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Michael on Aug 20, 20215 out of 5 stars
My wife loved this as a subtle expression of our family.
Kaixia on May 25, 20215 out of 5 stars
Purchased this one for myself & love it so much! Thank you Debra!
Kaixia on May 14, 20215 out of 5 stars
I bought the necklace as a gift & just received it today. Oh my goodness I love it so much! Dainty & cute. Debra was very patient & answered all my questions thoroughly. 12/10 recommend.
karen on Apr 27, 20215 out of 5 stars
Beautiful, chain was to short, so I contacted seller and returned item for her to put on longer chain.
Casey on Mar 29, 20215 out of 5 stars
I love my earrings!!! They are great quality and were really well packaged. I have already gotten compliments on them and I just got them earlier today :)
Payton on Mar 12, 20215 out of 5 stars
These earrings are super cute! I have really small ears so I have a hard time finding earrings that look good. These are perfect. I love them so much
Renee on Jan 3, 20215 out of 5 stars
Love the cuff, but it took a very long time to arrive. It was supposed to arrive by Dec 18 and I only just got it yesterday :/
Sabra-Joi on Dec 15, 20205 out of 5 stars
Thank you, was a perfect gift for my husband on our wedding day
Celeste on Dec 14, 20205 out of 5 stars
Can't wait for my daughter to give this to my husband for Christmas. He will love it!
Celeste on Dec 14, 20205 out of 5 stars
Love that I have a necklace like my daughter that's meaningful and beautiful.
Creating simply beautiful adornments for fun-loving, adventurous people with exquisite taste.
Everyone's heard the phrase, "less is more." It's the concept that simplicity can exceed expectations in unexpected ways. Simple elegance conveys a sense of timeless sophistication without pretense. Minimalist design enhances naturally occurring beauty, rather than attempting to create new beauty. It is my goal to strike a balance between form and function without excess and fostering an adventurous spirit in the process.
I've always been the girl who didn't know what she wanted to be when she grew up—and I'm still that girl. I mean, there are so many options to choose from, how could I pick just one? The one thing I did know is that I like to learn new things and I love making things.
After years of working day jobs that pay the bills but don't generate a tangible product or require much creativity, I started making jewelry for myself to help stimulate the creative parts of my brain. Friends started asking me to make pieces for them and encouraged me to sell my work. It took a while before I had the courage to put myself out there, but I was spurred on by the increasing need to "make." After several family members' lives were unexpectedly cut short, I decided there is no time like right now to start living creatively.
My husband and I formed Originovel, LLC as a way to channel our creative ideas into something more than just dreams. Things Uncommon was born from that as a creative outlet for tangible creative products.
I'm inspired by my incredible friends and family to make wearable items that feed the soul and mean something to the person wearing them. My husband is an adventure seeker, and he is a big source of my inspiration as he pushes himself past mental and physical boundaries to experience a full and spectacular life. Travel, adventure, family, nature, and fun are some of my most influential themes in life and in my products.
I enjoy using materials that are both beautiful and practical for active people while also being eco-friendly and sustainable. I am hard on jewelry, myself, so I know I won't wear it if it will interfere with how I go about my day. That's why I only use the best ingredients, and I strive to create designs that can endure active and adventurous lifestyles while also embodying a simple beauty. At the same time, I realize that all of the lovely goodies that the earth provides sometimes come at a cost that goes beyond dollars and cents. Many precious and semi-precious metals and stones are mined in ways that are harmful to the planet and to the people who mine them. I strive to choose materials that strike a balance between beauty and responsibility.
All of my items are handmade by me in my smoke-free home studio in North Carolina. I love learning new techniques and trying out new materials, so the scope of this shop will probably evolve over time, and I look forward to seeing what it will look like in a few years.
Owner, Creator, Everything Else!
Debra Ireland, the maker behind Things Uncommon lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and their sweet, loco dog, Lady. By day, she edits and designs research-based publications for every-day readers at a local university.
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Custom and personalized orders
Let's be honest: custom is pretty awesome! Request custom listings through my shop or send me a convo to discuss options. Based on what you would like made, I'll prepare a custom listing for you to purchase or point you toward an existing listing that you can personalize.
PLEASE NOTE: Personalized items take a little longer to make because they are made to order. Please allow about 5 to 7 business days for your personalized order to ship.
Aluminum and stainless steel are low maintenance, skin friendly metals that won't tarnish. Clean, gently with a soft cloth or jewelry polishing cloth.
Most items are finished with a brushed/matte finish, which is better at resisting scratches and is best if you (like me) are hard on your jewelry or plan to wear it while being active. If you find your brushed finish starting to wear, simply use extra fine (#0000) steel wool to lightly brush the piece in one direction.
Polished/shiny finishes are available upon request. These finishes tend to scratch easier and are best for pieces that will be treated with care. Use a very soft cloth or a jewelry cloth to shine it up and remove fingerprints.
Gift wrapping and packaging
All of my items come in kraft gift boxes made of recycled material and are wrapped in reusable blue cotton twine for a simple but beautiful presentation that also protects your purchase during shipping. If you'd like a gift message included, just submit your desired message in the comments when you order, or send me a convo.
I strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible with the materials I use, and I choose to use shipping materials that not only are made of recycled resources but are also recyclable! All of the packaging my jewelry comes in can be reused or recycled! The poly bubble mailer and bubble wrap your product arrives in can be reused or recycled along with plastic grocery bags at most local grocery stores.
Cuff Bracelet Adjustment and Fit
Cuff bracelets are made of a 6-inch metal bar with a 1- to 1 1/4" inch gap that should accommodate most average size wrists. They can be adjusted once, gently and slightly, so that the opening fits snugly over the thinnest part of the wrist. Avoid frequent adjustment that can weaken and damage the metal.
To wear, hold the cuff like a C with the opening facing the thumb side of the wrist you're planning to wear the cuff on. Place one "point" of the cuff between the two tendons on the underside of your wrist (soft part) above your wrist bone. Pivot the cuff around the top of your wrist.
To remove, again place thumb side point between the tendons and reverse the process by pivoting the other point toward the thumb side of your wrist.
Hand Stamping vs. Engraving
All my items are hand stamped, a technique similar to engraving but at the same time quite different. Both techniques create impressions on metal.
I use steel punches, one for each character or design/shape, to layout the words on each piece and strike them one at a time with a hammer to create impressions. Hand stamping is an imperfect art form, and characters often aren't perfectly straight or aligned. It creates a truly unique item every time, and the imperfection is considered part of the technique's appeal.
Engraving is usually done with a computer and a machine to etch characters and designs onto metal. In rare cases it is done by hand using an engraving tool.
How Do I Add My Personalized Information to My Order?
1. Add the item you want to personalize to your cart along with the appropriate personalize option.
2. In your cart, add your personalized details to the box that says "Add a note to ThingsUncommon" before you check out.
3. Do a happy dance!