MiaMontgomery

Asymmetrical & Mixed Metals Bohemian Art Jewelry

Washington, United States · 1365 Sales

MiaMontgomery

Asymmetrical & Mixed Metals Bohemian Art Jewelry

Washington, United States 1365 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Mia

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Announcement   Welcome! If there's anything specific you're looking for – a symmetrical version of one of my asymmetrical designs, or a color change, or something from my Sold Listings – just convo me, I'm happy to help!

To catch up with my recent move to the glorious Pacific Northwest, visit my facebook page, where I'll be sharing pics of my new work studio, and a bunch of freshly jeweled new projects :).

Mia

✿ Facebook followers get exclusive discounts and notifications: 'Like' my f/b page, then message me here at Etsy for your special coupon code. Subscribers enjoy private sale days posted only on f/b. To find me there, just copy and paste the following link into your browser:
www.facebook.com/pages/Mia-Montgomery-Artisan-Jewelry

✿ Convo me if you'd prefer one of my earring designs as a necklace or a bracelet, or if you'd like to turn an asymmetrical style into a matched set!

✿ Link to my "About" page on Etsy:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiaMontgomery/about/

✿ Link to my Shop Policies (purchasing from this shop assumes agreement with posted policies):
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiaMontgomery/policy?ref=shopinfo_policies_leftnav

✿ Link to my Sold Gallery ~ Convo me about remaking something for you!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiaMontgomery/sold?ref=shopinfo_sales_leftnav

✿ Link to my Customer Reviews:
https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/MiaMontgomery/reviews?ref=shop_info

✿ Pinterest with me! 'Follow' my Pinterest album "Works From My Studio" to see new styles as they're added, including one-of-a-kind (OOAK) designs. There's a coupon code for you there, as well -- just copy and paste the following link into your browser:
http://www.pinterest.com/mia_montgomery/works-from-my-studio/

Announcement
Last updated on Jun 26, 2016

Welcome! If there's anything specific you're looking for – a symmetrical version of one of my asymmetrical designs, or a color change, or something from my Sold Listings – just convo me, I'm happy to help!

To catch up with my recent move to the glorious Pacific Northwest, visit my facebook page, where I'll be sharing pics of my new work studio, and a bunch of freshly jeweled new projects :).

Mia

✿ Facebook followers get exclusive discounts and notifications: 'Like' my f/b page, then message me here at Etsy for your special coupon code. Subscribers enjoy private sale days posted only on f/b. To find me there, just copy and paste the following link into your browser:
www.facebook.com/pages/Mia-Montgomery-Artisan-Jewelry

✿ Convo me if you'd prefer one of my earring designs as a necklace or a bracelet, or if you'd like to turn an asymmetrical style into a matched set!

✿ Link to my "About" page on Etsy:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiaMontgomery/about/

✿ Link to my Shop Policies (purchasing from this shop assumes agreement with posted policies):
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiaMontgomery/policy?ref=shopinfo_policies_leftnav

✿ Link to my Sold Gallery ~ Convo me about remaking something for you!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiaMontgomery/sold?ref=shopinfo_sales_leftnav

✿ Link to my Customer Reviews:
https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/MiaMontgomery/reviews?ref=shop_info

✿ Pinterest with me! 'Follow' my Pinterest album "Works From My Studio" to see new styles as they're added, including one-of-a-kind (OOAK) designs. There's a coupon code for you there, as well -- just copy and paste the following link into your browser:
http://www.pinterest.com/mia_montgomery/works-from-my-studio/

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About

Deep In the Night. . .

Deep in the night it's just the moonlight and me, our rapt attention drawn to three enormous maplewood tables that anchor my studio. Every available surface of them lies strewn, stacked or hung with scrumptiously glimmering treasure which has been gathered over many years, from across land and seas -- from across time itself. Many are 'orphans' -- precious fragments rescued from a vintage bracelet or an antique necklace, each piece vying for my favor, so that it might once again win its moment in the jeweled spotlight. My passion lies in creating those moments.

