MontereyBayBeads

Handmade Jewelry & Leather Wrap Bracelets

Santa Cruz, California · 9 Sales

MontereyBayBeads

Handmade Jewelry & Leather Wrap Bracelets

Santa Cruz, California 9 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   Unique handmade jewelry & leather beaded wrap bracelets inspired by the casual lifestyle and natural landscape of the diverse Monterey Bay area.

Why choose one of my wrap bracelets? Well, I take great care in making sure the materials I use are top notch quality and curate real gemstone beads vs. plastic or glass beads unless otherwise stated in my item's description. I relax the leather cord to mitigate it's tendency to want to "curl" like it's previous home on a spool. I look at each bead before I string it to make sure it doesn't have any unsightly imperfections so it's natural beauty shines through. I make sure the beads in each strand within the wrap are of uniform size. I use the most highly recommend Japanese thread for wrap bracelets, condition it for extra protection against fraying. I typically use 18 ft. of continuous thread for a triple wrap bracelet with no knots interrupting the flow of beads. When threading, I double it and go through each bead twice (= 4 strands of thread through each bead). Last, I pay very close attention to being consistent with the tension I'm using when threading the beads so when complete, the bracelet lays in a straight line without curves or twists. All of this results in a beautiful bracelet that feels good on your wrist.

So, wrap yourself in gemstones that embody Northern California's red & orange sunsets, deep blue sea, greens & yellows of local vineyards, or the rich earthy tones of our redwood forests. Above all, I want to create a bracelet that you'll love to wear and is a real showpiece. I'm happy to collaborate with you to create a custom piece for you! Just give me a shout.

Follow me around to see works in progress, be in the know on special deals, and get a peek into what inspires my designs. Don't worry, I won't flood your social feeds. I typically post a few photos a week, 75% jewelry and the rest of gorgeous images of Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay area (oh, and my dog, Zak):

Shop site: http://www.montereybaybeads.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/montereybaybead/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MontereyBayBeads
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/heidinilsen/monterey-bay-beads/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MontereyBayBead

If you have any questions about my pieces, please send me a note! I'll get back to you ASAP (typically within a day).

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION - We want you to be happy! Below are highlights so please review our shop policies here before purchasing: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/MontereyBayBeads/policies

Cancellations: If you suddenly have a change of heart, we will issue you a full refund (including shipping) if your cancellation is received within 24 hours of placing it. We typically begin the shipping process or start curating materials for your piece at this time so cancellations after 24 hours are subject to our refund policy.

Refunds and Exchanges: we offer full refunds (less shipping fee) and exchanges if you contact us within 14 days of the shipping date we offer full refunds (less shipping fee).

Damage: All pieces are handmade and many rather delicate so they should be treated appropriately. If your jewelry experiences damage due to a craftsmanship issue only, please contact us within 30 days of delivery with a photo of the damaged item so that we can review and resolve the matter to your satisfaction.

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 26, 2016

Unique handmade jewelry & leather beaded wrap bracelets inspired by the casual lifestyle and natural landscape of the diverse Monterey Bay area.

Why choose one of my wrap bracelets? Well, I take great care in making sure the materials I use are top notch quality and curate real gemstone beads vs. plastic or glass beads unless otherwise stated in my item's description. I relax the leather cord to mitigate it's tendency to want to "curl" like it's previous home on a spool. I look at each bead before I string it to make sure it doesn't have any unsightly imperfections so it's natural beauty shines through. I make sure the beads in each strand within the wrap are of uniform size. I use the most highly recommend Japanese thread for wrap bracelets, condition it for extra protection against fraying. I typically use 18 ft. of continuous thread for a triple wrap bracelet with no knots interrupting the flow of beads. When threading, I double it and go through each bead twice (= 4 strands of thread through each bead). Last, I pay very close attention to being consistent with the tension I'm using when threading the beads so when complete, the bracelet lays in a straight line without curves or twists. All of this results in a beautiful bracelet that feels good on your wrist.

So, wrap yourself in gemstones that embody Northern California's red & orange sunsets, deep blue sea, greens & yellows of local vineyards, or the rich earthy tones of our redwood forests. Above all, I want to create a bracelet that you'll love to wear and is a real showpiece. I'm happy to collaborate with you to create a custom piece for you! Just give me a shout.

