BellaTesoroJewelry

Handmade artisan jewelry

Ventura, California · 260 Sales

BellaTesoroJewelry

Handmade artisan jewelry

Ventura, California 260 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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B.J. Suttoni

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B.J. Suttoni

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rosekeppler2

rosekeppler2 on Nov 10, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

These are very special earrings that have significant meaning to me.

rosekeppler2

rosekeppler2 on Nov 10, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

BJ is wonderful artist. I'm very happy with the earrings I bought from her and will do it again!

paige gupton

paige gupton on Aug 31, 2015

5 out of 5 stars
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My mom has always told me that I was an easy child, mainly because all I required to be content were a few crayons and some paper. I’ve always loved anything that allowed me to be creative. Crafting has been a passion I’ve held for a long time. However, it wasn’t until a couple of years after the tragic loss of my father to suicide in 2003 that a friend introduced me to jewelry. I had found my niche!

Making jewelry was my escape. Creating is therapeutic and healing for me. I put my emotion and energy into something creative and positive. Be it happiness or sadness or something in between, emotion began to fuel my work. I didn't realize then just how much this would benefit my quality of life until years later. It became a tremendous asset at the end of 2013 when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I was suffering from what I now know as my third MS relapse of vertigo since my early twenties. Each time lasting for months. I was tripping often, having difficulty with stairs and even walking. At 29, I thought my life was over. I soon found that I was wrong.

Although just over two years ago and now 31, I have learned so much about myself and our resilience and strength as human beings. Currently I'm unable to work a go to job with a demanding and set schedule. In addition to an array of seemingly never-ending symptoms that can strike at any given moment consisting of dizziness, nerve pain, numbness, muscle spasms, swallowing problems, tremors, vision issues, catheter use, weakness and mobility issues even requiring the use of crutches on most days, I have moderate to severe fatigue at some point during my day, everyday, if not all day. It is the most difficult symptom in my case. Sleep doesn't dissolve it, rest doesn't either. It can be quite frustrating. However, I'm learning to adapt and to adapt and still have a HAPPY life despite all of these things! How? Because we're resilient!

Working with precious metals and gemstones is where I focus most of my energy these days. I began teaching myself to solder and different silversmithing techniques a few years ago and I absolutely love it! I'm still learning, but I hope to always remain passionate for my work and continue with my desire to learn and master new skills.

Spring will mark four years as my small business becoming my full-time job. My work is sold in shops and boutiques from my hometown in Western North Carolina, to my current home in Southern California. It has taken a tremendous amount of work as my business is a one woman show! However, there's nothing more fufilling than working hard at something you love and have built all on your own.

A lot of my inspiration comes from the styles and personalities of those I love as well as the places that I love. Being born and raised in Western North Carolina and currently having lived in California for several years, I've truly been spolied with the best of both worlds. Both are beautiful and filled with character, though vastly different. Western North Carolina never disappoints with its four seasons of warm amber colored leaves in the fall, to snow covered mountains in the winter. As much as I love my small hometown, it didn't take me long to fall in love with California as well. My husband and I first spent several months living in the desert just outside of Palm Springs. California has amazed us from Joshua Tree to the Gold Cost where I currently live in the laid back little beach town of Ventura. I love to go through pictures from home, as well as photographs my husband has taken here and let the landscape and colors guide me to incorporate into my pieces.

Besides my jewelry, I spend my time with my husband and 3 rescue dogs. My dogs bring so much joy to my life and remind me to appreciate the simple things and to stay positive. I'm convinced that their unconditional love has played a huge part in how I've dealt with the changes in my life. Cuddles is my oldest and always at my side. He's a feisty little Chihuahua who even at almost 13 years old hasn't slowed down one bit! Next is 10 year old Sonnie, a Chihuahua and Chinese Crested mix. He's very silly and shy. He makes me laugh daily. He's just the sweetest little soul. Lastly, there's 6 year old Bella. The most gentle Pit Bull you'll ever meet.

On any given day you'll probably find me working on a new piece surrounded by my furry little trio.

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Last updated on January 7, 2016
Hi. Thanks so much for visiting! At only 30, I've already spent almost 10 years as a 911 dispatcher. I have worked in this position off and on since I was 18. However, as of last May 2012, Creating is finally my full time :-) My husband and I are currently travelers as he is now a travel nurse! Currently we're in La Quinta, California and love it here! This has been amazing for my work! New craft shops, new inspiration, and an even bigger passion for my work and for keeping my customers absolutely satisfied ;) Please checkout my feedback as well as my fb page. For me crafting is a wonderful escape from the "real" world. I love making jewelry! Besides my passion for animals, helping others in a time of distress, crafting is my next passion! The extra income is an added bonus but certainly not the reason why I enjoy creating pretty things as much as I do! Please have a look inside and throughout the world of Etsy! I would love to have your business, but welcome you to visit all of Etsy and what my fellow artisans/estisans have to offer you! If you've never shopped on Etsy.com, or even the internet, there is nothing to be afraid of. It's a wonderful place to give your business!

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Payment
I accept debit, credit, & pay pal right in my shop! I will also create a payment plan for you if you need. Up to 4 payments. Your item will be sent after you are paid in full. If you'd just like me to reserve an item for you (w/out payments) I must receive payment in full within 48 hrs or the item will be re listed. I can also take checks and money orders via mail. As with payments, your order will be shipped once you've paid in full. However, if you need additional time please contact me and we can most likely come to an agreement ;) Again, if this is not feasible for you, contact me and we can also see if other arrangements can be made.

Like a gift card for someone for just my shop as opposed to an Etsy card? Just convo me!
Shipping
I refund ALL shipping after the first item if by some chance your cart doesn't update. I will ship within 1 to 2 business days. Sometimes even the same day. I also ship internationally to any location. Express (overnight) shipping is also available if you send me a message before ordering.
I will be glad to work with you and get your package to you, on your terms, that will meet your timeline.
Refunds and Exchanges
I will accept returns and refund if an item arrives damaged. You must ship the item back to me and I will promptly refund you. Please message or email me about the issue with your jewelry. If you aren't completely happy with your jewelry, just contact me and we will come to an agreement that works for both of us!
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom Orders: I am very serious about this! I will try to accommodate any crafting or custom jewelry order you need. This is best if I am sent a picture of something similar to what you want or a detailed description. If there is an item in my store that you like and desire a different color, design, size, etc. please start a conversation with me. I will be more than happy to make it happen :)

Wholesale: I have done this in the past and will gladly take custom wholesale orders. Just contact me. Example- if you would like 20 pairs of my tree of life earrings at a fair wholesale price for your boutique, I will gladly do so.

My e-mail is creationsbeaded [!at] gmail.com

Cell 1-828-260-4715