Unique Handcrafted Jewelry

Tolland, Connecticut

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Crista Grasso

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About ambertortoise

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Elegant and Distinctive Handcrafted Jewelry- It's All in a Name

I have been obsessed with jewelry and fashion since I was a child. I was fiercely independent as a child (and still am) so I was determined to be unique so I started making my own jewelry and clothing accessories in grade school. That continued through high school and college- I even made my prom dresses. But then I got my first "real job" as a Project Manager. My free time was quickly replaced by work and travel for work and I felt like I lost my creative edge.

Every year, I would go on a primitive camping trip with my Dad, where I disconnected my phone and my laptop for almost 2 weeks. It was my time to make jewelry, read, and relax- get back to my creative side. At my annual primitive camping trip in 2004, I was given the name AmberTortoise in a Native American inspired naming ceremony.

To me, being given this name represented a new chapter of my life- the beginning of an exciting journey that could be anything I wanted it to be... and what I I wanted was to transition out of my career in the corporate environment to pursuing my passion and lifelong dream of being a jewelry designer.

What had been a hobby up to that point quickly became an obsession, then a business, and now my life... and I couldn't be happier! AmberTortoise seemed like the perfect name for my jewelry boutique.

I hope you love the jewelry you find here as much as I love designing or creating every single piece.

Shop members

  • Crista Grasso

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

Shop policies

Last updated on February 5, 2011
Welcome to AmberTortoise Creations and thank you for looking! All jewelry is hand crafted by me in my Tolland, CT studio. I use a variety of high quality materials with my favorites being natural stone, pearls, coral, sterling silver, pewter and copper. My designs are inspired by so many things, but primarily by the beads themselves and by the wonderful color combinations and textures surrounding me in nature.

Most of my pieces are one of a kind creations but I do offer a small line of limited edition pieces as well. My goal is to create beautiful, unique, timeless jewelry which reflects the personality and characteristics of the individual who wears it! Any piece can be resized free of charge and all pieces carry a satisfaction guarantee.

ATC jewelry is also available for purchase at the following locations across CT- The Silver Circle Gallery in Putnam, Peddler's Post in Storrs, the Jones Winery Gift Shop in Shelton and numerous fine art and craft fairs- visit for more details.

Thank you!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I try to accurately represent all items I list through the photographs and description, but if you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, you may return it. You can choose to exhange it for another item of the same value or request a refund of the purchase price. Exchanges or refunds will be issued once I receive the returned item in its original condition. Unless otherwise specified, all items are eligible for refund or exchange. Please contact me regarding a refund or exchange within 1 week of receiving your jewelry.

Also, keep in mind that adjustments to length can always be made for free, before or after purchase. If you realize an adjustment is needed after you receive your item, simply send it back and I will make the adjustment. You are only responsible for the shipping charges.
Please submit payment within 3 days of purchase. If other arrangements are required, please convo me. I accept paypal, personal checks and money orders.
Most items are shipped within 48 hours of cleared payment, unless the item description specifies something different.

Jewelry is shipped standard USPS First Class mail. Within the US, I find First class mail to ship very quickly, but if you want to be guaranteed delivery within 3 days, just let me know and we can upgrade your shipping to Priority Mail which is currently $4.95.
Additional policies and FAQs
Insurance is optional. It is rare that an item is lost or damaged in shipping, but it does happen. If you would like to insure your items, please convo me before submitting payment.

The current USPS insurance rates are:
For $0.01 to $50 in coverage, add $1.70
For $50.01 to $100 in coverage, add $2.15
For $100.01 to $200 in coverage, add $2.60