Anonymous on Jun 26, 2013
I ordered this gorgeous necklace and am extremely happy with my purchase. It has been beautifully crafted and was delivered promptly. I love it!
Anonymous on Sep 18, 2012
I just received my Leopard skin jasper earrings and they are beautiful! It was like opening a gift just for me...Oh, wait, they are just for me, and in plenty of time for my October birthday! Thank you so much for your beautiful creation, your kindness, and wonderful service! :)
Anonymous on Jun 21, 2012
So much more beautiful in person and what a reasonable price for such a piece! Love them!
I make all kinds of styles using a wide variety of materials. All of the materials are of very high quality; many hand made and/or sold by Etsy merchants. I love Etsy -- it makes me even more creative! Jewelry making and the Etsy shop are hobbies so I can make anything I want! The designs may look random but aren't; a lot of thought and time goes into each creation.
I pride myself on being knowledgeable about the materials I use. FAQs at the end of the "Policies" page will give you the scoop and what you need to know in buying that special jewelry. There really is an extremely wide range including knock offs and some pretty poor quality stuff. You will find only the best materials here. I have too much pride in my work to use anything but the best. If I can't do it right I don't do it at all! Even my less expensive and "value" priced items use only the best. You don't have to spend a lot to have good quality.
Please see FAQs at the end of this page for info about the materials I use and why. The choices are very important for the durability and comfort of your jewelry investment. You'll also find info about some of the special beads I use. If you have a question about materials, or anything else, please ask me!
Your treasure will be nicely gift wrapped; after all, it may be a gift to yourself. In addition, you'll receive a "keeper bag" to keep your jewelry clean, untangled, and retard tarnish when it's not being worn.
Most jewelry develops a rich patina as it's worn so the more you wear it the prettier it will be. However, any metal will tarnish over time so should be gently polished with a jeweler's cloth as necessary. Jewelry can be gently washed with a few drops of very mild detergent and a soft toothbrush should you fall into a vat of barbeque sauce.
Please look in FAQs at the bottom of this page for info about specific bead types and styles.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
You do NOT need a PayPal account to pay via PayPal.
More info available here:
I ship nearly everywhere via USPS first class. I will ship within two business days of payment but often the same day, especially if your order is received by noon.
I will happily ship to a different address if someone is lucky enough to be getting a gift from you. Your gift will be nicely gift wrapped and a card enclosed at no additional charge. Give me the details when you make your purchase or convo me. Giving to others should always be easy!
First Class domestic mail does not offer an option to purchase insurance. However, if you desire to upgrade your shipping options to Priority Mail, which allows an insurance coverage purchase, you can do so. Convo me for price.
I am not responsible for non-delivery or damage during shipping if you choose to have your item shipped first class without insurance and tracking. Sorry.
Delivery confirmation is always included in the shipping price
International buyers: please convo me for options. There are a lot!
Unless otherwise noted on the item the following rates apply.
First item $2.75
Each add'l .50
First item from about $5.00
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
Often a coordinating or matching item can be designed.
If you need stainless steel or hypo-allergenic metals I will switch them for you. I don't normally use them because of limited style and color choices. I use such high handcrafted ear wires that no has ever mentioned an allergy problem to me.
Each piece is guaranteed to be as described.
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* * * * * * * Stringing material, rings and clasps. Do they matter?
The stringing material is chosen carefully. The wire I use is very flexible so it hangs smoothly and doesn't twist. It is also more expensive than a lot of the commonly used wire. The weight of the wire is chosen to be the best for the weight of the beads.
You'll often see a "split ring" with the clasp. The "split ring" is really a double ring with two layers. It is impossible for the wire to slip off the split ring so no more necklaces that come apart. Split rings are most often used with heavy beads or many strands.
You will also see "swivel clasps" that are designed to keep multiple strings of beads from tangling and keep them laying flat.
* * * * * * * * What are standard CHILDREN'S JEWELRY SIZES?
The jewelry industry standards are:
XS 0-3 months 4 inches
S 3-9 months 4.5 inches
M 9-24 months 5 inches
L 2-5 years 5.5 inches
XL 5-8 years 6 inches
XXl 8-12 years 6.6 inches
1-5 years 12 inches
5-8 years 13 inches
6-12 years 14 inches
* * * * * * * What are CHEVRON beads?
Chevron beads are special glass beads that reveal a star pattern. The first were created by glass bead makers in Venice and Murano, Italy, in the fifteenth century. They are currently manufactured in Italy, USA, India, and China.
Modern Chevron beads are composed of a varied number of layers of different colored glass. After a long glass Chevron tube is heated and cooled, it is cut into segments, revealing a star pattern. The bead is then beveled or ground to reveal the characteristic chevron or star pattern.
Chevron beads are very popular collectors' items and they are extremely highly valued in present day West Africa, where they continue to be worn for prestige and ceremonial purposes, and occasionally buried with the dead.
As with many valued items, there are currently many knock-offs. A bead that is too cheap or a knock-off is typically painted over one thick layer of glass rather than using the many layers of glass to make the layers of pattern
Be careful what you buy. A real Chevron bead will never be cheap although it may be relatively inexpensive.