Follow me around to see works in progress, be in the know on special deals, and get a peek into what inspires my designs. Don't worry, I won't flood your social feeds. I typically post a few photos a week, 75% jewelry and the rest of gorgeous images of Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay area (oh, and my dog, Zak):

Shop site: http://www.montereybaybeads.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/montereybaybead/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MontereyBayBeads
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/heidinilsen/monterey-bay-beads/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MontereyBayBead

If you have any questions about my pieces, please send me a note! I'll get back to you ASAP (typically within a day).

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION - We want you to be happy! Below are highlights so please review our shop policies here before purchasing: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/MontereyBayBeads/policies

Cancellations: If you suddenly have a change of heart, we will issue you a full refund (including shipping) if your cancellation is received within 24 hours of placing it. We typically begin the shipping process or start curating materials for your piece at this time so cancellations after 24 hours are subject to our refund policy.

Refunds and Exchanges: we offer full refunds (less shipping fee) and exchanges if you contact us within 14 days of the shipping date we offer full refunds (less shipping fee).

Damage: All pieces are handmade and many rather delicate so they should be treated appropriately. If your jewelry experiences damage due to a craftsmanship issue only, please contact us within 30 days of delivery with a photo of the damaged item so that we can review and resolve the matter to your satisfaction.

Heidi Nilsen

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Heidi Nilsen

About

Plain and simple, I appreciate exceptional beauty and design in art, in jewelry, in food, in life.

I come from a family of artists. Perhaps not at a professional level, but talented artists nonetheless. My mother was a musician (piano and violin) and my father painted beautiful Rosemaling designs (his Norwegian heritage) on any wooden surfaces available. One sister a painter of many mediums and another sister who could rival Martha Stewart on the home decor front. And me: photography (still enjoy) and jewelry making (absolutely love, passion found).

Santa Cruz, California is a mecca for artists of all types. I feel fortunate to have "landed" here after moving around the country (no, wasn't an army brat). Just loved to experience new places, new people, new jobs. Working in the hospitality industry enabled me to do this. I managed restaurants and worked with catering teams for major hotels, most notable, the Hilton International that used to be in the Word Trade Center. Still get shivers.

Although growing up in New Jersey, California always called to me. And now it's been my home for over 20 years. The natural beauty of the Santa Cruz Monterey Bay area is unbelievable. It inspires me at every turn to create. Create anything and everything: joy, peace, food, jewelry, a business.

Monterey Bay Beads was created after making a few bracelets for some surfer friends (my Amigas!) and I soon got flooded with requests. It's still not uncommon for someone to drop by my home studio to go through my beads and design a piece together (sometimes wine is involved, which makes it all the more fun).

My work has evolved to include unique necklaces, earrings, and other types of bracelets keeping with a simple clean style with a little boho thrown in depending on the piece. A like variety and find beauty in a lot of styles, what can I say!

If you like my work, please favorite away! I'd so appreciate. And if ever in Santa Cruz, give me a jingle and stop on by to dig through some beads! We'll design a custom piece together that will be absolutely spectacular, like the Monterey Bay.

Many thanks for checking me out!
Heidi

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Shop members

  • Heidi Nilsen

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    When I'm not creating jewelry, I'm likely surfing, playing with my dog, doing yoga, or experimenting with a new gluten-free recipe! Many thanks for your interest in my work. My goal is to make sure you are happy with every piece you buy! <3.

  • Steve

    Assistant, Supportive Husband

    Steve makes sure I have all the tools I need. A builder by trade, he designs & builds materials for my show displays and makes sure my wire cutters are always sharp. I'm very lucky indeed to have this man give me the space to do what I love.

  • Zak

    Personal Trainer

    Zak makes sure I get out of my chair once in a while to stretch, take a walk, and breathe. He helps keep things in perspective. This very wise dog is also in charge of the treat jar in the studio...never lets it get too low.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 24, 2016
Hi and thank you so much for visiting my Monterey Bay Beads shop! You must love simple beautiful jewelry as much as I do!

Below is some general information about my jewelry. I try to include as many details as possible on each of my listings but if you have any questions or need more specifics, please reach out to me by email heidi [!at] montereybaybeads.com or Etsy convo.

Unique Jewelry Pieces:
All items in my shop are in stock (unless stated otherwise). If you'd like customization to a piece, please reach out. I'll do whatever possible to make it happen.

Leather beaded wrap bracelets
My leather beaded wrap bracelets are made from carefully selected gemstones, high-quality leather, and genuine Swarovski Elements crystals. I create each bracelet to accommodate the average woman's wrist size of 6.5" - 7.0" so please let me know if you need anything different.

