LaSouciqueStudio

Recycled Seaglass & Sustainable Jewelry

Frankfort, Kentucky

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Announcement    NOW ACCEPTING Mother's Day orders... As always, my goal is to have your order out in the mail within 1-2 days but please consider USPS shipping times may not be accurate... we always offer expedited shipping via UPS or FedEx if you're worried it might not arrive in time. No matter what - order early and from as many small businesses as you can. We can't thank you enough for that!

In other news... Who is ready for a journey?? We have moved back to our beloved Kentucky! Here in the Bluegrass state, I graduated from uni, met the love of my life and brought our daughters into the world. As much as we'll miss Florida, Covid-19 gave us the chance to be nearer to family...

I continue to strive for sustainability and functionality in my work, so you can rely on us having loads of seaglass and traveling to hunt for it as much as we can. And during Covid-19, every piece is sure to come to you fully sanitized and ready to wear. Again, thank you so much for supporting small, independent shops in times like these... it means the world to us.

Ask us about Custom or Wholesale orders (we offer a special Wholesale Code - 50% off of retail or via Faire.com) or just come chat anytime! We have a special wholesale etsy code along with free shipping - simply dm Kim for more info!

We began 2016, when this second-generation silversmith (Hi! I'm Kim!) was awarded as an Emerging Artist in the 2016 Tampa Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Since that springboard, our hand-fabricated sea glass and sea-inspired jewelry has seen more new shores than we can count and we thank you all so very much for that opportunity.

Kim works primarily with sterling silver, 14k gold, 14k gold-fill, ancient bronze or fine silver, all inspired by a deep love of the southern Georgia and northern Florida coasts.

Oh! And, in case you were wondering! La Soucique: (Lah-Soo-Seek) means "timeless" in Guernsey Francais, a rare language of the British Channel Islands. We're honored to bring just a little bit of our family's dying language back to life...

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Last updated on Feb 16, 2021

NOW ACCEPTING Mother's Day orders... As always, my goal is to have your order out in the mail within 1-2 days but please consider USPS shipping times may not be accurate... we always offer expedited shipping via UPS or FedEx if you're worried it might not arrive in time. No matter what - order early and from as many small businesses as you can. We can't thank you enough for that!

In other news... Who is ready for a journey?? We have moved back to our beloved Kentucky! Here in the Bluegrass state, I graduated from uni, met the love of my life and brought our daughters into the world. As much as we'll miss Florida, Covid-19 gave us the chance to be nearer to family...

I continue to strive for sustainability and functionality in my work, so you can rely on us having loads of seaglass and traveling to hunt for it as much as we can. And during Covid-19, every piece is sure to come to you fully sanitized and ready to wear. Again, thank you so much for supporting small, independent shops in times like these... it means the world to us.

Ask us about Custom or Wholesale orders (we offer a special Wholesale Code - 50% off of retail or via Faire.com) or just come chat anytime! We have a special wholesale etsy code along with free shipping - simply dm Kim for more info!

We began 2016, when this second-generation silversmith (Hi! I'm Kim!) was awarded as an Emerging Artist in the 2016 Tampa Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Since that springboard, our hand-fabricated sea glass and sea-inspired jewelry has seen more new shores than we can count and we thank you all so very much for that opportunity.

Kim works primarily with sterling silver, 14k gold, 14k gold-fill, ancient bronze or fine silver, all inspired by a deep love of the southern Georgia and northern Florida coasts.

Oh! And, in case you were wondering! La Soucique: (Lah-Soo-Seek) means "timeless" in Guernsey Francais, a rare language of the British Channel Islands. We're honored to bring just a little bit of our family's dying language back to life...

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About LaSouciqueStudio

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From the Timeless Sea to Your Doorstep...

Hello there! I am in the studio as a second-generation silversmith, creating clean designs with sustainability and simplicity in mind. My favorite medium is working with seaglass from all around the world.

I found my first piece of seaglass while living on the island of Guernsey, where my husband's people come from. It was a lonely piece, found on Grandes Rocques beach, and it was the beginning of something beautiful. I'm an Iowa's farmer's daughter, so I had never seen anything so beautiful - unlike stones which are natural and polished by man, seaglass is made by man and polished by nature. Simple and gorgeous. That beauty had to come out of hard times, though...

