Announcement All of our jewelry is handmade by Dan, a master goldsmith and gemsetter, from recycled metals and conflict-free stones. We specialize in hand forged and handcrafted wedding bands of platinum, palladium, 14k, 18k, 21k and 22k yellow gold, white gold and rose gold. Thank you for visiting our shop!
All of our jewelry is handmade by Dan, a master goldsmith and gemsetter, from recycled metals and conflict-free stones. We specialize in hand forged and handcrafted wedding bands of platinum, palladium, 14k, 18k, 21k and 22k yellow gold, white gold and rose gold. Thank you for visiting our shop!
mcgee662 on Oct 19, 2016
The ring we received is a true work of art! We asked for an expedited order and it was done quickly and expediently. I highly recommend the store and the jewelry they produce. So absolutely beautiful and such a pleasure to work with.
shobby19 on Oct 13, 2016
Wow! We are so impressed...Dan is an unbelievable craftsman! We love our rings! Laura was an absolute pleasure to work with and kept us apprised throughout the process. Amazing communication and care! It can be a little nerve-racking ordering something like this online but Ravens Refuge was worth every penny and then some! Very high quality! Thank you both!
Dan is one of those rare people who always knew exactly what he wanted to do: become a master goldsmith. As a young boy, he had a penchant for skipping school so that he could flatten pennies on the railroad tracks of Wyoming. His attendance was better in high school, where he could take welding for credit -- and he became the state welding champion. When Dan finished high school, he hopped on a bus to Portland, where he knew he could find an apprenticeship with a jeweler, and he never looked back.
Now having worked with metals and gems for over 30 years, Dan is a master goldsmith, platinumsmith and gemsetter, and a perfectionist of the highest order. It is difficult to pull Dan away from his bench -- it's where he's happiest... and his idea of the perfect vacation? Digging for diamonds in Arkansas!
We welcome custom inquiries, but please know that we currently have a limited amount of time that can be devoted to more intricate custom work such as engagement rings. You can view a few of Dan's prior custom projects at www.flickr.com/photos/ravensrefuge/ (or on facebook under "ravens refuge"). He also does a fantastic job with organic casting.
More information and a compilation of our hammering styles, as well as a gallery of a small portion of Dan's prior work, is available at our website: www.ravensrefuge.com.
We purchase our precious metals from a local refinery that deals entirely in recycled metals. We purchase our gems only from suppliers that pledge to sell conflict free stones.
We alloy all of our gold in our shop and we handmill all of our own stock.
Our business philosophy is simple: provide an excellent product with personal attention at a reasonable price.
My name is Laura. I'm promoting Dan's art on Etsy and busy being the mother of our two beautiful little girls. I answer our inquiries as soon as possible, take all of our photos, and help Dan out at the studio whenever I get the chance.
We are always adding new items to our little nook of Etsy -- so please check back with us to see more of Dan's wonderful creations.
We hope that we will be able to provide you with jewelry that will be treasured for generations. Thank you for visiting our shop.
Dan & Laura
We strive to create pieces that the owner will treasure, and we welcome custom orders.
If you are considering ordering wedding bands from us, please order early!!! We have ONE GUY -- Dan, a perfectionist -- doing everything from alloying the gold to rolling it out to forging and finishing the rings. Our queue is getting longer and longer...
PLEASE NOTE: Our queue is based on the order in which deposits / payments are made. We are happy to take installments on any of our items in whatever increments work for you. A deposit will get your order into our queue.
Our ability to accommodate rush orders may be dependent upon whether we happen to have stock on hand that already is rolled out in the requested dimensions. This isn't a frequent occurrence, as we roll out our stock to order.
If we don't have stock on hand, our ability to accommodate rush orders will depend on whether Dan is able to work longer hours at the studio so that orders in our day-to-day queue will not be delayed. In these circumstances, we charge a rush fee.
Accepted payment methods
- Money Order
For special orders, we typically require a 50% deposit up front, with the balance due upon completion (prior to shipping). We are happy to take installments for any of our items, as well, with whatever increments work for you. A deposit will get your order into our queue.
If you would like to change your order after Dan has started working on it (or after you've received it), there will be a labor charge dependent on time spent.
If you would like to pay with a personal check, please contact us prior to purchasing. In the event that we agree to payment with a personal check, the check will be held for two weeks prior to shipment of the item.
All domestic orders will ship via USPS Priority Mail. This generally takes two to three days for delivery, but there is no guarantee on a delivery date. If you are concerned about timing, please ask us for a quote on expedited delivery. Shipping costs vary from $6 to $50 for domestic shipping via Priority Mail, depending on price of the item purchased. This includes shipping, insurance and tracking.
International orders will ship for between $40 and $120, depending on cost of the item purchased. International orders generally are shipped via USPS Express or UPS International.
**International customers, please note that it is not permissible to mail jewelry via US mail to all countries. For some countries, we may need to resort to a FedEx or UPS shipping service & these services generally cost between $75 & $150. Insurance and tracking is included.
**International customers, please remember that you will be responsible for customs charges!
Items will be gift-boxed and sent in a priority box or padded mailer.
Refunds and Exchanges
For listed items, exchanges or full refunds may be made if the item is returned in original, unworn condition within 7 days of delivery. Special orders may be returned within 7 days of delivery for store credit only. (Basic bands may be returned for a full refund, even if dimensions have been customized outside of our listed items.) A labor charge for the special ordered ring will be deducted from the store credit.
Rush orders that we are able to accommodate will be returnable for store credit only. A labor charge for the rush ordered ring will be deducted from the store credit.
If we consider the sale to be final, we will notify you prior to setting up your deposit listing. Shipping costs will not be refunded.
If two rings are ordered with the clear intent of returning one and keeping the other, there will be a labor fee of $100 for the ring returned. Our return policy is meant to alleviate the concerns that arise when ordering jewelry sight unseen over the Internet. (Dan makes all of our rings specifically for the person ordering. We lose labor time when rings are ordered, for example, simply for the purpose of trying on with engagement rings.)
All jewelry must be paid for within one year of the initial deposit. In the event that an item is ordered and payment is completed six months or later from the time of the initial deposit, any requested refund will incur either a 10% restocking fee for items over $1000 in price or a $100 restocking fee for items less than $1000 in price. Shipping costs will not be refunded.
QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP IS GUARANTEED. Though we hope it will not be necessary, if your piece needs to be repaired due to faulty workmanship, we certainly will repair it free of charge. In the event that your piece requires repair due to normal wear, we will repair it at minimal cost in addition to shipping costs.
Any and all warranties related to workmanship and resizing will be void if another jeweler has worked on our jewelry.
Additional policies and FAQs
We purchase our metals from a local refinery that deals entirely in recycled metals. We purchase our gems only from suppliers who pledge to sell conflict-free stones. We alloy all of our metal in our shop and we hand-mill all of our own stock.
Please visit www.ravensrefuge.com to find more information and a photo compilation of our hammering styles, as well as to view a gallery of Dan's past work. You are also welcome to contact us directly at ravensrefuge [!at] gmail.com.
We apologize for any inconvenience, but we are no longer working with our customers' materials.
Dan uses only precious metals in his work. Due to fluctuations in the metal markets, our prices are subject to change without notice.