Gemtwists… Born from a Love of Art, Color & Gemstones
I studied Interior Design and Art in college and through twists and turns in my life worked as a commercial artist, calligrapher and finally a jewelry designer. Gemtwists is the culmination of many years as a working artist in many different mediums.
It all began when I moved to a small town in West Tennessee and I was hired by a local firm to do their advertising brochures, etc., as I had worked as an Art Director for a large firm in Memphis. This firm specialized in one of a kind pearl jewelry made from pearls found right here in the Tennessee River. Soon I wasn't only just designing brochures... I was designing jewelry.
I had the Bug! I soon branched out with my own designs using a large variety of gemstones. I left the company and along with my husband, founded Gemtwists... because I like to twist gems with wire... and began exhibiting at small, local art shows. We quickly progressed to larger shows and travelled all over the US. With the untimely death of my husband about 11 years into this adventure I continued on my own. How can an artist give up her passion, her dream? I didn't!
After traveling to art shows all over the US for thirty years, and as my technological capabilities became more viable I decided to open my shop to an even larger audience than I had at shows.
I am the designer, maker, marketing director, the “everything” woman, all wrapped up in one package. I never run out of ideas and keep a notebook with me at all times... even on my nightstand... to jot down ideas and sketches until I can get to my work table to execute my designs. I often wake up in the middle of the night, turn on the light and draw my latest idea.
My workspace is fairly simple... a large table with the necessary tools which is surrounded with boxes and boxes of gemstones, beads, findings, wire and other possible materials. There are boxes behind me, beside me, under the table, in the next room... absolutely everywhere! Sometimes I will make just an item or two, and sometimes I have marathon sessions of several days.
Even after making jewelry for so long, I still get excited when I am working. I love gemstones. I adore their vibrant colors… their unique random patterns… each stone seemingly telling their own story. Each one is different and I treasure each stone as I pick it up and it speaks to me... I feel as if each stone tells me how to use it in a unique piece of work. I also like crystals and I use only the best Swarovski crystals. Combining them with the natural gemstones is a lovely contrast.
Occasionally I have "assistance" from my long-haired orange tabby cat, Leo. He loves to bat around strands of beads and sometimes runs off with a strand. Leo likes to have his input considered when I am writing my descriptions and listing items on Etsy. He also insists that I take a break from time to time by pawing at my leg until I stop to pet him.
I have worked in many mediums but gemstone jewelry is my favorite... my true love.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Money Order… Mail to: Gemtwists, P O Box 635, Camden, Tennessee 38320
PayPal… You do not need a PayPal account to submit payment. You may purchase using your credit card or debit card without a PayPal account or without signing into your account if you wish.
Direct Pay... Use your credit card directly to submit payment.
DISCOUNTED SHIPPING with USPS First Class on most orders shipped in the US. FREE SHIPPING on select items and on orders over $50. All shipments include Delivery Confirmation. Requests for Priority Shipping or other method of shipping to be paid by customer.
Many items ordered are made just for you according to your specifications (i.e., size, stone, metal color), and will be shipped in approximately 3-5 business days. Other items will be shipped sooner.
Tennessee Residents must pay sales tax applicable for your area.
Most orders are gift boxed and shipped in bubble mailers. Gift box colors will vary. Multiple items may be placed in the same box, however, individual boxes will be provided at no additional cost upon your request
Refunds and Exchanges
To request a refund or exchange, please email me first at gemtwists [!at] yahoo.com.
RETURNS: I will accept returns up to 30 days after the date of purchase (the date that you check out through Etsy) of items not worn. Refunds are made via your payment method (purchase price minus shipping) on receipt of item. Any items that are returned damaged will have a repair fee deducted from the refund.
EXCHANGES: Exchanges are accepted up to 30 days after the date of purchase (the date that you check out through Etsy). You will only be charged for shipping if exchange item is the same price. (Example: If exchanging a ring of same value you will only be charged return shipping.)
Additional policies and FAQs
If you don’t know your ring size, I encourage you to check with a local jeweler who can accurately measure your finger or check at a department store jewelry counter.
CHILDREN’S RING SIZES
If you are unsure as to the size ring to choose for your child here is some advice. Get a size that fits. Yes, children grow quickly, but if you get the ring too big and they loose it, you won’t have the ring “to grow into.” Another option: Get a ring for the index or middle finger (a larger size) that fits securely and when they outgrow it, move it down to a smaller finger. Children, especially small children, love to wear rings on their index finger. Why? Every time they point with their index finger they see their beautiful ring!
