DesignsbyCher

Unique Handcrafted Jewelry and Metalwork Designs

Texas, United States · 1960 Sales

DesignsbyCher

Unique Handcrafted Jewelry and Metalwork Designs

Texas, United States 1960 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Announcement   An eclectic mix of feminine, handcrafted contemporary and vintage inspired jewelry in gemstone, artisan lampwork glass, crystals, pearls, unique wire and metalwork designs. Custom orders are always welcome! Need it to arrive faster? Upgrade to Priority when checking out!

Enjoy browsing, and perhaps find a lovely gift or sweet treat (or two) for yourself ;)
♦ All jewelry arrives in a pretty beribboned gift box, ready to give or safely store!
♦ And YES, I am always happy to ship INTERNATIONALLY!
• 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 orders are packaged for safe travel in a handmade pillow box or cotton lined kraft jewelry box, inside a waterproof bubble mailer. 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! Convo me with any questions ~❤~ Cher

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Last updated on Sep 20, 2016

An eclectic mix of feminine, handcrafted contemporary and vintage inspired jewelry in gemstone, artisan lampwork glass, crystals, pearls, unique wire and metalwork designs. Custom orders are always welcome! Need it to arrive faster? Upgrade to Priority when checking out!

Enjoy browsing, and perhaps find a lovely gift or sweet treat (or two) for yourself ;)
♦ All jewelry arrives in a pretty beribboned gift box, ready to give or safely store!
♦ And YES, I am always happy to ship INTERNATIONALLY!
• 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 orders are packaged for safe travel in a handmade pillow box or cotton lined kraft jewelry box, inside a waterproof bubble mailer. 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! Convo me with any questions ~❤~ Cher

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Cher

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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 :)

A lifelong jewelryaholic for others' designs, until 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 laying on top of glass cases filled with beads and stones of every shape and color, purring happily and keeping 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 12 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, lampwork beads and 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 almost 8 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 all, 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!

No, 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, Design, Create, Photograph, Ship, Etc

    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!

Shop policies

Last updated on March 21, 2016
*¨¨*:•.•:* ♥ Welcome Jewelry Lovers! ♥ *:•.•:*¨¨*
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.
Browse and Enjoy! ~♥~ Cher

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
OK, here's the skinny on my payment & shipping ~

♦ PAYMENT:
I accept all major credit/debit cards, thru Direct Checkout as well as PayPal.

♦ DIRECT CHECKOUT - you can now pay for your order directly with any major credit card, or bank debit card with Visa/MC Logo.

♦ PAYPAL - thru your funded account, or payments can be processed without having a PayPal Account by using your credit card or bank debit card, with a Visa or MC logo.

♦ Here's a great link for step-by-step help with Etsy's Checkout process;
http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php
Shipping
► *IMPORT FEES AND TAXES: Any duties, fees, and/or VATs (Value Added Taxes) are your responsibility, and dependent upon your country's Customs regulations. If you are unsure of the import fees/regulations for your country, please contact your local Customs office for more information. I am not authorized to collect your country's import fees and taxes, nor are they included in your purchase price or shipping costs.
For UK Buyers; https://www.gov.uk/goods-sent-from-abroad/overview

The purchase price (declared value) of your item will be listed on the customs form, and your item will be marked as "merchandise". I am unable to mark your merchandise as "gift" on the customs form, as it is illegal to do so and I cannot put myself or my business at risk for fines and/or legal action.

My S/H charges are specified in each listing for the first item, along with combined shipping discount for "if shipped with" price. . Most items will arrive gift packaged in a beribboned gift box, suitable for giving (at no extra charge). However, if you've chosen an item as a gift, and would like me to include a note for you, please mention what you would like it to say in the "Message to Seller" box when checking out

► US Buyers ~
Unless otherwise stated in the item description, all orders are shipped via USPS First Class Mail. If you prefer to have your order sent via Priority Mail [estimated delivery 2-3 days] you can upgrade when checking out.
Or if you'd like another expedited shipping method, please contact me.

