I live art every day and live to share it.
There is no real start to my artistic life, I was raised by an artist so art was simply a part of every day of my life -- and it still is.
I do greyscale portraiture, illustration, jewelry making, house designing, website design and development, tattooing, tattoo design, anything creative really.
This store shows just a fraction of what I do. I'm always up for a custom request, regardless of what it is.
For example: I had someone ask me to come up with an awesome proposal idea for someone who loved a particular board game. I recommended they send pieces of the board game (14 pieces that spelled out "Will You Marry Me") to 14 different people and she could figure out who had the pieces based on clues then they would send her a piece and she had to wait until she had all of the packages before opening them all. The anticipation was amazing! And she said yes.
Gold Vermeil? Gold / Silver Filled? Gold / Silver Plated?
What are the differences between gold/silver-plated, gold vermeil, and gold/silver-filled?
What does the karat measure? How much silver is in sterling silver?
Gold/silver-plated: A base metal such as steel or brass is dipped into a bath of electroplating solution, with a lump of solid gold or silver. When an electric current is applied, a thin layer of gold or silver is deposited on the metal. Since the plating is quite thin, the plate (and hence the colour) on findings can wear off.
Sterling Silver: is a mixture of pure silver and some other metal, usually copper. The resulting alloy gives the silver strength. The standard is at least 92.5% silver. Hence the .925 stamp you see on some sterling silver items.
Vermeil: (Pronounced: Vermay) is sterling silver that has been gold-plated. Most of my vermeil is plated with 18K-24K gold. This is a good combination for those with allergy to normal, plated jewelry items. The difference between vermeil, and gold-filled, is in the thickness of the gold and the base metal used. In vermeil, the base is sterling silver.
Gold/silver-filled: also called rolled-gold or rolled silver. These jewelry items are not actually filled with gold or silver. They are made of a base metal (usually brass or copper) covered by sheets of gold or silver in a mechanical bonding process. Effectively a thick coat of gold or silver: the gold content is 5% or 1/20 of the total weight whereas silver is usually 10%.
Gold jewelry reacts with chlorine. Never take your gold jewelry into a pool or spa.
Allergies: Some people have allergic reactions to some plating. If you have an allergic reaction to any jewelry from my shop please contact me.
Gold Purity – Karats: The karat is a very old measure of how much gold is in an alloy, or gold-blend. A measure of 1 Karat is where there is 1 part of pure gold and 23 parts of metal alloy - or 4% gold. So 24K is 100% pure gold. 9K is 37%, 14K is 58%, 18K is 75%
I'm a full time Creative. I create art with everything I do, from portraiture to tattooing. I illustrate to relieve stress and create jewelry because it makes me smile. I hope you enjoy my art as much as I do.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Item payment is due upon purchase. Shipping payment is due upon receipt of the shipping quote (shipping will either be included or estimated in each post).
7.35% tax due for Missouri residents.
Large items can be picked up, can be delivered within 50 miles of St. Louis, shipped via Greyhound for orders cross country and in Canada, or shipped via USPS, FedEx, or UPS as per the buyer's request. If you do not request specific shipping your order will be shipped via USPS ground with insurance for large items.
If you have special shipping requests please contact me upon purchase.
-- INSURANCE --
For insurance purposes I photograph each item before it is packaged and before it is dropped at UPS to ensure that it is in perfect condition when it leaves me.
Insurance is encouraged on every purchase. As such, damages and losses are the responsibility of the purchaser. Just say that you want insurance in a note to me with your purchase and I'll add it if it's not part of the shipping.
If you do not specify insurance, and pay the additional insurance fees, I have the right to secure the package with insurance for the full amount of the item being shipped (even if you used a discount code). If the item is lost or damaged the insurance payout will be paid directly to me as the shipper and I will either refund your monies or make you a new product as close as possible to the original at my discretion.
-- CONFIRMATION --
I get delivery confirmation for every item I ship and will let you know that tracking information when I have it.