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New York, United States

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Note from shop owner Currently NightGarden Designs is on vacation. We'll be back in the fall with new items!

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Last updated on Jul 23, 2018

Currently NightGarden Designs is on vacation. We'll be back in the fall with new items!

Nadra Holmes

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About NightGardenDesigns

Sales 37
On Etsy since 2015

A Passion for Creating Beauty with My Hands

My name is Nadra Holmes – welcome to my Etsy shop! I have been designing and making jewelry for about 10 years now. I’ve always loved making things and working with my hands – cooking is my other great passion and I’ve realized that my cooking process is very similar to the way I create a new design for a necklace. I see an ingredient in the market, maybe some beautifully ripe tomatoes or a blood orange, and I start thinking about how to center a meal around it, just as I start with a particular color or shape of bead or strand of gems that has caught my eye, and then begin to weave a design around it.

For many years I was a film editor. Editing film is also a very hands-on job, very visual, and involves telling a story about something or someone. When creating a piece of jewelry, one is also telling a story – the story of who will wear that piece and how they will wear it – what kind of person will it appeal to? Is it casual or formal? Is their personal style bold or understated? It is also the story of the artist making it – why those particular stones or elements? What do they evoke for the maker? What life experiences have influenced his/her design aesthetic? I lived in Lebanon during my formative teen and young adult years, and the aromas of spice and pine, rich colors and intricate patterns of Islamic art, and natural beauty of the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea have certainly infused my own personal aesthetic in many ways. Stone and metal come from the earth, and I love feeling connected to the collaboration between the earth’s natural beauty (raw stones, wood, and metallic elements) and humans (who recognize the potential in that raw state and refine it in different ways) to create beauty in our world.

The name I choose, NightGardenDesign, comes from the English translation of my twin daughters’ Arabic names – Leila, “leyl” means “night” or “dark beauty”, and Jenan which means “garden”, as in the Garden of Eden or paradise. Night gardens are rare (which is the meaning of my name, Nadra), beautiful, fragrant, and somewhat mysterious. I love all those connotations and the feeling that my daughters are with me every day in my work. I hope that my designs give you as much pleasure as I have enjoyed in creating them.

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  • Nadra Holmes

    Owner, Designer

    Welcome! My name is Nadra Holmes and I live in New York City. I love to work with semi-precious gems, wood, bone, horn and unusual sterling silver and goldfill materials, and I also do custom work, remaking older jewelry, up-cycling them in new ways!

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Last updated on October 27, 2015

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
It’s important to me that you be happy with your purchase! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me and I will do my best to resolve the issue.

Returns and exchanges are accepted within 14 days of the shipping date. In the case of a return, I will give a full refund (minus shipping fees) upon receipt of the returned item.

If you would like to make a return, please convo me to let me know before doing so.
I accept payment through Etsy's Direct Checkout or PayPal -- Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and Etsy Gift Cards are all acceptable.

Note: If using PayPal, you do not need to be a member of PayPal, simply select the guest option when checking out.

If you're new to Etsy here is a helpful guide to checkout:
Your order will be promptly shipped within 2-3 business days after confirmation of payment.

For shipping I use USPS Priority Mail for all orders, which charges one flat rate. This means if you order more than one item, you will not be charged any additional shipping fees. Priority Mail automatically includes up to $50 Insurance. Additional insurance can be added to your package, in which case applicable charges will be added to your invoice.

USPS estimates US Priority Mail delivery time to take 1-3 business days. This is usually very accurate.

Priority Mail allows you to track your package and confirms when the package has been delivered. I will send you the tracking number for your records. Please note that I am not accountable for any delays or lost packages caused by the postal service.

If you are interested in International Shipping, please contact me and I will determine whether or not I will be able to ship to your country.

International orders will be shipped using USPS Priority Mail International which charges one flat rate. This means if you order more than one item, you will not be charged any additional shipping fees.

USPS estimates International Priority Mail delivery time to take 6-10 days.

Important Note for International Orders: International buyers are responsible for any and all Customs Fees, VAT, or import taxes & any additional postage fees. Please note that I am not accountable for any delays or lost packages caused by the postal service.
In the rare case of an item arriving damaged, please:
• Photograph the box it was shipped in
• Photograph the item
• Send photographs to me. I will need those photos to register a claim with shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
How do I keep my jewelry from tarnishing?

Keep in mind that the more you wear a piece, the less it will tarnish. When tarnishing does occur, use a polishing cloth (I prefer the Sunshine Cloth) regularly to keep your jewelry looking new. Keeping your jewelry in an air-tight bag such as a ziplock will slow the tarnishing process as well. It is also helpful to enclose an anti-tarnishing strip with the piece.

What is the difference between sterling silver and fine silver?

Sterling silver is an alloy consisting of .925 pure silver and .075 another metal, usually copper. Fine silver is .95 to .99 pure silver, with the remainder consisting of impurities that are close to impossible to remove from the metal.

Is gold plate the same as gold filled?

No, absolutely not!

Gold plating is a miniscule layer of solid gold applied to a brass base. The coating is very thin and because it’s not permanently bonded to the base material, can easily chip off or wear away, exposing the brass base. The plating does not compose any measurable proportion of the product’s total weight. It is estimated to be 0.05% or less of the metal product.

By comparison, gold-filled items are regulated by the government and must contain 5% gold by weight. Gold-filled is usually a lifetime product because the gold layer bonded to the brass, rhodium, or sterling silver core is quite thick. The quantity of gold must be at least 1/20th by weight of the total product. Because the gold is permanently bonded to the brass, you can expect the gold to last forever and not wear or chip away. Anyone who has allergic reactions to materials other than gold, can safely wear gold filled jewelry.