AtoriaStudios

Art Jewelry | Silver | Copper | Bronze | Stone & Bead

Pineville, North Carolina · 117 Sales

AtoriaStudios

Art Jewelry | Silver | Copper | Bronze | Stone & Bead

Pineville, North Carolina 117 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Note from shop owner Happy New Year from Atoria Studios! I'm taking an extended break from my shop to work on other projects. ~ Victoria

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jan 9, 2016

Happy New Year from Atoria Studios! I'm taking an extended break from my shop to work on other projects. ~ Victoria

Victoria De Caro

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Victoria De Caro

About

Message from artist Victoria De Caro

From an early age, art appreciation and development of my creative vision was strongly encouraged by my grandmother, Eve, who was an art teacher and my biggest champion in life. She taught me how to expand my perception of beauty and form, and to recognize the many ways this is conveyed through individual expression. Like many others, I had lost touch with this part of myself because of the realities of daily life; Atoria Studios allows me to reclaim this part of my soul.

My current artistic focus is on making wearable art and jewelry. I especially love to work with metal clay, sterling silver wire, Czech glass beads, and semi precious stone to form an eclectic collection. If you are unfamiliar with metal clay, please scroll down to see my overview FAQ. I find it a fascinating medium that has much potential for exploration!

Living in the temperate American southeast with its diverse flora and fauna provides much inspiration. Many designs incorporate patterns and textures from my garden. woodland areas, and the sky above. Also, a keen interest in mythology and folklore undoubtedly plays a part in my designs though much like all mysteries this may not be readily apparent with casual consideration.

Thank you for taking time to read my story and support my quest for wholeness, greatness, and many undefined aspirations! Atoria Studios is now my full time pursuit and I have hopes for prodigious success with this new venture.

Warm regards,

Victoria De Caro
Atoria Studios LLC
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Metal Clay Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What is metal clay?
A: Metal clay is an organic, clay like substance that contains fine particles of metal. It comes in a variety of formulations offered by different manufacturers ranging from precious metals like gold and silver to copper, bronze, and specialty metals/alloys like steel, white copper, etc. Once formed, items are kiln (or torch) fired and the organic clay binder burns away, leaving the metal behind.

Q: What happens after a piece is fired?
A: Fired pieces are finished using traditional metalworking techniques including applying patinas, sanding, polishing, drilling, hammering, etc.

Q: Is the metal clay item I’m buying clay or metal?
A: The organic clay binder burns away during the firing process, so properly fired pieces are entirely metal.

Q: What is the difference between metal clay and cast metal pieces?
A: Although finished items are pure metal, they are sintered, much like pottery, so there’s more space between the molecules. This means the material is more porous than a cast item and also more delicate. The finished product is strong enough for everyday wear, but care should be taken to avoid rough treatment as damage may occur.

Q: How do I care for jewelry made from metal clay?
A: It’s best to wipe clean with a damp cloth or if tarnished, a light buffing with a commercial jewelry cloth is acceptable (metal only/avoid any stones or beads). Some items are coated with jewelry wax or other finishes to prevent oxidation and preserve applied finishes; buffing may negate the benefit of these treatments. Avoid soaking or ultrasonic cleaners, harsh abrasives, and chemical solutions. Spray perfumes and cosmetics should be applied before jewelry; remove jewelry before bathing or swimming.

Shop members

  • Victoria De Caro

    Owner, Artist, Designer

    I've been working in corporate America most of my adult life, so Atoria Studios LLC began as a way for me to reconnect with my creative side making art jewelry from high quality metals, glass, and gemstones at my studio in North Carolina.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 22, 2015
Atoria Studios LLC offers unique, handmade artisan jewelry made from metal clay in fine silver, copper, and bronze, as well as fashion earrings using fine lampwork glass, Czech glass, and gemstone beads.

Objects made from metal clay are solid metal once they've been kiln fired. If you are unfamiliar with the medium and would like an overview, please see the Metal Clay FAQ here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AtoriaStudios/about

Styles are as diverse as the maker, with offerings that range from clean contemporary jewelry to rustic and bohemian (boho) styles.

Listings are currently comprised of statement necklaces (see Texture Pendants), necklace and earring jewelry sets, and dangle earrings but plans are underway to expand the catalog to include additional metal clay decorative objects for the home as well as two dimensional artwork created by the artist/designer/entrepreneur behind Atoria Studios, Victoria De Caro.