It happened (and continues to) like this: While building a set of matching earrings for a special occasion years ago, I ran into trouble: I was down to one single bead whose missing mate simply would not reveal itself in those endless mounds of treasure. But I loved this bead so much that it forced an alternate approach, one that would quickly evolve into what you see in my shop. As the solution hit me, a fever took hold, and I worked until sunrise and beyond, bewitched and overwhelmed as fresh compositions revealed themselves to my now enchanted eyes -- a chorus of orphans was virtually singing to me in delight! Since then I've greeted many a dawn while passionately 'painting' in the Asymmetrical style. It's a different way of seeing, a vision I love sharing with other artful souls.

If you're shy of change, consider a neutral set from my Mixed Metals category, a subtle way to give it a go ;):
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiaMontgomery?section_id=8052267

And if you're more attracted to symmetrical earrings, convo me with a style you'd prefer to see in a matched set (or in an alternate metal color) -- it's usually very doable.

I also invite you to view my micromosaic designs, for some old-world romance and intricacy. Mosaics -- especially tiny ones -- are completely fascinating to me, and I love exploring their infinite possibilities:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiaMontgomery?section_id=7894204

As I type this, the moonlight beckons, and I am being called back to the tables, back to my beautiful orphans. Come visit us again soon, if only to see which little beauty has stolen the spotlight this time ♥.

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Buyer Reviews:

"This was my very first Etsy transaction, and it couldn't have gone better. Mia was prompt and diligently attentive throughout the ordering process for the custom set, and the jewellery I have received is an exquisite, matchless work of art that I am delighted to own and cannot wait to wear out. Thank you, Mia; go on and notch up another satisfied customer already planning her next purchase. :)"
~ Avallynh, Pakistan

"Un véritable petite trésor vos boucles, Mia! Merci!"
~ Pascale, Malemort Sur Correze, France

"Seeing the pictures of your Asymmetrics isn't the same as seeing the real deal, up close, in real life. I love them, love them, LOVE them."
~ Jolie, Orange Grove, TX

"I can't get enough of this sellers earrings. This is my third pair purchased. Unique, beautiful and unlike anything else sold on Etsy."
~ Suzanne, Toronto, ON

"Mia creates little works of art and calls them earrings! Words can not describe the beauty and the detail. . . "
~ Ayelet, Israel

"Very unique earrings with loads of intricate touches. Love them! The gypsy in me is happy."
~ Lizbeth, Salem, VA

"Love these exquisite supergorgeous earrings, each a piece of art on itself, great job!"
~ MJ, Netherlands

"Exquisite. Better than I could have imagined. I love both pairs!"
~Karen, Tewksbury, MA

"I'm just recovering now. Give me a few hours to absorb the incredible beauty. They are gorgeous. Even my boss, this big hairy guy, said "WOW!"
~ Angi, Prescott, AZ

"Thank you so much for my "East India" and "Sage Wisdom" earrings. I adore them, and being a junior school art teacher, the kids love them, too. I'm totally addicted!"
~ Sue, Victoria, Australia

Many thanks to all who have taken the time to comment ♥. For more reviews, follow this link:
https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/MiaMontgomery/reviews

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Mia Montgomery's jewelry has been featured in:

Jewelry Design & Accessories Magazine:
May 2012 Issue ~ Cover Artist
http://itunes.apple.com/fi/app/design-jewelry-accessories/id507765473?mt=8

Jewelry Making Daily Magazine:
http://www.jewelrymakingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2011/08/31/add-some-zing-to-your-earrings-make-mismatched-earring-designs.aspx

Sparrow Salvage blog:
http://sparrowsalvage.blogspot.com/2011_11_01_archive.html
(Also see sparrowsalvage on Etsy)

Fanciful Devices blog:
http://fancifuldevices.blogspot.com/2010/05/favorites.

