TeresaKiplinger

Teresa Kiplinger | Custom Handmade Silver Jewelry

Cleveland, Ohio · 204 Sales

TeresaKiplinger

Teresa Kiplinger | Custom Handmade Silver Jewelry

Cleveland, Ohio 204 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(85)

Announcement   Your life is a remarkable story of heartbreak and joy.
Do not let the world reduce it to a tweet, a shopping list, a beauty contest.

Wear my handmade, heirloom quality jewelry as a touchable, constant reminder of what's important. Place an order for one of personalized bracelets and necklaces or contact me to learn how I can create an original design to preserve your legacy in precious metal.

Remember what's important, every day.
Wear your story.



~Teresa

www.SilverPoet.com
Instagram: @tkiplinger

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 22, 2018

Your life is a remarkable story of heartbreak and joy.
Do not let the world reduce it to a tweet, a shopping list, a beauty contest.

Wear my handmade, heirloom quality jewelry as a touchable, constant reminder of what's important. Place an order for one of personalized bracelets and necklaces or contact me to learn how I can create an original design to preserve your legacy in precious metal.

Remember what's important, every day.
Wear your story.



~Teresa

www.SilverPoet.com
Instagram: @tkiplinger

Teresa Kiplinger

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(85)
Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell on Jun 7, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I think “wow” is about the only thing I can say about this cuff. Not only is it beautiful and well crafted, it is also so special. What an amazing memory to capture, a keepsake forever. I had this cuff made for my husband with a message from our daughter. I know his love for it will be as great as mine, if not greater as the receipent. Teresa was kind enough to let me change my order after I had a changed my mind about the inscription, she made it so easy and didn’t make me feel badly about it. Just accommodated my request. That’s great customer service! I will certainly be ordering in the future.

Joe Barsin

Joe Barsin on Apr 10, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I love my wife so much and I needed that perfect gift that spoke to our bond. Working with Teresa Kiplinger to create this gift was a dream. She took my thoughts and created beautiful sketches that I presented to Eva. Needless to say, it was a hit. Now Teresa is working on the piece so its like a second gift! The whole process has been a joy. Thank you, Teresa, for your creativity and professionalism.

bookwheel5

bookwheel5 on Mar 24, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Teresa was wonderful to work with. I sent her so many emails with so many questions and she was always patient and helpful. I had a vision for what I wanted my bracelet to look like and represent. With my design and her exquisite workmanship, Teresa created my bracelet which is amazing and beautiful. She completed it in time for my special occasion and sent it in such a pretty package. Very happy.

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Updates

Each of my stone pendants is unique and handmade. I love the look of the minimal turquoise stone with the handwriting in this piece– I created it to help my client honor her dad. Is there someone you’d like to honor in this way? Message me to learn how.
heartpulse I’ve been etching sooo many love notes on my silver cuff bracelets this past week! Happy Valentine’s everyone! heartpulse
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About

Wear Your Story

I felt a call to become a metalsmith after two decades designing websites. I wanted to create something touchable, that would outlast me. I wanted to help us all remember that our lives are comprised of remarkable stories, of heartbreak and joy – not fleeting tweets, to-do lists and superficial beauty contests.

When my teen stepson, Adam, took his own life, I channeled my grief into my burgeoning metalwork. I forged a bracelet in Adam's honor, etched with a message to him. I felt its heat and permanence in my hands as I formed it, and in the months that followed, I wore it every day. Each time I touched the raised words on my wrist, I was reconnected with him. Soon, I was making bracelets for others who were mourning. From within my grief, I found my voice, and I want to share it with others.



Your life is a remarkable story of heartbreak and joy.
Do not let the world reduce it to a tweet, a shopping list, a beauty contest.
Order my personalized jewelry to wear a touchable, constant reminder of what's important, or contact me to learn how I can create a completely original design to preserve your legacy in precious metal. Wear your story.



–Teresa

Instagram: @tkiplinger
Website: www.SilverPoet.com
Facebook: TeresaKiplingerJewelry

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About

Teresa Kiplinger is a studio jeweler, a poet, and a noted graphic designer. Inspired by lovelorn letters, forgotten hoards, and treasured reliquaries, she works in sterling silver, enamel and bronze to create heirloom-quality wearable stories. She combines traditional craftsmanship with original poetry, typography, illustration and photos in her expressive narrative jewelry. Her work has been featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine and exhibitions, and soulful women from the heartland to Hollywood wear her distinctive designs.

