Literary Gifts & Accessories

Manchester, United Kingdom · 2378 Sales


Literary Gifts & Accessories

Manchester, United Kingdom 2378 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Welcome to Fragile Elite Jewellery Design. All jewellery is handmade in the UK and here you'll find an eclectic collection of unique and original handmade jewellery and accessories including Literary Gifts, Sherlock Jewellery, Gothic Jewellery and Alice in Wonderland Jewellery. I hope you enjoy your visit and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Carrie x



Last updated on Jun 4, 2018

Welcome to Fragile Elite Jewellery Design. All jewellery is handmade in the UK and here you'll find an eclectic collection of unique and original handmade jewellery and accessories including Literary Gifts, Sherlock Jewellery, Gothic Jewellery and Alice in Wonderland Jewellery. I hope you enjoy your visit and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Carrie x


Carrie Hoban-Pickard

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Carrie Hoban-Pickard

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Destined to Create

Hi! I'm Carrie and I'm the Owner/Maker behind Fragile Elite Design. I was raised on a diet of literature, Goth,Heavy Metal, Punk, Glam and Rock music, Sci-Fi, Sherlock Holmes and Hammer Films and I am obsessed with the Victorian Era which all gives me a constant source of inspiration. I’ve sang in Goth, Rock and Punk bands and used to customise my own clothes and jewellery for gigs. After my last band split up – that was when my jewellery making really took off as all my creative energy needed some place to go.

I am very happy being labelled with the “eclectic” tag which truly reflects my personality and my jewellery making style and love to produce unique pieces of jewellery as well as putting my own personal slant on classic and vintage favourites. My quality control is very strict and I use lead and nickel free components only. Each piece of my jewellery is designed and made to last and give years of wear. I use a variety of finishes in my jewellery utilising whichever finish is the most suitable for that particular piece. I use hand glazing techniques and resin to create lightweight or 3 dimensional pieces, and glass when weight isn't an issue.

Jewellery making is my absolute passion and this business I have created from scratch means the world to me. I owe a lot to all the buyers and supporters of Fragile Elite Design and am very lucky to have found myself a small niche frequented by some fabulous like minded people. My love of jewellery making never wanes, I strive for as perfect a finish as is humanly possible as this is my work and my passion and I appreciate every single buyer - I want each and every customer to love whatever they have bought from me.

Many thanks for reading my ramblings and have a most excellent day.

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Shop policies

Last updated on July 8, 2018
Hi there and welcome to my Etsy Shop.

All products are made, photographed, packaged and posted by me - Carrie. If an item is "Made to Order" please see the details of the listing which will give full info of exactly how soon after purchase your order will be dispatched. Many of my pieces can be customised to your personal specifications.

My jewellery is made with great care in a pet and smoke free environment and quality control is very important at Fragile Elite Headquarters. I would always strongly recommend the removal of any jewellery before showering,bathing or swimming.

Many thanks

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
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
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Privacy Policy: In line with the new GDPR policy I can confirm that I do not retain or share any personal information that you provide other than to print postage labels and provide customer services that relate directly to an order that has been placed i.e. to answer any question you may have or to confirm via Etsy convos when your order has been posted. I do not send marketing or promotional messages.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy.

Great care is taken to ensure customer satisfaction & Fragile Elite Design complies with EU Distance Selling Regulations. Buyers have the right to return within 14 days of receiving your order. Once your order is received by me you will be issued a refund, however you will be responsible for the cost of returning your order to me and I would always recommend that you obtain proof of posting.

Please note however that customised orders are exempt from the above rules and may not be returned or refunded.

Below is a link to a cancellation form that you can (but are not obliged to) use if you change your mind and wish to return a product.
Payment would be appreciated directly after purchase. My Etsy shop accepts payment via Paypal and credit card. If you are in the UK and would like to pay by cheque, please don't hesitate to contact me for more details.