Please note that many of my pieces - especially those made from bronze clay and copper clay - have a decidedly rustic feel. It is not my intent to create art that has the look or uniformity of mass produced, machined items. As such, variations in texture and form are a normal part of my creative process and should not be considered a defect in workmanship but rather a testament to the hand crafted and personal nature of each item.

By placing an order, you agree to the terms and conditions contained in this shop's Policy page, so please take a moment to review prior to purchase. As always, thank you for your business and feel free to Convo me if you have any questions!

Victoria De Caro
Atoria Studios LLC

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Returns are accepted on USA orders within 14 days of receipt for a full refund. Items must be in their original packaging and condition and in new, unworn condition. Please convo me for return instructions.

All sales are final on international (Non-US) orders due to practical considerations.

Buyer is responsible for return shipping costs unless there's been an error on my part. Atoria Studios LLC is not responsible for returns that are misdirected, stolen, or damaged in transit, so please consider using a carrier that provides tracking and insurance.

Once items are received, a credit will be applied back to the original form of payment; no direct cash refunds will be made on credit card purchases.

If you have an issue after the return period has ended, please Convo me to discuss options.
Payment
Payment is accepted via Etsy direct checkout (All major credit cards and Etsy gift cards) as well as credit cards and e-checks through PayPal. If payment is made via e-check, then shipment will be postponed until it clears. Note that this may add a couple of days processing time to your order.

Applicable taxes will be collected from North Carolina residents.

Cancellations are accepted any time prior to shipment notification. Returns are accepted within fourteen calendar days of receipt. Please see the Refund Policy section for details.
Shipping
ALL JEWELRY ORDERS SHIP FREE (USA ONLY)

JEWELRY ORDERS OVER $25 (not including tax) are sent via USPS Priority Mail. A tracking number will be provided to you once the order has shipped and takes one to three business days transit time depending on location.

JEWELRY ORDERS UNDER $25 (before tax) are sent via USPS First Class mail with tracking. Transit times are usually between one and three business days, depending on location. A USPS Priority Mail upgrade is available at checkout for $3.00 if you would prefer that option.

SHIPPING PRICES FOR HOME DÉCOR, VINTAGE, AND OTHER ITEMS are included with the item listing.

INTERNATIONAL (NON-US) CUSTOMERS: I currently offer shipping to select international locations. If you would like to purchase something from me and do not see your country on the list below, please Convo me and I will be happy to research shipping costs and requirements for your area.


SHIPPING NOTES/IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Tracking is provided on all orders to USA addresses. Insurance is standard on all International (Non-US) orders and Priority Mail upgrades are available for certain countries. Please see Global Shipping notes below for additional information.

Great care is taken to ensure that all shipments are well cushioned,securely packed, and sent via reputable carrier. Atoria Studios LLC assumes responsibility of shipments until delivery is confirmed by USPS. We are not responsible for misadventure once the item is delivered to your location (e.g., stolen from porch, damaged while left outside in the rain, etc.), so please ensure that the delivery address provided is secure or that someone is available to accept delivery.

A refund will be made In the event damage is incurred in transit. The buyer is responsible for providing documentation of any damage, including photographs needed for insurance purposes, and will be sent a postage paid shipping label to return the item. Because my jewelry is uniquely handmade, limited edition, or small batch, replacement items in the same style may not be available.

Orders are shipped to the default address that is on file with Etsy or PayPal, if that payment method is chosen. Please ensure that your mailing address is up to date prior to placing an order. If a package is returned to me as undeliverable, the buyer is responsible for postage fees to resend. If it is delivered to an incorrect address that was provided by the buyer and cannot be reclaimed, no refund will be granted.

If this is a gift or you have a special request, please add this in the 'notes to seller' box at checkout and I'll try to accommodate!

Please see the Etsy FAQ for information about how to place orders to separate addresses https://www.etsy.com/help/article/28. It's recommended that a separate transaction be made for each address.

In most instances, orders for ready made items received by 5:00 PM ET Monday through Thursday will ship the following business day. Any received after that time will ship the following Monday, unless it's a holiday. Please allow up to three business days for made to order items to ship. I will contact you via Convo if there are any delays.


GLOBAL SHIPPING / SUPPLEMENTAL POLICY INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL (NON-US) CUSTOMERS

Buyers are responsible for paying additional costs such as duties, taxes, and customs clearance fees and to obtain any permits required by their country. Shipping times given are estimates only based on information provided by the USPS. Atoria Studios LLC is not responsible for any inconvenience or loss caused by delays clearing customs.

