ItsVera

Vera, designer of the ORIGINAL knitting & crochet rings

Hamilton, Canada
9,386 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

Buyers are raving!

This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

Announcement    Welcome! During these unprecedented times, many people have discovered the therapeutic qualities of knitting and crocheting. As a result, more people realize how helpful my rings are with their craft and new hobby is born. Because of the increase in demand for these items, the turnaround time for some items is 1+ weeks. I need the time to source material, design, saw, file, sand, forge, polish, wrap and mail every order.
Thank you for your patience.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS May 5, 2021
International orders (UK, Australia, NZ, continental Europe, etc.) are shipped via Canada Post AIRMAIL. For the last 6+ months some orders are taking from 1-2+ months to arrive at their destination.
January 27th the Canadian government announced stricter regulations for international travelers from January 29, 2021 until June 14, 2021. Many international flights normally carry mail as well as passengers and these new regulations have drastically reduced international flights, so your order could take several weeks to arrive.
I am sorry for the inconvenience.
Stay safe and healthy,
Vera

In the years to come, we will definitely look back at this time in history, with a greater appreciation for all the front line workers: doctors, nurses, PSWs, cleaners, janitors, shippers, drivers, store personnel, farmers, emergency workers,... who put their lives and family on hold, to help all of us get through Covid-19.
Stay safe, stay home, and stay connected to help save lives. Wear a mask.

Most of the jewellery, in this shop, is made from re-purposed vintage and antique silverware. I rescue the silver to give them a new life as beautiful jewellery using metalsmithing tools and techniques. Re-purposed pure copper, aluminum, and sterling silver are also used whenever possible.
I saw, file, sand, forge into shape, polish, clean, wrap, package, label and mail every item in my shop. And stage, photograph, edit and publish the images and text you see in this shop.

THE ORIGINAL KNITTING AND CROCHET RINGS
The unique knitting rings and crochet rings are my original designs. These rings help keep consistent tension as well as less uncomfortable strain on fingers enabling you to knit and crochet with ease and comfort.

NOTE: I designed and handcraft the ORIGINAL KNITTING RING and CROCHET RING AND only sell these rings is this Etsy shop.

BEWARE, there are several scam websites, advertising on social media that STOLE images, videos and information from my ItsVera Etsy shop. These scam sites DO NOT sell my handmade rings or any version of my rings.

GIFTS for FRIENDS
Buy a gift for a friend and Vera will send your gift directly to your friend, just let Vera know where to send the gift.
What would you like Vera to write a message on a gift card?
Add the note, you want written on the card, at the time of check out.

PACKAGING
I use minimal new and reuse mail packaging whenever possible, to lessen the carbon footprint.

If you have any questions, please message me.
Vera

IN THE MEDIA
ItsVera knitting and crochet rings as seen in some recent national and international media coverage:
Knitscene Magazine (Winter 2019) see #5 p 6
Love Knitting magazine, Simply Knitting magazine, Hamilton magazine,
The Spec (Hamilton Ontario Newspaper), e-Knit online knitting magazine,
Knitsy online magazine, Ariadne at Home magazine, Knit Wear magazine,...

HISTORY
I have been designing and making jewellery since I was a child using old beads and stove pipe wire. Later, my Dad bought recycled copper wire for me to use. I took my first metalsmithing course several decades ago in Ottawa, Ontario Canada while getting my Teachers Certificate.
Fast forward a few decades and I started taking jewellery courses in Mohawk College in Hamilton, Canadore College in North Bay and the Scheveningen in the Netherlands. 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. However, there never seems to be enough time in a day to create all the things I want to make.

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

SUPPORTING CHARITIES
A portion of the proceeds from my shop are donated to support international KIVA entrepreneurs, AND 100 Women Who Care Hamilton-Wentworth, Good Shepherd Center in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

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

(updated May 5, 2021)

Announcement

Last updated on May 5, 2021

Welcome! During these unprecedented times, many people have discovered the therapeutic qualities of knitting and crocheting. As a result, more people realize how helpful my rings are with their craft and new hobby is born. Because of the increase in demand for these items, the turnaround time for some items is 1+ weeks. I need the time to source material, design, saw, file, sand, forge, polish, wrap and mail every order.
Thank you for your patience.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS May 5, 2021
International orders (UK, Australia, NZ, continental Europe, etc.) are shipped via Canada Post AIRMAIL. For the last 6+ months some orders are taking from 1-2+ months to arrive at their destination.
January 27th the Canadian government announced stricter regulations for international travelers from January 29, 2021 until June 14, 2021. Many international flights normally carry mail as well as passengers and these new regulations have drastically reduced international flights, so your order could take several weeks to arrive.
I am sorry for the inconvenience.
Stay safe and healthy,
Vera