Please ensure your Etsy address matches your Paypal shipping address. I post to the address on the paypal receipt as this is what is recommended by Paypal.
I aim to post orders within 1-2 full working days (excluding weekends and bank holidays) after receiving cleared payment. To keep you as informed as possible, I will always email you via Etsy conversations to confirm once your item has been dispatched. I post weekdays Monday to Friday. Orders purchased on a Friday will be posted on the following Monday (unless there is a bank holiday weekend when your order will be posted on the Tuesday when the post offices re-open). If you purchase a "Made to Order" item, full details of how long the item will take to make can be found in that listing.

*****UK Buyers:***** Postage is by 1st Class mail and Recorded delivery is available in the drop down menu at checkout.

**** International Buyers **** International orders are all posted via standard Air mail without delivery confirmation or tracking, this service helps to keep costs down for you and to date I have found this service to be very reliable. If you are in a rush for your order i.e. you have a deadline please bear in mind the timescales given for delivery and that I am unable to personally guarantee delivery by a certain date by standard air mail. Within the EU estimated delivery by Royal Mail is 5-10 full working days (excluding weekends) and all other countries 7-10 full working days (excluding weekends), however please bear in mind that delivery times can be affected by customs procedures/any increase in security checks/severe weather conditions/Christmas and postal services in your own country. Royal Mail recommend allowing up to 4 weeks for delivery. ***If you do want signed for and tracking upgrade this option is available for selection from the drop down box on the Shipping and policies page, if your order is time sensitive or you are ordering close to Christmas this is the method of posting I would very highly recommend.

**I would appreciate it very much if all buyers would please bear the above in mind and wait until 25 full working days have passed before contacting me about non receipt of an order to give it the fullest opportunity to arrive, Royal Mail will not consider an item as lost in the post until 25 full working days have passed and if you have not paid for a trackable service I am unable to provide any information as to the whereabouts of your package. **

Lost/Missing Parcels
I do take full responsibility for lost/missing parcels, it is very rare that a parcel goes missing and I will do everything possible to make sure you receive your order. Our Royal Mail won't consider an item lost until 25 full working days (excluding bank holidays and weekends) have passed so i am unable to begin the claims procedures for lost/missing parcels until after that period of time, and will be unable to refund or replace until the parcel has had 25 full working days to arrive. After the 25 day waiting period has passed you will be offered a full refund or a replacement. However, please be patient it is very rare for parcels to be lost.

You are responsible for all import fees, duties, taxes, etc. and this is not included in my prices. Please make allowances for this before you purchase. I will not illegally mark your package as a "gift" to try and get around this, so please don't ask. I run my business as I do my life, with honesty and integrity.

If an item gets left in customs and is not picked up and is returned to me, your order will be cancelled and the item cost refunded to you less shipping, packaging that cannot be reused, and any fees that I won't get refunded. " I don't like to waste paper so I don't include an invoice with your package, your package will include your order and a thank you note. If you want do want a receipt they can be printed very easily off Etsy.

I always keep my policies updated with any details that may affect shipping to a particular country. I believe keeping my customers as informed as possible to avoid any unnecessary misunderstandings or disappointments with regards to delivery times. I only want happy customers and will do my utmost to help where I can x
Additional policies and FAQs
Please don't contact me to ask for free samples of jewellery for giveaways for your own blogs or your own charity auctions - I hold my own charity auctions that support Marie Curie, RSPB and the RSPCA.

**Wholesale enquiries** Before making an enquiry please bear in mind that a number of my pieces are one offs depending on the components used so I am unable to repeat certain items. I try to keep my prices as keen as possible for my online buyers as they are the mainstay of my business and are very important to me.

If you do want to order more than 5 of one item that I am able to reproduce, I will be able to do discounts on that basis. When making wholesale inquiries please provide links to the items that you are interested in and confirm how many you are interested in buying so i can give you a quick and accurate price.

I don't do sale or return, sorry x

For info I have a separate buying id on Etsy which is here:
Many thanks