TheCherishedBead

The Cherished Bead

Maryland, United States · 12910 Sales

TheCherishedBead

The Cherished Bead

Maryland, United States 12910 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(2149)

Announcement   WELCOME TO THE CHERISHED BEAD! NORMAL USA ORDERS TAKE APROXIMATELY 2 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY, USA ORDERS SHIP VIA USPS PRIORITY MAIL (THAT IS MY STANDARD SHIP, NOT FIRST CLASS). NEEDING A PRODUCT SOONER, PLEASE CONTACT ME USING THE ETSY CONVO EMAIL PRIOR TO ANY PURCHASE. I MAY BE ABLE TO OFFER USPS EXPEDITED SHIPPING DEPENDING ON YOUR DATE NEEDED. ALL INTERNATIONAL ORDERS SHIP OUT REGULAR USPS FIRST CLASS INTERNATIONAL AND TAKE APPROXIMATELY 4 TO 5 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY!!
The Cherished Bead is special jewelry to be always cherished! Welcome to my store with artisan handcrafted jewelry inspired by me! I have been creating and designing sophisticated spiritual jewelry, especially unique one of a kind Sacramental jewelry. My items have been sold for several years in various Catholic shops around the country including the Basilica National Shrine in Washington DC. One of my first pieces was a First Holy Communion Rosary bracelet I made for my daughter many years ago….and my jewelry creations have blossomed since then! I also have a line of Celtic spiritual jewelry too! You can view those at my other shop here on Etsy - www.Etsy.com/shop/TheCelticBead. I primarily use Freshwater pearls, crystal, semi-precious stones, sterling silver and pewter. Thank you for looking!! I try to ship out a day or two after the order!






Other stores I have on Etsy:
www.Etsy.com/shop/Inspirationalsupply
www.Etsy.com/shop/TheCatholicBead
www.Etsy.com/shop/TheCelticBead

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Announcement
Last updated on Jul 22, 2016

WELCOME TO THE CHERISHED BEAD! NORMAL USA ORDERS TAKE APROXIMATELY 2 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY, USA ORDERS SHIP VIA USPS PRIORITY MAIL (THAT IS MY STANDARD SHIP, NOT FIRST CLASS). NEEDING A PRODUCT SOONER, PLEASE CONTACT ME USING THE ETSY CONVO EMAIL PRIOR TO ANY PURCHASE. I MAY BE ABLE TO OFFER USPS EXPEDITED SHIPPING DEPENDING ON YOUR DATE NEEDED. ALL INTERNATIONAL ORDERS SHIP OUT REGULAR USPS FIRST CLASS INTERNATIONAL AND TAKE APPROXIMATELY 4 TO 5 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY!!
The Cherished Bead is special jewelry to be always cherished! Welcome to my store with artisan handcrafted jewelry inspired by me! I have been creating and designing sophisticated spiritual jewelry, especially unique one of a kind Sacramental jewelry. My items have been sold for several years in various Catholic shops around the country including the Basilica National Shrine in Washington DC. One of my first pieces was a First Holy Communion Rosary bracelet I made for my daughter many years ago….and my jewelry creations have blossomed since then! I also have a line of Celtic spiritual jewelry too! You can view those at my other shop here on Etsy - www.Etsy.com/shop/TheCelticBead. I primarily use Freshwater pearls, crystal, semi-precious stones, sterling silver and pewter. Thank you for looking!! I try to ship out a day or two after the order!






Other stores I have on Etsy:
www.Etsy.com/shop/Inspirationalsupply
www.Etsy.com/shop/TheCatholicBead
www.Etsy.com/shop/TheCelticBead

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(2149)
Nancy Barajas-Velez

Nancy Barajas-Velez on Aug 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

All I can say is OMG! Simply beautiful and stunning.....I got tears in my eyes because I was in aww! Gorgeous...thank you so much!

Becky

Becky on Aug 22, 2016

4 out of 5 stars

The Guardian Angel medal had somehow come off of the bracelet when I opened up the box. I had to look for it initially. It took some time, but I was able to finagle it back on to the chain part of the bracelet. Beautiful charms and bracelets, but I was a little disappointed that the second bracelet had an issue. Thank you all the same! I'm excited for my girls to wear them on their big day.

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About

The Cherished Bead is special hand crafted jewelry to be always cherished!