* * * * * * * What is MURANO or VENETIAN glass and why is it so expensive?
Before I answer, I want you to know that I buy my MURANO beads from a direct importer whose only product is MURANO beads. The beads are of the very highest quality and the importer has a direct relationship with the best and most famous workshops. No need to take a trip to Murano, you can get authentic and the best here.
In the world of fashion, glass collectors, designers, and admirers, Murano/Venetian beads are the absolute best available and are known for innovative styles and colors. MURANO beads are made only on the island of Murano within Venice. VENETIAN beads are made anywhere within Venice, including Murano.
Glass beadwork and jewelry are very fashionable right now. Not only are Murano beads beautiful and unique, but also of the highest quality available.
When you buy Murano glass you create a unique and beautiful look that will impress everyone around you.
The internet has made true Murano jewelry accessible to every one. However, one needs to be careful when buying Murano glass jewelry, because in recent years there have been many fake pieces and counterfeits offered for sale as "Murano Glass" or "Venetian Glass". Every Murano glass buyer needs to know that authentic and valuable Murano glass can only be produced on Murano Island within Venice, Italy. All other is counterfeit.
Murano Island is a special and symbolic place. Glassmakers are still working there producing some of the greatest glass beads, jewelry, artwork, and more.
When you purchase authentic Murano jewelry, you know that you are not only getting a piece of jewelry, you are actually getting a piece of history and art. This special art of glassmaking has been around for centuries, and to this day, Murano glassmakers are among the city's most prominent citizens. These skilled artisans and talented designers are highly respected for their work.
Murano jewelry is very popular among both collectors and the general public and has been exported all over the world for years.
Murano is a small island just north of Venice, and it has been the undisputed capital of Venetian glass for ages.
Glass production in Murano started in 1291 when the Venetian Republic forced all of the glassmakers to move their workshops and factories to this now-famous Island.
Murano beads and glasswork has been renowned around the world for centuries for the styles, quality of work and of course all the gorgeous colors.
Murano glass is created from the mix of silica and chemical compounds that slow the solidification process. As the mixture is heated to very high temperatures, it liquefies, allowing the master to work the glass by giving it the desired shape and pattern.
Then it cools, resulting in creation of the colored glass canes, which are then hand cut to make beads.
Adding colors and creating patterns are the hardest parts in making the beads because the chemical compounds involved in making the glass colored are extremely sensitive.
For the finished Murano beads to be beautiful, it takes a master craftsman to get the colors correct and the patterns just right. For example, in order to create the amazing color of aquamarine, a fusion of cobalt and copper needs to be added. This takes an artisan who knows exactly how to mix the chemicals for them to retain their properties in the heat of the glass-making process, and the quantity of each chemical to add into the glass.
Once these colorful glass canes are created, they may be used for all sorts of Murano beadwork, art glass and chandeliers.
There's really nothing like an authentic Morano bead and once you see one, you'll want it and never be satisfied with a knock off!
* * * * * * * * What is RAKU and why should I care?
Care only if you love unique and unusual jewelry. More art.
The word RAKU literally means “enjoyment” or “ease” as one might feel enjoying a bowl of tea.
In the 16th century, a prosperous Japanese tea merchant commissioned special ceremonial tea bowls from a well known potter. The potter used a unique kind of clay and added unusual minerals and chemicals to his glazes. The new tea bowls were a resounding success and the art of RAKU was born.
Today, Western Raku is made from special stoneware clay, bisque fired, then glaze fired. This process is very unpredictable and has a high failure rate. Chemicals and minerals are added to the glaze and are, again, unpredictable due to the firing method.
Raku is porous. Vases and bowls “seep” and “sweat” their contents.
Raku beads are hand formed with the special clay. fired, glazed, and fired again at low temperatures. The heat process and additives to the glaze can result in beautiful (but not always) surprises. The glazes do not act or react as common glazes do. There is a high failure rate but the successes are worth it.
Raku beads are not common because it takes a very skilled artisan to succeed even some of the time. Producing raku beads is time and labor intensive; the materials are expensive, and the process unreliable. Results can not be duplicated and even two beads made exactly the same at the same time can turn out to be very different.
Then, why -- you ask -- would anyone go to so much trouble? The answer: the successes are worth it!
If you are lucky enough to have even one RAKU bead you will treasure it always.
* * * * * * * * Do stones and minerals have "meaning"?
In many cultures, past and present, many kinds of minerals (as in stones and rocks) have meaning.
As I have time, I will add the little I know about special meanings, healing properties, and symbolism of various materials.
Turquoise is found in many, many areas of our glorious planet and, over millenia, has been attributed with many special qualities by very diverse cultures.
Some think turquoise promotes wholeness, peace of mind, loyalty, self expression and creativity. Good intuition and foresight; brings good luck; balances moods; enables spiritual grounding. Sacred stone to absorb negativity. Aids healing in the areas of neutralizing over acidity; heals stomach and gout problems, viral infections; creates warmth and relaxes cramps.
The attributes attributed to turquoise are always positive.