GlassBerries

Hand blown glass berry bead jewelry + fruit sculptures

Boulder, Colorado | 2086 Sales

GlassBerries

Hand blown glass berry bead jewelry + fruit sculptures

Boulder, Colorado 2086 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars (474)

Announcement   I have lovely spring-themed jewelry items for Easter Gifts. Art glass jewelry and sculpture gifts for your loved ones. My berry and fruit-themed glass bead necklaces, earrings and bracelets make treasured hierloom-quality gifts for women in your life or even for yourself. The lampwork blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and other fruits are so realistic you will need to touch them to be sure! Everything ships free inside the US via First Class Parcel Service, but if that default method isn't fast enough for your deadline, shipping upgrades to Priority and Express can be purchased in the Shopping Cart.

Discount coupons are emailed regularly to those who favorite and purchase items from my shop. To receive them, you must check the "Coupons and promotions" box in your Etsy Account settings, on the Emails tab.

I'm constantly adding new designs to my shop, often based on special orders received from customers. Don't hesitate to contact me if you want something made especially for you!

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Last updated on Mar 11, 2019

I have lovely spring-themed jewelry items for Easter Gifts. Art glass jewelry and sculpture gifts for your loved ones. My berry and fruit-themed glass bead necklaces, earrings and bracelets make treasured hierloom-quality gifts for women in your life or even for yourself. The lampwork blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and other fruits are so realistic you will need to touch them to be sure! Everything ships free inside the US via First Class Parcel Service, but if that default method isn't fast enough for your deadline, shipping upgrades to Priority and Express can be purchased in the Shopping Cart.

Discount coupons are emailed regularly to those who favorite and purchase items from my shop. To receive them, you must check the "Coupons and promotions" box in your Etsy Account settings, on the Emails tab.

I'm constantly adding new designs to my shop, often based on special orders received from customers. Don't hesitate to contact me if you want something made especially for you!

Elizabeth Johnson

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About

Berries speak to us of abundance and healthy pleasures.

I adore berries, and besides eating them I wanted to be able to wear them too! Since nobody else was making berries in glass, I had to discover how to make them by trial and error. It took awhile. After many, many attempts I managed to make the first glass raspberries that looked real. I strung them on a wire and wore them as a necklace. When people stopped me in the street to ask how I kept the raspberries from staining my blouse, I knew I was on the right track.

I make every berry, fruit and leaf one at a time using the lampwork process. That means I use colored glass rods that look like long crayons and melt them in the flame of a torch. Using heat, gravity, surface tension I shape the melted glass into berries so lifelike you have to touch them to be sure they're not real fruit. A few simple tools like a tungsten pick and a razor blade help me put on the finishing touches, like the dents in each cell of a raspberry or the dimples in the skin of a kumquat. The blushes or speckles of color that make the fruits look so real are added by melting on layes of colored glass powder.

You won't find glass fruit-themed jewelry or sculptures of this quality anywhere else. When added to Sterling Silver or Gold-Filled findings they make unique and high-end jewelry items that will become family heirlooms. Along with this first-class product I strive to provide first class customer service. That includes elegant gift packaging for every order and free shipping. I want you to be thrilled with your purchase, so I'm happy to customize or exchange items until everything is perfect for you.

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  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Owner, Designer, Sculptor

    My happiest childhood memories are of picking berries and apples in the woods, fields and orchards around our New Hampshire home. I want my glass beads and jewelry to give you a permanent reminder of your own sweetest summer days.

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Last updated on Jan 16, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I welcome custom orders! Feel free to contact me any time with your request. I am not able to personalize (add a name, for example) to jewelry items, sculptures or ornaments at this time.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All orders are shipped in gift packaging. For jewelry and most small sculptures, the items are carefully packed in natural white cotton inside a shiny black paper gift box with a gold bow. Larger items such sculptures may be shipped in white paper or wooden gift boxes.

