Announcement COLOR your spring with a natural gemstone ring! New OOAK designs added daily. For more Mens Rings - http://www.rusticformen.etsy.com I create all pieces in my studio using the finest materials hand selected from suppliers throughout the world.
COLOR your spring with a natural gemstone ring! New OOAK designs added daily. For more Mens Rings - http://www.rusticformen.etsy.com I create all pieces in my studio using the finest materials hand selected from suppliers throughout the world.
bethanypennington406 on Mar 19, 2017
Jackie Miller on Mar 18, 2017
More then we expected, We love the ring! pictures doesn't do it justice, much better in person. Robin was very willing to customize the ring we wanted and shipped to us so much sooner then we expected! We are dog lovers and appreciate that she donates a portion of what we paid to K9 rescues. Thanks again!
Kurt SM on Mar 17, 2017
These are truly unusual and steep rings. Thanks to Robin and Janet! Me and my wife are delighted!
Kurt SM on Mar 17, 2017
These are truly unusual and steep rings. Thanks to Robin and Janet! Me and my wife are delighted!
It's been 12 years since I took my first metalsmithing class. That led to studying for and earning a Gemologist designation from GIA. The jewelry industry is a great place to meet nice people. I met the owner of a fine jewelry store at one of my GIA classes and worked for her doing appraisals, accounting and social media for about 3 years. This experience was critical to my future success because the owner and bench jeweler taught me a lot about retail and repairs.
With the encouragement of my girlfriends, I brought Hot Rox Custom Jewelry to Etsy in 2010. As the premier online presence of handmade jewelry, Etsy turned out to be the perfect home for my OOAK designs. It is also a great marketing platform - the teams and tools available to sellers are here - the more you work it, the more exposure you bring to your shop. Now, I buy holiday gifts, gemstones, handbags, dog collars and clothing from Etsy sellers. It's important to support the community.
From the beginning, Hot Rox has made a monthly donation to local dog rescue organization, Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue in Gurnee, Illinois. As my business grows, the donations are larger and more dogs are being rehabilitated. To date, we've raised over $15,000.
Frequently, I look at a stone and immediately envision what I want to do with it. That turquoise would make a great statement ring. I'd like to bezel set that fantasy cut tourmaline in gold for a pendant. Those aquamarine spheres need to be earrings! Sometimes I sketch and labor over the details - other times, I wing it. I'm an artist - it depends upon my mood.
I tend to be inspired by what I would like- natural gems, like rose cut diamonds, raw diamonds, saturated tourmaline, opaque sapphires - bezel set into precious metal. Comfortable studs, funky ear wires and big hoops and LONNNNGGGG necklaces.
I love the the pure white color of silver metal but I also like blackening it for contrast against yellow gold and light stones. I was experimenting with mixed metals and created a wide hammered band combining yellow gold and sterling silver. Oxidation with liver of sulphur turned the silver areas a pleasing combination of blue and golden red. Demand for this design led to other related styles - and finally to my newest store, RusticFORMen where the focus is mens bands. Rustic offers mens wedding bands in a variety of rugged styles in both gold, silver and combinations. Of course, all of these rings can be worn by women, too, and are appropriate for fashion in addition to marriage.
Owner, Maker, Designer, GIA Graduate Gemologist
I'm an artist, silversmith and gemologist who loves making jewelry in my home studio. Using the highest quality materials I create OOAK jewelry in a rustic, artisan style. Mixed metals, unusual diamonds and colorful gemstones are central to my work.
Social Media Marketing, Customer Service
I am an animal lover and jewelry fanatic, and handle all of the marketing, customer service, and social media exposure for Hot Rox Custom Jewelry.
Cornerstone to my business is my monthly donation to Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue in Gurnee, Illinois. Since 2011, Etsy sales have generated over $17,000! I urge you to check out their website if you are thinking about enriching your life with a dog.
Much of my work is in inventory and ready to ship. Please allow 1-2 business days for me to pack it up and get it into the mail.
I take custom orders and am happy to give you a rough estimate if you convo me with your request. Please bear in mind that time spent on research, convos, design, photographs etc. play a part in the overall cost. Other factors are:
-SHIPPING and OTHER COSTS of procuring materials
-TIME spent on estimates, design, sketch and photography, locating materials.
Wedding bands are considered a CUSTOM order. I make each band after you place your order. I do not have an inventory of different sizes for my designs so I cannot easily make exchanges or refunds. Take care in specifying your ring size as I cannot issue a refund for rings ordered in the wrong size.
I am happy to provide photos for any custom design so you can approve the work before it ships. Please convo me if you want to see a photo OR tell me in the Notes to Seller box during checkout.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
LAYAWAY - Convo me if you would like to pay for an item installments. I require 30% down and the balance paid within 90 days. Should you change your mind, I keep the 30% down payment.
