TinyErica

Tiny Erica Jewelry

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Announcement    Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic turn around times have been adjusted to reduce trips to the USPS mail box to once a week in an effort to practice greater social distancing and reduce the chances of possible exposure to all parties involved in the shipping process. Additionally, mail carriers are currently experiencing exceptionally high shipment volumes which may result in possible delays in delivery, so please note that at this time delivery times are not guaranteed. Thank you so much for your understanding, patience, and kindness.

Lastly, I want to take a moment to thank you for your support in 2020. I was totally floored by all of your online orders, custom requests, collaborations, and kindness, and I’m unspeakably grateful for you. Nothing I write here will properly capture the depth of my gratitude, so I’ll just begin by saying Thank you. Thank you for choosing Tiny Erica. Thank you for trusting me with your orders and special custom projects. Thank you for your support. You brought so much joy and light to my year, and it's my hope that my work has done the same for you.

With gratitude,
Erica
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Designed on paper, crafted by hand, and made to last, Tiny Erica Jewelry is a collection of sleek architectural 14k gold and sterling silver jewelry that empowers self expression and creativity within the wearer. Hand fabricated by yours truly in my Cleveland, Ohio studio, the line is influenced by forms and textures found in nature and combines organic silhouettes with a streamlined geometric aesthetic, resulting in a collection that is luxurious, playful, and a testament to Tiny Erica Jewelry’s commitment to the creative process and you — my customers and clients!

I love working with clients to create one of a kind custom designs that will be cherished for years to come. If you have an idea for a one of a kind gift for yourself or someone you love — engagement rings or wedding bands, mother’s rings, gents accessories, or even a just-because piece — please reach out! I'd love to work with you.

For detailed information about custom work, the materials I work with, shipping and return policies, and how to clean your jewelry, please check out the shop's Policies and FAQ sections at the very bottom of this page. Do you have a question not addressed down below? Please reach out right here through Etsy or via email!

Follow Tiny Erica Jewelry for exclusive offers, sales, behind the scenes sneak peeks, and events:
https://tinyerica.com
https://instagram.com/tinyerica
https://facebook.com/tinyerica
https://pinterest.com/tinyerica
hello [!at] tinyerica.com
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For detailed information about holiday shipping deadlines please visit the USPS:
https://www.usps.com/holiday/holiday-shipping-dates.htm

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 30, 2020

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic turn around times have been adjusted to reduce trips to the USPS mail box to once a week in an effort to practice greater social distancing and reduce the chances of possible exposure to all parties involved in the shipping process. Additionally, mail carriers are currently experiencing exceptionally high shipment volumes which may result in possible delays in delivery, so please note that at this time delivery times are not guaranteed. Thank you so much for your understanding, patience, and kindness.

Lastly, I want to take a moment to thank you for your support in 2020. I was totally floored by all of your online orders, custom requests, collaborations, and kindness, and I’m unspeakably grateful for you. Nothing I write here will properly capture the depth of my gratitude, so I’ll just begin by saying Thank you. Thank you for choosing Tiny Erica. Thank you for trusting me with your orders and special custom projects. Thank you for your support. You brought so much joy and light to my year, and it's my hope that my work has done the same for you.

With gratitude,
Erica
___________________________________________________

Designed on paper, crafted by hand, and made to last, Tiny Erica Jewelry is a collection of sleek architectural 14k gold and sterling silver jewelry that empowers self expression and creativity within the wearer. Hand fabricated by yours truly in my Cleveland, Ohio studio, the line is influenced by forms and textures found in nature and combines organic silhouettes with a streamlined geometric aesthetic, resulting in a collection that is luxurious, playful, and a testament to Tiny Erica Jewelry’s commitment to the creative process and you — my customers and clients!

I love working with clients to create one of a kind custom designs that will be cherished for years to come. If you have an idea for a one of a kind gift for yourself or someone you love — engagement rings or wedding bands, mother’s rings, gents accessories, or even a just-because piece — please reach out! I'd love to work with you.

For detailed information about custom work, the materials I work with, shipping and return policies, and how to clean your jewelry, please check out the shop's Policies and FAQ sections at the very bottom of this page. Do you have a question not addressed down below? Please reach out right here through Etsy or via email!

Follow Tiny Erica Jewelry for exclusive offers, sales, behind the scenes sneak peeks, and events:
https://tinyerica.com
https://instagram.com/tinyerica
https://facebook.com/tinyerica
https://pinterest.com/tinyerica
hello [!at] tinyerica.com
_________________________________________
For detailed information about holiday shipping deadlines please visit the USPS:
https://www.usps.com/holiday/holiday-shipping-dates.htm

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About TinyErica

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Tiny Erica Jewelry empowers creativity and self expression within the wearer.