Teresa is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), AIGA, and MJSA. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree at Kent State University and she works out of her studio near Cleveland, Ohio.

Shop members

  • Teresa Kiplinger

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Teresa is a studio jeweler and a noted graphic designer. She combines original poems, words, and imagery in her metalwork. She holds a BFA from Kent State Univerisity, and soulful women from the heartland to Hollywood wear her expressive jewelry.

  • Megan Fuchs

    Bench Jeweler, Assistant

    A gifted enamelist and metalsmith, Megan provides seasonal assistance with fabrication and etching. She is a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art, and her distinctive and delicate work was been recognized with scholarships and accolades.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 31, 2018
I invest great care in every piece to ensure that my clients are delighted with each and every order. I take great pride in my craftsmanship and I strive for excellence in both quality and artistry.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Items on sale
If for any reason you wish to return a non-custom/personalized item, just ship it back. I'll issue a refund as soon as I receive it, provided it is in its original and unworn condition.

For personalized or custom orders, I stand behind my craftsmanship and will gladly accept the return of a personalized or custom order if:

1. There is an error on my part in an inscription
2. There is faulty craftsmanship in a soldered piece
3. You are not satisfied with the overall quality of a piece

Where faulty craftsman has occurred, after I receive the original item back from you, I will repair the item if possible. If repair is not possible, I will issue a full refund.

Where an error on my part in your inscription/text has occurred, I will re-make and replace the piece free of charge after I receive the original item back from you.

Occasionally, bronze pieces may need to be stripped and refinished, especially if you live in a hot and humid climate or wear the piece daily. I do offer bronze cleaning and refinishing services for $20 per item + shipping. If this is of interest to you, please send a convo and I will create a custom cleaning order for you.
Payment
I accept Credit Cards, PayPal and Etsy Gift Cards.
Shipping
Unless otherwise noted on an item description, for made-to-order or custom orders, Please allow 14-20 days for me to create your piece with love and care, + shipping time. For shipments within the continental US, I ship vis USPS Priority Mail, which should arrive within 1-3 days of shipment.

*** Turn around times might vary during holidays and certain times of the year. Please be sure to read item descriptions for current turn around times.

In some instances, I can offer rush status for an order for an additional cost, and expedited shipping may also be available. If you are in a hurry and this is of interest to you, please let me know via Etsy Convo before placing your order to discuss rush pricing and to make sure I can meet your deadline.

For ready-to-ship items, I ship within 1 business day of receiving an order. I'm in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and ship using U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail for most items, which takes 1-3 days.
Additional policies and FAQs
PROOFS
For pieces where my calligraphy is to be used, you will receive a proof of the design before I etch the piece. This applies to all times of year EXCEPT NOV. 24 THROUGH DEC. 26; in order to create and deliver your personalized orders by Christmas, I am not able to provide proofs during this time.

REVISIONS
I am happy to make one revision to your calligraphy proof at no extra charge (for example, if there is a particular letter that you do not like). Revisions beyond the first round are $20 per round and can be paid via a custom order upgrade before completion of your order in metal. Not to worry! Most of my clients are pleased with the first design and do not request any changes. :)

QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions at all, please message me and I will get back to you right away. Thank you!

More information

Last updated on Jun 8, 2018
Frequently asked questions

How do I place an order for a personalized piece?

To order a bracelet with YOUR handwriting:
1. Click "Ask a Question" and attach a photo of your handwriting. (See tips below)
2. Select your size and click "Add to Cart"
3. Checkout


To order a bracelet with MY calligraphy
1. Select your size and click "Add to Cart"
2. Checkout
3. During checkout, enter your inscription in the "OPTIONAL MESSAGE TO SELLER"

If you have any questions, click the "Ask a Question" button (located on this page, near the item price). I'll get back to you right away!

How do I capture and send my handwriting?

Handwriting that is on plain, white, unlined paper yields the best results, but I can try to work with text that is written on lined or patterned paper if necessary.

To capture your writing, set your mobile phone camera to the highest possible resolution and take a photo of the handwriting near a window or outdoors in natural daylight.

To send, click "Contact" or "Ask a Question" on any of my pages and attach a photo of your handwriting to a message. If you prefer to send your handwriting via email, please send to Teresa@SilverPoet.com, and be sure to include your full name in the message so I can match your photo to your Etsy order.

