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About CalamityAbby

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On Etsy since 2016

I hand-pick each element for every piece I make, then use wire, chain, and hand tools to piece everything together. Nothing is from a kit, and all beading and wirework is done by hand (by me) unless otherwise noted. I take pride and ownership in each piece and hope that you love my work as much as I do.

I've loved jewelry, gemstones, rocks and minerals since I was a little kid. I still remember my first trip to the "geode shop" with my parents where they let me pick out a rock to find out what treasure might be inside. That turned out to be amethyst with fools gold inside, which the shop-keeper said was pretty rare. I don't know if that's true, but I was intrigued! I was later gifted my first apache tear and an onyx arrowhead around the age of 10 and I was hooked. I would search the desert dirt for treasures-I once found a stone in the desert that I was told was tourmaline and I was in awe.

Later in life I began also collecting faceted stones, which I loved, but soon realized that the passion wasn't quite the same. Though I loved the sparkling beauty and craftsmanship of the polished and faceted stones (I still have and love the first pair of 3ct solitaire garnet earrings I made over 10 years ago), I found myself drown toward the uniqueness of the stones in their more natural state. I love that, even in a tumbled stone, you can often see little bits of it's past running throughout.

When I decided to finally begin crafting my own jewelry I felt connected to the process more than I thought I would. I am, thus far, self taught and always looking to learn more. Whenever I try a new style or method, I do a "test drive" with some of my own stones, wearing it everyday for a few weeks to make sure it lasts.

I'm currently taking a metal-smithing class to learn new techniques to expand my ability to bring my ideas to life. I post a bit about this on my website if you'd like to follow along (

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Sizing details

Necklaces: See chart above; Length measurement does not includes stones or pendants. Necklaces can be shortened at no additional cost. For lengthening adjustments please contact me. This can usually be done, and the cost will vary.

Bracelets: Sizing on a bracelet will vary depending on the material. For example, a bracelet with larger beads will need more length than one with smaller or no beading. Based on the size of beads that I typically use, bracelets should measure about a half-inch more than the wrist (or more if you like a looser fit). Some bracelets can be altered for length, please contact me.

Earrings: Earrings are measured from the top of the hook or post to the bottom of the earring. Earring length can not be adjusted.

Care instructions

Handmade jewelry is delicate. Excessive exposure to water, sunlight, or chemicals can cause permanent damage or discoloration to metals, beads, stones and other items. Things to avoid while wearing your jewelry: swimming/bathing, heavy cleaning, exercising, etc.

Sterling silver: Many of my sterling silver pieces are already oxidized, meaning they already have the look of an antique piece, but much of my sterling is not. Sterling silver will tarnish. You can either leave the tarnish and your piece will have a cool vintage look, or use a sterling cleaner to shine it back up.

Metals Used

Sterling Silver: The majority of my jewelry is made of sterling silver. I sometimes buy hardware and material that is oxidized. This is still sterling silver, but has been treated to mimic the tarnish of wear.

Gold-fill: Gold fill is similar to gold plating, but with a much higher gold content of at least 5% (a layer 5-10 times thicker than gold plate). Gold fill will not rub or chip off under normal wear conditions. Luxurious look of gold without the high cost.

Other Metals: I often used found pieces from antique shops or estate sales and may not know the metal composition. This includes some chain- I may use chain from a pendant on multiple pieces. You will see this called bronze or silver-colored rather than bronze or silver.