Care instructions

You may clean any of my jewelry designs using the mild jewelry-cleaning liquid that's available in most department stores. First immerse the jewelry piece in plain water, then dip a soft toothbrush into the fluid and scrub lightly, paying special attention to any tarnished surfaces. Then rinse, rinse, rinse, being sure to remove all traces of red fluid or suds from inside the bead holes of any crystals, where they might leave behind a cloudy haze. You may also safely use any of the dry silver polishing cloths that are available at jewelry stores or on the internet to clean any sterling silver parts that can be easily reached.

Metal Allergies, Nickel

I make my jewelry with 925 Sterling Silver, Argentium Silver, and 14/20 yellow Gold-Filled. None of these contain nickel.

If I should ever make anything with nickel content, it will be plainly marked in both the Materials and listing Description.

If you are unable to wear something I make because it irritates your skin, you may return it to me in good condition for a refund of the purchase price. Just try it out, and let me know within 14 days of receiving the jewelry if there is a problem.

I would also be happy to custom-make a piece for you in the metal of your choice that you know to be safe for you.

About Gold Filled Jewelry

Gold-Filled materials are quality materials that can be expected to last a lifetime. I use 14/20 gold-filled, which is made by using extreme pressure and heat to bond a sheet of 14 karat gold over a brass base. The resulting product is a wire or tube in which the gold layer represents 1/20th of the volume of the piece. This material is then formed into chain and other jewelry findings that are strong, durable, and resistant to tarnish.

The gold layer of gold-filled materials is many, many times thicker than the coating on gold-plated or “gold vermeil” materials. As a result you can expect to wear and enjoy your gold-filled jewelry for many years without worry of having the gold layer wear through.

More Customs and VAT Information for International Buyers

Your international shipment may be subject to import or value added taxes, customs duties and delivery fees which are levied once a shipment reaches your country. For example, VAT will usually be charged on goods entering the EU from the United States if their value is greater than 15 euros.

EXCEPT FOR SHIPMENTS TO AUSTRALIA, ETSY DOES NOT COLLECT THESE TAXES AND FEES - they must be paid by you when you collect your package from Customs.

See below for more information on how Etsy collects taxes for shipments to Australia.

And see below for more information regarding "Gift" shipments.

Please contact your local customs office for further information.

About International "Gift" Shipments

When a non-US customer is buying a gift for someone else, she often misunderstands that to mean that I can properly mark her international shipment as a Gift. But the customs rules do not apply to what will happen to the package after it is received.

The customs rules only apply to the relationship and transaction between me (the seller) and you (the buyer). Since I will be receiving payment for the work I send overseas, to comply with the law I must mark the package as Merchandise (not as a Gift) and list the full amount paid on the the attached documents. To do otherwise risks criminal penalties for us both. Therefore, regular import costs will be charged on the full value of any order shipped from the US into another country.

Etsy collects Sales Tax for all orders shipping to 11 different states

Based on new laws, Etsy already does, or will soon, automatically calculate, collect, and remit sales tax for ALL orders shipped to addresses in Washington, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Connecticut, South Carolina, South Dakota, New Jersey, District of Columbia and Alabama. This even includes orders being shipped from other Countries into those states.

Neither Sellers nor Buyers can opt out of this procedure. No action is required on your part.

GST is added to all orders shipped to Australia

Based on new Australian import tax laws, Etsy now automatically calculates GST tax for all orders valued less than $,1000 Australian dollars that are shipped from my shop to buyers in Australia.

Etsy collects this tax from buyers during the checkout process and remits the funds directly to the Australian tax authorities. No action is required on your part. Neither Sellers nor Buyers can opt out of this procedure.

PRODUCT SAFETY WARNINGS

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD
Keep your glass beads, sculpture and jewelry out of the reach of children. Do not display or store glass berry beads or sculptures where they could be confused with real food. Never put glass beads or sculptures into your mouth for any reason, even as a joke.

WARNING: FRAGILE
Dropping glass beads or sculptures onto hard surfaces may chip, crack or break the glass. My jewelry is delicate and should not be handled roughly or given to children. Do not wear jewelry that has loose or broken parts. If you break your glass beads or jewelry I may be able to repair them. Please contact me by clicking the "Contact the shop owner" link to discuss your repair. Always use caution when handling cracked or broken glass.