Working in Trust Fund Management on the Offshore Tax Haven of Guernsey was difficult for me, and I relied on the silversmithing training that I had in Portland, Oregon with my beautiful aunt Barbie. In Guernsey, it was difficult as well, to have stones delivered to the island due to the import and tax restrictions, so in my final silversmithing apprenticeship lessons, I began bezel- setting and drilling seaglass that I had in jars all around our house. From that time, I was in love with working with seaglass.

I hope you enjoy my work - Cheers for now and a la perchoine!

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  • Kimberly Wallis

    Owner, Metalsmith And Silversmith

    "I wasn't born in the South but I got here as soon as I could." This describes me to a T. After a decade of travel, living in of Florida, England, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri and Iowa, I'm humbled and proud to be a working artist and metalsmith.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 1, 2021
La Soucique: Guernsey patois, a derivation of French and English.
It is a state of being. Timeless. Guernsey is a land of timeless beauty, a small island in the English Channel, where the sand and surf are constant inspirations. I can only endeavor to imbue this timeless beauty in my pieces. I adore fine and .925 silver with settings of sea glass and sea-inspired gemstones.

*Many photos are of the original pieces. All made-to-order items will incorporate the exact same materials and methods as the original piece. However, since I use many natural items in my work such as stones and shells, no two pieces will be exactly alike. Please allow for some small variations in color, shape and size. A la perchoine!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
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)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
GENERAL POLICIES:
If an item you purchased turns out to be not quite what you were looking for, please contact me within 4 days of receiving the item. The receipt date will be determined by the package tracking number provided by the US Postal Service (or whichever mailing service was purchased).

Please know that many listing photos are of the original pieces. All made-to-order items will incorporate the exact same materials and methods as the original piece. However, since I use many natural items in my work such as sea glass, gemstones and shells, no two pieces will be exactly alike (think "sisters", not "twins"). Please allow for some small variations in color, shape and size.

I do ask that before purchasing, to please read all descriptions and keep in mind that all computer monitors vary in color appearances.

I take great pride in my work. Whether you need to return an item or exchange it for another, we will do everything we can to make the experience a pleasant one!

RETURNS and EXCHANGES:
Please know that for custom orders, we are unable to accept Returns or Exchanges but we review these on a case-by-case basis.

RETURNS:
I will refund the purchase price of the item minus the shipping charge once I receive the item back in the mail. All return shipping fees are the responsibility of the buyer. Items must be returned in original packaging and in original condition and shipped with Delivery Confirmation.

EXCHANGES:
We will credit the purchase price of the returned item(s) minus the shipping charges toward your exchange, and if the new order costs less than the original, I will refund you the difference. New shipping charges will apply for the new item, and the customer is responsible for paying for shipping to return the item(s).

REPAIRS:
Repairs are handled on a case by case basis. If the problem is due to craftsmanship, the repair or comprable replacement piece of jewelry will be free of charge. Other repairs will be priced individually. Due to the dainty and delicate nature of some of our pieces, please handle with care and store items safely and properly when not in use. We are not responsible for normal wear and tear damages after 20 days.

ITEMS DAMAGED IN SHIPPING:
We ship quickly and carefully, and while we always hope for the best, sometimes packages are mishandled in the shipping process, damaging the items inside. Neither you nor I can control this, but we will assume responsibility for replacing or refunding your order in these situations. If your order was damaged in shipping, please contact me with a photo of the item and damaged package before shipping it back to us.

Whether you opt to return or exchange a damaged item, the item(s) must be returned to me in order to qualify for a refund or exchange, and a receipt for the shipping cost must be included to receive a credit for that amount. In many cases, a simple repair can be made in which we will ship the piece back to you at our expense.

For a damaged item return, we will credit you the full item cost, your original shipping cost, and the cost to ship the damaged item back to me when you include your shipping receipt with the item.

