TahoeJewelryandArt's Shop Announcement

Art jewelry in silver, copper and gold using traditional metalsmithing methods with simple, contemporary lines in the American Spirit with quality, love, beauty and personal attention - proud to be a craftsman working in the the USA. Did I say I love what I do - Making beauty out of simple materials? All items come wrapped for gift giving .....drawstring bag, box and velvet ribbon. My Made in the USA brown Kraft Jewelry boxes are 80% recycled paper content. My 100% nylon velvet ribbon is a soft and re tie velvet. Lake Tahoe jewelry is designed for an active lifestyle from day to evening.

My jewelry is sold at the Nevada Museum of Art gift shop in Reno, Nevada. A piece of my art from my other shop - RiverLilyArt has been purchased for the ETSY Collection in San Francisco. It is a weaving similar to those in my shop.

Rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces are all made by me, an artist, metalsmith and painter as well. I buy locally cut stones when available. I purchase recycled precious metals from a company who is a certified member of the Responsible Jewelry Council. That means the majority of the metals are recycled or from mines that adhere to responsible practices. My goal is to make lasting and affordable, beautiful hand forged jewelry which has also had as small an environmental and social impact on our planet as I can accomplish. If it is worth doing. it is worth doing well with lasting materials and beautiful design. I use Opals, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and other semi-precious to precious stones.

Please take a moment to learn more about Tahoe Jewelry and Art, this Etsy storefront, on my About page.

See my "About" page and my second Etsy shop - RiverLilyArt at
I have been making things all my life and I did all of this myself! It pleases me so much if you take a look at my work because I live to do this, as well as care for many animals, indoor cats and outside creatures, plant life and wonderful husband.

To go to my personal website and "Nance's Designers Life Blog" go to

All jewelry comes with a quality drawstring bag and is packaged in a recycled paper, manilla Kraft Box with velvet ribbon for gift giving.

Shipping First Class Insured in the USA is offered on smaller items such as earrings or Sale items. I make everything myself and so I take extra care it arrives to you in a beautiful condition. Therefore, I package with boxes to protect items. Priority Mail Shipping. (2–3 business days) which includes insurance and tracking is another small upgrade for faster delivery. Many hand made items I create cannot be duplicated if lost so I insure and add tracking.

On International shipping charges - For International buyers please note. If you are concerned about any taxes and duties your country may charge for your shipment, please use this link to get an estimate prior to ordering.

I want returns to be easy for you and will accept unworn pieces for up to 1 week from receiving the merchandise. I hope if there is a problem that we can work out something so you will be 100% satisfied. The shipping costs will not be refunded. Please inform me within 48 hours of your intentions to return the piece.

Because a large majority of work in my shop is custom made to order after purchase, these items are usually not returnable for a full refund. Each item you request with a specific stone, design change or size is made by hand after you order and may not be able to be resold. Be sure to read my returns policy thoroughly and ask any questions in advance if you are ordering a custom made to order item. All items are described with sizes of stones, thickness of materials etc. If you don't understand any part of my description I am happy to answer all questions to avoid a return and restocking fee of your purchase.

I offer upgraded shipping if you need your jewelry faster but please allow up to 2 weeks for custom work to be created. I ship in 1 to 3 business days if the item is available jewelry.

I am happy to reserve pieces for up to 4 weeks, but please note that all reserves are subject to a deposit. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

You may purchase with PayPal or Direct Deposit through ETSY. Paypal is super easy to use, secure and you don't even have to have an account, you can simply pay with your credit card. Direct Deposit is just as simple. I do not see your credit card information with either method.

Custom Orders are usually non-returnable as they are made just for your size or personalized with initials. I will do everything possible to make certain you are satisfied.

It is important to me with the purchases, so, if for any reason you are not satisfied with your item, contact me and I will do my best to remedy the situation.
I consider the sale complete once I hear back from you that the item arrived safe and sound and you are happy! If you go to Purchases you will see a place with 5 stars where you may leave a review. I want you to love what I created for you!

GOLD and SILVER MARKINGS - What you need to know about precious metals.
Because gold is so costly, if the item you are purchasing isn't expensive - Buyer Beware. If it is costly, make certain they are calling it what it actually is such as Vermeil which is 24K plated gold, not solid gold. The term 1/20 or 1/10 10K, 12K, 14K has to deal with the government regulation of the amount of gold that must be in a piece of jewelry. This is Gold-filled jewelry. I will always list "gold-filled" if it is indeed gold-filled.

STERLING SILVER is a mixture of pure silver and some other metal, usually copper. The resulting alloy gives the silver strength. The standard is at least 92.5% silver. Therefore, the .925 stamp you see on some sterling silver items. I most often make my jewelry of Sterling Silver.

FINE SILVER is usually 99.9% Pure Silver. Because of this it is soft and cannot be used in long wearing items such as rings. I use it for monogram charms with sterling silver jump rings.

ARGENTIUM STERLING SILVER is a modern sterling silver alloy which modifies the traditional alloy (92.5% silver + 7.5% copper) by replacing some of the copper with the germanium. As it contains at least 92.5% silver content of the traditional alloy, it is still referred to as sterling silver. Argentium silver 960 is a high purity jewelry alloy that meets the hallmarking requirements for the U.K. Britannia standard. The 960 alloy modifies the conventional Britannia silver composition (95.84 silver, balance copper) with the addition of germanium. You will see some Argentium silver but it is still new. I offer Argentium Silver ear wires on some of my earrings. You may request it for ear wires. I also offer Niobium, a non-reactive metal on some of my earrings if requested for people with sensitivities.

What are the differences between gold-plated, gold vermeil, and gold-filled?
What does the karat measure? How much silver is in sterling silver?
GOLD PURITY The karat is a very old measure of how much gold is in an alloy, or gold-blend. A measure of 1 Karat is where there is 1 part of pure gold and 23 parts of metal alloy - or 4% gold. So 24K is 100% pure gold. 9K is 37%, 14K is 58%, 18K is 75%

GOLD-FILLED also called rolled-gold. These jewelry items are not actually filled with gold. They are made of a base metal (usually brass or copper) covered by sheets of gold in a mechanical bonding process. Effectively a thick coat of gold: the gold content is 5% or 1/20 of the total weight. Usually made with 14k gold, it is hard wearing. With reasonable care it will not peel or flake, and should last as long as solid 14k gold jewelry. It is safe for most people with sensitive skin. Gold filled items are regulated by the government. These items are therefore so much better then gold plated which has no regulations at all. Gold filled wears, looks and lasts like solid gold because its outer surface IS solid gold. Everything you can see and touch is pure gold. In the jewelry industry the quantity of gold must be at least 1/20th by weight of the total product. A tag might read - 1/20 14K or 120 10K for example. It may not say Gold Filled or GF and still be legally labelled. An item of this gold would cost much less than a 14K or 18K ring for instance.

GOLD-PLATED A base metal such as steel or brass is dipped into a bath of electroplating solution, with a lump of solid gold. When an electric current is applied, a thin layer of gold is deposited on the metal. Since the plating is quite thin, the plate (and therefore the color) on findings can wear off.

VERMEIL (Pronounced: Vermay) is sterling silver that has been gold-plated. Most of our vermeil is plated with 22 K-24 K gold. This is a good combination for those with allergy to normal, plated jewelry items. The difference between vermeil, and gold-filled, is in the thickness of the gold and the base metal used. In vermeil, the base is sterling silver.

CARE Gold jewelry reacts with chlorine. Never take your gold jewelry into a pool or spa.

If you read this far I congratulate you for sticking to that lengthy lesson. I want you to be an informed shopper on ETSY!

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