I have been designing and making Catholic jewelry for 20 years. Unfortunately last year I lost my dear 19 year old son to a tragic accidental drug overdose in 2015 and have been in so much pain and sorrow for so long, but am so grateful for my business on Etsy. I have had such incredible love and comfort from all my customers. Making and creating my jewelry has given me something to "hold on to" and to find comfort and joy. I am so grateful for my Catholic faith, family and customers and I know that this has helped strengthen me. In addition to my passion for making Catholic and spiritual jewelry, I am also trying to build awareness about drug addiction and help to stop the alarming increases of drug usage and drug overdoses.

I began my journey of hand crafting spiritual and meaningful jewelry right after September 11, 2001 (911). I am a former flight attendant for American Airlines, and lost my dear friends and co-workers that fateful day. To honor my fallen co-workers and to help myself and others heal, I began to make memorial bracelets.

The response of the bracelets were overwhelming. People would come up to me and thank me for designing something to honor their dear friends and even give them comfort in grief. It was then that this simple, yet meaningful craft turned into so much more for me. During this difficult time, my faith became even stronger. I turned to my Catholic faith to help heal me and guide me forward.

I was then inspired even further! A true passion began! It was then that I began to create unique Catholic jewelry. Rosary bracelets were, at that time, not as popular and not as well known, even in the Catholic community I was from! I turned to old vintage catholic bracelets and rosaries for inspiration and created beautiful rosary bracelets, chaplets and personalized rosaries made of crystal, sterling silver, gold etc and made them a bit more modern and appealing to a younger Catholic crowd. These sold like wild flowers at Catholic craft fairs and markets! People were so taken by the beauty of the beads and also the symbolism behind each bracelet.

I donated a small Communion rosary bracelet to my daughters' Catholic school silent auction and people started to bid on it and went for a crazy amount of money! Again, feeling inspired I turned my talents towards more sacramental jewelry Each sale was so thrilling to me and kept me motivated to keep going....even when times were tough. I was a single mom and this passion of mine was more of a labor of love, not a business. But I never stopped!! I felt called to do this no matter what!

One of the best blessings for me was when someone told me about a small company named Etsy!!! That was many years ago and I was not ready at that time to set up a shop. But a few years later I felt this pull to try Etsy out. I started out with a few Catholic sacramental bracelets and now here I am!!! It really is a business now for me!! A business that is owned and operated solely by me!!

I work this shop 24/7 and am even more passionate about what I do than ever!! I love each and every item I make! I put in a lot of love, prayer and pretty beads into each piece! The feedback from my customers over the years has been so heartwarming! Stories that I hear are so wonderful. They generally are about how much they "cherish" their items and that they have brought them closer to their Catholic faith etc. That is truly inspiring!! I believe wholeheartedly that God is working here!!! I give Him all the credit and hope to continue to do good works by Him.

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  • Deborah O'Connor

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I am the proud owner, designer and maker of beautiful Catholic inspired jewelry! Each piece of jewelry I make is handcrafted by me! It is my hope that you or the gift receiver will always "cherish" my faith based jewelry!

Shop policies

Last updated on April 19, 2016
To all my wonderful buyers:

All my pieces are created by hand, so no two items are identical. That’s the beauty of the product! Please allow for slight variances from what is shown in the made to order photos.’”

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
My store accepts payments through paypal and Etsy's direct check out with credit card.
Shipping
PLEASE NOTE ALL USA ORDERS TAKE APPROXIMATELY 2 WEEKS TO BE DELIVERED!!! IF NEEDING SOONER, PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA ETSY EMAIL PRIOR TO A PURCHASE TO SET UP AN EXPEDITED SHIP UPGRADE.

I USE PRIORITY USPS SHIP AS THE 'STANDARD SHIP'. THAT IS WHAT YOU WILL SEE AS YOU ARE CHECKING OUT. "PROCESSING" TIMES ON MY ETSY SHIPPING PROFILE (1 to 2 weeks) MEANS THE TIME IT TAKES ME TO CREATE AND PACKAGE YOUR ORDER (NOT WHEN YOU WILL RECEIVE IT). ALSO, PLEASE NOT THAT EVEN IF YOU HAVE CONTACTED ME AND THEN PAID FOR THE UPGRADE TO EXPRESS SHIP, IT IS NOT A GUARANTEE FOR OVERNIGHT DELIVERY!!! Express ship can still take up to 3 business days in the US. it is always a good idea to let me please know when you are wanting the time to arrive in the note field as you check out. That way I can better gauge whether your item needs to be upgraded or not in order for you to receive it in time. This helps me tremendously and will ensure a timely delivery!

