TeresaKiplinger

Teresa Kiplinger | Custom Handwriting Memorial Jewelry

Cleveland, Ohio · 118 Sales

TeresaKiplinger

Teresa Kiplinger | Custom Handwriting Memorial Jewelry

Cleveland, Ohio 118 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(54)

Announcement   Inspired by lovelorn letters, forgotten hoards and treasured reliquaries, my custom handwriting bracelets, mourning brooches and photo necklaces tell a tale, preserve a memory, call us to courage. Each one-of-a-kind piece is created for those who live artfully and love deeply, to remind us to spend our moments with meaning and intention.

I combine artistry and handmade craftsmanship with words, memorials and images to create heirloom quality, wearable stories. My jewelry is designed to preserve and hold near our most cherished memories and messages.

I invite you to explore my work and contact me to create something beautifully meaningful just for you.

Wear your story.

–Teresa

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 16, 2017

Inspired by lovelorn letters, forgotten hoards and treasured reliquaries, my custom handwriting bracelets, mourning brooches and photo necklaces tell a tale, preserve a memory, call us to courage. Each one-of-a-kind piece is created for those who live artfully and love deeply, to remind us to spend our moments with meaning and intention.

I combine artistry and handmade craftsmanship with words, memorials and images to create heirloom quality, wearable stories. My jewelry is designed to preserve and hold near our most cherished memories and messages.

I invite you to explore my work and contact me to create something beautifully meaningful just for you.

Wear your story.

–Teresa

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(54)
jamilacoleman

jamilacoleman on Jul 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This is my second gift purchase and I love it just as much as the first one. My mom loves her new bracelet too. As always great customer service! Thank you again.

Kris Kueber

Kris Kueber on Jul 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Teresa is the absolute best. She worked with me to create a memorial bracelet for a friend. She was patient and provided multiple options for me to consider. The end result was a piece of art that will always be cherished.

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Updates

My new packaging makes receiving and unboxing one of my custom Silver Story Cuff bracelets an even more unforgettable gift.
My new 3-piece Sterling Story Stack practically glows – as beautiful as it is meaningful.
I love how this custom sterling memorial cuff bracelet turned out– It's etched with a note written by my patron's late mother. The combination of the chunky 3/4" width and her mother's lovely handwriting make it especially beautiful.
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About

Poetic Metal: Wear Your Story

Inspired by lovelorn letters, forgotten hoards and treasured reliquaries, my custom handwriting bracelets, mourning brooches and photo necklaces tell a tale, preserve a memory, call us to courage. Each one-of-a-kind piece is created for those who live artfully and love deeply, to remind us to spend our moments with meaning and intention.

Formed from scratch, I create all of my work by hand, starting with sterling silver and bronze sheet metal, using traditional metalsmithing techniques and tools. I felt a call to jewelry design after two decades working in digital media as a graphic designer, illustrator and animator. I was burned out, and working with metals provided an analog respite from my high tech day job.

After the death of my teen stepson, I poured my grief into my burgeoning metalwork. I etched a handwritten message into a stack of bracelets in his honor, so that I might wear his memory on my arms. Adorning myself with this talisman brought me comfort. From within this loss, I found my voice, and wanted to share it with others.

Even before I could read, I was fascinated by the books and ephemera in my grandmother's bookcase; It was stuffed with antique poetry tomes, mysterious snapshots, tintypes, death records, funeral cards and elaborately penned letters. The yellowed, 19th century book illustrations of gossamer angels and tempest-tossed boats drew me into a grown-up world of mortality and miracles. Enchanted, I spent many sullen, snowy Saturdays transcribing stanzas of Browning and Poe, trying to imitate the penmanship of my long-dead ancestors. Decades later, my Saturdays have scarcely changed.

Themes from my rural Ohio childhood also find their way into my jewelry design. I spent much of my youth alone on my grandparent's defunct farm, happily exploring buzzing pastures and coaxing butterflies to my fingertips – I sang quietly in the silent barn full of sparkling dust and rusted junk – I tinkered in my grandfather's workshop, its ceiling strewn with burnt vacuum tubes, elegant hood ornaments and glass doorknobs; when the wind blew, the whole place winked and tinkled like a scrapheap chandelier.

The influence of poetry, legacy and loss fuse with my career in graphic design to yield luminous, lyrical jewelry that is infused with words, secrets, meaning and longing. My jewelry is designed to preserve and hold close our most cherished memories and messages. I combine creativity and handmade craftsmanship with handwriting, memorials and images to create heirloom quality, wearable stories.

I invite you to explore my work and contact me to create something beautifully meaningful just for you.

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Teresa Kiplinger is a studio jeweler and a noted graphic designer. Her poetic aesthetic combines handwritten messages and original illustration with typography, photography and elements from nature. Her work is expressive, personal and hand forged with reverence and care. She earned a BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration at Kent State University (1992). She works out of her Northeast Ohio studio, and continually studies jewelry design and metalsmithing techniques.

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  • Teresa Kiplinger

    Owner, Designer, Metalsmith

    Teresa Kiplinger is a studio jeweler, illustrator and noted graphic designer. Her poetic jewelry combine artistry and handmade craftsmanship with words, memorials and images to create heirloom quality, wearable stories.

  • Megan Fuchs

    Bench Jeweler, Assistant

    Megan is a metalsmith and graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art's enameling program where her distinctive and delicate work was recognized with accolades and scholarships. She provides seasonal assistance during holidays.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 7, 2017

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
I accept Credit Cards, PayPal and Etsy Gift Cards.
Shipping
For made-to-order or custom orders, Please allow 10-14 days for me to create your piece with love and care, + shipping time. For shipments within the continental US, I ship vis USPS Priority Mail, which should arrive within 1-3 days of shipment.

In some instances I can offer rush status for an order for an additional cost, and expedited shipping may also available. If you are in a hurry and this is of interest to you, please let me know via Etsy Convo before placing your order to discuss rush pricing and to make sure I can meet your deadline.

For ready-to-ship items, I ship within 2 business days of receiving an order. I'm in Cleveland, OH and ship using U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail for most items, which takes 1-3 days.
Refunds and Exchanges
If for any reason you wish to return a non-custom/personalized item, just ship it back. I'll issue a refund as soon as I receive it, provided it is in its original and unworn condition.

Mistakes can happen. For personalized and custom orders, I stand behind my craftsmanship and will gladly accept the return of a custom/personalized order if

1. there is an error on my part in an inscription
or
2. faulty craftsmanship in a soldered piece

Where faulty craftsman has occurred, after I receive the original order back from you, I will repair the item if possible. If repair is not possible, I will issue a full refund.

Where an error in inscription has occurred, after I receive the original order back from you, I will re-make and replace the piece with the text corrected.

I am sorry, but I cannot accept returns on custom and personalized orders unless faulty craftsmanship or an error on my part in the inscription are present.

Occasionally, bronze pieces may need to be stripped and refinished, especially if you live in a hot and humid climate. I do offer bronze refinishing services for $15 per item + shipping. If this is of interest to you, please send a convo and I will create a custom cleaning order for you.
Additional policies and FAQs
I accept completely custom commissioned orders and can create pieces not shown in my shop. If this is of interest to you, just send a Convo! Let's make something meaningful together.