Is your silver jewelry real silver?

Yes! All of my silver jewelry is made of .935 solid sterling silver. It is not plated or filled!

How do I figure out my bangle size?

I offer four sizes for my bangle bracelets:

S: 2" Inner Diameter / 6.5" Length
M: 2.25" Inner Diameter / 7" Length
L: 2.5" Inner Diameter / 8" Length
XL: 2.75" Inner Diameter / 9" Length

TO MEASURE YOUR HAND:

If you cannot measure an existing bangle that you already own, measure your hand. Do so by touching your thumb and pinky together, then wrapping a cloth measuring tape around the widest point of our hand. The bracelet you order should be at least 1/4" larger than this measurement. I have found that plus size women, those with arthritis, or those who prefer a looser fit will likely prefer a size L or XL.

Will I see a proof before you make my piece?

FOR YOUR HANDWRITING:
I do not provide proofs for pieces that use your own handwriting.

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FOR MY CALLIGRAPHY:
For pieces that use my calligraphy, I will send a proof for approval EXCEPT from 11/14 - 11/28. I'm sorry, but I am not able to provide proofs during this time.

I am happy to make one revision to your calligraphy proof at no extra charge. Revisions beyond the first round are $20 per round and can be paid via a custom order upgrade before completion of your order in metal. Not to worry! Most of my clients are pleased with the first design and do not request any changes. :)

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FOR FULL COMMISSIONS:
For completely custom commissions, I will discuss the design process with you when you inquire.

How should I care for a piece with a stone?

• Do not bathe, swim, or shower while wearing a piece with a stone.
• Do not expose any part of a piece with a stone to lotions, oils, dyes, solvents, conditioners, cleaners, chemicals or soaps.
• Do not immerse a piece with a stone in water or liquids of any kind, including jewelry cleaners.
• Do not expose a piece with a stone to jewelry cleaning cloths or abrasives of any kind.

*** Because many of the stones I use in my work are naturally porous, failure to follow the instructions above can result in permanent damage or alteration of the look of your stone. Stones that are damaged by failure to follow these instructions are nonrefundable. In general, wear your stones with verve, but treat them with care. :)

How should I care for silver jewelry?

Sterling silver is mostly maintenance free and can be worn all the time if desired. Repeated exposure to lotions, body oil, soaps, shampoo, water, chemicals, and even the air can darken the look of silver over time; this is due to a natural oxidation process that takes place in all sterling silver. Many people enjoy the aged look of this patina as it accumulates over time, but it can be easily removed by buffing lightly with a silver cleaning cloth; I recommend Sunshine brand cloths. To help preserve the bright finish of your silver longer, remove it before showering or swimming, and reduce its exposure to air by storing it in an anti-tarnish felt sleeve or polypropylene ziplock bag.

How should I care for your bronze jewelry?

• Do not bathe, swim, shower while wearing this necklace.
• Do not clean with solvents or chemicals.
• Do not expose any part of the necklace or stone to lotions, oils, dyes, solvents, cleaners, chemicals or soaps.
• Clean with mild soapy water and fingertips.
• Do not buff or polish with jewelry cleaning cloths.

Occasionally, my bronze pieces may need to be stripped and refinished, especially if you live in a hot and humid climate or wear the piece daily. I do offer bronze cleaning and refinishing services for $20 per item + shipping. If this is of interest to you, please send a convo and I will create a custom cleaning order for you.

How long will it take to receive my personalized order?

Unless otherwise noted on an item description, for made-to-order or custom orders, please allow 14-20 days for me to create your piece with love and care, + shipping time. For shipments within the continental US, I ship via USPS Priority Mail, which should arrive within 1-3 days of shipment.

*** Turn around times might vary during holidays and certain times of the year. Please be sure to read item descriptions for current turn around times.

In some instances, I can offer rush status for an order for an additional cost, and expedited shipping may also be available. Please let me know via Etsy Convo before placing your order to discuss rush pricing and to make sure I can meet your deadline.

Can you add an icon or symbol to a personalized piece?

Yes! For an additional fee, I can add symbols, icons and decorative elements like flowers, vines, birds, anchors, crosses, etc. to your piece. Please send a Convo via Etsy to discuss your idea and pricing!