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: Packages can take up to approximately 4 weeks the day it ships. If needing sooner, feel free to contact me via email before you purchase to see if expedited service is a possible upgrade.

As an ‘international’ buyer...: ‘Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.’ These fees can be very high at times. Especially for UK customers. Please understand this ahead of time.

Also note, The Cherished Bead is NOT responsible for any packages that are either delayed or never received when shipped to international addresses. International packages may take 2 to 4 weeks for delivery! Please allow for that time, in addition to making your item etc.

TRACKING may not be available to all countries shipped internationally from the US.

I welcome international orders! Please be aware of the following points when ordering:
• Buyer is responsible for paying all customs duties, fees, or taxes imposed by their country's government on imported goods.
• For information regarding duties, taxes or fees imposed by your country on imported goods, here is helpful link where you can estimate possible import taxes:
http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation
• For UNITED KINGDOM residents: here is a link regarding your country’s tax on imported goods: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/post/buying.htm
• To be in compliance with US laws, the customs form that I am required to attach to your package will reflect the price you paid and will be marked as “merchandise” which is also system driven for online shipping label process. Marking an order as anything other than "merchandise" and/or noting the value lower on the customs form lower than the actual order can result in fines and possible jail time for a US seller.
• If your package is returned to me because it was unclaimed or you refused to pay customs fees, I will refund the original purchase price, less original shipping charges, and only once I receive the returned package in its original condition.

Any domestic shipping delays or non deliveries incurred by USPS, is NOT the responsibility of The Cherished Bead. All orders will have USPS tracking numbers with delivery confirmation. However, I always try to help the buyer locate lost packages etc. It is my responsibility if packages have NOT been delivered to you to either help you retrieve it or certainly send you another exact item or refund.
If a package from USPS says "delivered" to your address, and you have unfortunately not gotten it, that is where the responsibility is in the buyers hand. Again, I will sincerely help you to try to retrieve a "delivered" package. At times I also offer a large discount if needing to purchase that item again. Basically, no matter what I am here to help you through the process as best as I can, given it is out of my hands after I drop off at the post office!!

I am very customer service oriented, and truly want all my customers
to be very happy with their items. If it is necessary to return an item (non-custom) please contact me no later than 14 days after your purchase.
You may return the item (as long as it is a non-custom item) in its original condition (unworn) in the original packaging within 14 days of receipt. Once the item is satisfactorily returned,
I will refund through PayPal or through Etsy direct. Sorry, but I do not accept returns for
international orders or custom items made for a buyer. If you choose to return a custom made item (anything with personalization), you will only receive 50% of the cost of the time. The cost of shipping for returns and exchanges are the buyer's responsibility.
All shipping-related charges will be incurred by the buyer.
I am not responsible for items lost or damaged in transit regarding returns or exchanges. I sincerely appreciate your business.
Refunds and Exchanges
No custom orders are allowed to be returned at all. Any personalized items (such as personalized rosaries, bracelets etc) can be returned if not satisfied, but will not be fully refunded. You will receive a refund of 80% off the product cost. Please know that the 20% will not be refunded due to the customization of the products.

I am more than happy to accept refunds within a 30 day period of time. I will not accept any damaged items at all. Please let me know ahead of time, if you plan on returning an item. Anything after 30 days of purchase will not be accepted. Shipping costs are incurred by the buyer.
Additional policies and FAQs
If a customer has purchased and item from the shop and has received it to discover that they have either ordered an incorrect item or misspelled a name for a jewelry item, it is necessary for the seller (myself) for any corrections that need to be done, to be at the cost of the buyer. Those costs would be any shipping costs for return as well as any labor and/or costs of beads and supplies for the redoing of the jewelry piece. The costs will be determined in a fair way by the seller. If the buyer refuses to pay for these costs ahead of time, then the seller will be unable to correct any mistakes made on the part of the buyer.

