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ItsVera's Shop Announcement

I design and craft all the jewellery in this shop, using traditional and non-traditional materials. My passion is using metal-smithing techniques to form and fashion unique jewellery for the lover of wearable art.

Welcome to www.etsy.com/shop/ItsVera
- a collection of one of a kind artsy jewellery

www.etsy.com/shop/ItsVera/about , is the link that tells you a little more about me.

Most of the jewellery in my shop is made using the metal from vintage and antique silver. This silver was once well loved family treasures and over time became unused and unwanted. I rescue this silver and design new trendy jewellery to be loved and treasured by you. Now my jewellery can become your family heirloom. Every item in my shop is unique and personally handcrafted by me.

Its Vera jewellery can be seen in:
The Spec, a Hamilton Ontario Newspaper, 2014 (Canada)
eKnit online knitting magazine, 2014 (USA)
Simply Knitting magazine, May 2014 (UK)
Knitsy online magazine, Spring 2014 (UK)
Ariadne at Home magazine, Winter 2013 (the Netherlands)
Knit Wear magazine, Spring 2013 (U.S.A.)

GIFT Wrapped for You:
The item(s) you purchase will be sent to you gift wrapped and include a gift card with Jewellery Care Instructions.

GIFTS for FRIENDS:
Buy a gift for a friend and II will send your gift to that friend, just let me know where to send it. What would you like me to write on the gift card?

Please browse and enjoy, and come back again soon as I add new items weekly.

I have been designing and making jewellery since I took my first silversmithing course a few decades ago in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. I love using vintage silverware, recycled metal, sterling silver, clay, and other non-traditional materials.

In 2010, I discovered Etsy and decided it was a great venue to sell my jewellery. Through my Etsy shop, I enjoy conversing with people from all over the world.
On weekends, I love browsing through antique shops , vintage stores, and flea markets to look for old unwanted silver. My head is always filled with design ideas and there never seems to be enough time in a day to create all the things I want to make.
Making new jewellery from old, vintage silver and giving it a new life as unique, trendy jewellery is just fun.

I hope you will take time to browse and enjoy your visit to my 'It's Vera' shop. Please send me a 'Convo' if you have any questions, I try to check and answer messages regularly. I'd love to hear from you.

Please check my shipping policy before ordering.

All original jewellery designs, photos, images and text © Copyright 1992-2015
Vera Tempelmans Plat . All rights reserved.

NOTE: My long-time friend Jennifer, a wonderful textile artist, and I have a new shop combining our talents. Sil2Silk is our joint shop with beautiful sets of hand painted silk scarves, by Jennifer, and silver scarf jewellery by me.
Browse our new shop at www.etsy.com/shop/Silk2Silk

ItsVera's Shop Policies

Welcome

My passion for jewellery results in items I design and make for you to enjoy.

I design most jewellery using vintage silverplated copper and brass. Silverplate is a layer of sterling silver electroplated on a base metal, usually brass or copper.
Some items may be German silver or nickel silver, both do not contain any silver, but stay shinier longer than sterling silver or silver plate.

Every piece of jewellery is carefully gift wrapped, ready for gift giving. Your item will be shipped inside a secure padded mailer or box. I use recycled materials for packaging when ever possible.
Most orders are shipped, via AIRMAIL, within 2-5 days after reveiving payment.

If you have any questions, just send me a 'convo' and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you need help with your purchase, check... http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php

Payment

PAYMENT:
Immediate payment via Paypal or Etsy Direct Checkout is appreciated.
You can use you debit or credit card with Etsy Direct Checkout.
Both PayPal and Etsy Direct Checkout are safe and convenient when paying for a purchase.

All purchases must be paid for in full within 1-3 days of ordering (unless special agreement has been confirmed by It's Vera. If my shop 'It's Vera" does not receive payment after that time and you do not respond to my email, the item will be re-listed.

If you need help with your purchase, check... http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php

Please read the Shipping Policy.

Shipping

SHIPPING:
Shipment days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If these days falls on a statutory holiday, your order will go out on the following business day.

Your purchase will be shipped to your Etsy address, so please check that it is up-to-date.

DOMESTIC SHIPPING
Canada Post:
Expedited: Delivery is usually 5-10 business days.
NO TRACKING & INSURANCE available with this service.