In the years to come, we will definitely look back at this time in history, with a greater appreciation for all the front line workers: doctors, nurses, PSWs, cleaners, janitors, shippers, drivers, store personnel, farmers, emergency workers,... who put their lives and family on hold, to help all of us get through Covid-19.
Stay safe, stay home, and stay connected to help save lives. Wear a mask.

Most of the jewellery, in this shop, is made from re-purposed vintage and antique silverware. I rescue the silver to give them a new life as beautiful jewellery using metalsmithing tools and techniques. Re-purposed pure copper, aluminum, and sterling silver are also used whenever possible.
I saw, file, sand, forge into shape, polish, clean, wrap, package, label and mail every item in my shop. And stage, photograph, edit and publish the images and text you see in this shop.

THE ORIGINAL KNITTING AND CROCHET RINGS
The unique knitting rings and crochet rings are my original designs. These rings help keep consistent tension as well as less uncomfortable strain on fingers enabling you to knit and crochet with ease and comfort.

NOTE: I designed and handcraft the ORIGINAL KNITTING RING and CROCHET RING AND only sell these rings is this Etsy shop.

BEWARE, there are several scam websites, advertising on social media that STOLE images, videos and information from my ItsVera Etsy shop. These scam sites DO NOT sell my handmade rings or any version of my rings.

GIFTS for FRIENDS
Buy a gift for a friend and Vera will send your gift directly to your friend, just let Vera know where to send the gift.
What would you like Vera to write a message on a gift card?
Add the note, you want written on the card, at the time of check out.

PACKAGING
I use minimal new and reuse mail packaging whenever possible, to lessen the carbon footprint.

If you have any questions, please message me.
Vera

IN THE MEDIA
ItsVera knitting and crochet rings as seen in some recent national and international media coverage:
Knitscene Magazine (Winter 2019) see #5 p 6
Love Knitting magazine, Simply Knitting magazine, Hamilton magazine,
The Spec (Hamilton Ontario Newspaper), e-Knit online knitting magazine,
Knitsy online magazine, Ariadne at Home magazine, Knit Wear magazine,...

HISTORY
I have been designing and making jewellery since I was a child using old beads and stove pipe wire. Later, my Dad bought recycled copper wire for me to use. I took my first metalsmithing course several decades ago in Ottawa, Ontario Canada while getting my Teachers Certificate.
Fast forward a few decades and I started taking jewellery courses in Mohawk College in Hamilton, Canadore College in North Bay and the Scheveningen in the Netherlands. 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. However, there never seems to be enough time in a day to create all the things I want to make.

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

SUPPORTING CHARITIES
A portion of the proceeds from my shop are donated to support international KIVA entrepreneurs, AND 100 Women Who Care Hamilton-Wentworth, Good Shepherd Center in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

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

(updated May 5, 2021)

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About ItsVera

Sales 9,386
On Etsy since 2010

The ORIGINAL knitting and crochet ring , contemporary Artisan Art Jewellery

Arts and crafts have always been part of Vera's life, from a very young age she enjoyed working with her hands. Vera's creative Mother always had fun ideas to make things and has been Vera's inspiration. "There is nothing you can't do or try", Vera's mother used to say.

from Vera:
As I grew up, my interest in art continued and I became an elementary visual arts teacher for many years. I continued my hobbies of painting, sculpting, pottery and jewellery design. For more than 20 years, I specialized in making smoke fired shard pottery and participated in many outdoor shows. The last 7 years, of my pottery career, were spent participating in Toronto Christmas One of a Kind Shows.

In the mid 2004, I returned to my interest in jewellery design and took numerous silver-smithing courses at Mohawk College and Canadore College in Ontario Canada.
In 2007, I spend a several weeks at Breston Academy in the Netherlands focusing on perfecting my silver-smithing techniques. That was a wonderful experience.

Part of the enjoyable Etsy experience is communicating with customers from all over the world, which adds a real personal touch.

