Personalized and modern gemstone jewelry

Roanoke, Virginia 5448 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Personalized and modern gemstone jewelry

Roanoke, Virginia | 5448 Sales

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Announcement    Welcome to Distinctively Dharlee. I specialize in personalized and modern jewelry made just for you. Don't see exactly what you're after? Feel free to send me a convo. Maybe together we can make something that's distinctively you!


Last updated on Dec 23, 2018

Welcome to Distinctively Dharlee. I specialize in personalized and modern jewelry made just for you. Don't see exactly what you're after? Feel free to send me a convo. Maybe together we can make something that's distinctively you!


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My path to becoming a jeweler

I have always loved anything artistic. I started out as a hairdresser and owned my own shop for many years. My love of creativity also led me down many other paths while I worked in my salon. I have been a stained glass artist and a Minister of Music to name a couple.

In recent years, I became somewhat disabled and had to give up my job behind the chair. I needed to find something else to do... something I could physically do. When I became involved in jewelry making, I just felt like I had found my calling once again. I can sit while working and still keep the creative process going but it's more than that. I love everything about it. I am constantly amazed that this art is always new and fresh to me. I miss the face to face contact with people on a daily basis, but I feel so blessed to have found this.

Since beginning my career as a jeweler I have studied cold connections under Preston Reuther, and silver smithing under Heidi Bundy. I have learned to develop my own style as time has passed and have been presented with awards for my work. I have also been commissioned to make a piece that was given to Kristen Stewart of "Twilight" and recently ABC television collaborated with me to create a necklace that was used in the series "Mistresses". This piece actually had a part in the 9th episode of the show and was worn by actress Jes Macallan as she played the character Josslyn Carver.

I try to make each piece as if it is going to be worn by someone special, because in my mind it is. I am honored to touch the lives of you, my customers, in a small way by sharing my art with you. And my hope is that what you buy will stand the test of time and make your life a bit more special through the years to come.

Shop members

  • Dharlee (aka Debbie)

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

Shop policies

Last updated on August 21, 2019
Welcome. I hope you enjoy browsing through my shop and find something you like. I take pride in bringing you fine quality hand crafted jewelry! Please feel free to look around and leave a comment if you like through Etsy Convo*.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 1 hour of purchase
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
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
No item may be returned without contacting me first. Returns are decided on a case by case basis. No earrings are accepted for returns due to health reasons and buyers pay return shipping unless the fault lies with me.

All items may be subject to a 20- 30% restocking fee to cover materials lost.

*Custom means, your choice of name, word or spelling, your choice of stone, color, and/or size.

The only jewelry I sell to the EU is considered "custom" (it is made in your size, with your choice of stone, with the finish or changes you requested, or personalized for you), this means the item is not returnable under the European Union Directive on Consumer Rights, right of return. This right does not extend to custom-made products and certain perishable goods, unless otherwise specified by the seller. If you wish to cancel please do so within 1 hour of purchase as once made there will be a minimum 20-30% restocking fee to cover time making and materials. There are no refunds once mailed. Once the item arrives in many cases your local post office will hold it for collection of VATs. Please check with your local post office in a timely manner to see if the item might need to be picked up. No refunds will be given on orders not picked up or refused and returned to me.

ALL INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: Please know your country's policies on collection of taxes for goods bought from the USA. This shop is not registered to collect them for you and you may be responsible for paying them upon arrival of your goods.
We accept credit cards through Etsy's Direct Checkout and PayPal as our methods of payment. Payment in full is required before work can begin on all custom orders.
I ship first class via USPS. Domestic first class shipping is free. Upgrades are available to purchase if you choose.

International orders marked as "gift" will include either a gift message if requested or a receipt without pricing inside the packaging. The shipping label will still show pricing in order to comply with custom laws.

The shipping times given do NOT include making time. Please understand that if you are ordering a piece of jewelry that has to be crafted it does take time first to make the piece. If you are in a hurry and need the piece quicker than the estimated "ship by" date please speak to me about it and I will try my best to work with you. I

Packages over 100.0 include signature confirmation by default.

USA: Please make sure your address is confirmed by the USPS, otherwise it might cause delays in shipping. Please do not use a business mailing address unless it will be delivered directly to you in your suite or room. Packages delivered and then not received by the recipient because of using this type of address are often lost and not found as a result.

All packages lost in the mail are covered however insurance requirements must be met before the loss can be claimed and/or items are replaced. This can take from 20 to 45 days depending on where the item was shipped. All claims must be filed by both the seller (me) and the buyer before being processed. Thank you for understanding.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please do not ask for word jewelry containing profanity or blasphemy. The transaction will be canceled. Please note that when making names, I will not always "dot the i". If the name is on a regular necklace or bracelet with a chain it will be dotted. If the name is on a calligraphy necklace, tiny necklace, bangle bracelet or a ring it will not be dotted in most circumstances. The only exception to this is if the name cannot be read unless the i is dotted. For example the name "Levi" without a dot looks like "Lew". I maintain discretion in this decision. By purchasing a personalized name or word piece of jewelry you are agreeing to this policy unless you have spoken to me prior to purchase. Also note that the colors of the genuine gemstones used in many pieces may vary from photos according to current stock.
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through Etsy.com or its related sites and services.

1. Personal information I collect
To fulfill your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorized Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order of jewelry, for example), if you contact me directly.

2. The legal bases I rely on to collect, use, and share personal information
Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It:
• as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfill your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
• if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
• as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

3. The third parties with whom I share personal information
Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
• Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
• Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
• Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
• Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

4. The length of time I keep personal information
I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 7 years.

5. If transferring personal information outside of Europe, how the transfer will be handled
I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

6. Your rights regarding my use of your personal information and my contact details
If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:
• Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
• Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
• Object. You can object to (a) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (b) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
• Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Me
For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Debbie Minter, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at dharlee.minter [!at] gmail.com. Alternately, you may mail me using the address under seller details.

More information

Last updated on Jun 13, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

It is recommended that you remove jewelry for exercise, swimming and bathing, etc. Protect it from things like detergent, sweat, cosmetics and hairspray.

A soft jewelry cloth is most often recommended for jewelry care. In many cases a soft toothbrush and soapy water will clean jewelry. Please ask about a specific piece if you do not know how to care for your jewelry.

Custom and personalized orders

Custom orders are made specifically for you and are not returnable. Custom orders include rings in a specific size, names, initials and words, and other items that are designed specifically for you.

Sizing details

If you don't know your ring size, it is highly recommended that you go to a fine jewelry store and ask them to size your finger. Sizes vary on each hand so be sure to get the correct finger sized.

Wholesale availability

We do not offer wholesale.

International orders

If you ordered from outside the USA please know that some countries do not allow tracking after it leaves the international airport in the United States.

EU buyers- please note Etsy (not me) has posted prices as VAT included "where applicable" when showing prices. I am in the US and cannot legally collect VAT- you will be charged VAT when your item arrives and in most cases it will be held for you to pick up and pay them at your local post office. The price shown likely does not reflect the price of the VAT.

Items being shipped from the USA to other countries can take from 1 to 6 weeks to arrive depending on the destination, although the latter is unusual.

Please refer to my policies for further information.