DesignsbyCher

Unique Handcrafted Jewelry and Metalwork

North Houston, Texas
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Announcement    Welcome to my shop, an eclectic mix of feminine, handcrafted jewelry and vintage treasures, many from my personal collection. All metalwork findings are hand made to order, with a processing time of 3-5 days before they ship.

Enjoy browsing, and perhaps find a lovely gift or sweet treat (or two) for yourself!
♦ All jewelry arrives in a gift box tied with a pretty ribbon, ready to gift or safely store!
♦ INTERNATIONAL Orders (except to Canada) have been disabled until further notice, due to so many delayed and lost packages occurring during the worldwide Pandemic.
➤ Please be aware that your country's customs fees/taxes/import duties on purchases are not my responsibility to collect and/or pay on your behalf, nor are they included in the item price or shipping cost, so please check with your postmaster or customs office if you're unsure of your obligations.

All jewelry and accessory orders are packaged for safe travel in a handmade pillow box or cotton lined jewelry box, tied with an organza ribbon... and all hand forged earwires and clasps are rolled in bubble and card stock for safe travel. All orders are shipped in waterproof padded mailers, along with your personal gift message if requested. Need faster delivery for a gift? Just upgrade shipping when checking out and I'll send it out via USPS Priority Mail for one flat rate with insurance for unlimited number of items! (Domestic US Orders Only)

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! Contact me for custom orders or any questions you might have ~❤~ Cher

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Last updated on Mar 1, 2022

Welcome to my shop, an eclectic mix of feminine, handcrafted jewelry and vintage treasures, many from my personal collection. All metalwork findings are hand made to order, with a processing time of 3-5 days before they ship.

Enjoy browsing, and perhaps find a lovely gift or sweet treat (or two) for yourself!
♦ All jewelry arrives in a gift box tied with a pretty ribbon, ready to gift or safely store!
♦ INTERNATIONAL Orders (except to Canada) have been disabled until further notice, due to so many delayed and lost packages occurring during the worldwide Pandemic.
➤ Please be aware that your country's customs fees/taxes/import duties on purchases are not my responsibility to collect and/or pay on your behalf, nor are they included in the item price or shipping cost, so please check with your postmaster or customs office if you're unsure of your obligations.

All jewelry and accessory orders are packaged for safe travel in a handmade pillow box or cotton lined jewelry box, tied with an organza ribbon... and all hand forged earwires and clasps are rolled in bubble and card stock for safe travel. All orders are shipped in waterproof padded mailers, along with your personal gift message if requested. Need faster delivery for a gift? Just upgrade shipping when checking out and I'll send it out via USPS Priority Mail for one flat rate with insurance for unlimited number of items! (Domestic US Orders Only)

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! Contact me for custom orders or any questions you might have ~❤~ Cher

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About DesignsbyCher

Sales 4,019
On Etsy since 2007

Handcrafted, eclectic jewelry designs, inspired by mood...

Hi and welcome!
Long ago and far away, in a land of someplace else... oh no, wait... that's not the right ... let's begin again :)

As a lifelong jewelryaholic for others' designs, one day my sister took me to a little hippie shop (back home in Connecticut), called Harvest, where the fragrance of "herbs" wafted, concert tickets were sold, a big fluffy shop cat laid on top of glass cases filled with beads and stones of every shape and color, purred happily and kept you company while choosing your goodies to design and create your own piece of jewelry. I made a beautiful purple wampum necklace (which I still have) and I was in Heaven!

Then, as it often does, life got busy with working for many years as an executive secretary, an advertising layout artist, and finally at 35 my last marriage, which entailed a move to Texas. Fast forward to about 15 years ago, when my sister (again the culprit in this scenario) asked me to come visit while she was recuperating from knee surgery, so of course I was thrilled to go back home and spend time with her during my favorite time of year... Fall, when the leaves were peaking and the air was crisp and cool... a refreshing change from the hot and humid South ;)

Deb and I have a great time together because we enjoy so many of the same things, always have even though she's 10 years younger than myself (does that mean I'm immature? probably so). Anyhow, she had taken a basic beading class, brought out the beads and findings she had bought, and what fun we had creating necklaces and bracelets. Then out came her Fire Mountain Gems catalogue, so we decided to order some things (Ha! I won't even tell you how much I ordered, but I couldn't stop myself!). Following that, she took me on a tour thru eBay (who? hadn't heard of them before)... and I confess, once I saw the gorgeous artisan dichroic glass, artisan lampwork beads and Swarovski crystals, that was it for me. I knew what I had to do... from jewelry addict to jewelry maker!

I began simply creating basic beaded jewelry styles, my penchant was mostly for the more delicate crystal and beaded designs, did well locally at home jewelry parties, a few websites, but didn't care for competing with factory mass made jewelry for sale there. Again sister Deb to the rescue... have you heard of Etsy? (she says) and proceeds to explain how it's for handmade items only. Sounds like just what I'm looking for, so over 11 years ago, I came to Etsy and browsed... amazed by the talent of these artisans and the beautiful, unique items they were making and selling. I had to be part of this community... I knew I had found my home! Here I still am and I here I will remain :)

My taste in design and technique have evolved since then... it's been a learning process along the way, graduating from basic beading techniques, to wire wrapping, then deciding to create my own earwires, clasps and various findings to keep my designs truly handmade, and found that other jewelry designers liked my style too, so I began to make them for sale in my shop here.

My passion for beautiful artisan glass dichroics and lampwork beads is still impossible for me to resist. I've always loved incorporating the sparkle of crystals in my designs, and Swarovski are the top of the line, so of course I want them all... and I believe I may well have them, lol!

I also adore semi precious, beautifully cut and colored stones, and have a new love for keshi pearls, with sterling or gold filled wire... always classic!

My most recent passion is for metalwork... I'm self taught, so I'm not sure I can tag myself as a metalsmith, because I only cold forge with wire... no metal plates or stamping, no fire... the world is better off if I stay away from torches and flames ;) But I so love taking a simple piece of wire and shaping, hammering and polishing it into a beautiful, wearable piece of jewelry! There is a great deal of personal satisfaction in knowing that *I* made it... plus nothing is more therapeutic than banging on metal with Dad's antique ball peen hammer ;)

SO... the photos you see here will not be of my workspace... and you'd thank me for that if you only knew! I work on the dinette table, coffee table while watching TV, kitchen counter with my little anvil, even here in my office sometimes, while on the computer... yes, I'm a multi-tasking fool!

These photos are of a pair of earrings I began, and as I progressed thru each step, I took photos so you can see how they're made from beginning to end, with my own little hands... which btw have no fingernails anymore, are always dry, in need of lotion, and usually very sore after an earwire order... but I love what I do, and I hope you love what you see!

Gosh... I hadn't meant to write a novel, they said tell your story so I have. Just be thankful I left out so many details and kept on point. I hope you'll browse thru my shop, perhaps find something you like, would like to give, or that just makes you smile ;)

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  • Cher

    Owner, Designer - Creator - Photographer - Shipper, Customer Service

    My passion (aside from my critters, coffee and chocolate), is designing and creating unique, feminine, affordable jewelry because every lady should be able to treat herself to something pretty now and then. My joy is sending each one to its new home!

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