EARRINGS:
For hygiene reasons, earrings that are returned or exchanged will only receive partial refund or credit since I will need to replace the ear wires. The only exception is in the case of damage during shipping, in which case I will repair or replace the damaged items (see below for details). If you have any questions before you purchase any earrings from my shop, please do not hesitate to contact me!
Payment
PAYMENT OPTIONS:
* I accept payments thru PayPal, which is a secure online payment system. For more information, visit www.paypal.com.
* You can make purchases with your credit card without having a PayPal account (you do, however, need an Etsy account).
*If you would like to pay by check, please contact me to make arrangements. Check payments must be received within 7 days of reserving an item or the order will be considered cancelled and reserved items will be made available to the general public. I will ship orders paid by check as soon as the check has been deposited and cleared.

If you need assistance with this, you can find information in these articles:
* How do I purchase an item on Etsy?: http://www.etsy.com/help/article/339
* How do I open a PayPal account?: http://www.etsy.com/help/article/225
Shipping
SHIPPING ADDRESS:
*Please* make sure your shipping address on Etsy and your shipping address on your payment method match. This is important because for orders paid with a credit card or PayPal, I am required to ship to the address provided with your payment, so if that does not match your Etsy shipping address, your item may end up in the wrong place.

*If an item goes to the wrong address because of such a discrepancy and it cannot be recovered, no refund will be possible. If the item is recovered, additional shipping charges will apply to re-send the item to your correct address.

*I will take responsibility for any errors on my part, including refunding and/or replacing items.

HANDLING:
Unless otherwise noted in my shop announcement, all orders will be shipped within 2 business days (does not include weekends or holidays) of receiving payment, though because many of my items are made to order, I can often ship your order within 24 hours.

*Our preferred shipping option is USPS Priority Flat Rate Shipping which includes tracking and $100 insurance. If you would like to purchase additional insurance, I require notification prior to purchase in convo.

*I will share the tracking number with you as soon as the shipping label is printed. If for any reason there is a delay before I can get to the post office, I will contact you by email and you will have the option of receiving a full refund if the time frame does not fit your needs.

*If you would like to request alternate shipping methods to the ones detailed below, I am happy to explore the cost of the method you would prefer. Please contact me *before* you purchase your items to arrange for special shipping - any additional shipping charges will be added to the item's shipping cost before purchase.

ARE YOU IN A HURRY?
If you need your order rushed, please contact me before placing your order. You can upgrade your order to priority or express shipping, but that does not guarantee that I will be able to ship the piece as soon as you might need. Most of our pieces are quick-ship or can ship out the next day, and will be noted as such at the top of our listing page. I can also provide an estimated time frame for rush custom orders. Please also know that I *cannot* guarantee delivery by a specific date except with express mail - I have no control or influence over the US Postal Service, so all I can do is provide the estimated arrival date based on the USPS estimates.

SHIPPING WITHIN THE US:
Orders within the US are sent via USPS First Class Parcel and include Delivery Confirmation with a tracking number. First Class postage can be arranged but does not include insurance.

SHIPPING OUTSIDE THE US:
I send all international orders via USPS First Class International. This is the least expensive shipping method, and unfortunately, tracking cannot be added. Shipping methods that include tracking are *much* more expensive than most customers prefer, so I have selected First Class International to keep the cost as low as possible. If you would like to request a different shipping method, feel free to contact me and I can look into the rates for you.

First Class International can take anywhere between 2 weeks to 6 weeks to arrive, depending on your location and the speed of your country's postal service.

COUNTRY RESTRICTIONS:
Many countries restrict what can and cannot be mailed into the country. If you are unsure of your country's restrictions, please check before placing your order. If you purchase an item that I am aware is not allowed to be shipped to your country, I will cancel your order and provide a full refund. If I am not aware that your country restricts an item, and the order comes back to me after an attempt at shipping, I will refund the item cost only - not the shipping cost. There are too many restrictions for me to know all of them, so it is your responsibility for knowing your country's rules.

POSTAGE RATES:
My postage rates take into account the postage cost, a bubble mailer or envelope, packaging to protect your order during shipping (usually includes a jewelry box, tissue paper and/or cotton padding, ribbon, and a plastic bag), and labor to carefully wrap, label, and deliver each order to the post office.

