♥ Genuine traditional Sámi jewelry from Lapland ♥

Tornio, Finland

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Last updated on Dec 14, 2020

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Genuine Sámi handicraft from Lapland

Genuine traditional Sámi jewelry
- Little piece of magic and beauty from mythical Lapland... with touch of chic and shiny
♡♡♡ Made in Sápmi ♡♡♡

- Braided spun pewter silver thread, hand stitched on soft reindeer leather and completed with a hand carved reindeer antler button.

♡ Every piece is unique and is for both men and woman to wear for both everyday and special occasions. These "timeless treasures" will with time and wear turn into a beautiful sparkling piece of jewelry and become even more attractive.

♡ These bracelets have been popular in northern Europe for a long time. Nowadays these handmade bracelets are quite popular all over the world but hard to find in stores.

♡ Craftsmanship is tradition, past, present and future. It is passed on from generation to generation and only by preserving it we will always understand the real value of the handmade.


These luxuriously handcrafted jewelry is called Sámi craft (duodji) and it is a time-honored Swedish tradition since the 1600s.

Sámi country - known as Sápmi - stretches across the northern part of Scandinavia (Finland, Sweden, Norway) and Russia's Kola Peninsula. The Sámi have been recognized by the United Nations as an indigenous people, giving them the right to preserve and develop their crafts, language, education, reindeer husbandry, traditions and identity. The Sámi are the descendants of nomadic peoples who had inhabited northern Scandinavia for thousands of years.

Spun threads of gold, silver and bronze have been found from the Viking Age, which was used to decorate their belongings with. In Hågagögarna outside of Uppsala, fragments of spun gold threads have been found, approximately 300 years old. The technique using tin wire, however, came later. The oldest discovery so far is from Lake Furen in Småland. It is believed to be from the 11th century. Even in Gråträsk, Norrbotten, old tin wire has been found, which also dates from the 11th century.

Metals like silver and tin were originally introduced and adopted to the Sámi through trade with outsiders like the Vikings and other Europeans via the arctic shore line. Most commonly used was spun silver wire. The Sámi people soon started using tin/pewter, as it was easier to process and slightly cheaper, a so called "poor man's silver". Today we works with a thread that is a combination of both metals, silver and pewter. Tin thread embroidery has been widespread among the Sámi people since at least the 17th century. Eventually, the tin handcraft disappeared, even from the South Sámi areas. By the turn of 1800-1900 there was hardly anyone doing tin thread embroidery anymore and in the end of the 19th century the technique disappeared almost completely. This was probably because the tin (and even items in silver) was condemned by the Laestadian revival for some time. Someone properly faithful would not adorn themselves with "ostentation an ornaments". But in 1905 Andreas Wilks found his mother's old tin wire tools and began experimenting. Eventually, he managed to both drag and spin tin wire. He did not do this the old way, instead of spinning it around a lendon he used a bear wire. He also simplified the actual spinning by replacing the old "twister" to a kind of distaff that the Sámi people used to spin wool yarn with.

Andreas Wilk held courses in Norrbotten, Västerbotten, Jämtland and Härjedalen. By doing this he saved a dying art form. Today, Sámi jewelry is produced by both Sámi people, and sometimes other craftsmen, mainly in Northern Sweden, but also in Finland. Sámi bracelets are most commonly made of vegetable tanned reindeer leather, reindeer antler buttons and thread made of pewter with 4 - 10 % silver, also nickel & lead free.

The Sámi traditionally made the tin thread by cleaving a twig of birch or alder in half and then remove the pith. The twig was then tied together with string. In the hole, a mixture of melted tin and lead. The tin rods then got pressed through small holes drilled in reindeer antlers. Once the tin was thin enough it could be sewn into beautiful patterns.

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Free Shipping

In order to keep shipping prices to a minimum, I currently offer free standard shipping for all International deliveries. Please note, standard shipping does not include tracking or signature on delivery. An order can be tracked, only if you have chosen a ”Tracked and Signed” mail service at checkout, at an additional fee.

Due to the cost of sending mail "Tracked and Signed" and to allow me to offer competitive shipping rates, I offer the option for customers to pay and upgrade their shipping if they choose so rather than increase my shipping costs for all customers, customers have the choice.

Do I provide "tracking'" as standard free shipping?

Proof of posting can always be provided, however I cannot be responsible for any items lost in postage should an untracked shipping method be selected.

When upgrading to ”Tracked and Signed” this does not prioritize your order. This does not speed me up, all orders are done in the order in which they come in to make it fair for all. Time of delivery is same as standard shipping.