USA SHIPPING
Canada Post Airmail: Delivery varies, 6-25 business days.
This is by far the least expensive way to ship internationally.
NO TRACKING & INSURANCE available with this service.
It's Vera are not responsible for lost packages and/or customs and duty charges that are incurred by this service. These charges are the responsibility of the buyer.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING
Canada Post Airmail: Delivery varies, 10-30 business days, depending on the country.
This is by far the least expensive way to ship internationally.
NO TRACKING & INSURANCE available with this service.
It's Vera is not responsible for lost packages and/or customs and duty charges that are incurred by this service. These charges are the responsibility of the buyer.

NOTE:
Tracking and insurance can be added to your purchase. Please contact me before you check out.
Alternative, insured and tracking systems of sending packages (UPS, FedEx, insured Airmail) may be purchased by contacting 'It's Vera" prior to purchasing. "Convo" me and I will send you a quote.

It's Vera is NOT responsible lost or damaged items. All purchases are shipped via Canada Post without insurance and tracking, unless otherwise requested, before purchase, by the customer.

SHIPPING NOTE:
It's Vera is not responsible for any packages that are undelivered in the event of incorrect shipping information on the customer's Etsy invoice.
Shipping labels are copied directly from your Etsy information, exactly as the customer provided.
Packages returned to It's Vera, by fault of the customer, will be reshipped only after the customer has paid additional shipping charges.

Refunds and Exchanges

If for any reason you are not satisfied with the jewellery, please contact me upon receipt. I will only accept returns up to 10 days after delivery.

Refunds do not include original shipping and handling fee paid by the purchaser on the listed items(s). Refunds, for the price of the item only, are paid to the purchaser's Paypal account after the the item is received in original condition by It's Vera.

Returned items must be unused and in their original packaging. For your protection, when shipping the package, please be sure that the returns are packaged securely in a sturdy box or padded envelope. Packages must have a delivery confirmation number to enable detailed tracking information as It's Vera is not responsible for return items lost in the mail. When shipping, please ‘insure’ your packages for the retail value of the jewellery.

NOTE: Earrings are Final Sale and cannot be returned.

NOTE: Custom, monogrammed items cannot be refunded or exchanged.


Additional Policies and FAQs

HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR NEW JEWELLERY
Now that you have this lovely, handmade jewellery, it's easy to look after it. As with all silver, it will naturally patina over time and you can polish it with a jeweller's cloth or silver polish which will bring back the original lustre.
Store your jewellery in a closed plastic bag.

HOW TO CLEAN COPPER JEWELRY
- clean the jewellery with a copper or silver polish and then wash with soap and water, dry thoroughly
- clean the jewellery with lemon juice and sprinkle with salt, rub and then wash with soap and water, dry thoroughly
- clean the jewellery with toothpaste (regular toothpaste with no whiteners, etc.) and an old toothbrush rub and then wash with soap and water, dry thoroughly
- when not in use, keep all clean jewellery in a plastic baggie and add a little drying bag ( the tiny bags of silica sand found in new shoe boxes, etc.)

WILL THIS RING OR BRACELET TURN MY SKIN GREEN?
That's a good question. Skin reacts to copper and brass in different ways and sometimes it will turn your skin green when worn. One can’t tell without wearing the metal, if the skins will react or not.
When copper or brass reacts with skin, it’s only oxidation and less likely to happen with a bracelet than a ring because there is more air circulating a bracelet. If your skin does react with the metal, the reaction will usually disappear over night or can be washes off with soap and water.

HOW TO PREVENT A GREEN SKIN REACTION?
- keep the ring and/or bracelet clean by wiping away the skin oil and dirt after wearing the jewellery
- take the jewellery off at night and clean it before you wear it
- coat the jewellery with clear nail polish to prevent the metal from coming in contact with the skin and prevent the skin from turning green (reapplication will be needed occasionally)
- coat the jewellery with car polish or a floor polish will prevent the metal from coming in contact with the skin and prevent the skin from turning green
- use hand or body lotion on the skin under the ring or bracelet
Coatings are fast and effective, and will need reapplication occasionally.

NOW that you know all about this wonderful, handmade jewellery, enjoy wearing it and remember it's contemporary art jewellery that has a lot of history.

Last Updated October 15, 2014