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Click the "Like" button at the top of the following facebook page to enjoy exclusive previews and sales:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mia-Montgomery-Artisan-Jewelry

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  • Mia

    Artist~Dreamer

    I'm a jewelry artist in practice, a Siren in my soul, and I harbor an abiding passion for color, texture and the art of mixing it all up.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 7, 2016
Hello, and welcome ♥. Prior to making a purchase from this or any other shop on the Internet, make sure and review the shop Policies. Below you'll find answers to most questions that come up regarding your purchase, and there is also advice near the bottom of the page on caring for your jewelry. If you find that your question is not addressed below, feel free to convo me for clarification.

✿ HOW TO REACH ME ✿
Click the "Contact" option located in any of my listings, or in the navigation bar on my main shop page, then simply type in your inquiry. My response may not be immediate, but you will always hear back from me within 24 hours (and usually much sooner) unless I'm traveling. Like many of you, weekends are precious and I'm not always in proximity to a computer, but I do check in whenever I'm able, day or night :).

My Facebook page offers perks! To view new styles as they debut, and to be notified about exclusive discounts and pre-sales, click "Like" at the top of the following page. If you're new to my facebook page, contact me for a 10% off coupon code:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mia-Montgomery-Artisan-Jewelry/146038505479843

✿ FAQ Overview ✿
There is a link to this FAQ in every listing in the store, so that shoppers can review important policies prior to purchase. Purchasing from this shop signifies that the buyer has agreed to all posted policies.

✿ A QUICK TIP! ✿
When you receive earrings that have the French Hook earwires, it's advised to give the hook a gentle squeeze once it's on your ear, so that the curve of the hook fits a little more snugly to your lobe -- this goes a long way in preventing lost earrings! When removing, try to do so without re-bending, since any metal will eventually snap or become misshapen under too much repeated bending. Another option is to request the leverback style earwire, which has a hinge closure that secures the wire to the lobe without danger of it falling out unexpectedly. If you don't see that option in the listing, state your preference via convo (or in the Comments box in your Shopping Cart) and I will bill you for the slight upcharge for the leverback style. The same goes for clip-ons.

✿ EARWIRE OPTIONS ✿
I have a broad array of ear hook and leverback options, as well as those for non-pierced ears (clip-ons). If you don't see the option you seek, or wish to inquire further about my current selection, feel free to convo me anytime, and I will modify your listing.

✿ MY SOLD LISTINGS ✿
If you see something in my SOLD listings, and wonder if it can be remade for you, please inquire. I often create OOAK (one-of-a-kind) designs, even though I technically have the parts to make more. This is because I have plans for those parts, which may or may not ever come to fruition ;). So don't automatically assume it can't be done -- oftentimes it can!

✿ SIMPLE CHANGES TO STYLE OR COLOR ✿
Simple color changes and very minor style adjustments entail NO upcharge, unless the materials used are more costly than those used in the original design. For example, an upgrade from Brass components to Sterling Silver components will affect the price.

✿ CUSTOM COMMISSIONS & SPECIAL ORDERS ✿
I do a great deal of custom design based on client input and collaboration, and absolutely love it. Almost any alteration or mash-up is possible, so feel free to submit your artistic ideas, and we'll work together to create your vision. Custom work involves detailed planning and extensive discussion, and will naturally be priced higher than finished designs you see in the shop, especially when photos and lengthy conversations are necessary in order to agree on your specific design. Having a firm idea of what you have in mind will help keep labor costs down.

Once we've discussed the basic design, a non-refundable $50 Custom Design Fee is charged. That fee covers the labor time necessary to accomplish the following:

1) Lay out the potential components on my worksurface, and form them into the planned design
2) Photograph that layout, or multiple layouts if that's what we've discussed
3) Upload those images to my computer
4) Label the items within the photo using my paint program software, so that you can easily identify what's being proposed
5) Upload the image(s) to our Convo, along with a detailed list of materials, for you to review and select from

The above process generally takes 2-3 hours of labor time to complete, and any follow-up images would entail the same steps. So before embarking on a custom design, it's best to establish your budget, and have a very strong idea of the look you're aiming for. Look through my Sold Listings, or my Pinterest page for ideas, and then convo me with those references, so that we can plan to work within your comfort zone, and within an efficient timeframe. Once the design is decided upon, production time is typically 3-5 business days, after which it ships promptly.