I HIGHLY recommend a "TRACKED AND SIGNED" shipping method is chosen at checkout if you wish full details of your item(s) and their journey, for peace of mind :)

Care instructions

I don’t want your special moment to fade.
To maintain the quality of your new jewelry, please:

• Avoid contact with perfumes, body oils, and other chemicals, including household cleaners.
• Remove when sleeping, exercising, or doing other physically strenuous activities
• Do not wear it to the pool, spa, or the beach
• Do not use chemical jewelry cleaners
• Gently polish with a soft, lint-free cloth. Please do not use a metal polishing cloth
• Store your beloved jewelry in a cool dry place
• Please do not leave your little ones unattended while wearing this piece.

Please understand that I cannot be responsible for the condition of any items in circumstances where jewelry is not kept within this guidance.

My order has not arrived and the estimated delivery time has been exceeded.

Sadly, due to Corona Virus delivery can sometimes take longer. Due to covid 19 shipping companies have announced serious delays, particularly with international orders which are unfortunately out of my control. Consequently, estimated delivery times cannot be guaranteed and there is a chance your order to have a delay.

• FI: Please drop me an ETSY message if your order has not arrived within 14 days.
• INTERNATIONAL: Please drop me an ETSY message if your order has not arrived within 30 days.

If your order was shipped in time, the failure to receive an order by a certain date is not the reason for a refund.

My order is lost, what do i do?

It is rare that items become lost within the postal service. Please understand that once orders are dispatched, they are in the hands shipping companies and I have no control over the handling of your items.

If you choose to upgrade to "Tracked and Signed", then you will have been sent your tracking reference upon dispatch.

For lost-by-mail orders sent with a tracking code, a refund can be made ONLY AFTER receiving an official response from the mail service about the delivery/loss of the order. This may take up to two months from the date of the complaint.

Sometimes there can be a simple delay with the postal service that affects your order.

My item has been damaged in the mail

Should you receive a damaged item, Please drop me an ETSY message on the day of receiving your goods, providing a couple of photos of the item(s) and packaging you have received. I aim to respond to all queries within 24 hours of receipt.

I will replace item, or refund full cost of item plus all shipping, upon shop receiving damaged item.

Corresponding photos must be attached. The photo should be of good quality, which shows ALL the details of the breakdown.

Buyer must notify me if the item is damaged within 2 days from delivery of the item. I will not be responsible for damaged item if I'm not notified within this time frame. NO EXCEPTIONS.

I Need to Cancel My Order

Bracelets are made to order -> each bracelet is handmade according to each purchase. - usually I like to start work on these the same day I receive the order. If I have started work on your piece then often I’m unable to cancel the order. Please do contact me though as often we can come to some agreement.

••• All of my bracelets are handmade and custom, therefore I can't accept returns for bracelets. •••

My order has arrived & i have changed my mind, can i send my item back for a refund?

If no mistake on our part has been made, we cannot give any refunds or replacement on personalized items as they are made specifically for the customer and their own pre-agreed specifications.

••• All of my bracelets are made to order and custom, therefore I can't accept returns for bracelets. •••

For non-customized items, we hope that you love your items but in the event you are unhappy with anything we are happy to offer you a full refund (excluding postage fees). Your items must be returned to us in it's original condition & original packaging within 14 days of purchase. We reserve the right to refund your item if it is not sent back to us in it's original condition.


Returning purchases is at the customer’s expense (except where the item is faulty or defective, or is dispatched in error by us) and must be sent by tracked post. I will also not take responsibility for any loss or damage while in transit.

Once your return is received and inspected, I will send you an email to notify you that I have received your returned item. A full refund of the item/s (excluding any delivery charges) will be processed only if the product will be in a re-sellable condition (no chips, scratches or broken bits).

••• Bracelets •••
Refunds will ONLY be issued to items deemed either Lost or Damaged. Damage caused by an individual such as the customer will not be covered.

My item has been dispatched but i have put the wrong address, what do i do?

Before ordering please check your shipping address. If the address given to me is incorrect I’m unable to offer any refund or resend your order if already dispatched. If you catch me in time I certainly will change the address for you before posting.

If an item goes missing because I have supplied the wrong address I will take full responsibility and fulfill your wish for a refund or replacement.

••• Parcels Not Collected From Post Office •••

I cannot give any refunds or replacement if the parcel is returned simply because it has not been collected from the Post Office by the recipient or the address has been incomplete; refused or is incorrect.