Please include a local telephone number at checkout as many foreign post offices require this information on international shipments. This will not be used for any purpose beyond this transaction and your personal information will never be shared by Atoria Studios LLC for the purpose of marketing.

AUSTRALIA – Orders ship via USPS insured Priority Mail International and are typically delivered between six and 10 business days of mailing.

CANADA -- Orders ship via registered USPS First Class Mail International. The USPS does not provide information on transit times using this method, but it is known to take several weeks or more for packages to arrive so please plan accordingly if your purchase is needed by a specific date. No faster shipping upgrade is available due to local customs requirements.

FRANCE -- Orders ship USPS First Class Mail International with delivery confirmation and insurance. The USPS does not provide information on transit times using this method, but it is known to take several weeks or more for packages to arrive so please plan accordingly if your purchase is needed by a specific date. An optional shipping upgrade to USPS insured Priority Mail International (typically delivered between six and 10 business days of mailing) is available for an additional $10 USD. Please include a local telephone number in the Notes to Seller box at checkout.

GERMANY -- Orders ship USPS First Class Mail International with delivery confirmation and insurance. The USPS does not provide information on transit times using this method, but it is known to take several weeks or more for packages to arrive so please plan accordingly if your purchase is needed by a specific date. An optional shipping upgrade to USPS insured Priority Mail International (typically delivered between six and 10 business days of mailing) is available for an additional $10 USD. Please include a local telephone number in the Notes to Seller box at checkout.

IRELAND -- Orders ship USPS First Class Mail International with delivery confirmation and insurance. The USPS does not provide information on transit times using this method, but it is known to take several weeks or more for packages to arrive so please plan accordingly if your purchase is needed by a specific date. An optional shipping upgrade to USPS insured Priority Mail International (typically delivered between six and 10 business days of mailing) is available for an additional $10 USD. Please include a local telephone and county name in the Notes to Seller box at checkout.

ITALY -- Orders ship via USPS insured Priority Mail International and are typically delivered between six and 10 business days of mailing, though it may take longer to clear customs at this destination. Please include a local telephone number in the Notes to Seller box at checkout. Signature may be required.

NETHERLANDS -- Orders ship USPS First Class Mail International with delivery confirmation and insurance. The USPS does not provide information on transit times using this method, but it is known to take several weeks or more for packages to arrive so please plan accordingly if your purchase is needed by a specific date. An optional shipping upgrade to USPS insured Priority Mail International (typically delivered between six and 10 business days of mailing) is available for an additional $10 USD. Addressee must obtain an import permit issued by the Centrale Dienst voor Inen Uitvoer, van Stolkweg 14, Gravenhage.

SPAIN -- Orders ship via USPS insured Priority Mail International and are typically delivered between six and 10 business days of mailing. Please include a local telephone number in the Notes to Seller box at checkout.

SWITZERLAND -- Orders ship USPS First Class Mail International with delivery confirmation and insurance. The USPS does not provide information on transit times using this method, but it is known to take several weeks or more for packages to arrive so please plan accordingly if your purchase is needed by a specific date. An optional shipping upgrade to USPS insured Priority Mail International (typically delivered between six and 10 business days of mailing) is available for an additional $10 USD.

UNITED KINGDOM - Orders ship USPS First Class Mail International with delivery confirmation and insurance. The USPS does not provide information on transit times using this method, but it is known to take several weeks or more for packages to arrive so please plan accordingly if your purchase is needed by a specific date. No faster shipping upgrade is available to due to local customs requirements.
Additional policies and FAQs
The items I create are intended for use by adults only and are not suitable for children under 15 years old. This includes all jewelry, home, and vintage, and other items I offer for sale.

Materials used in the creation of my art and jewelry are fully disclosed, but skin sensitivities to metals can develop at any time. Liability is limited to refund of the purchase price of the item.

They type of items I create are not prone to breakage in transit or during normal wear. However if you experience an issue or don't feel your item has performed as expected, please contact me to see if it can be repaired.

My studio is non smoking and cat friendly.

I offer custom designed texture pendants in fine silver on a limited basis with prices starting at $250 USD. Please Convo me to express interest.

Wholesale enquiries welcome. My linesheet is available on Etsy Wholesale.