Hello, and thanks for visiting Tiny Erica Jewelry. Each piece of jewelry you see within my collection is carefully and lovingly designed on paper, crafted by hand, and made to last utilizing high quality and ethically sourced sterling silver, 14k gold, and gemstones. Express and empower your unique creativity and style with your favorite pieces from the line.

T H E W O R K

From a gratifying process of play and exploration, the earliest iteration of Tiny Erica Jewelry was born in 2012 as a simple examination of aesthetics and design principles that were of great interest to me after obtaining my BFA in 2009. Over time the collection metamorphosed into something refined and playful, combining sleek clean lines with just the right amount of rough-and-tumbled texture to create a collection of jewelry that is minimal, durable, versatile, and incredibly expressive and fun to wear.

The design principles utilized in my work are informed by my educational background in graphic design as well as my current surroundings and experiences: shapes and textures found in nature are reduced to simple linear patterns and lightweight architectural structures in the heirloom-quality pieces in the collection.

I do my best to ensure that the work is created using best practices, ethically sourcing and recycling as much material as possible. I often melt down my scraps of silver and gold to reuse them, and my tools, stones, and any additional materials are sourced from fair and sustainable companies that I trust.

T H E A R T I S T

For me personally, metalsmithing has always been an incredibly gratifying process of play and exploration: the ideas that strike at a moment's notice (or after many long hours of brainstorming), the numerous sketches made to work out the logistics of constructing a piece, carefully choosing materials that work best with each design, and finally working with my own two hands to build the work -- forging, soldering, shaping, filing, sanding, polishing, and stone setting. It's challenging and cathartic, and with each new piece of jewelry that I create I learn something new about both the process and myself.

Shortly after obtaining my BFA in 2009 with dual degrees in graphic design and metalsmithing I obtained my first job in the jewelry industry where I worked as the bench jeweler for a mom and pop jewelry store in my hometown fixing and repairing heirloom pieces as well as designing one of a kind items for both the shop and our clientele. Later I worked for several years as a metalsmith for a production company in my current city, Cleveland, OH. All the while I dreamt of starting my own small business, so in August 2016 I made the decision to dedicate myself fully to Tiny Erica Jewelry and left my full time job to pursue what I love.

In addition to hand fabricating my own production line I also love collaborating with clients and customers to create beautiful one-of-a-kind heirlooms that will be loved and cherished for generations to come.

Thank you for visiting the shop today. Please keep in touch, as I would love to work with you.

Shop members

  • Erica Montejo

    Owner, Creator, Metalsmith

    Metalsmith behind Tiny Erica Jewelry. Lover of good design, good company, good ideas, and cups of tea. Based in Cleveland, OH.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 12, 2021
Please carefully read listing descriptions before making a purchase, as they include detailed measurements and additional information about each piece of jewelry in the shop, including production times. I also strongly recommend knowing your ring size before completing a ring purchase. If you are unsure of your ring size, my best recommendation is popping over to a local jewelry store, as most establishments will size you for free! This is the most accurate and reliable way to determine your ring size and ensure a proper fit. Alternatively, I now offer adjustable plastic sizers in my shop (Follow this link to view the listing and purchase a plastic ring sizer: https://www.etsy.com/listing/554801227/reusable-plastic-finger-sizing-gauge-for?ref=shop_home_active_1).

If you need any assistance or have questions regarding pieces in the shop, personalizations, or your very own one of a kind custom piece, please reach out here on Etsy or via email; I'd love to collaborate with you!

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Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 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
Returns and exchange details
▪️ Custom Orders (pieces designed and hand fabricated specifically for you) are non-refundable, non-returnable, and ineligible for exchange due to the very specific and personalized nature of the custom-made piece.

▪️ Made To Order items may differ slightly from original images in a listing due to the nuanced nature of the materials being used, especially the natural subtleties and anomalies present in the stones as well as any textures that are hand-applied to the metals.

▪️ All items being returned or exchanged must be returned in their original unworn condition in their original packaging to prevent damage in transit. Additionally, do not use letter envelopes to mail jewelry. I recommend using a padded bubble mailer or small corrugated cardboard box to protect your jewelry while in transit.

▪️ Items that have been damaged or altered in any way do not qualify for refund, return, or exchange.

▪️ Returns incur a 20% restocking fee.

▪️ Sale Items are non-refundable and non-returnable.

▪️ Refunds and exchanges do not include shipping charges to or from your address. Buyer is responsible for all associated postage fees.

▪️ Buyer is responsible for postage fees incurred for resizings, rebuilds, repairs, etc.
Payment
All major credit and debit cards are accepted through through Etsy's Direct Checkout as well as PayPal.

