fine jewelry and accessories with a geeky flair

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · 79 Sales


fine jewelry and accessories with a geeky flair

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 79 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

TheRelicShoppe is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Thank you for visiting The Relic Shoppe! Ellen is currently on maternity leave, getting to know her first child, and will not be taking orders until October of 2017. You are of course welcome to browse, and may still send conversations her way, but response time will be irregular until she returns in October.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 14, 2017

Thank you for visiting The Relic Shoppe! Ellen is currently on maternity leave, getting to know her first child, and will not be taking orders until October of 2017. You are of course welcome to browse, and may still send conversations her way, but response time will be irregular until she returns in October.

Ellen Deutsch

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Ellen Deutsch


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5 out of 5 stars
Carley Scott

Carley Scott on May 13, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
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Super pretty! Small enough to go with regular outfits, big enough to be eye-catching!

Nicole Cormier

Nicole Cormier on Apr 4, 2016

5 out of 5 stars
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Love this necklace. Looks exactly like the picture. I get lots of compliments even though most people don't know what a moogle is.


rlsbrowning on Oct 14, 2015

4 out of 5 stars
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Bought this for someone as a coming home present. Seller was kind enough to email me and let me know I would receive the product a little later than expected. Got it a few weeks afterwards, carefully packaged with order information. It's a little smaller than I expected but otherwise a good purchase.

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Taking a new in-process piece for a test run today. Concept is for a piece with removable stones. Let's hope the black bead doesn't fall out of its clamshell cage!
Have you seen our latest holy charms yet? Check out Azuth below!

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Forgotten Realms Holy Symbol - Pendant of Azuth
Forgotten Realms Holy Symbol - Pendant of Azuth
Just listed three new holy charms from Forgotten Realms!

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Forgotten Realms Holy Symbol - Pendant of Gond
Forgotten Realms Holy Symbol - Pendant of Gond
Going to a gallery opening this evening, wearing Earrings of Irori and the Raven's Slumber!

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The Raven's Slumber (Pendant)
The Raven's Slumber (Pendant)
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An interview with designer Ellen Deutsch about The Relic Shoppe

How long have you been making and selling jewelry?
I’ve been making handmade jewelry for about twelve years now. When I was in high school I received a starter kit for my birthday, which contained two spools of nickel-silver wire and a handful of beads, as well as instructions for some of the basic components, like scrolls and loops. At some point in college I graduated to sterling silver wire, for its brighter luster and more workable texture. Finally, after giving my friends and family more jewelry than they knew what to do with, I decided to share my skills with the world. I’ve been selling my jewelry on Etsy since summer 2009, originally under the seller name Deutsch Creations. The store’s name changed to The Relic Shoppe in 2010 with the introduction of the Relic line.

How did the Relic Shoppe come about?
The idea for the Relic Shoppe came to me one day as I was talking to some friends about our favorite geek convention, Anime Central. We were discussing their plans to share a table at the Artist’s Alley, where artists can show off and sell their geeky art. I realized that this would be a perfect opportunity to market my jewelry to a completely different crowd, and before long I had the Relic Shoppe all planned out.

Tell us a bit about the Relic Shoppe concept.
The basic idea of the Shoppe is very simple. In Final Fantasy VI, the player can equip their characters with Relics, accessories of various types that have unique effects when worn. Since these relics have little relevance to the plot, they never appear visually in the game; they are merely a list of names and effects. What I’ve done is taken this list of names and effects and designed jewelry pieces around them. All the designs you see here are my own original creations, inspired by the world of the game.

What inspires your jewelry?
I take my inspiration from a lot of things. I’m a dancer, so I tend to be very in tune with the inner momentum of static objects. I like a piece of jewelry to have a flow, a sense of movement, something for your eye to follow as it travels around the piece. When designing, I use verbs like swinging, spinning, dropping, circling, flying, hovering, quivering…I like looking at a piece of jewelry and getting the feeling that it’s really a burst of energy that’s been contained, but only barely.

Do you have any favorite materials?
I’ve always been a fan of silver. It’s what I first learned on. Also, I think silver has a lovely cool crispness that works well with a variety of bead materials. As for beads, I’ve always loved semiprecious stones. I actually like working in semiprecious more than precious. I’d much rather work with jasper than with diamonds. For me, semiprecious stone is…real. It’s earthy. It’s tangible. You can see the stone it came from in the banding, veining, and striations within each and every bead. Even if it’s just my standard 8 millimeter round, it’s got character. Each bead is individual, and reflects the earth it came from. A strand of red jasper contains many distinct hues, and even more unique veining patterns. That means that no two pieces I make are ever going to be exactly identical. Also, the range of colors available in semiprecious stone is expansive and unique. You get some very unusual color combinations within the stone itself, myriads of vibrant colors that somehow all go together. Within these stones I see subtle movement patterns that play a large part in the inspiration for my pieces.

