SandraDesigns

UNIQUE HANDMADE JEWELRY INSPIRED BY WORLD TRAVELS

California, United States · 352 Sales

SandraDesigns

UNIQUE HANDMADE JEWELRY INSPIRED BY WORLD TRAVELS

California, United States 352 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(239)

Announcement   Welcome to my shop featuring my exclusive, one-of-a-kind handcrafted art jewelry inspired by living and traveling around the world, and from the unique beads and fascinating cultural components I select for my jewelry. I call my pieces story-telling jewelry because most have an interesting story.

SALE SECTION - 50% off original listed Etsy price. I occasionally run "Etsy on Sale" for a section at 20% off.

ALL REPEAT BUYERS get a 10% discount on future purchases on everything in my shop, except half price items. You'll receive a coupon code to use with your next purchase(s).

I use good quality beads and fabulous pendants, many ethnic, some antiques, which are strung on the best stringing wire - SoftFlex. Most of my chains and findings (clasps, earring wires, etc.) are sterling silver or gold vermeil (a heavy coating of gold over sterling silver.)

My jewelry is/was found in galleries and boutiques, and the gift shops of several museums including, among others, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Mingei International Museum, the Huntington in Pasadena, and the Women's Museum of California. I have been chosen hundreds of times by other Etsy sellers and buyers for their treasuries. To view these treasuries, click on my favorites then click on treasuries.

I hope you enjoy viewing and wearing my jewelry that I have created in my smoke-free, pet-free environment. My one-of-a-kind (OOAK) pieces will enhance your individuality and help you stand out in a crowd of sameness. I welcome all conversations with questions or requests.

I INVITE YOU TO TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH MY JEWELRY!

Announcement
Last updated on May 1, 2016

Welcome to my shop featuring my exclusive, one-of-a-kind handcrafted art jewelry inspired by living and traveling around the world, and from the unique beads and fascinating cultural components I select for my jewelry. I call my pieces story-telling jewelry because most have an interesting story.

SALE SECTION - 50% off original listed Etsy price. I occasionally run "Etsy on Sale" for a section at 20% off.

ALL REPEAT BUYERS get a 10% discount on future purchases on everything in my shop, except half price items. You'll receive a coupon code to use with your next purchase(s).

I use good quality beads and fabulous pendants, many ethnic, some antiques, which are strung on the best stringing wire - SoftFlex. Most of my chains and findings (clasps, earring wires, etc.) are sterling silver or gold vermeil (a heavy coating of gold over sterling silver.)

My jewelry is/was found in galleries and boutiques, and the gift shops of several museums including, among others, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Mingei International Museum, the Huntington in Pasadena, and the Women's Museum of California. I have been chosen hundreds of times by other Etsy sellers and buyers for their treasuries. To view these treasuries, click on my favorites then click on treasuries.

I hope you enjoy viewing and wearing my jewelry that I have created in my smoke-free, pet-free environment. My one-of-a-kind (OOAK) pieces will enhance your individuality and help you stand out in a crowd of sameness. I welcome all conversations with questions or requests.

I INVITE YOU TO TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH MY JEWELRY!

Sandra Francour

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5 out of 5 stars
(239)
Charllene Wang

Charllene Wang on Jul 20, 2016

4 out of 5 stars

I'm an experienced online shopper, I purchase almost everything online, but I still miss one or two occasionally. It is very different to shop on Etsy than to shop on Amazon, where returns are always acceptable. Pay close attention to all the details of the product description page. Take out your ruler and make a sample if possible to get a better idea of the item. Some sellers provide picture of the item on a life model, but keep in mind that model might not be in your size, so the item might look different on her than on you. Ask the seller to provide more pictures of the item in a different lighting if needed. Even with measurements and photos provided, the actual product might still not be what you expected, which is just the drawback of online shopping, so purchase 1 item to test it out if it’s your 1st purchase.

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About

Unique, handcrafted jewelry inspired by world travels and the fascinating beads, antique pieces, and cultural components I select for my designs.

My passion is creating jewelry as wearable art by combining natural, ethnic, antique and contemporary elements. The study of beads has given me an understanding of the impact of hundreds of years of trade among cultures - along the Silk Road in Asia, trade beads sent to Africa from Bohemia, or by ships blown by the tradewinds between continents.

Over the years, I, too, have been blown by the tradewinds, living, working (teaching) and traveling abroad including a summer in Europe during college; two years in the Peace Corps in the Philippines, followed by six months of traveling throughout Asia; a month-long trip across North Africa in a Land Rover; seven years in Canada (while married to a Canadian); several trips throughout most of Europe; a cruise around southern South America; a year-and-a-half working in Iran (ah, the beauty and sensuality of Persian culture!), traveling in the Middle East and Russia; several trips in Mexico and the Caribbean; and three years working in Japan which included extensive travel throughout fabulous Asia again. All these cultures made indelible impressions that you will see reflected in my jewelry.

Returning to the States from Iran, I completed an MBA and ran my own business in Boston for nine years – personal image consulting and a women’s boutique specializing in beautiful handcrafted accessories. I honed my business skills and learned much about style, color, line, scale and texture, all elements of design.

Prior to my move to the San Diego area, I lived in the San Francisco Bay area where I worked for 12 years as a development director (fundraising) for several nonprofits including a famous ballet company, Big Brothers Big Sisters, a French-American School, and a well-known Buddhist meditation retreat center.

How did I begin making jewelry? Well... I had two little silver charms I had bought in Tibet and wanted them made into a pair of earrings. I went into our local bead store and asked if they could do it. They said we don’t make jewelry for customers but we give classes so you can learn how to do it yourself. So 9 years ago, I began taking jewelry classes and making jewelry - and the passion began.

