Announcement Traditional artisan metalwork and beaded jewelry, little treasures handmade one-at-a-time with careful attention to detail. Find me also at Petaluna Jewelry Design on Facebook and Instagram! ** It's early December and not an ideal time for me to be taking a break, but due to some health issues, I'm not taking any custom orders or doing made-to-order items right now, unless you can wait a bit, in which case you can feel free to convo with questions! :) I do hope to be up and running by the first of the year if not sooner.
Traditional artisan metalwork and beaded jewelry, little treasures handmade one-at-a-time with careful attention to detail. Find me also at Petaluna Jewelry Design on Facebook and Instagram! ** It's early December and not an ideal time for me to be taking a break, but due to some health issues, I'm not taking any custom orders or doing made-to-order items right now, unless you can wait a bit, in which case you can feel free to convo with questions! :) I do hope to be up and running by the first of the year if not sooner.
DanaVM on Jan 3, 2017
Love this necklace. Bought it as a gift for my sister, and was sad to have to give it away. My sister loved it though! Thank you!
cafrancisco on Nov 15, 2016
Just a wonderful necklace, unique design and unique materials as well. The carnelian drop really stands out next to the silver pendant and turquoise beads. I am so delighted with the look of the reclaimed steel beads that make up much of the necklace. Truly a work of art. Thanks so much!
mountainheifer on Nov 15, 2016
I absolutely love my earrings! I requested for a pair to be made to wear at my daughter's wedding. They came in plenty to time so that I could wear them. I have been wearing them non stop before and after the wedding. Thank you so very much.
Hammering away in the studio....
I’ve always been more focused on the micro-world; textures, tiny precious things, the universe under our feet, and objects from nature and urban life that fit in the palm of the hand for contemplation. I've been making stuff as long as I can remember, and I can't imagine a non-creative life, it always comes out somewhere.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wayne State University in Detroit and studied drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, but ultimately felt pulled toward metalsmithing and jewelry design because I love the intimacy and scale of small, personal and precious objects worn on the body, and the way humans have been decorating themselves across time and cultures.
I like to see the mark of the maker in handcrafted jewelry, though I have a leaning toward “refined rustic” because I’m still a bit of a detail freak when it comes to finishes. Inspiration can come from anywhere, but I'm often drawn to Eastern motifs, antique textiles and botanicals, and I like incorporating stones, beads, old and ancient things, and found objects in both delicate and bolder statement jewelry. A recent interest in turquoise, Native American design stamps, and larger stones has taken me in a new direction, as well. Always in evolution, as it should be.
I hope you find something here that you love!
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I enjoy the creative process, and I REALLY love manipulating metal and making jewelry!
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- Accepts Etsy gift cards
All jewelry and packaging comes to you from a smoke-free studio.
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: Please be aware that your country may charge taxes and import duties on your purchase, which is out of my hands and a buyer's responsibility. They are different for every country, and unfortunately it's impossible for me to know what those costs might be. There are some online calculators that might help you get an idea if you don't know your import fees: Here is one: http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/
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Additional policies and FAQs
Please don't wear your jewelry in the shower, swimming, etc. Silver and other metal jewelry, including my pieces with the antique French steel beads, will store best in air-tight containers, away from moisture and humidity. Ziploc bags are not glamorous, but work very well to significantly slow the natural oxidation process. A polishing cloth pre-charged with a fine polishing compound can be used to buff the surface of silver and other metal, but gently on items that have a decorative "antiqued" patina, particularly in the recessed areas, and best to avoid the gemstones. For pieces set with cabochon stones, especially the transparent and semi-transparent variety, I recommend avoiding running them under water or submerging in any liquid, as water does love to work it's way where you don't want it, such as behind a stone.
If you have a damage or breakage issue with your jewelry, I am an e-mail away. I will do repairs free of charge if your jewelry fails under normal wear (meaning you take reasonably good care of your jewelry and don't abuse it). For damage beyond normal wear (breakage from cute little grabbing baby fists, yanked to bits in a bar fight, left it on the train tracks, etc.), I will do my best to attempt repair if it's fixable, but depending on the extent of damage and missing parts, there would be fees for part replacement and labor in that case. For the record, I've only had to do one repair, and that was a leather necklace worn 24/7, including in the shower, which I don't recommend.
CUSTOM ORDER POLICIES:
If you have an idea for something you’d like based on other jewelry you’ve seen in my shop, as in a variation on an existing design, please feel free to convo with questions, we may be able to make it happen! Since I need as much work time in the studio as possible, I’m happy to devote up to 20 minutes free of charge toward discussing your custom piece through convos or e-mails so that we both get an idea whether your project is something I can create for you. (Typically this is more than sufficient.) Beyond that 20 minutes, should you decide to go ahead with your custom order, I do have to add an extra fee for further requested design work and discussions to be included in the total balance for your finished jewelry.
Upon your approval of the design, I will begin your jewelry piece after pre-payment of a 50% non-refundable deposit, unless you’d like to purchase in full at that time. Because of the nature of the material I work with and frequent one-of-a-kind designs, it can sometimes be difficult to accurately calculate price until a piece is finished, so please allow for up to a 20% variation in cost by project completion.
When the project is finished, the balance is due in full, and I will send photos for final approval. Please understand that deposits for custom orders are non-refundable, since I’ve committed hours of work and materials to making something specifically for you. It’s important to me that you love your jewelry, and I make every effort to solidify the design plan with you before beginning so that we have a good meeting of the minds on what you want for the final outcome. So far I’ve had great results and happy customers.
ABOUT RING SIZING:
Some, though not all, of my ring designs can be made to order in the size requested, or we can do something similar with a different stone. For wide bands I recommend going up 1/4 to 1/2 from your normal size, since they fit tighter. One thing to take into consideration is whether your fingers tend to swell with seasons or hormonal changes, and your rings may fit differently at different times. If you are at all unsure of your ring size, I recommending having it checked at a local jeweler for both types of bands. This is more reliable than printed paper cutouts. Finishing a ring to your specific size is considered a non-refundable custom order unless discussed otherwise.
I do occasionally wholesale some of my jewelry, though at this time I am not scaled to do it volume. Please convo if you have a brick and mortar store and are interested in wholesale purchasing.