Announcement Unique tragus studs, belly button rings, nose rings, cartilage earrings & other artisan body jewelry. Production time before orders ship is 7 business days (Mon-Fri).
Unique tragus studs, belly button rings, nose rings, cartilage earrings & other artisan body jewelry. Production time before orders ship is 7 business days (Mon-Fri).
Terah Chamberlin on Jul 24, 2016
Exactly as described. Very pretty earring!
S Angel on Jul 21, 2016
I love this ring! Great service.
Artisan nose rings, tragus studs, belly rings & other body jewelry
I love piercings and body mods! I started out designing jewelry for my own face, ear and body piercings before I began selling my work for others to wear. I wear my own designs, testing them for durability and comfort.
Currently, I work with sterling silver, niobium, titanium, & 316L stainless steel - as well as karat gold and platinum by custom request.
All of the nose rings and hoops in my shop start out as plain coils of wire stock - including my 316L steel hoops! I don't buy any premade nose hoops or cartilage earrings. I hand form, saw cut, polish and file each ring. Once formed, I add embellishments using soldering, welding or wire wrapping. The fine silver charms that I use in my work are created from my original sculptures, and I solder and set all of my gemstones into fine silver bezels for the push fit jewelry I sell.
Because I'm involved in every part of the creation process, almost any piece in my store can be customized to be unique to your vision. I also handle all of the product photography, as well as the packing, shipping and customer service - so when you ask a question, you're talking directly to the artist.
Random Fact: I share my office with a Fahaka puffer who lives alone in a 200 gallon tank, some leopard geckos, and a handful of tarantulas.
Wondering where the name Caterpillar Arts came from? I started out making hand painted polymer clay insect sculptures, and caterpillars make me happy :)
Owner, Maker, Designer
Hi there! My name is Amber. I'm usually playing with metal, polymer clay, paint and resin (i.e. making a mess out of my desk) late into the night. Caterpillar Arts comes to life out of my small studio in the lovely Arizona desert.
See something you like, but you're not quite in love with it? I love working on custom orders! Feel free to message me with any requests that you may have.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Please expect to wait 7 business days (Mon-Fri) prior to your item shipping, unless a different processing time frame is stated in the listing. I strive to dispatch orders as quickly as possible, but quality of workmanship is very important to me!
Your item will be shipped first class using USPS in a small gift box, and I include a tracking # for all US purchases. You will receive an email notification when I ship your order out.
You are responsible for any additional customs fees, duties and taxes for your country. On average, international packages take 3-6 weeks to arrive, although some take much longer - I do not consider packages lost until 8 full weeks have passed from the date I shipped the package. Thank you for your understanding!
Before completing checkout, please ensure the mailing address associated with your Etsy and Paypal accounts are correct. I am not responsible for any extra shipping costs if the address you supply is incorrect.
If you need your item(s) before a specific date, please contact me to discuss rush options. I am more than happy to expedite your order and upgrade the shipping so that it reaches you for your special date! There is a non-refundable $10 fee applied to rush orders, plus the upgraded postage charge which will depend on which shipping option you choose. A rush order is defined as any order that requires a handling time less than 7 business days.
Refunds and Exchanges
To ensure all of my customers receive brand new pieces, I do not offer returns or exchanges on body jewelry (nose rings, belly rings, etc...) and earring purchases.
If you are unsure whether a certain diameter, style or gauge will fit, please message me and ask all questions prior to purchasing! However, if you purchase the wrong diameter/gauge, I would be more than happy to provide you with a 15% off coupon if you would like to place an order for the correct size.
Other Shop Items:
Non-body jewelry items (stacking rings, pendants, etc) are eligible for return or exchange within 7 days after arrival. Please contact me prior to shipping anything back.
Exchanges - Buyer is responsible for extra shipping charges, unless the exchange is due to a mistake on my part. Items must be in their original, unworn condition. The standard handling time (7 business days) applies to exchanges.
Returns - I will issue a refund for the full item price, minus shipping, once the item has been shipped back to me in its original, unworn condition.
Items must be returned in their original packaging.
If your item arrives broken or damaged in any way, please send me a picture immediately upon arrival. I will replace your jewelry at no cost to you - please allow up to the standard handling time (7 business days, Mon-Fri) for a replacement to be made and shipped out.
If your item is non-deliverable and marked return to sender I will attempt to contact you immediately after I receive it back so that we can discuss how you would like to proceed. Please note that shipping costs are nonrefundable - if a refund is decided upon I will refund the cost of the item only.
Alternatively, I would be happy to resend the package using an updated, correct address after receiving payment for the additional shipping costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
Q: Can I wear your hoops in a new piercing?
A: All of my hoops and studs are intended for use in fully healed piercings only.
Q: Are your hoop gauges measured using AWG or Standard Wire Gauge?
A: All hoop gauges are measured in AWG (American Wire Gauge). The thickness of each gauge is as follows:
- 22 gauge = 0.64mm
- 20 gauge = 0.81mm
- 18 gauge = 1.02mm
- 16 gauge = 1.3mm
Q: What type of recycled silver do you use in your jewelry?
A: I use Argentium ® silver, which is recycled, 93.5% silver, tarnish resistant due to the added germanium, and does not contain nickel. My favorite characteristic is that it is harder than traditional sterling silver, which means that jewelry made with it is less susceptible to becoming scratched, dented or otherwise deformed from daily wear. Invisible to the naked eye, the transparent layer of germanium oxide that forms on the surface is what allows pieces made from Argentium ® silver to resist tarnish so well.
Q: Are sterling silver earrings durable?
A: After work hardening all of my pieces, I also precipitation harden all of my silver jewelry, which is a special heat treatment that further increases the hardness.
Q: Does the sterling silver you use contain nickel?
A: I use Argentium ® silver, which is recycled, 93.5% silver, tarnish resistant due to the added germanium, and does not contain nickel. It is an alloy of silver, copper and germanium.
Q: Do you make any jewelry with metals that are safe for people with metal sensitivities?
A: Yes, I also have grade-2 pure unalloyed niobium and grade-1 commercially pure titanium wire. I routinely keep the following gauges in stock: 20g, 18g, and 16g.
Q: Tell me more about your niobium jewelry…
A: I use grade-2 pure unalloyed niobium, which is considered a safe metal for those with metal sensitives and will not corrode or tarnish. I use it in its natural state, which is a dark grey color, and I also heat treat some of my niobium jewelry pieces which lends a rich black color to the metal that will not wear off.
Q: Tell me more about your titanium jewelry…
A: I use Grade-1 commercially pure titanium, which is made in the USA and not an alloy.
I focus on creating low maintenance jewelry that's easy to wear everyday, but that doesn't mean that it's completely hands free! Sterling silver and copper will both tarnish, resulting in the metal becoming dull and dark in color. Your individual body chemistry and environment will determine how quickly the metal discolors; sometimes, this can happen in a matter of days. To keep your jewelry shiny and bright, I recommend periodically cleaning and polishing it.