My jewelry has appeared in galleries, boutiques and several museum gift shops including the San Diego Museum of Art, the Mingei International Museum, The Women’s Museum of California and the Huntington in Pasadena. Over the past 9 years, I have received very positive feedback from my customers, at art shows, and now on Etsy.

Some comments heard from clients:
“I’ve never seen anything so unusual and interesting.”
“You have such a good eye for design and color.”
“... so unique, not something you’d find at Macy’s or Bloomies or Nordstrom.”
“You have the best jewelry in the show.”
“I get so many compliments every time I wear your piece.”
“My mother/sister/wife/friend loved the jewelry I bought from you for her.”
“I loved the pieces I bought for gifts so much, I kept most of them for myself!”
“You’re such a creative, talented artist.”

The uniqueness of my jewelry designs and the wonderful cultural components I choose will add a real flair to your look and make you stand out in a world of sameness.

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  • Sandra Francour

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I’ve lived and worked 2 years in the Philippines in the Peace Corps in the mid 60s, in Iran in the late 70s and 3 years in Japan in the early 90s. I’ve been a teacher, a boutique owner and a development director (fundraising) for several nonprofits.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 31, 2016
Welcome and thank you for visiting my shop! I want to make it as easy and satisfying as possible for you to view and purchase my work on Etsy. Buying jewelry is very personal and I understand how difficult it can be to purchase something of value online without seeing it in person. So please contact me if you would like any additional information or photos about a piece. I welcome the opportunity to communicate with you! I'm sure you will be pleased with your purchase.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept Etsy Direct Checkout, PayPal payments, and Etsy gift cards.

Reserved Orders: I'm happy to reserve a listing for you but payment must be received within 3 days of intent to purchase, or 3 days after a new shipping fee has been determined, or the reserve will be removed.

Installment Payment is available: I offer the option of paying for your purchase in 2 installments. Please contact me if you would like this option. Half of the purchase price + shipping is due first, and the remaining half can be paid up to 30 days later, after which your purchase will be shipped. **Please choose this option carefully as your initial payment is not refundable after the first 7 days.**
Shipping
I SHIP FROM SAN DIEGO WITHIN THE US AND INTERNATIONALLY. I usually go to the US post office once a week (I'm a bit disabled), sometimes twice if I have a lot of orders. All shipments will be sent via United States Postal Service (USPS).

I SHIP MOST ITEMS IN A SMALL FLAT RATE PRIORITY MAIL BOX (automatically includes tracking number and $50 insurance) unless otherwise noted. Small items will be sent in a small padded envelope. I will combine items for cheaper shipping, but if you are purchasing more than one large item (some of my necklaces are quite large), they won't fit in a small flat rate priority mail box. Contact me first and we can decide how to proceed.

If not small box flat rate Priority Mail, I try to ESTIMATE USPS fees for first class mail but there are many variables (weight, size, distance, packing materials, etc.) If there is more than a $3 difference, I will issue a partial refund or send you an nvoice for the additional cost which I expect you to pay upon receipt. For a more accurate estimate, give me your US zip code BEFORE purchasing.

***INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING NOTICE*** USPS International Priority Mail greatly increased in January 2016 and does NOT include a tracking number or insurance. To get a tracking number, you must pay for Priority Express Mail which is even more expensive. In most cases, FIRST CLASS International Mail will be CHEAPER. IMPORTANT: If you want First Class (not priority mail), you must give me your country of destination BEFORE purchasing. I must prepare the package first and weigh it for a more accurate estimate before I go to the post office.

INSURANCE: I don't insure items unless requested. The additional cost of insurance in the US is paid by the buyer before the item is shipped - notify me before you purchase if you want insurance and I’ll let you know the cost.

 I would recommend insurance on pieces around $100 and more. I CANNOT be responsible for damaged or lost goods if you have not purchased insurance.

DAMAGED AND LOST GOODS: I wrap everything well, and am not responsible for goods once a package enters the postal system, especially international shipping. Priority Mail in the US includes $50 insurance and allows us to track shipments so if something is lost or broken, I'll provide any tracking information, dates or address information needed.
Refunds and Exchanges
It is important to me that you are happy with your purchase. If for some reason you feel the piece has been misrepresented, please contact me within the first 3 days of receiving your package, before you do any feedback. If your reason is valid, I will refund you the amount that you have paid minus a $5 restocking fee on items over $25 and the shipping fee. You are responsible for the cost of your return shipment. You must return the order in the same condition as received. Once I receive the order, I will send you a refund.

**There are NO returns on SALE items from the 50% discount SALE SECTION.** These items are not defective but I've had them for a long time.
If something is on sale with a 10% or 20% discount, we may be able to work out an exchange for something of equal or greater value. Contact me for details.
Additional policies and FAQs
As all my work is one-of-a-kind, I never reproduce a piece exactly the same. It is not usually possible to make changes to a piece. Depending on the design, I can sometimes make a necklace or bracelet shorter or add a few links to make it longer. Occasionally, if I still have the same or similar beads, I can make a piece longer or make earrings if they are not already included. Sometimes an extender can be added to certain types of clasps to make the necklace longer. A small fee may apply. Please contact me with any questions about changes.

CUSTOM ORDER If you have an interesting component or a design idea that you would like made into a necklace, contact me with the information and a photo, and perhaps I can design something special for you. A downpayment is required in advance.

Positive feedback (now called Reviews) on items received is greatly appreciated! This is important to me and other buyers who like to know what to expect. To leave a review, go to "your account" upper right, scroll down to "purchases and reviews", find the order, click on the fifth star, and leave a comment or two. I really appreciate positive reviews. You will find I have excellent reviews.