Actual construction of a design will begin after you've approved of and paid for the Custom design (the price will be finalized once we've agreed upon the exact design and materials). Our convos during the planning stage act as an addendum to the final Custom Order that you will take through Etsy Checkout, so please make certain that all questions and concerns have been addressed prior to final payment. Before shipping the package, a photo of the completed work will be provided to you via Convo.

Keep in mind that coupon codes apply only to items featured in the store while the coupon is in effect, and cannot be applied to Custom designs. Simple variations in color or length are NOT considered Custom, however, so contact me if you need clarification.

✿ LENGTH ✿
Most of my styles can be reworked so that they hang either longer or shorter. Chain can be lengthened or shortened, and elements can be added, subtracted, or switched around. Feel free to convo me to discuss those alterations, which in most cases will not affect the price.

✿ DESIGN VARIATIONS ✿
A completed design may vary slightly from what you see onscreen. While cut crystal and glass are machine-made and therefore virtually identical from bead to bead, gemstone beads include naturally-occurring variations. Many stone types feature 'inclusions' -- bits of mineral deposit, tiny fissures, differing patterns of iridescence, and variations in the coloration throughout the stone. These variations are considered perfectly normal and desirable -- part of their Earth-made makeup :). If you are not open to the inherent variations in these natural materials, then please do not order gemstone-based styles. Seed bead mosaic patterns may also vary slightly, or there may be a small modification in the design or construction, the majority of which are minor, and are always done to enhance a design. If a set arrives to you looking significantly different from what the image and listing description indicated, please convo me immediately upon receipt, so that we can work out a remedy or repair.

✿ PRODUCTION TIMES ✿
Packages typically ship within 1-2 Business Days for already-made/OOAK items, and 3-5 Business Days for made-to-order items. Made-to-order sets may be a day or two longer during sale periods and around holidays. If the delivery time is a crucial concern, please convo me in advance of your purchase so that I can inform you of the current production schedule.

Special requests that have already been paid for will naturally take precedent over requests which are NOT yet paid for. If you need your special request jewelry by a certain date, convo me so that I can alert you to my current production time. It sometimes happens that I take a request (unpaid) when I'm all caught up, but then a paid order comes in. In such cases, the production of the unpaid set will be delayed until the paid one is completed. If you would like me to set up a Reserve Listing for you, so that you can make payment and become part of my priority production schedule, just convo me.

✿ EARRING WEIGHT ✿
For most sets, I indicate Very Light, Light, Light-Medium, Medium, Medium-Heavy, or Heavy. . . based upon the materials involved. This is of course a subjective assessment, since some of you have delicate lobes, others have lobes of steel ;-). Longer sets, and those with multiple gems, as well as thicker metal elements, will definitely influence weight to some degree, so if you have concerns about a given set (or one side of a set), feel free to contact me for exact weight.

✿ COUPON CODES ✿
To be notified of coupon sales, please either read the Store Announcement located just beneath the banner on my main shop page, or subscribe to my Facebook page, where coupon codes and sales are always announced. Facebook folk are also given advance notification of promos and pre-sales, days before they are announced on Etsy. Coupon codes apply only to items featured in the store while the coupon is in effect, and also to simple color swaps and length alterations, but do not apply to custom orders or commissions. If in doubt over what qualifies, just message me anytime :).

To receive your discount, the coupon code MUST be entered in the appropriate field in the Etsy Shopping Cart, located on the right side of the page just beneath the payment options. Enter the code, then verify that the discount shows in the shopping cart before clicking the Checkout button. If you have trouble, convo me *before* completing your purchase.


✿ FACEBOOK PERKS ✿
I offer 10% off for those who join my Facebook page, and exclusive promotions will appear there during each major sale cycle. Convo me here for a special welcome code after you click "Like".

