Equipped For Eternity

North Bend, Oregon · 145 Sales


Equipped For Eternity

North Bend, Oregon 145 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Matthew Vige'

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Equipped for Eternity

I started making my own jewelry back in 1997 because I could not find anything in shops that I could relate to. I began collecting crystals and stones from lapidary shops, and making necklaces with them. I soon moved to California from New Orleans and was strongly impacted by the amazing array of tribal jewelry in piercing/tattoo shops as well as boutiques all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Simultaneously I also stumbled upon some old National Geographics in a thrift store, and was reminded of my childhood love for the magazine. Flipping through them as an adult, I found a whole new inspiration in them - tribal adornment. I started studying old issues as well as old anthropology and history books I found here and there to help come up with new ideas.
I soon began collecting materials by the ocean and in the forests to assemble my own ear plugs and necklaces. One day i walked into Body Manipulations in SF and they asked me where i got my jewelry, and when I told them I made it myself they encouraged me to refine my style and make more to sell. This is where it all began. 16 years later, after many incarnations of a website and peddling at outdoor markets, here i am writing this bio on Etsy.
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  • Cavewizard

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I adopted the name Cavewizard because I have tattoos of anthropomorphic shamans from the La Trois Freres cave in France. Cave art, shamanism, Elder Futhark Runes, and primitive art are elements that influence my art and jewelry.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 19, 2017
Welcome !!! to the world of Equipped for Eternity! Here you will find an array of handmade, one-of-a-kind adornments made of various natural materials. We specialize in bamboo plugs, but we also create many other items made of wood, copper, bone, brass, antler, bronze, shell, feathers, and whatever else we may stumble upon that inspires us.

Most of our designs have their roots in jewelry and art from tribal cultures around the world—still existing as well as those that have disappeared. Our items are all unique and handmade here in the United States. While we are always busy making our own designs, we also welcome custom work and will be happy to work with your design or idea. Please feel free to email or call with an idea!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 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)
  • Items on sale
Refunds for most jewelry are available ONLY if you have purchased insurance.

Earring Ear Plug return policies :

All ear jewelry is non-returnable do to the organic nature .

For all other items, buyer pays return shipping. Contact regarding returns must be made upon receipt of jewelry and returns must be made with in one week of receiving jewelry
Payment through Paypal, check or money order are acceptable methods. If you have any questions about payment methods or shipping, please contact me BEFORE purchasing! Thanks :)
We ship Monday through Friday, and sometimes on Saturday! If you pay via PayPal or Credit Card payment should be instant. PayPal e-checks can take a week or longer to clear payment before we can ship your order. Items already in stock will ship same day or next day, depending on the hour that you order. Custom pieces will take anywhere from 1 day-2-3 weeks depending on the nature of the item and if we have all the materials needed to complete it.

Though we use mostly recycled paper, bubble wrap envelops a $1 flat shipping fee is charge to cover any other expenses such as transportation to the post office. Shipping insurance is available as an option. Insurance is highly recommended for Priority packages but is included in Express mail. Items get lost in the mail quite often, so to protect everyone involved insurance is always recommended as we cannot be liable for lost items beyond our control.

Priority mail or any upgrade above is HIGHLY recommended. If you choose standard mail it is at your own risk. It takes longer and offers no tracking or shipping and the safety of your item purchased is not guaranteed.

Tracking or insurance for priority mail is extra and we strongly recommend it! Express Mail comes with a tracking number and insurance in order to avoid delay/loss of packages . Please make sure to select the shipping insurance option so that your item is protected and delivered safely and intact.
Additional policies and FAQs
For custom items/orders please allow up to two - four weeks for us to make your custom pieces in case we don't have the appropriate materials in order to complete your order. We try to keep the turn around for custom orders no more than a week but sometimes materials needed can be elusive and hard to get. If you have a question about the status of your jewelry, feel free to contact us at any time. If your order contains both custom-made items and already stocked items and you would like the items shipped separately so you don't have to wait on them, please order them separately.

We are a grassroots/D.I.Y. company. All designs are made by us with fair trade materials. Anything other than our designs (ethnic jewelry) is all fair trade as well. We also use as much recycled materials for packaging orders to lessen our environmental footprint. Any jewelry made with animal "remains" (bone, horn antler etc) is all found, or post consumer. Animals are NEVER killed are harmed specifically in order to make our jewelry.

If you have any questions about your order, feel free to contact us.