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Handcrafted Gemstone Jewelry

Chicago, Illinois · 175 Sales


Handcrafted Gemstone Jewelry

Chicago, Illinois 175 Sales On Etsy since 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Welcome to Transfigurations Jewelry-- quality original handcrafted designs with gemstones, precious metals, and art glass. Custom orders accepted. **Except for cuff bracelets, all orders over $50 include FREE domestic 1st class shipping and discounted international shipping**


Last updated on Aug 17, 2016

Welcome to Transfigurations Jewelry-- quality original handcrafted designs with gemstones, precious metals, and art glass. Custom orders accepted. **Except for cuff bracelets, all orders over $50 include FREE domestic 1st class shipping and discounted international shipping**

Clare Pearson

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Clare Pearson

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Designing & Crafting with Gemstones and Metals

I started out making jewelry to indulge my love of gemstones; it meant I could afford to buy quality stones that I never would have been able to indulge in in a finished piece. Whether it is a simple strand of gemstone beads or a bezeled stone piece, creating with stones is always a delight and also very grounding. And working with metal is simply great fun-- even through the frustrations and challenges.

I am a certified Art Clay (silver metal clay) instructor, and partly trained and partly self-taught in metalsmithing. I design and make all my pieces myself in my home studio (aka the second bedroom), where I have soldering, forging, and casting stations, as well as kiln and a design corner. I do purchase most of my chains, some of my clasps, and, for now, my venetian glass (which is handmade by the seller); I buy these in the U.S. from reputable dealers. All other work is my own.

I prefer to work with genuine gems. I take care to purchase my stones from lapidary shops and artists who know their trade, and keep a constant watch out for the many and ever new fakes that flood the market, especially stones that get passes off as turquoise and malachite and such.

I also never use plated or "toned" metals-- silver is silver (fine or sterling), and my gold is all gold filled (I am looking forward to the day when I can afford to work with karat gold, which is still a little steep at close to $1030 per ounce). Lately I have also been adding some classic bronze work-- bronze is a copper/tin alloy which can offer a beautiful range of shades and wonderful antiquated patinas, and can be shaped and formed in ways not possible with gold filled. My bronze pieces are all sealed for wearability and pendants are typically hung on gold filled chains.


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  • Clare Pearson

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    love the concrete sensual quality of jewelry making-- working with the colors, shapes, and textures of stone and metal brings together so many of the elements that draw me to art. And playing with fire is alway a plus!

Shop policies

Last updated on August 30, 2016
Welcome to Transfigurations Jewelry! Here you will find one of a kind designs, handcrafted using pearls, genuine gemstones, art glass, and sterling or pure silver, vermeil (gold over sterling), and 14K gold fill. I do not ever use "toned" or plated base metals, and the description will always tell exactly what you are getting. Shop with confidence that you will be getting quality.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
I accept PayPal, Etsy direct checkout (credit cards), and Etsy gift cards.

Items shipped to addresses in Illinois will be charged sales tax, currently 9.5%, which will be added to the shipping.

PLEASE verify that your shipping address is correct and up to date in Paypal or Etsy, whichever form of checkout you use.

Please be aware of any VATs, import tariffs and any taxes charged by your country for packages received-- buyers are responsible for all local taxes, duties, and tariffs.

Custom orders require payment up front and are not refundable unless there is a significant defect. At the seller's discretion, a custom order that is judged able to be resold may be eligible for a partial or full refund. As custom orders require a significant investment in time and materials, if they are cancelled prior to completion, there will be a 50% cancellation fee.
All items are shipped within 24 hours of cleared payment, by first class mail, and include tracking and insurance. Orders over $50 ship FREE anywhere in the U.S. and for a discounted price to Canada.

International shipping is by USPS first class package mail, which is offered at a discounted rate for orders over $50.

Priority mail upgrades are available for US and international mail, and express mail upgrades are available for US mail.

International buyers are responsible for any import taxes, customs duties, or additional fees, and should recognize that, though infrequent, customs delays do sometimes happen and can add several weeks to delivery time.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want all my customers to be fully satisfied.

If an item arrives damaged or defective in any way, please return it within 14 days for a full refund or for repair/replacement (your choice). Your cost for first class USPS return shipping or flat rate USPS priority mail, whichever is less, will be refunded to you.

All items can be returned in original condition for any reason within 30 days for a full refund, store credit, or exchange. Shipping costs are your responsibility.

For your own protection, please get delivery confirmation when you ship, and insure the item for its full value. Refunds will not be given items that do not reach me or arrive with substantial damage from the mail.

For all returns, please FIRST contact me through etsy or email TransfigurationsJewelry [!at] for an authorization.

Please note: Custom orders are not refundable unless there is an error by the seller or the item is defective in some way.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do custom work, including bridal jewelry-- please contact me via Etsy convo or email at TransfigurationsJewelry [!at] to inquire.