Each time you purchase, you will receive an email notifying you of a 10% discount off your next purchase. That coupon code also appears on the back of my business card, which is included in your gift box.

✿ ATTENTION: INTERNATIONAL BUYERS ✿
Customs fees apply in all countries across the world, so please familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of taxes/fees/duties imposed by your particular country, to avoid being surprised :). Purchases will be marked as merchandise (not as 'gifts') and the full value of the purchase appears on the shipping/customs label.


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A note about the poetry that accompanies my jewels: All are attributed where the author is known. Hope you enjoy the stirrings of the soul that they evoke ♥.

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Shipping
IMPORTANT: Please make certain that your shipping address (or any change of address) is updated at PayPal, and/or with your Credit Card company, and that it is spelled correctly. The shipping label prints the exact address that appears on your Etsy receipt.

✿ DOMESTIC SHIPPING ✿
Free USA shipping applies to all of my Asymmetrical sets, as well as several (but not all) of my other designs – check individual listings when in doubt. Shipping method is via US Postal Service First Class Mail. For all other destinations, please check individual listings to view the discounted shipping fee. Packages are typically mailed within 1-5 business days of your cleared payment, occasionally a day or two longer.

✿ SHIPPING METHOD ✿
I use the United States Postal Service for both domestic and international shipments, which includes First Class Mail, Priority Mail, Express Mail, and Registered Mail options. All packages are insured, and tracking is provided on all domestic and certain international destinations. Feel free to convo me if you have any questions about expedited shipping costs.

✿ INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ✿
When ordering multiple items (more than three), the shipping charges may end up totaling a bit more than it will actually cost to ship and insure. In such cases, any amount overpaid will be refunded to you after I have weighed your actual package and printed out your shipping label -- I do not profit off shipping charges.

✿ INTERNATIONAL TRANSIT TIMES ✿
I ship from Washington State, and international transit times typically vary anywhere from 7 days to a month or more, depending on how your country's import department processes the package. Prior to placing your order, familiarize yourself with your own country's process, as well as their import fees, so that there are no surprises. A customs number is generated with each shipment, sent to you via email from Etsy, but often the tracking link only indicates when an international package has left the USA, and very little beyond that. If tracking is crucial, convo me regarding a quote on upgraded shipping services.

✿ INTERNATIONAL IMPORT FEES ✿
Customs fees apply in all countries across the world, so please familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of taxes/fees/duties imposed by your particular country, to avoid being surprised, as the Seller has no control over this. Purchases will be marked as merchandise (not as 'gifts') and the full value of the purchase appears on the shipping/customs label.

✿ SHIPPING SCHEDULE ✿
Items which are already made, such as OOAK styles, will ship within 1-2 business days. Made-to-order styles ship within 3-5 Business Days, occasionally a day or two longer due to a holiday season or a major sale. If your order consists of both already-made and made-to-order items, your package will ship when the made-to-order item is completed. If you wish to arrange for separate shipments, feel free to convo me in advance to set that up.

✿ EXPEDITED PRODUCTION TIME ✿
I'm happy to expedite production on orders whenever feasible, but certain periods of the year are obviously more challenging in terms of meeting the demand. If you have a specific deadline to meet, convo me before ordering, to avoid disappointment.
Refunds and Exchanges
My goal is to make your shopping experience a delightful one! I've provided a detailed description and multiple images of each item in my shop, so before purchasing, make sure to read that full description, view all images, review my policies, and ask any and all questions you may have concerning the details of an item, prior to purchasing. Additional images can be provided if needed. Refund or exchange is offered when the item received does not match the listing, so please contact me immediately if there is an issue :).
Additional policies and FAQs
✿ CARE INSTRUCTIONS ✿
These creations are made to a high standard, using quality materials, but no jewelry is impervious to abuse or aging. You can expect them to hold up well to everyday wear, but as with all jewelry, please observe these common sense basics:

✿ OPENING YOUR PACKAGE ✿
When your shipment arrives, elements may have gotten tossed around while in transit, so remove the item(s) very gently from the clear envelope, then give each piece a careful shake, until the elements swing free and are hanging in the proper orientation. If chain has become tangled, the open end of a safety pin can often help you disentangle and right them, without stressing delicate chain.