In January 2013, the US Postal Service increased the cost of international shipping dramatically. First Class International is still the least expensive way to ship outside the US, but in some cases the shipping cost may be more than the cost of the actual item. I am aware of this but there is nothing that can be done to lower the shipping cost.

CUSTOMS & DUTY FEES:
The customer is responsible for paying any additional customs fees or taxes for your purchases. Please investigate your country's laws before making a purchase if you're not sure. Items returned to me because the buyer refused to pay additional taxes or fees will be handled on a case-by-case basis, but in no case will the shipping cost be refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
PRIVACY POLICY:
You can expect complete confidentiality and I will never give out your personal information voluntarily.

PHOTOGRAPHS:
I do my best to photograph and describe an item as accurately as possible. Natural sea glass and gemstones have unique shapes and qualities, so except in cases specified in the description, all stones and beads in a listing are the exact one(s) you will receive.

All photographs are copyright La Soucique Studio.

For necklaces, the chain you receive may differ from the one in the photograph, but will always be of the material stated.

CAN YOU RECREATE A SOLD ITEM?
I cannot always recreate pieces that I have made in the past, but if you like one of my sold pieces, I may be able to replicate it for you. Just message me and we can work on this for you.

CUSTOM DESIGN REQUESTS:
If you have an idea of a specific piece you are looking for, or slight changes to an item already listed in my shop, send me a message and I would be more than happy to custom design something for you.

MATCHING ITEMS:
I can often create bracelets, earrings, etc. to match pieces listed for sale. If you would like to see a matching set, please contact me with your request including any details and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I will always send photos of the matching items before you purchase so you can see the finished products.

PRODUCT CARE: Please know that each piece is handmade, and are made of only natural materials so they must be treated with care, in particular, sea glass and gemstones have the possibility of being naturally fragile and must be cared for as such. For example, we do not recommend wearing our pieces when they may come into contact with caustic materials (such as swimming pool water/chlorine bleach) or in high movement activities such as sports.

CHILD SAFETY WARNING:
Please know that my jewelry is not intended for children, and while I make every attempt to avoid materials that contain lead, no jeweler can guarantee that natural products are 100% lead free. Small pieces may be a choking hazard for small children, so please take care with the storage of these pieces.

More information

Last updated on Feb 4, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

If you are interested in working with me to create a specialized, one-of-a-kind piece, do not hesitate to email me or contact me via Etsy for descriptions and rates.

"The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea." Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Care instructions

To properly care for your one-of-a-kind piece, take care while wearing as sea glass and natural stones can be delicate. To prolong the life of your piece, I suggest you remove it while swimming, hiking, rock climbing, cliff jumping, sky diving or whatever other crazy and rigorous adventure you find yourself on!

Sea glass has the tendency to hold onto natural oils. To clean your piece, simply use warm water and dish soap and rub dry with a clean terrycloth towel. Avoid using any harsh chemicals or jewelry cleaners as these can damage the surface of the sea glass/ stone or remove the patina on your piece.

Gift wrapping and packaging

For the love of the sea, your order will arrive in packaging using 100% recycled paper and materials. All orders are hand packaged with care. To further save paper, a packing slip will NOT be included as this can be found on your account.

I do offer special gift wrapping and the option of a hand written card- please message me before purchase and I can get a design ready for you.

Wholesale availability

Yes! We are part of Etsy Wholesale - here is our link: https://www.etsy.com/wholesale/vendor/29565087/linesheet

In addition, nearly any piece (under $100) in our retail side can be sold wholesale to you. Please contact me for advisement on price.

Sizing details

The best way to find your ring size is to stop into any local jeweler and ask them to measure your finger, or a ring that you own that you know fits well. OR, you can reference this nifty website: http://findmyringsize.com

Where can I learn more about Sea Glass??

If you love sea glass and want to know more about how it's made, and what makes it so special, I've references several reputable sources and I recommend you check them out as well:

Books:
-"Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature's Vanishing Gems" by Richard LaMotte
-"The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Beach Comber's Edition: Finding, Collecting, Identifying, and Using the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Stones" by Mary Beth Beuke

Online:
http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/where-does-sea-glass-come-from
https://seaglassassociation.org