How did those inspirations change with the addition of the Relic Shoppe concept?
They didn’t so much change as…crystallize. I still drew from the inspirations I mentioned before, but with the Relic Shoppe they were given a definite conceptual direction. For example, let’s look at three pieces that are very similar in effect. The Guard Earrings cast Safe on their wearer, the Barrier earrings cast Shell, and the Czarina earrings cast both when the wearer’s health is low. In the game, Safe protects against physical attacks and Shell protects against magic. So I created three designs that are very similar in appearance. The Guard Earrings have one round protection ring circling them, the Barrier Earrings are the same with a squared-off ring, and the Czarina Earrings have two rings, since they cast both spells at once. Similarly, the effects of many of the pieces guided my stone choices. Pieces that protect against Poison were given green stones, while the Amulet, which protects against Poison, Dark and Zombie, was given three stones, one green, one black, and one pale yellow with veining that gave it a “scarred” look which reminded me of zombies.

Do you have any other lines of jewelry aside from the Relics?
Yes, I do! I’ve started a line of Character Silhouettes, based on the success of the Moogle Charm, that gives the same treatment to an assortment of Final Fantasy favorites. I’m also working on a line of Tabletop RPG-based cleric Holy Symbols, starting with a set for Pathfinder deities. I also have a few miscellaneous items, including a set of fully-customizable stitch markers for knitting and crocheting and a bracelet that can be used to count and store any number from one to one hundred.

Do you have any other projects in the works that you’d like to talk about?
Well, I’m currently brainstorming for a couple of jewelry lines I'd like to add. I'd love to create a set of jewelry (earrings, necklace, bracelet) that between them contain an entire seven-piece set of polyhedral gaming dice, captured in such a way that they can be removed and used in a game and then replaced at the end of the night. The logistics of that are hampering me at the moment, but I'll figure it out soon, I'm sure! And I have ideas for a line of jewelry inspired by what I call “plot point jewelry” from various anime and videogames. Many games and anime contain characters that possess pendants or pieces of jewelry with mystical powers. From Marle’s space-time-continuum-disrupting pendant from Chrono Trigger to Sousuke’s gift of flash-bomb earrings from Full Metal Panic!, there are plenty of ideas I can work with. Personally, I’ve always loved that feeling you get while wearing a piece that you secretly know is actually the key to unlocking the mystical doors with the best power-ups behind them.

Anything else you'd like to tell us?
Well, I'm always up for custom work! I love to work with my customers to create one-of-a-kind pieces that have special meaning to them. Past custom work has involved a pendant for a customer's original character, a set of DC superhero-themed earrings, a state silhouette pendant, and a set inspired by the metaphysical healing properties of the stones involved. If you would like to discuss a custom order, by all means send me a convo!


Shop policies

Last updated on October 4, 2014
Welcome to The Relic Shoppe! All the pieces you see here are made with sterling silver wire worked and hammered entirely by hand, and embellished with beads in a variety of semiprecious stones, including obsidian, agates, and a large variety of jaspers. Pieces are made one at a time and become infused with their own unique personality and character, so that no two pieces are exactly alike.

Accepted payment methods

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I accept payments by direct checkout, personal check and PayPal. Please send your PayPal payment within three days of purchase - if I don't hear from you after three days, your order will be automatically cancelled. Your order will be shipped once payment is received. Please note that items paid for by personal check will take longer to ship, as I will need to wait for your check to clear before shipping your items.

All orders shipped to Pennsylvania are subject to sales tax - all other orders are tax-free! If you live in PA, please hold off on your payment until I send you an updated invoice that includes the sales tax. Thanks!
I will ship your items within one week of receiving payment. Items are shipped via USPS First Class Mail; very large orders may be shipped Priority Mail. If you would like to upgrade to faster shipping, just contact me to let me know what you need, and we'll see what we can work out for you.

I'm happy to ship to just about anywhere, so if you don't see your country on the list, contact me to get a shipping quote before you buy - I'll do my best to get things to you at a reasonable price!

All orders sent to APO and FPO addresses are shipped free of charge. I appreciate the sacrifices made by our military families and would like to offer this as a small gesture of thanks. Just contact me before sending your payment, and I'll send you an updated invoice with the shipping charge removed.
Refunds and Exchanges
I hope you'll be happy with your purchases, but if not, items may be returned in their original condition within 30 days. I cannot be held responsible for packages that are lost or damaged during shipping. Please contact me if you'd like to return something, and we'll work out the details.

Relic Shoppe pieces are sturdy and durable, and are scrutinized during and after the crafting process to ensure that they live up to my extremely high standards of sustainability. Still, these pieces are handmade, and my work is not completely infallible. Pieces do occasionally break or come apart. If this happens to a piece you've bought and you'd like it fixed, just contact me to arrange to send it back, and I will fix it and return it free of charge.
Additional policies and FAQs
Due to the unique nature of the semiprecious stones used in my pieces, the exact color and patterning on the stones in each piece will vary. If you would like an existing design made in a color other than the one depicted in the piece's image, you can feel free to contact me with your request when you place your order (through the Etsy contact link) and I will try my best to accommodate it. Please note that requesting a color change on a piece qualifies it as a custom order (see below).

I am always accepting custom orders, if you like what you see but you'd like it even more in a different form. Custom orders may take up to a month to fill, but I'm happy to accommodate you if I can! Please note that sales on all custom orders are final. Convo me for more information.

I also offer gift certificates and custom work vouchers. See my website for full details on those.