Custom orders:
I do A LOT of custom bracelet orders and appreciate the opportunity to work with you on a color scheme that suits you. Give me a shout and we'll make it happen! Custom work can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks to create depending on the availability of materials. The additional price of a custom piece may vary a bit from our in stock items (+ $10 - 20) depending on the materials used.

Thanks again for checking out my shop! If you like what you see, please favorite my shop and items. Am hoping that you'll find something that you'll love to wear!

All best
Heidi Nilsen

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Payment
We accept PayPal and most major credit cards. All orders shipped to addresses in California will be taxed at a rate of 8.5%. Customers in other states are responsible for complying with their local state tax laws.

At the end of the checkout process when you review your order, please note any specifics regarding your order in the "special instructions to seller" box.

CANCELLATIONS
If you suddenly have a change of heart, I will issue you a full refund (including shipping) if you cancel your order within 24 hours of placing it. I typically begin the shipping process or start curating materials for your piece at this time so cancellations after 24 hours are subject to our refund policy.
Shipping
TIMEFRAMES
Shipping method is USPS Priority Mail. General guide is as follows but not guaranteed: Domestic 2-3 day. International 5-8 day, not including any delay in clearing the destination country Customs Service.

FEES
USA: $6.10 per shipment (assumes multiple products if ordered can fit into 1 box)
International (and Canada): $25.95 per shipment (assumes multiple products if ordered can fit into 1 box)

INCORRECT ADDRESS
When placing an order, please review your shipping address to be sure it’s correct. We cannot assume responsibility for shipping charges, additional shipping charges or replacing items that are incorrectly delivered because of an incorrect address entered at the time the order was placed. If an incorrect shipping address is entered into our system and the order is returned to us, we will contact you as soon as possible. If the order needs to be reshipped due to an incorrect address, failed attempts by your postal carrier or customs office to contact you or you disregarding postal or customs notices to pick up your package, an additional flat shipping and handling rate of $20 will apply for U.S. orders, and $35 for international orders. If the shipping error cannot be resolved or we don’t hear back from you within 5 business days, we will cancel the order and refund the initial purchase amount minus all shipping and handling charges and a "restocking" fee of 25%.

DUTY AND IMPORT FEES
Customers are responsible for all international customs and duty fees as we are unable to calculate how much these fees are, if applicable. These are in addition to, and not included in, the cost of shipping and are incurred at the time of delivery. Please note that your customs agency may notify you that they are holding your package if duty is due. You should inquire with your local customs agency for more information and assistance in this area. Returns will not be accepted due to customs fees. We are not able to mark items as “gift”.

DAMAGED ITEM
We take great care in the packaging and shipping of our jewelry. If your product arrives damaged, please contact us within 48 hours of delivery with a photo of the damaged item so that we can review and resolve the matter to your satisfaction.
Refunds and Exchanges
Above all, we want you to be happy so please review below and let us know if you have any questions prior to making your purchase.

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
We offer full refunds (less shipping fee) of UNUSED items within 14 days of the shipping date. Once we receive the returned product and it passes our inspection, we'll provide a full refund (less shipping fees) to your original payment method. Please be aware that you will be responsible for the return shipment.

EXCHANGES
Product exchanges can also be made within 14 days of the shipping date. Once we receive the returned product and it passes our inspection, we'll ship the new product you'd like. Please be aware that you will be responsible for the return shipment as well as shipping for the new item and any additional fees if the new item is of greater value. If the new item is of less value, we'll credit your method of original payment appropriately.

DAMAGED ITEM
We take great care in the packaging and shipping of our jewelry. If your product arrives damaged, please contact us within 48 hours of delivery with a photo of the damaged item so that we can review and resolve the matter to your satisfaction. All pieces are handmade and many rather delicate so they should be treated appropriately. If your jewelry experiences damage due to a craftsmanship issue only, please contact us within 30 days of delivery with a photo of the damaged item so that we can review and resolve the matter to your satisfaction.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS: If you have other colors in mind than the bracelets displayed in our shop, contact me and we'll customize a new design for you. After discussing style, color scheme and other preferences, we'll create a well-balanced design that align with your ideas.

VARIATIONS: Please be aware that gemstones can vary in color and translucency so the bracelet you receive may not be "exactly" like the photo in our gallery or shop. If there is a significant difference in the design (i.e. I need to substitute stones or buttons as those that are shown are not available) I'll be sure to contact you.