Kayla Higbee on Mar 28, 2016
I adore this ring so much! I get compliments on it all the time and it's my favorite piece of jewelry I've ever owned! Peggie was a joy to work with and kept me updated on the process of the ring, which she made custom for me since she'd just sold the one online. An amazing seller with amazing products! HIGHLY recommended!
bkswanny74 on Mar 16, 2016
This is Brandon's girlfriend. He gave me this ring for Valentine's Day, so I'm writing the review. I really love this ring!! It's dainty but not too small and really comfortable to wear. All of your jewelry looks beautiful, and I might have to buy more!!
Daydreams of metals and gemstones...
As a twenty-something, I was fortunate to be hired to manage a small, independent, art and custom-design jewelry store in Los Gatos, California. The owner was a master goldsmith from Scotland and he offered to teach me jewelrymaking if I was interested. It's now more than 30 years later, and I'm still interested.
Since my first days as an apprentice, I have learned and perfected many skills used in crafting jewelry. I like them all, but my favorite techniques are those used to work directly in metal. The best of them all is forging metal on anvils. I like the sound, the feel of the hammer in my hand, the way the metal can be moved, shaped or patterned by the hammer strokes. It’s unfortunate that not everyone enjoys the sound of metal being hammered. It’s not something you can do at midnight, if you live near other people.
I've often been asked, "Where do you get your inspiration?" No, I'm not going to say nature. I'm very fond of nature. I live in the Pacific Northwest. Nature is everywhere. What's not to like? But I am genuinely inspired most by the items on my workbench. When I’m working at my bench, (or sometimes when I SHOULD be working at my bench), I find myself playing with the random pieces of metal and gemstones that are scattered about. I place a half-formed piece from an old project against a leftover piece from a recently finished project and suddenly there’s a new idea for a necklace link, or a ring, or a pendant, or…
I’ve always worked this way, and I used to feel guilty that I spent so much time “playing” instead of completing my assignments. But I’ve come to understand that it is the “playing” and the “daydreams” which offer the greatest potential for new ideas. I truly love making jewelry, and as long as I remain open to seeing old familiar shapes in a new way, jewelrymaking will always be joyful. After more than 30 years, I still look forward to spending the day at my bench!
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I learned to make jewelry by being in the right place at the right time. In college my major was music, so naturally I ended up becoming a Metalsmith!
What is Goldfill you ask? It's a terrific metal that has been around since 1817. Many of the old "antique gold" pocket watches and lockets from the early 20th century are actually not solid gold, but are made of goldfill. If you imagine a drinking straw, made of solid 14K gold, with the hollow part of the straw filled with an alloy of metals, (silver, copper, brass) you would have a basic idea of how goldfill is constructed. Goldfill does not "wear away", like gold plating does. It is a strong and beautiful metal. Goldfill is priced based on the gold market, so it is a more expensive metal than sterling, but gives you the beauty of solid gold at a more affordable price.
Limited Production Jewelry: Some of the designs I make are what is called "Limited Production". This means that I make that particular design in both Sterling Silver and 14K Goldfill and I make somewhere between six and a dozen of that particular design at one time. I indicate in my descriptions whether an item is a one of a kind or a limited production design. Because I make some of my jewelry (mostly rings, bangles, and bracelets) in small quantities (Limited Production), rather than one at a time, it helps to bring the cost down on those items, because labor costs are reduced by making several at one time. All of my Limited Production jewelry is still made by hand, and as such, no two items will ever be exactly the same, and there will never be huge quantities of these items available. I make these items for my Etsy shop and for the art shows I participate in each year here in Portland, Oregon.
If I can answer any other questions, please feel free to ask by clicking on the "contact" link on the left side of this page.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: I will be happy to ship your purchase internationally. I use First Class International for all shipments outside the US. The US Postal Service advises that average delivery time outside the U.S. is 1 to 2 weeks, excluding week-ends. As with Domestic shipments, you can request Priority or Global Express shipment if you need your item as quickly as possible. I will send you an invoice for the additional shipping costs. If your country requires a any special taxes or fees for purchases made from the US, those fees/taxes will be the responsibility of the purchaser. I cannot estimate those costs for you. You will have to contact your postal service to get an idea of what fees or taxes might apply to your purchase.
PACKAGING: I will ship your jewelry in a metallic or velvet cloth pouch inside a colorful cotton-stuffed box, packed safely and carefully, and will include a jewelry-sized plastic bag to keep your jewelry in when not in use (to keep tarnish in check). I also include a "surprise" in each package. If this is a gift, I can add a gift card if you wish, just let me know.
SHIPPING COSTS FOR 2014 WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
Shipments anywhere in the US: $ 2.00
Shipments to Canada or Mexico: $ 5.00
Shipments everywhere else: $ 7.00
Refunds and Exchanges
I don't normally refund your purchase for a commissioned or custom piece of jewelry. I will have an extended conversation with you regarding your custom order prior to my making your jewelry. I ask for a down payment on any custom orders, just to cover materials cost, etc. I will send you photos of the finished piece before you make the final payment. I take the time to do this, so that we are both certain that you are getting the special piece of jewelry that you want.
There are always extenuating circumstances, so once again I will say talk to me - let's try to work something out. If I do accept the custom or commissioned piece for refund, there will be a return fee of 20% to 50% which will be deducted from your purchase price. This will help defray a portion of the expenses I incur to make your custom or commissioned piece. No shipping charges will be refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
CLEANING: I also offer lifetime polishing/cleaning services for my jewelry - if your necklace or ring or bangle or ?? just looks dull and dirty, you can send it to me (you pay shipping), and I will polish and clean it and make it look brand new again and I'll send it back to you (I'll pay return shipping). I just recently polished several pieces for a client from 1986, and the jewelry still looks terrific. You can clean your jewelry at home without fear that you will harm the metal. Use a cleaner that states it is made for sterling or gold, and always rinse the piece well. Goldfill will tarnish (it will look dull and "brassy" in color), as will sterling - because of exposure to the air. The same cleaners that are used for sterling will be fine for cleaning goldfill. Be very careful in using any commercial metal cleaners on gemstones. Diamonds can handle most any cleaner, other stones, not so much. Pearls, for example, should not be cleaned with any commercial cleaner that is not specified a "pearl" cleaner. When in doubt, clean only the metal with jewelry cleaner and use a mild liquid soap and water on gemstones. When you're not wearing your jewelry, store it in an airtight container (like a plastic bag), and you'll keep tarnish away for a long time.