DISCLAIMER

Every piece that Deborah O’Connor DBA The Cherished Bead is made with the utmost care and is strong and durable for everyday wear, however; please NEVER leave a baby/child unattended while wearing or within reach of this bracelet, as the beads and charms are small and do pose a chocking hazard. We do use Swarovski Crystal/Chinese crystals and silver plate products in our children’s bracelets. Swarovski crystal does contain minimal amounts of lead. Each child’s jewelry piece we sell has LESS THAN the maximum recommended amount of lead crystal for children under the age of 12 and complies with Lead In Crystal Jewelry Laws.
Attention California Residents - Proposition 65 WARNING:

Consuming foods or beverages that have been kept or served in leaded crystal products or handling products made of leaded crystal will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

There's been a lot of discussion recently about the lead found in Swarovski crystals. Lead is not harmful to humans unless it is inhaled or ingested. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SUPERVISE CHILDREN WHILE THEY ARE WEARING BEADED CRYSTAL JEWELRY. Swarovski crystals should not be ingested. With enough force, some components may become detached and pose a choking hazard. Please do not allow children to play with beads or let them place any jewelry, charms, clasps, etc. in their mouths. Do not allow your child to sleep in beaded jewelry. Many of my children's products are LEAD FREE and I encourage you to choose wisely.

Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, will Deborah O’Connor DBA as The Cherished Bead be liable for special or consequential damages that result from the use or inability to use the materials from this online store. In no event shall Deborah O’Connor DBA as The Cherished Bead be liable for the injury, damage or expense arising from any materials you purchase or receive from Deborah O’Connor DBA as The Cherished Bead.

CUSTOMER AGREES THAT JEWELRY CREATED BY Deborah O'Connor DBA as The Cherished Bead IS TO BE USED UNDER ADULT SUPERVISION ONLY. CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT CRYSTALS, BEADS, CHARMS AND OTHER DECORATIONS ON JEWELRY CREATED BY Deborah O’Connor DBA The Cherished Bead MAY DETACH FROM PRODUCTS AND POSE A CHOKING RISK OR MAY BE HAZARDOUS IF SWALLOWED. CUSTOMER AGREES THAT THE USE OF SUCH PRODUCTS IS ENTIRELY AT CUSTOMER'S OWN RISK.



CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65

CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65:

Swarovski crystals contain lead. For more than a hundred years, Swarovski has been the world’s leading brand for cut crystal. Swarovski crystal is the culmination of merging natural materials, cut to provide ultimate brilliance. If you want to learn more about Swarovski crystal, please click here to visit their Web site. Swarovski crystals, like most other crystals, contain lead oxide. Lead creates the refraction of the crystal with the maximum refraction at 30-32% lead content. Lead also adds to the weight of the crystal giving it a more substantial feel. Austrian Swarovski crystal contains approximately 32% lead. Full lead crystal must contain above 30% lead oxide content in order to be consider full lead crystal. Please note, Lead levels in these products comply with FDA standards. California requires the following separate notice: Attention California residents. 



CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING:

Consuming foods or beverages that have been kept or served in leaded crystal products or handling products made of leaded crystal will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or reproductive harm. All jewelry on this website complies with the lead in children's and adult's jewelry law.



A STATEMENT FROM SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL: Swarovski is the world leader in the manufacture of crystal for industrial and consumer applications, including figurines and jewelry. Our proprietary formulas and processes are based on years of experience, and the quality of our products is recognized throughout the world. Recently, there has been an increased regulatory focus on potential human exposure to lead from various consumer products, including jewelry. In 2006, the California Attorney General settled a lawsuit brought in his state alleging exposure to lead from jewelry. The court approved settlement agreement as well as the later legislatively enacted Californian AB 1681 established limits for lead in metals and several other components, with stricter standards for jewelry intended for children 6 and younger. Significantly, in recognition of the limited risk of availability of lead from crystal, the settlement agreement standards as incorporated under California AB 1681 allows the continued use of crystal without limitation in jewelry not intended for children. For children 6 or younger, up to 1 gram of crystal may be used in such jewelry. Crystal has unique properties. While made with lead, the crystal manufacturing process creates a matrix, which greatly retards the mobility of lead. By contrast, lead in other materials such as un-plated metal containing lead may be available for surface exposures. Swarovski believes that the use of their products poses no significant risk to human health or to children.