Announcement Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to view our jewelry. We are in the process of changing our business name and combining this shop into to the one at http://www.etsy.com/shop/FrancoisStudios For current customers, there are no worries with getting orders finished and shipped. We will stay open here long enough to be sure you are all satisfied with your orders.
Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to view our jewelry. We are in the process of changing our business name and combining this shop into to the one at http://www.etsy.com/shop/FrancoisStudios For current customers, there are no worries with getting orders finished and shipped. We will stay open here long enough to be sure you are all satisfied with your orders.
Anonymous on Feb 7, 2013
These are really special earrings. The black is a little edgy. Love them.
Anonymous on Jan 17, 2013
These earrings are so beautiful!! Stunningly simple and elegant, and will go with anything. The super fast shipping got them to my door far sooner than promised, I was so thrilled!
The long road to pretty rocks and shiny metal
Jason took an interest in minerals and geology when he first started dating Beth. She had a not-so-modest mineral collection from her Dad displayed in her apartment.
As a life long science geek with an extensive background in applied engineering jobs like nuclear propulsion for the Navy, machine and building maintenance, and other much more boring but similar jobs it was an instant draw.
From there it became a mutual area of recreational study. Some rockhounding, some collecting at shows, membership in a rock club, etc.
That naturally grew into an interest of cutting stones and the behavior and science behind formulating and manipulating metals. And since Beth has been a lifelong beader and student of art jewelry was the next obvious step. Science and art together.
Here, in our shop, you will find that art. We make this jewelry to satisfy that urge to explore and share the natural world, the science, the geology, the metallurgy, and our perceptions of how all those intertwine.
We haven't settled on a voice or niche yet, preferring to explore new techniques and materials. But we do like to share our work.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photos, Shipping, Web Work, Just About Everything
Jason came into jewelry through a fascination with stones and geology. What started as a mineral collection, became stone cutting, became an interest in metals, and finally design.
Maker, Designer, Purchaser
Beth is a lifelong beader with a passion for gemstones. She does enjoy beads of all types, though, working with just about every medium beads are made from.
Beth and I have a very simple outlook on this shop. We love to make jewelry. We'd like to keep each and every piece we make, but to do so would be unrealistic. After all, we need to make room in our studio and provide a means to replace raw materials. So, that leads us to selling our work.
As long as we're going to do so, we want you to treasure our designs as we do. For us, an integral part of that is making the "business" part of the transaction as smooth and seamless as possible. If you're unhappy with us, you'll likely be unhappy with the pieces you bought. That's no fun, so lets avoid that.
However, we do have to treat this as a business, so please read the following policies. They will be in place to protect all of us.
- Jason and Beth
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Washingtion State residents: As we all know from our travels within the state, the new method for sales tax collection is destination based. That means that I have to charge a different rate depending on where you live. Etsy has started a new tax collection tool that overrides my Paypal settings. The new tool is incomplete, and will only allow me to charge one rate. I have it set for the maximum rate in the state (9.5%). If you are in an area where the rate is less, I will refund the over charge. In some states this is not legal, however the WA.gov site has a provision that does allow it for WA.
We will pay for delivery confirmation on every package. (U.S. only.)
We will ship the items ASAP after the payment clears, but it may be a few days.
On orders going outside the US there may be import taxes, customs, duties, or fees levied by the destination country. It is the responsibility of the buyer to pay any and all of these.
The "everywhere else" shipping is based on the most expensive destination. If the amount we collect is $1 or more (USD) over actual shipping we we refund any extra.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
We believe in communication with our customers. Emails will be sent to you for all major steps in a transaction. i.e. when we mail the package(s).
For made to order or made to size items, please allow up to one week for production.