo me. I can not guarantee a delivery date, just a ship by date.
The Bittersweet Project is not responsible for lost or damaged packages and all shipping fees are non refundable. If you would like to pay for insurance or priority mail on your package please convo me before purchasing and I will adjust the shipping cost.
For international shipping, buyer is responsible for all duties imposed by customs. The customs forms will have the price that you paid for the item listed on it. Legally I must include this information. I have no way of predicting or estimating how much duties or import fees will be for your item. If you want to know this before ordering, please contact your country's customs office.
Refunds and Exchanges
All stamped or engraved rings, gold, palladium and platinum wedding and engagement rings, unless listed as "ready to ship", are custom orders, and are a final sale.
The Bittersweet Project offers a free re-size of plain wedding bands without stones up to 1/2 size larger or smaller. Beyond that they can be re-sized for a fee. Buyer is responsible for all shipping fees for ring re-sizing.
I recommend that you have your finger professionally sized multiple times before ordering a ring. I make the ring to the size that you request, but can not promise that the size you requested will fit you. If you find that the size you requested does not fit, and you would like it resized, I will do it for free, but you are responsible for shipping both ways. I can only size rings up to 1/2 size larger or smaller. Engraved rings are very difficult to size, so it is extra important that the size be right to begin with. Please be aware that sizing engraved rings can damage the engraving.
The Bittersweet Project is not responsible for damaged merchandise due to wear and tear.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are interested in a custom order please allow four weeks for me to create it. All sales are final on custom orders. Please do not ask me to make another jeweler's designs. If you are interested in a wholesale order please convo me.
:: patinas on rings ::
Rings take a lot of wear and tear, and over time patinas can wear off the high spots, just as silver rings can often get dinged or dented.
For more information on caring for silver jewelry, please read my blog post about it.
:: information on precious metal ::
24k gold is pure gold, and is a extremely soft and malleable metal. For jewelry, gold is most commonly seen in 18k, 14k, and 10k alloys, where pure gold has been combined with other precious and non-precious metals (alloying). This alloying makes gold stronger, harder and more durable. It also is what gives gold its amazing range of colors. The carat denotes the amount of pure gold in the alloy. 18k is 75% pure gold, 14k is 58.5% pure gold, 10k is 41.7% pure gold.
Commercial white gold rings have been rhodium plated, so they look almost chrome, and the plating will wear off over time. Plated rings need to be re-plated every 1-2 years. I don't plate any of my rings, because I feel that it is dishonest to the material. 14k white gold looks like a very lovely pale yellow, almost like French vanilla, whereas 14k yellow gold is a more buttery yellow.
Palladium White Gold
Standard white gold contains nickel, so is not a good choice if you are allergic to nickel. Palladium white gold does not contain nickel, but is more expensive than standard white gold. The color is also slightly different than regular 14k white. Palladium is a much grayer metal, so 14k palladium white looks cooler in tone than traditional 14k white.
950 palladium is 95% pure palladium. Palladium is a metal in the platinum family, and shares many characteristics as platinum - durability, tarnish resistance, and is hypo-allergenic. It is a precious metal, and in addition to being used in jewelry, is has often been used in catalytic converters. It is a “white metal” that is slightly more gray than platinum or sterling silver. Palladium is less expensive than platinum or white gold, but very durable.
Sterling silver is a pure white colored metal and an inexpensive alternative. However, sterling silver is a very soft metal in comparison to gold, platinum and palladium. Since wedding rings take a lot of wear and tear, a sterling silver ring will scratch, ding and lose its shape much faster than other precious metals. Thicker bands (1.5mm or 2mm thick) will hold their shape longer than a 1mm band.
Platinum is the most expensive of the precious metals. It is a very strong, durable and white metal. 950 platinum is 95% pure platinum. It is naturally a very white metal, so is not usually rhodium plated. Platinum is more durable than other precious metals, so it lasts longer with every day wear. Platinum is heavier than other precious metals, won't tarnish, and is hypo-allergenic.