Enveloped in a world of beads and gemstones with a passion for natural materials and rare finds
I began my beading passion (obsession) in 1990 and have been collecting and selling jewelry since then. I sold items while in school and at college to obtain a little extra spending money (which was used to keep me well caffeinated).
I have lived in the Pacific Northwest all my life and enjoy this part of the world very much for it's climate and resulting landscape. In addition to my business we also have a home based landscape design business (Blue Wheelbarrow Landscapes) through which we transform previously neglected garden areas into entirely new living spaces for homeowners to enjoy and experience in a whole new way.
I purchase from other USA based businesses as locally as I can (many within my home state) and source most of my gemstones in person from people I have developed a business relationship with. Much of my work involves other Etsy artisans to directly support small business owners.
Also high on our list of life priorities is living a sustainable lifestyle. In addition to basics like composting, recycling, working from home and carpooling, I also drive a vehicle that is 100% powered by locally obtained and recycled waste oil (a type of biodiesel). Our home is subscribed
to hydroelectric power through a special program offered in our area. One day we hope to run our home on solar power.
We make purchases based toward being able to live within our means and from our property. This year sees us starting our orchard, continuing our vegetable and fruit garden and having our first baby. Someday soon we also hope to have chickens as my family grew up with city chickens, they are delightfully entertaining in addition to laying fresh truly free range organic eggs daily.
We also have 2 wonderfully insane cats who keep our sleeping schedules on track, or off track if you will.
Thank you for browsing my shop and thank you for buying handmade!
Designs, text, photographs ©2012 LiciaBeads All rights reserved.
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Owner, Designer, Maker, Curator, Sole Proprietor
Creating handmade jewelry since 1990 and delighted to operate my own businesses to help support my family and advance my beading passion. Happily living a more sustainable lifestyle while working from home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
As always, I try my best to represent items as accurately as possible, but colors may vary depending on your monitor. Please take note of sizes carefully, most all of these gemstones are considerably smaller than they look on your screen and are taken to show the fine details. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Gem minerals are drilled with small holes to maintain their integrity and consideration should be taken when choosing other components. Expect to use 26 to 28 gauge wire with your beads and let me know ahead of time if you have a special situation so I can try to accommodate.
If you have questions, I encourage you to ask before you make your purchase. I want to be sure that all the details are clear ahead of time to ensure that you are happy with the entire process of your transaction.
Please know that the vast majority of gemstones available in the retail marketplace are treated in some way to enhance their characteristics.
More about stone treatments here: http://gemologyonline.com/treatment.html
Accepted payment methods
I can also arrange for payment using Google Checkout if requested.
International customers are responsible for any customs fees or tariffs for their purchases. Forms will clearly state the value of the contents purchased as required by law.
Please know that inevitably there is a postal backlog during the holidays and this could affect the usual time it takes for your order to arrive. Especially true for international shipments.
By default I choose the Etsy address, however If there are significant discrepancies between your Etsy and PayPal address, I will likely contact you via Etsy Conversation or e-mail.
*******USPS FIRST CLASS with domestic delivery confirmation*******
Merchandise will be shipped USPS First Class mail within 48 hours (usually quicker) of cleared payment (excluding Sundays and Holidays and unless otherwise notified.) Delivery confirmation (domestic) will be routed to your PayPal e-mail.
Your items will be well packed in a bubble mailer. I take care to make sure that everything arrives safely. If you would like to upgrade the shipping, please let me know.
*******INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS*******MILITARY DESTINATIONS*******
It's no problem for me to ship to FPO or APO locations, the transfer process does mean that your package will take longer to arrive (as you may already be aware). Thank you for your service!
Why don’t you ship to my country?
Due to the many restrictions and prohibitions on gemstones, jewelry and precious metals, I require that those who wish shipment to unlisted locations contact me first. I appreciate the extra effort this takes, and know it may be a hassle.
*******INTERNATIONAL PO BOXES*******
PO BOXES for non US addresses will require a phone number to ship. Please leave the information in the notes to seller.
*******Customs Declaration Numbers*******
The customs declaration number will be entered into your PayPal shipping information. I have been told that it allows for some tracking of international mail, but each buyer will need to check with their own postal service.
Refunds and Exchanges
There is only so much I can control international shipments. Please communicate with me if you have concerns or would like to upgrade or add tracking to your shipment. If your order was not as expected or the delay in its arrival seems excessive, please let me know as soon as possible.
Exchanges or refunds will be considered on a case by case basis. Returned items must be shipped in their original unused condition (as they were sold in the listing). Please let me know if you would like to return your purchase and I can forward the information on how to print a label direct from your PayPal transaction to return ship from home.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if your order was not as expected, I take pride in my work and strive for your repeat business.
Additional policies and FAQs
*******TAX EXEMPT: FOR RESALE*******
If you are licensed within Washington State to purchase items for resale please leave your UBI number and licensed business name in the notes to seller at checkout. Once verified I can refund your tax.
I am Registered and Licensed to do business in the state of WA. Business UBI number 602 811 303 as LiciaPots and LiciaBeads
*******CREDITS AND STEPS TOWARD SUSTAINABLILITY*******
*My little brown envelopes were custom made by PipingHotPapers http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5361951
*My little logo stickers were printed by herjodren http://www.etsy.com/shop/herjodren
Small steps toward a greener small business:
Small receipt printouts are printed on 100% post consumer locally recycled paper by a carbon neutral, hydroelectric powered company. Bubble wrap is 100% biodegradable using regrind resins, made in the USA. Tissue is 100% recycled made in the USA. Our office runs on hydroelectric power and energy star electronics. Packing peanuts are reused from my own Etsy purchases.
Most stones are transported (via myself) in a vehicle that runs on waste recycled biodiesel fuel that supports other local green businesses.
Sterling silver wire is from recycled sources.
Please reuse or recycle what you can, thank you.