GardenGrownJewelry

Designs by Saverine Creek

Rhodes, Michigan On Etsy since 2014

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GardenGrownJewelry

Designs by Saverine Creek

Rhodes, Michigan | 60 Sales

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Debbie Groat

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Debbie Groat

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About GardenGrownJewelry

Sales 60
On Etsy since 2014

My jewelry business started in the garden

Although I opened an Etsy shop with many good intentions in 2014, well, life kept happening: many travels selling my jewelry, lots of gardening (building up my inventory) and just the usual hectic pace we all seem to struggle keeping up with. Five years later I'm cutting back on the travelling to be available to help care for my 86 year old Mom. I'm just going with the old saying "better late than never"! So it's late June of 2019 and my shop is open! Here is my story:

In the fall of 2000, I helped my brother harvest some heirloom beans he had grown on our family farm. He was thinking “soup”, but I saw so much more; I saw the most beautiful beans I had ever laid my eyes on! And they had names, they had histories! No hybrids, no GMOs, just nature's pure, unadulterated glory – seeds that had been lovingly saved year-after-year by individual families and cultures. I knew they were destined for more than the soup pot.

I envisioned myself experimenting with jewelry as a way to show them off, and when I told my friends and family what I wanted to do, they were enthusiastic. My initial excitement over these seeds turned into a passion to reveal their beauty. It is important my jewelry designs call attention to the seed itself and not be overwhelmed by their additional stones and findings.

In 2005, I was able to leave my full-time job outside the home to devote myself to a business of creating designs, growing seeds, making jewelry and finally selling it, first at shows and events and then online. I sell my jewelry at Master Gardener conferences, organic-related group meetings, garden clubs, herb societies, and nature preserves. I am happy to show my creations wherever there are folks who love nature and planting.

For me, my business is not just about making jewelry: it is a way to introduce heirloom seeds to the public and to educate people about the value and importance of keeping heirloom varieties in production. As part of this, I travel to schools and organizations to give talks about heirlooms. It is deeply gratifying to know I am part of keeping these lovely historic strains alive.

Since 2001, I have collected and grown-out around 150 varieties of heirloom beans, and several varieties of corn. Getting to the point of using the seed in jewelry is a long process; after hand-harvesting, I let the seeds dry for about a year, drill each one by hand and then let them dry another month or so before using them in production. I do not "coat" them because their natural beauty needs no enhancement.

To accommodate the wider variety, over the years the rows I plant have become shorter and shorter! I grow enough for jewelry, eating, and some to save for the next year’s planting. I have on occasion been sent seeds in exchange for a piece of jewelry, but I do that only if it is a seed I don’t already have . . . and if it is beautiful . . . and if it has a history attached to it. I also have created jewelry as a memento for a modest price for people who have acquired some seeds while traveling or have a few seeds that had been in their family and wish to commemorate them as a thing of lasting beauty.

My jewelry is extremely durable. After the drying process, the seeds are hard as pebbles and will last indefinitely IF you handle them correctly. Each piece of jewelry purchased comes with a care information card displaying the seed’s name and giving a little bit of its history. Basic care urges that you: (1) keep the jewelry items dry (don't shower with them on, don't submerge your bracelet in the dishwater, etc.) and (2) storing them in an airtight container (like “Tupperware”) will keep them safer. My hope is that you enjoy my creations for many, many years so if any accidents occur (they happen!), I urge my customers not to hesitate to contact me!

And last of all: please note that I am not a seed company. Seed companies test for germination, store and package their seeds to provide the optimum growing results. There are currently many seed companies offering organic heirloom varieties and, if you garden, I heartily encourage you try planting some!

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  • Debbie Groat

    Owner

    In 2005, I was able to leave my full-time job outside the home to devote myself to a business of creating designs, growing seeds, making jewelry and finally selling it, first at shows and events and then online.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 9, 2019
My good reputation is one of my most valuable possessions. I want my customers to know they are purchasing a quality item of handcraftsmanship at a fair and reasonable price. I carefully select the seeds used in my jewelry, and fully expect each piece to survive many years when the provided care instructions are followed. Accidents do happen, however, and I make every attempt to take care of an issue if it should arise.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 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)
Returns and exchange details
If for any reason you are unhappy with a purchase, I will refund the item's invoiced price less shipping cost. You must return the item in the original condition, with the packaging intact (information and business card), within 7 business days of receipt. I will also exchange items of equal value or adjust sizes for a small fee. Contact me and I will do my utmost to please you!
Payment
PayPal (even if you don't have your own PayPal account) enables you to use your credit and/or debit cards. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are all accepted. With PayPal, payment is processed when you place your order.
Shipping
USPS First Class with delivery confirmation is my shipping preference. Your item will be sent in 1-2 business days but it may take 2-7 days to arrive, especially during busy holidays. If you do not receive your item within that time-frame, please contact me and I will track it for you. You may upgrade to Priority Mail flat rate shipping for $5.50. Contact me if you wish to do so.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am happy to fill custom orders. Past custom designs are wedding jewelry, pieces designed with a customer's seeds to commemorate a special vacation, and jewelry that showcased seeds passed down the years within the family. It is an honor to be asked to create a lasting memory, and I'm always excited to see and learn about a seed! Contact me for a quote.