So, welcome to my shop and I hope you will enjoy browsing through my jewellery.
I'm happy to answer any of your questions, just send me a message.

Newspaper article 2014
https://www.thespec.com/living-story/4624797-potter-painter-jewellery-maker-seeks-out-recyclable-materials/

Shop members

  • Vera Tempelmans Plat

    Owner, Designer, Photographer

    I design and craft jewellery using re-purposed old silverware and other recycled metals. The ORIGINAL design knitting rings and crochet rings have become my signature designs.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 9, 2021
Vera designs and makes the jewellery, in ItsVeram shop, using vintage silverware, repurposed copper, aluminum and sterling silver. Silver plated silverware is a layer of sterling silver electroplated on a base metal, usually brass or copper. Many silver dishes are EP copper or EP brass means electroplated copper or brass unless they are stamped ster or .925 or sterling silver.
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Sometimes teaspoon rings are made of 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, Vera makes is carefully wrapped. A card, with jewellery information and jewellery care instructions, is included with each piece of jewellery. Your item will be shipped inside a secure mailer envelope or box. Vera uses recycled materials (eco-friendly) for packaging whenever possible.
Most orders are shipped, via AIRMAIL, within 2-5 days after receiving payment.

If you have any questions, just send Vera a message and she 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

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact me upon receipt of your order. I will only accept returns up to 10 days after delivery.

NOTE: Refunds DO NOT include original shipping and handling fee paid by the purchaser on the listed items(s).
Returning an item, YOU pay for the postage. Refunds, for the price of the item only, are paid to the purchaser's Etsy account after the the item is received in original condition by It's Vera.

NOTE: Earrings are FINAL SALE and cannot be returned for a refund.
NOTE: Custom items are FINAL SALE and cannot be returned for a refund.

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.
Payment
PAYMENT:
Immediate payment via Etsy Direct Checkout is appreciated.
You can use your debit or most credit cards with Etsy Direct Checkout.
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 payment is not received within 1-3 days and you do not respond to my email, I will cancel the transaction and the item will be re-listed in my shop.

If you need help with your purchase, check... http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php
Shipping
SHIPPING:
YOUR PURCHASE will be SHIPPED to the ADDRESS IN YOUR ETSY ACCOUNT.
PLEASE CHECK that YOUR ADDRESS IS CORRECT.
Message me if your order is a gift and to be sent to another address in your country.

DOMESTIC SHIPPING
- via Canada Post surface or Canada Post Airmail
Regular shipping or Expedited Delivery (optional at Check Out) usually 5-10 business days. TRACKING is optional at Check Out.

USA SHIPPING
- via Canada Post/USPS without tracking
- via ChitChats/USPS: Delivery varies, usually 6-14 business days depending on the USPS routing. TRACKING is included. Your tracking number is in your Etsy order in your account.
Check tracking at https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfirmAction_input

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING
- via Canada Post Airmail
TRACKING and Insurance are NOT included, unless you add to your order at Check Out

***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 on line account invoice.
***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.
Shipping labels are copied or printed directly from your Etsy account information.
Packages returned to It's Vera, by fault of the customer, will be reshipped only after the customer has paid additional shipping charges.

THIRD PARTY SHIPPING
I will gladly ship a gift to a different address and even add a note for you. Just add the correct shipping name and address before you Check Out. The add the note you want added in a message.

(updated JANUARY 2021)
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 toothpaste (regular toothpaste with no whiteners, etc.) and an old toothbrush or your fingers, rub and then wash with soap and water, dry thoroughly
- 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
- 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 may 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.
Privacy
Welcome to my shop, thank you for visiting. Your order information is only visible to me. I do not share any of your information with others.
Greeting from Canada,
Vera

More information

Last updated on Jul 13, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

Please check 'Additional Policies and FAQ' for How to look after and clean your It's Vera jewellery.

Custom and personalized orders

I only make custom knitting and crochet rings.

Sizing details

Please check the jewellery listings for instructions:
- how to measure your finger for a knitting ring, finger ring or bracelet

Wholesale availability

I do not wholesale at this time.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All items are gift wrapped and include a gift/care tag.
I use recycled mail packaging whenever possible.

Where can I track my order with USPS?

Your tracking number is in your ItsVera Etsy order.
Track it at https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfirmAction_input