IN STOCK - jewelry that is in stock will ship within 1 to 2 business days.
CUSTOM - please allow 3 to 5 weeks production time for custom order.
RUSH - If I can accommodate a RUSH order, a fee of $40 to $75 will apply. Please convo me before ordering to see if I can complete your order in the timeframe needed.
SHIPPING WITHIN USA - I use the United State Post Office (USPS) and ship First Class with tracking to the USA. Delivery time is 2-4 days in the Continental US.
PRIORITY and PRIORITY EXPRESS are available for additional fees of $5 and $20 respectively. You can upgrade your shipping during the checkout process.
When your package ships, you will be providing with a tracking number via Etsy convo. If your package is delayed, lost or stolen, please contact the USPS using your tracking number for identification. USPS.com has guidelines for all situations on their website. We are happy to provide you with a receipt if needed but we do not have the manpower to investigate situations of lost, delayed or stolen packages.
You can purchase up to $300 insurance during checkout. Convo us at the time you place your order if you want more insurance.
INTERNATIONAL - Currently, we ship to USA, Australia, and Canada. As of August 10, 2016, we no longer ship to any other countries because of issues with customs delays and lost packages.
We use USPS PRIORITY INTERNATIONAL* which takes 6-10 business days and does NOT have tracking. Instead, you will be provided with a Customs number. Use this number to track your package.
If the tracking on your package states that the status is “Delivered” and you have not received it, it is likely at your local post office. Please call them before contacting us. Likely, they are holding your package until VAT is paid. We are not responsible for paying any duty, taxes, VAT or fees.
This link has some useful information about import taxes and VAT - http://www.dutycalculator.com/dc/145728/bags-footwear-watches-accessories/watches-jewellery/jewellery-of-gold/import-duty-rate-for-importing-jewelry-from-italy-to-united-kingdom-is-4/
When an international package is slow in arriving, it is usually delayed in Customs. Unfortunately, we do not have any way to locate your package or predict how long it will be in customs. We suggest you use the Internet to locate the telephone numbers of your local post and/or customs office and follow up with them using your customs number for identification.
We do offer shipping with UPS and FedEx. For a quote, contact us with your address and timeframe. Usually, these carriers charge $80-$100 for a guaranteed 2 day delivery to most countries outside the US.
Refunds and Exchanges
Your satisfaction is of the utmost importance to me. If you do not love your purchase, contact me within 3 days of receiving it, mail it back to me and I will refund your money. Please ship the item(s) back to me within 10 days of receiving it in the original box.
Mail returned items to:
318 N 2nd St.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Your ring was made for you after you placed your order. I try my best to re-create the ring in the listing photograph (with any additional modifications that you might have specified). If you are not satisfied with the appearance of your ring, please contact us immediately. I want you to be happy and will do what I can, within reason, to make changes to your piece.
Custom orders (i.e. wedding bands) cannot be returned for refund or exchanged for other merchandise. Please contact me if there is a problem and I will do my best to work with you to resolve the issue.
I'm sorry but I do not re-size rings.
Additional policies and FAQs
--OXIDATION - If you are worried about the oxidation wearing off, I do not recommend purchasing an oxidized ring. The oxidation WILL WEAR OFF and I cannot predict the rate at which it will do so.
Soaps and detergents will take off oxidation. Taking the ring off during hand washing, swimming, showers and sleep will help preserve the oxidation.
Every person has different body chemistry and will react to silver (and whatever alloys are in sterling silver) differently.
I coat each ring with a lacquer to help preserve the oxidized color but the oxidation will still wear off, especially if worn daily.
Oxidized Color - I do my best to recreate the oxidation color shown in my photographs. If you receive a ring and are unhappy with the oxidation color, please contact me immediately so we can discuss re-oxidation. In most cases, I do this free of charge and immediately.
Please understand that the surface of most styles is hammered, brushed and treated with droplets of gold - so, it is not flat and the oxidation colors will vary with the undulating surface.
Oxidize at Home - You can oxidize at home with liver of sulphur. Drop a bean sized portion in about 1 cup of hot (but not boiling) water. Then dip your ring (make sure it is clean and dry). You can hold it and watch it turn from golden brown to reddish blue to teal to gray. The texture in the rings allow for different areas to oxidize at different rates resulting in a pleasing color palette.
Antiquing or blackening liquids can be painted on your piece if you want the piece to be dark gray/black. Most of these solutions will darken both silver and gold. Please refer to the instructions or the manufacturer with questions.
I am happy to re-oxidize and re-lacquer your ring at any time - free of charge. Just convo me to let me know that you will be mailing me your ring for re-finishing.
