CLGdesigns

Botanically Inspired Hand Crafted Jewelry

West Reno, Nevada · 203 Sales

CLGdesigns

Botanically Inspired Hand Crafted Jewelry

West Reno, Nevada 203 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(129)

Announcement   LAYAWAY Welcome - Don't hesitate to ask!
If you do not see what you were looking for, please feel free to view the pieces that have sold to order something similar, and check back periodically for new pieces.
All are hand crafted, one of a kind made from sterling silver and semi-precious / rare stones. Presented in gift box and packaged with care! *Blue Gem Turquoise also comes with a Certificate of Authentication.

SHIPPING: My pieces always arrive gift-wrapped for you or the receiver. Shipping includes insured USPS First Class Mail (domestic 3-5 day delivery) and USPS First Class International. If you prefer to use UPS or FedEx; please let me know and I'll provide any cost increase or discount to you.

International shipping is at a big discount. Let me know especially if you pay a tariff etc.
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About the Jewelry:
I often purchase the stones direct from the Lapidary who mine and cut them. I personally select each based on color and uniqueness for my pieces. Each piece is one of a kind and hand forged (not cast) from .925 sterling silver and other complimentary metals. Due to the nature of hand fabrication, each piece will be completely unique and irreplaceable.

Metals:
*ARGENTIUM silver is a new premium sterling that resists tarnishing and made from RECYCLED SILVER component. Argentium Int'l proclaims that it is the "finest silver" due to its unique alloy mix that replaces some copper with an element called Germanium. The lower copper content resists tarnishing and has a lighter/brighter silver colour.

>>> If you would like to be added to my mail list for periodic sales or show information, feel free to email me at clgdesnz [!at] yahoo.com or use the contact link on this site.

Thanks for visiting and supporting the Arts!
Cynthia G.

Announcement

Last updated on May 15, 2018

LAYAWAY Welcome - Don't hesitate to ask!
If you do not see what you were looking for, please feel free to view the pieces that have sold to order something similar, and check back periodically for new pieces.
All are hand crafted, one of a kind made from sterling silver and semi-precious / rare stones. Presented in gift box and packaged with care! *Blue Gem Turquoise also comes with a Certificate of Authentication.

SHIPPING: My pieces always arrive gift-wrapped for you or the receiver. Shipping includes insured USPS First Class Mail (domestic 3-5 day delivery) and USPS First Class International. If you prefer to use UPS or FedEx; please let me know and I'll provide any cost increase or discount to you.

International shipping is at a big discount. Let me know especially if you pay a tariff etc.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
About the Jewelry:
I often purchase the stones direct from the Lapidary who mine and cut them. I personally select each based on color and uniqueness for my pieces. Each piece is one of a kind and hand forged (not cast) from .925 sterling silver and other complimentary metals. Due to the nature of hand fabrication, each piece will be completely unique and irreplaceable.

Metals:
*ARGENTIUM silver is a new premium sterling that resists tarnishing and made from RECYCLED SILVER component. Argentium Int'l proclaims that it is the "finest silver" due to its unique alloy mix that replaces some copper with an element called Germanium. The lower copper content resists tarnishing and has a lighter/brighter silver colour.

>>> If you would like to be added to my mail list for periodic sales or show information, feel free to email me at clgdesnz [!at] yahoo.com or use the contact link on this site.

Thanks for visiting and supporting the Arts!
Cynthia G.

CLGdesigns

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CLGdesigns

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(129)
Cathy Ashton

Cathy Ashton on Feb 25, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

So Beautiful !! Love the labradorite stone and silver lotus flower ... Very nice packaging a nice surprise !! 🌸 Thank you so much 🌸