Bracelets are measured from tip to tip. A bracelet with large beads will need to be larger than one that is flat and fits you well. Also, toggle clasped bracelets need to be a tiny bit longer so the clasp is easily maneuverable. Remember, if the bracelet you love is not the correct size for you, I may be able to remake it with more or less beads or make some other adjustment to make it perfect for you. Please ask.
Have you wondered about the difference in saltwater pearls and freshwater pearls? What about natural pearls as opposed to cultured pearls? And for goodness sakes, what are blister pearls? Read on…
NATURAL FRESHWATER PEARLS are naturally created within the mantle of a living shelled mollusk such as a mussel. The animal secrets nacre to cover an irritating object trapped within the mollusk. The shape of the pearl is determined to some degree by the shape of the irritant. Irregularly shaped pearls are often called biwa pearls.
CULTURED FRESHWATER PEARLS begin with differently shaped irritants being surgically implanted into the mollusk. The shape of the implant determines the shape of the pearl. Many implants may be introduced into the animal at one time. The mollusk is then submerged in cages back into their underwater environment… usually a river… until their secretions of nacre create a pearl. This process usually takes at least seven years.
SALTWATER PEARLS are created naturally and are cultured in much the same way as freshwater pearls. Most often the mollusk is an oyster.
BLISTER PEARLS or DOME PEARLS (pronounced doe-mey) are pearls that are formed on the shell and appear as a bump or blister on the shell. When harvested, part of the shell is cut around the pearl which looks like a dome on a flat surface. Blister pearls may be either natural or cultured, but usually are cultured.
SWAROVSKI PEARLS are fine quality imitation pearls that are perfectly round, teardrop, or other perfect shapes. Their base is a leaded crystal core with a hard mar-resistant coating that produces a fine, smooth sheen consistent in luster and color with a natural pearl. They are far superior to other faux pearls.
CARE OF PEARLS - Never allow your pearls to be in contact with lemon or anything with lemon as an ingredient. The acidic nature of lemon will eat away at the nacre of the pearl.
GOLD-FILLED vs. STERLING SILVER
Don’t understand what gold-filled means? Concerned about nickel content in gold-filled and sterling silver? Always wanted to know about Mexican silver, surgical steel and vermeil? Read more…
GOLD-FILLED - Items that are gold-filled do not tarnish! From a booklet entitled “The Story of Gold-filled”: “What is gold-filled chain and why is it the next best thing to solid gold? The answer is simply found in the word ‘Gold-filled.’ Gold-filled wire is made from a solid gold tube filled with other metal alloys. Gold-filled wears like solid gold because that is exactly what its outer surface is! Electroplating is NOT a part of the process. How is gold-filled made? Gold-filled is made by fusing a layer of Karat Gold to a suitable supporting metal (or alloy), using equipment that carefully controls pressure, heat and time. The Bond produced is a permanent one. There is NO NICKEL used in gold-filled.”
STERLING SILVER is silver with a fineness of 925. That is, sterling is 925 parts per thousand (or 92.5%) silver, and 75 parts per thousand (or 7.5%) copper. The copper increases the hardness of the silver. There is NO NICKEL used in sterling silver.
MEXICAN SILVER or GERMAN SILVER or NICKEL SILVER is an alloy consisting of mostly copper (roughly 60%) and approximately 20% nickel, about 20% zinc and sometimes about 5% tin (then the alloy is called alpaca). There is NO SILVER at all in Mexican, German or Nickel silver.
SURGICAL STAINLESS STEEL, although wearable by the majority of the population, contains a small amount of nickel, usually 8% in jewelry.
VERMEIL is a process of plating sterling silver with 14 Karat or pure 24 Karat gold. The result is a bright and shiny gold surface.
I encourage requests for custom work. Price quote and delivery time estimate will be given upon receipt of your description. Full payment for orders $100 and under is due when order is made. For orders over $100, a 50% non-refundable deposit is required. The remaining balance is due before shipment. Once supplies have been ordered and the work has begun there are no refunds. If, for some reason, I am unable to complete the order, all monies will be returned. Custom orders are not eligible for refunds or exchanges.