Payments are due before any item can be made (in the case of made-to-order and custom pieces) or shipped (in the case of ready-to-ship pieces) to the customer.

Please contact me if you are interested in a payment plan!
Shipping
Production Times for each piece in the shop vary and are separate from shipping times:
- Ready to Ship items: 3 - 5 business days
- Made to Order items: 1 - 2 weeks
- Custom orders: Vary greatly from project to project. Anticipate a minimum of 6 weeks; may take up to 12 weeks depending on the complexity of the project. Find more detailed information about custom work in the Additional Policies section below.

▪️ Tiny Erica Jewelry is not responsible for delays in shipping caused by your mail carrier. Once orders are shipped, mail carriers may face unforeseen events and circumstances that could cause delays in delivery. Please contact your local mail carrier for information regarding tracking information and expected delivery dates.

▪️ The default shipping method is USPS First Class Mail unless otherwise chosen at checkout. If you wish to use FedEx or UPS to ship your items please contact me with your zip code before placing your order and I'm happy to calculate shipping costs and update the listing to include these costs for you!

▪️ If you need an item sooner than a date described in a listing please contact me BEFORE placing your order so that I can make arrangements to ensure a timely delivery. RUSH FEES may apply.

▪️ INTERNATIONAL BUYERS may be responsible for additional customs fees depending on your location, so please be aware of your local postal service and customs policies before completing a purchase. Tiny Erica Jewelry is not responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply to you shipments.

▪️ HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES: Each year toward the end of October I share my holiday order cutoff dates to my shop's Announcements section. These dates are generally earlier than USPS cutoff dates with respect to production and processing times for my work. I strongly recommend ordering early and upgrading to an expedited shipping option when purchasing gifts for the holidays, as mail carriers often face circumstances that can cause delays during the holiday season. Visit the USPS website to learn more about their shipping deadlines based on your location: https://www.usps.com/holiday/holiday-shipping-dates.htm
Additional policies and FAQs
If you're unsure of your ring size I now sell reusable plastic ring sizers in my shop to help you find your proper ring size: https://www.etsy.com/listing/554801227/reusable-plastic-ring-sizing-gauge-for?ref=shop_home_active_1
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🔹 INFORMATION ABOUT CUSTOM ORDERS🔹
Custom orders (pieces designed specifically for you) are non-returnable and non-refundable due to their specific and personalized nature. They generally take a MINIMUM of 6 weeks and sometimes up to 12 weeks to build. The average processing time is about 8 weeks.

The details:
Every custom piece typically begins with a consultation (either physically, virtually, or via email) to discuss your inspirations, the occasion, the recipient, your preferred materials, any need-by dates, and your budget. If after the consult we both feel good about the project and would like to move forward with the build a non refundable deposit of $100 is required before I begin the design process (this deposit goes toward the total cost of the finished piece and reserves your spot in my books). At this time I'll ask for your zip code to calculate sales tax then email you the invoice for your deposit, and it’s time to take to the drawing board. The design process can be as collaborative as you’d like and often involves a lot of back and forth to work out the intricacies and details for the piece. This step is usually the most time consuming, typically taking anywhere from 2-5 weeks to navigate. Once we narrow in on a final design and agree upon a payment plan for the remaining balance of the piece I'll invoice for the next installment, source any needed materials (which takes anywhere from 2-3 weeks) and build out the piece (1-3 weeks production time). Once the piece is completed and paid for in full, arrangements will then be made for either pickup or delivery (in light of current events, local pickup is currently unavailable and all custom orders will be shipped upon completion. The same is also true of in-person consultations at this time).

🔹 PRICING FOR CUSTOM WORK🔹
🔹 Sterling silver pieces are assessed and accepted on a case-by-case basis and typically begin at $250+.
🔹 Custom 14k Gold pieces may begin as low as $500 for a simple charm or a dainty pair of earrings and can easily work their way up from there. Engagement rings typically begin around $1000 and generally fall in the ballpark of $1500-3500. Gold pricing varies greatly from project to project because each build is so deeply specific to the individual I’m working with, but I’m able to work with most budgets. Additionally, I also offer flexible payment plans to keep this process simple and approachable for folks!

🔹 For every rule there is an exception, so if you have an idea for a custom piece reach out and I'm happy to provide more insight into timelines and pricing for your specific idea or request!

If you are interested in one-of-a-kind custom work please reach out. I'd love to work with you!

More information

Last updated on Jan 12, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Gift Wrapping and Gift Notes:

Don't love wrapping gifts? Or maybe you plan to drop ship your order directly to your loved ones this holiday season (or anytime, really)? Let me take care of the gift wrap for you!

There is no additional charge for a hand written gift note, and there is a small additional fee of just $4 USD per order for gift wrapping. Simply mark your order as a gift at checkout to see your gift options.