► International Buyers ~ (Also See Above Important Info*)
S/H charged as indicated in each listing for USPS First Class International.
If you would like an upgrade to Priority Mail International Flat Rate [estimated delivery time of 6-10 business days], please contact me before placing your order, so I can provide you a quote for additional charges that will apply, and edit the listing to reflect the upgrade, eliminating the necessity of a separate invoice.

► Please note - If you need expedited shipping and your order upgraded, you can either add the shipping upgrades when checking out [see above], or contact me before placing your order, so I can edit the listing and revise the shipping cost for the additional shipping fees before you checkout.

I'm on top of my emails, and will usually respond very quickly, so no worries that your package will be held up :-)
Refunds and Exchanges
Your satisfaction is very important to me, so if you have any problems at all, please be sure to contact me immediately... I want you to be happy with your purchase!

Since my experience with returns is very limited, I will consider each on a case by case basis. I would prefer to offer credit towards another item in my shop whenever possible. However, I also do not want my creations in a home where they are unwelcome, so hopefully, we can work together to resolve any issues :)

Any return must be requested within 7 days (domestic) or 14 days (international) of customer receiving the item. If a return and subsequent refund is approved, it will be for the purchase price of the item(s) only, minus shipping charged, with the understanding that buyer is also responsible for return shipping costs.

If a return has been approved, item(s) must be returned promptly, shipped with tracking and email notification after having received approval, or no refund will be given. Instead, a code for credit will be issued toward future purchases in my shop. Returned items must also be received back in the same condition as they were sent, unless damage has been proven to have occurred in transit, of course.

My designs are made to wear and enjoy, but many components of a piece may be delicate, so please take good care once they arrive in your home. I offer no guarantees for wear or durability under any circumstances other than normal use, and will not accept returns, nor offer refunds on an item that has been subjected to any type of abuse or misuse of its intended purpose. In such case, I *may* offer a complimentary credit towards purchases in my shop.

► Lost orders -
US Domestic orders - 30 day minimum before refund or replacement (if possible)
International orders - 6 week minimum before refund or replacement (if possible)

Note; unless otherwise requested, my orders are shipped primarily using USPS, and we all know they can drop the ball occasionally, packages can be waylaid for a time, but their delivery rate is about 99% so I prefer to allow time for arrival. As for international orders, once the package leaves US soil, we have no control over how long it will be held up in customs in some countries, so while some orders may arrive in a week or 10 days, some can take 4-6 weeks to arrive.

► Damaged contents;
Refund or replacement will be given upon approval (with photo proof of damage, in order that I may file a claim) and return of damaged item(s), I will bear the cost of return shipping.
Please see above *return/refund policy for time period on requests and returns.
Additional policies and FAQs
♦ CUSTOM ORDERS are always welcomed, with the understanding that once we've had a meeting of the minds on design style, materials and price, I will set up a Private Listing for your custom order, and you will be contacted with the link so you can place the order and process payment.

It is my policy to expect full payment at that time, before I order materials and begin working on the design, after which I will create the piece(s) and send photos for final approval. At this point, you may make reasonable changes that do not greatly alter the style originally agreed upon. Once approved, your order will be sent out on the next available mailing day, along with email confirmation of shipment.

Please Note - I do not offer refunds on custom orders, since they are created specifically for you. However, in the unlikely event that the item is not quite what you expected after seeing it in person, I may accept a return of the item(s) as long as it's received in the same condition as when I sent it, and within 7 days of your having received it, with the understanding that the return shipping cost is your responsibility. Once in my possession, I will then issue a refund or a unique code to be used in my shop as credit towards future purchases, which may (or may not) equal the total value of the original item purchased.

**Please keep in mind that custom items are just that... customized for that person, and may not be resellable to another, so while the components may be able to be reused or repurposed in another design, the labor and time to create the original piece still must be compensated for to some degree, and may include a re-stocking fee. Hence, the offer of a portion of the original price paid may be given as a refund or credit in my shop, at my discretion.

I'm convo friendly, so if you have any questions about having a custom order made, please feel free to contact me! :)