--BLACK RHODIUM PLATED RINGS - Rhodium plating is similar to oxidization in the finished appearance by making the sterling silver a dark charcoal color, however rhodium plating is far more durable and longer lasting. As it is a plating, it will wear over time - the wear time is unique to each individual.
** Please note, although I use thick rhodium layer... as any plating it will
fade over time. You can always send me the ring for renewing the black
plating, for only the shipping costs (about $10)
DETERMINING YOUR RING SIZE-- I measure ring size by using where the center of the ring shank rests on the sizing mandrel. This is the standard sizing method used by bench jewelers. For bands that are 9-10mm wide, recommend ordering them 1/4 to 3/4 size larger than your normal ring size. When in doubt, go to a jewelry store and try on a 9-10mm band in your size and 1/2 size larger to see what I mean and to gauge the comfort and correctness of your size.
I do not re-size rings. Many jewelers will resize sterling silver rings and you can have your local independent jeweler re-size a ring that doesn't fit. Be sure to tell him or her that the ring has been oxidized as they will have to re-size and re-finish the entire ring.
--EUROPEAN SIZE CONVERSION - Please convert your ring size to US. There are many charts available online to do this. Examples are below.
Frequently asked questions
When will my order ship?
IN STOCK items ship in 1 to 2 business days. We convo customers after each order and your delivery time will be confirmed in this communication.
Please allow 4 to 5 weeks for CUSTOM pieces - although actual production is less for most orders.
Production time of 1 to 2 weeks is considered RUSH and if we can accommodate this quick turnaround for you, a fee of $50 to $70 will apply. Please convo us before ordering to confirm that we can meet your deadline.
How do I determine my ring size?
Visit your local jeweler and have your finger sized. Then, then try on several rings in the width you are considering to confirm the fit. Wider rings (7mm - 11mm) fit more snugly than narrow bands.
We have plastic ring sizers than can be purchased from our shop. The sizers are only 2-3mm wide so you may have to add 1/2 size if you are purchasing a wider ring.
Under no circumstances do we recommend using online paper measurements as they do not provide accurate measurements.
I live in the Chicago area, can we meet in person to look at your work?
We do not have a retail store where we can meet customers. Our business is run from a small studio and for insurance purposes we cannot allow customers in the workspace. Selling online allows us to keep prices low and customer service high. When necessary, we discuss projects over the phone but time constraints prohibit us from meeting with customers in person.
Do you engrave rings?
We do offer free engraving on some styles. However, our engraving equipment is limited to one font, in capital letters and the uneven surface of our designs make it difficult for spacing of letter to be “perfect”. If you prefer a cleaner, more professional look, the ring can be easily engraved by a commercial jeweler or at a mall kiosk where they use more sophisticated (often laser) equipment and more fonts and characters are available.
I ordered the wrong size, can I exchange the ring or get a refund?
CUSTOM rings cannot be returned or refunded.
IN STOCK rings may be returned for full refund (less shipping charges) if the ring is sent back to us within 10 days, unworn, in the original packaging. We ask that you contact us within 3 days of deliver to notify us that you will returning an IN STOCK item.
Do you resize rings? Generally, no. We can re-size SOME rings, and this is done on a case-by-case basis. Because re-sizing is a labor intensive process, we do charge a fee, which is determined by the type of ring and the materials and time required.
My ring doesn’t look like the listing photograph, what can I do?
Contact us immediately if you are not happy with the appearance of your ring. We will modify the piece to suit your needs.
Will the oxidized finish wear off? How long does it take?
If you are worried about the oxidation wearing off, we do not recommend purchasing an oxidized piece, especially a ring that will be worn on a daily basis. The oxidation WILL WEAR OFF and we cannot predict the rate at which it will do so. Soaps and detergents will take off oxidation. Taking oxidized jewelry off during hand washing, swimming, showers and sleep will help preserve the oxidized color. Every person has different body chemistry and will react to silver (and whatever alloys are in sterling silver) differently.
Our oxidized designs have a coating of industrial lacquer to protect the oxidized color. Still, oxidized rings can begin to wear in as quickly as a few days for some people.
What is black rhodium? Will it wear off?
Black rhodium is a metal and we plate some of our designs with it to achieve a solid, dark gray, almost black, color. It is more durable than oxidation but it will still wear off over time, especially in rings worn daily.
Can you use my stone to make a piece of jewelry?
We do not work with customer’s gemstones or other materials for a number of reasons including liability for materials in transit as well as replacement for stones damaged during setting.
Can you melt down my piece to make me a ring?
No. Your piece likely has solder and other alloys that need to be refined before the metal is suitable for fabrication. This is a process best suited to a professional metal refinery and is not a service that we can offer.