✿ A QUICK TIP! ✿
When you receive earrings that have the French Hook earwires, it's advised to give the hook a gentle squeeze once it's on your ear, so that the curve of the hook fits a little more snugly to your lobe. This goes a long way in preventing lost earrings! When removing, try to do so without re-bending, since any metal will eventually snap or become misshapen under too much repeated strain. Another option is to request the leverback style earwire, which has a hinge closure that secures the wire to the lobe without danger of it falling out unexpectedly. Feel free to state your preference via convo, or in the comments box at Etsy Checkout. There is no additional charge for the leverback style.

✿ AVOID MOISTURE AND SOLVENTS ✿
Protect against prolonged contact with moisture and dust, and avoid getting oils, solvents and hair products (hairspray especially) on any of the components. If in need of cleaning, a soft damp cloth, Q-tip or towelette can be passed very gently over most sets without fear of injury to the piece, but please use a very light touch.

✿ ANTIQUED METAL FINISHES ✿
Depending on the metal involved, you may over time see the surface oxidize to a darker finish. If you wish to brighten certain areas of the metal, always work gently. The best products for polishing include the Sunshine Polishing Cloth (the yellow one), a Scotch Brite green polishing pad, or a polishing cream like Mr. Metal. If the metal is antiqued, be aware that buffing and polishing will remove that. Plated finishes such as Silverplate CANNOT be buffed with anything rough or gritty, since the plating is usually done over another color metal, such as Brass or Copper. The only metals that can stand up to aggressive polishing are solid Brass, solid Bronze, solid Copper and solid Sterling Silver, but again, polishing does take away the antiqued effect.

✿ CLEANING & POLISHING ✿
A very mild diluted hand soap on a damp paper towel is safest for bringing the shimmer back to gems and crystals. But again, exercise caution, with no tugging or unnecessary pressure, especially in the areas of connection. Dry the item immediately and with care. For solid metals like cast Bronze, Sterling Silver and solid Brass, a metal polishing cloth can be used to restore the sheen -- my favorite is the Sunshine Polishing Cloth. Buffing must be done with care on antiqued finishes, however, as it can remove the antiquing. Buffing plated metals risks revealing the metal underneath, which is not always the same color -- such as silverplate which is plated over brass, pewter or copper.

✿ HANDLING YOUR JEWELRY ✿
Avoid excessive handling throughout the day, such as tugging, twisting or bending the various components. Most connections are resilient in terms of normal wear, but metal elements, small gemstones, and delicate chain and wiring are by no means impervious to stress injuries or outright breakage. This is especially true of VINTAGE elements, which have been subjected to corrosive elements over decades, and are less able to withstand bending or dropping. If you ever run into trouble, contact me for advice on a home fix, or to arrange for me to repair the issue, if possible.

The greatest care should be applied to dangling elements, such as fragile seashells, tiny briolettes, and delicate metal chain swags, since they tend to be the most vulnerable members in any given design. Apply no vertical pressure, and resist the habit of tossing jewelry onto a dresser or countertop. Either hang them, or lay them out on a soft surface. I use a tray lined in velvet or suede -- looks gorgeous! -- then slip the tray into a drawer at night, protecting it from dust and other environmental effects.

✿ PRESERVING THE LOOK ✿
For preservation of metal finishes, I highly recommend a product called Renaissance Wax, used widely on many types of art materials to protect from the elements. Upon request, I can include a sample with your jewelry order, or you can order it after the fact for a small fee. Convo me if interested, or simply search Etsy (or online) for the small-sized jar. Just rub on a tiny amount using a soft cloth, and it will dry to a satin finish, after which you may buff the surface with a very soft cloth to achieve the desired degree of shine. This is a wonderful product that has been used throughout the art and jewelry industries for many years. For brightening tarnished metals,see the section above labeled ANTIQUED METAL FINISHES.