If you opt for gift wrap your Tiny Erica Jewelry order will be carefully boxed and wrapped in decorative recyclable brown craft paper with a simple twine or ribbon bow.

What Is the Process of Placing a Custom Order?

Custom pieces are non-returnable & non-refundable, & they average 4-12 weeks to make. Message me here or via email at hello@tinyerica.com with your requests!

The process begins with a consultation to discuss inspirations, the recipient, the occasion, preferred materials, need-by dates, & your budget. Next, a non-refundable deposit is required to begin the design process, at which point I'll sketch a handful of designs for you to choose from (timeline averages 3-5 weeks). Once a final design is chosen we'll arrange a payment plan for the remaining balance. Next, I'll source materials (2-3 weeks) & build out the piece (1-3 weeks). Once payments are complete & the piece is finished arrangements will be made for a local pick up or shipment!

Custom Order Pricing:

Custom gold builds GREATLY vary in price, but may begin as low as $500+ for a very simple pendant or earrings, or $1000+ for an engagement ring, & quickly work their way up depending on the design complexity, materials, and labor.

Custom sterling silver pieces are assessed and accepted on a case-by-case basis and typically begin at $250+.

These numbers are very general ballparks and for every rule there is an exception, so if you have an idea for a custom piece please reach out with your idea! I’m generally able to work with most budgets and I'm always happy to provide more detailed insight into pricing for your one of a kind concept!

Additionally, I also offer payment plans and flexible timelines to keep this process simple!

What materials are used to make your jewelry?

I work with sterling silver and 14k yellow, rose, and white gold. Look to product descriptions to find more specific and detailed information about individual pieces in the collection, such as precious metal type, type of stones, measurements, sizing, etc.

For folks with nickel sensitivities: sterling silver, yellow gold, and rose gold are generally nickel free. White gold does contain nickel.

Can you repair my broken jewelry?

I do not offer jewelry repair services except for Tiny Erica Jewelry pieces.

Can you work on custom pieces remotely with folks outside of Cleveland?

Absolutely! I have years of experience working remotely with folks to design beautiful one-of-a-kind custom pieces. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have an idea for a special custom piece and we can schedule a safe and socially distant video chat, phone call, or we can even discuss your ideas over email if you prefer!

Jewelry Cleaning Tips:

Gold does not tarnish, but sterling silver will tarnish with time. It's commonly caused by moisture in the air & even the pH level of your skin — this is normal and is the nature of the material — but by handling your jewelry with care and following best practices, you can prolong the life and finish of your pieces.



BE MINDFUL that commercial jewelry cleaners WILL remove antique & darkened finishes from pieces and can be too harsh for use on softer stones like pearls and opals, so proceed with extreme caution.



I recommend using polishing cloths specially made for jewelry for general upkeep of your pieces. For a deeper clean that removes both tarnish & buildup from lotions and perfumes, see my DIY jewelry cleaner "recipe" below!

DIY Jewelry Cleaner Using Common Household Items:

This method is not intended for use on softer stones like pearls & opals, but is safe on harder stones like garnets, sapphires, rubies, etc, & is completely safe for sterling & gold!



In a small dish mix 1 tsp water, 1 tsp baking soda, & a few drops of liquid dish soap into a paste. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to gently scrub your jewelry with the paste, then rinse with water & repeat as needed. Dry your piece thoroughly with a soft clean towel.



Warm white vinegar also removes particularly heavy tarnish from sterling silver. Gently warm a small amount of white vinegar in a microwave safe cup, then dip your jewelry & scrub with the baking soda paste just as before. Rinse and repeat as needed. Rinse with water & thoroughly pat dry.

Tips For Tarnish Prevention:

- Tarnish is caused by moisture.

- Avoid storing jewelry in the open air, especially in humid climates such as the bathroom or the kitchen sink.

- Store jewelry in an airtight container when not being worn.

- Perspiration, perfume, & lotion can cause tarnish & buildup, so keep skin & jewelry clean & dry. Remove jewelry before using lotion & perfume, & make sure skin is dry before putting your jewelry on. This helps prevent buildup on your pieces & maintains their shine & luster.

- Avoid the use of chemicals while wearing your pieces. This includes chlorinated pool water & household chemical cleaners. These things may be damaging to the metal but are confirmed harmful to soft stones like opals and pearls, & materials like leather & wood.

My Favorite Tip For Preventing Tarnish:

Keep and collect the silica desiccant packets you often find in newly purchased handbags, wallets, or shoes, as they are used to absorb moisture in the air. Throw a few into your jewelry box to reduce tarnish when your jewelry is not in use! This won't prevent tarnish forever but I've found that it significantly slows the process.