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About

About CLGdesigns and Inspiration

CLGdesigns Jewelry is one-of-a-kind jewelry hand fabricated by me in my home workshop in Reno, NV. My designs are primarily inspired by nature, flowers and the like.
MATERIALS include .925 sterling silver, 14k & 18k gold, and/or copper sheet procured from supply companies in the U.S. (e.g. RioGrande). I also use a premium silver named Argentium® made with recycled material and a low copper alloy. Pieces made with Argentium® are stamped with the "winged unicorn" trademark that only Argentium Guild members can use. (visit http://Argentiumsilver.com for more information). My creations include colorful gemstones of Labradorite, Montana agate, Fire Agate, Turquoise, Smithsonite, pearls, Florida fossils and more. I purchase stone cabochons from lapidary artists in CA, NV, Utah, AZ, and TX including Jim Elquist (Battle Mountain "Blue Gem" Turquoise). Most lapidaries are independent miners and diggers themselves. I select each stone based on uniqueness for one-of-a-kind pieces. My designs are often driven by the stone itself, usually a flower (Lilly, Lotus, Poppy etc.) or other organic shape. I may also use a simple setting to highlight the beauty of the stone in an elegant way.
TOOLS: Key tools include various forging and dapping hammers, found objects, picks, and sand papers used to create unique textures and finishes. I also use varied soldering torches, a kiln, flex shaft / drills and jeweler's saw. Each one-of-a-kind piece is hand forged and fabricated; never casted.
CREATIVE TECHNIQUE: I start each piece by drawing a sketch around the stone that I wish to set; brainstorming with textures and shapes until the design is final. The sketch is then used as a template to cut the piece out of sterling sheets with my jeweler’s saw. In some instances, I will use two or more layers of silver to create depth and dimension. Layers may be attached by soldering, rivets or wire. Soldering multiple layers of sterling is challenging because the silver can overheat or melt. Heating silver multiple times will make it brittle, causing the silver to crack when forged. As an alternative, rivets can be used like little nails to “cold connect” the layers together or attach gemstones for bits color. Another method of cold connecting is by drilling holes through each piece and literally stitching them together with gold, copper or fine silver wire. Wire curls and admonishments also add a twist to the design. Creative bezel settings are another way to add interest. Instead of using a flat bezel wire, I pinch the bezel at specific points around the stone to create a wavy floral or funky geometric setting. My pieces are also often identified by a window that is cut out of the metal under the stone. If the stone is beautiful on the bottom, why hide it? The window allows light to illuminate through the gem and makes the pendant look pretty underneath.
FINISHING: Once the pieces are cut, a texture is applied with my dapping tools. The bezel is attached and pieces assembled by solder or cold connection. Then, with a flower pendant for instance, I will soften the metal by annealing it with my torch, then bend the petals to give a sense of flutter and movement. The piece is then sanded with 3 different grits of paper followed by tumbling, giving it a brilliant professional shine. A patina may then be added to bring out the texture and wah-lah . . . it comes to life!

Shop members

  • Cynthia Green

    Owner

Shop policies

Last updated on May 15, 2018
Welcome to CLGdesigns on Etsy and thank you for visiting! My goal is to inspire others and exhibit my pieces as my style and skill set evolves.

LOW PRICES: These are essentially priced at wholesale. I try to be honest in my pricing and keep costs affordable by doing my own photography and keeping overhead low. I pass any savings on to you when I get a great deal on materials, stones or silver. This is a creative outlet for me that I like to share with others; not necessarily to try to make a fortune. Your support allows me to continue growing in my craft and is all the reward I need (-:

I endeavor to seek out unique gem stones, semi-precious stones and/or other findings to create beautiful items that I would be proud to wear myself or give to family. I try to use the best quality materials to keep a higher standard of quality and always welcome your positive or constructive feedback.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
REPAIRS: Each piece will be the image you see when purchased and in the best condition possible. If the piece breaks while wearing, I will repair FREE of charge as long as all supplies are available (will discuss options if this occurs). Shipping charges may apply. I am also open to cleaning/shining the piece for you free of charge at any time.

REFUNDS are given without question w/in 2 weeks of purchase in same condition as when it was sold and will be paid after item is returned. If it is a gift, exchanges or custom created items may be arranged.

Exchanges are always welcome w/in 2 weeks of purchase between any of my items. Original piece must be in new condition. Lost items may not be replaceable; but may be at cost.
Payment
Payment methods: Pay Pal, Visa, MC, mail-in check/m.o.. No Cash on Delivery. If you choose not to use PayPal, feel free to click on the credit card icon instead of the PayPal button when checking out.

Please process payment w/in 3 days of request. I will contact you if payment has not been received to confirm interest.
Please Cancel your order w/in 3 days of request.

LAY AWAY is also available with 20% deposit and must be paid off within 3 months. I will "reserve" the piece for you until paid. If not paid, a full refund will be given through paypal and the piece will be placed back for sale - no questions asked. *Just send me a convo with the item you want and how much you'd like to put down, and I will send an invoice to you via PayPal.
Shipping
Shipment will be USPS (Domestic), unless faster shipping is requested (FedEx, UPS).

Packaging and Handling is provided at NO EXTRA CHARGE. I love to wrap each item like a gift so the receiver is excited when they open the package!

Insurance for each item is included at my cost. International items will most likely be sent UPS - PO Boxes are not recommended and most will not accept packages.

Email confirmations for shipment and delivery will be sent upon purchase. Each item will be packaged carefully to ensure there is no risk of damage during shipment. **If package arrives broken - please take pictures of package before opening to see that the item is ok. This will help us go back to the shipper for reimbursement if applicable.

Overnight or International: Additional shipping charges can be invoiced to you for faster domestic or International shipping. Various Shipping fees will be provided for you to choose from upon request.