Northern European Iron Age jewelry reproductions

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Announcement    Baltic, Finnic, Nordic, Slavic? Reproductions from the Viking Age and beyond plus original work in silver and bronze. Continuing to honor the old gods and spirits today. Handmade in U.S.A. Books and media to support your reenactment and spiritual needs. Custom work welcome!

By completing a transaction, you are agreeing to be bound by all Etsy and Balticsmith shop policies described here: Please familiarize yourself with the policies and contact me to ask if anything is unclear prior to making your purchase.


Last updated on Sep 15, 2021

Baltic, Finnic, Nordic, Slavic? Reproductions from the Viking Age and beyond plus original work in silver and bronze. Continuing to honor the old gods and spirits today. Handmade in U.S.A. Books and media to support your reenactment and spiritual needs. Custom work welcome!

By completing a transaction, you are agreeing to be bound by all Etsy and Balticsmith shop policies described here: Please familiarize yourself with the policies and contact me to ask if anything is unclear prior to making your purchase.


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Andris Rūtiņš

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About Balticsmith

Sales 1,528
On Etsy since 2013

2nd career artist-craftsman returns to the passion of his youth celebrating his heritage.

I am Latvian, and I have always been proud of my culture. I began learning traditional Latvian metalry from Olģerts Kutcers, Kļaviņu Juris and others about four decades ago, and my primary focus has always been objects of adornment of the East Baltic Iron Ages. I have been able to set up a full workshop with the intention of offering my work to a broader public only now after the passing Beyond the Sun of my friend, teacher, and fellow craftsman, Pariņu Saša, who bequeathed me his tools. Thanks to fellow artist, teacher and metalsmith Spuru Lilita for her decades long friendship and support, to Guntis Zemītis, director of the History Institute of the University of Latvia, under whose supervision I had the honor of helping to excavate the Daugmale hillfort, and to the late Āris Alsiņš, founder of Senās Vides Darbnīcas (Ancient Environment Workshops) and my team leader in the metals restoration laboratory of the Latvian National History Museum (LNVM). Thanks also to my generous colleagues: Grencionu Kārlis, Daumants Kalniņš, Andris Grebis, Vitauts Straupe, Ieva Ozola-Barrett, Uģis Drava, Māris Braže, Michael Schwartz and Jānis Mikāns, archaeologists Arnis Radiņš, Irita Žeiere, Artūrs Tomsons, Jānis Ciglis, Ritvars Ritums, Ilze Loze and all the staff at the archaeology collections of the LNVM, and authors Anete Karlsone, Anna Zariņa, Roberts Spirģis, Ieva Pīgozne, Lilija Balgalve-Treimane, Agris Liepiņš, Vladislavs Urtāns and many more, and most of all to my patient and loving family: Daiga, Zinta, Guntis, Ilga, and Inta!

Shop members

  • Andris Rūtiņš

    Owner, Metalsmith, Designer

Shop policies

Last updated on August 14, 2022
If I am away from my studio teaching or attending an event as a merchant, I may not be able to ship orders until my return. See "Shipping Policy" for details.

Purchases are shipped with a complementary gift pouch and polishing cloth if appropriate, and they include an unlimited lifetime warranty for work made by my hand. If you buy it from me, and you have a problem with it later, I'll take care of you, as long as I am living and able. See "Additional Information" below for details.

I am very happy to take on custom work! Contact me, and let's talk about it!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 12 hours of purchase
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
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
I have made every effort to accurately describe my merchandise, including detailed photographs and approximate measurements. I make my work by hand, so sizes may occasionally vary by as much as ±10%.

If a stock product turns out not to be what you expected, you may return it within 14 days of receipt with all accessories in as-new condition for a 100% refund of the item price. Made-to-order standard items will be refunded at 80%. Bespoke commissioned works are non-refundable. In either case, insured shipping in both directions will remain your responsibility.

If have inadvertently misrepresented an item, I will reimburse the cost of insured shipping in both directions.

No claims for lost or damaged return shipments will be considered if they were not insured by you.

I carefully pack every shipment myself using multiple and redundant layers when appropriate; I even take care to wipe fingerprints off book covers before shipment. Each listing of used merchandise (books) discloses wear and damage in detail, and it is priced accordingly. Occasionally new hardcover books may have slightly bent corners due to the stresses of overseas shipping to me from the publisher. I am working to eliminate this problem, and I will ensure that any book reaches you in the same condition that I received it. All shipments are fully insured and will be adjusted, replaced, or refunded if damaged in transit from me to you.

Any claims for damaged merchandise will be considered only after return of merchandise along with all original shipping supplies. Damage to the merchandise must be consistent with damage to the packaging. I have had only two cases of damage out of over a thousand shipments, and that was before recently upgrading to sturdier mailers.

I stand behind both my merchandise and my service: I will promptly honor any legitimate claim meeting all the criteria above by your choice of replacement, credit, full or partial refund, or other reasonable remedy.
Purchases of in-stock items may be cancelled without penalty for a full refund at any time prior to their being packaged for shipping. A fee of $20 will be charged if a stock order is cancelled after being packed but prior to being shipped.

Made-to-order items must be cancelled within the first 24 hours of purchase for a full refund, otherwise they will be assessed a 20% fee.

Exclusive commissions not made of gold are charged a non-refundable 50% deposit when the order is placed, with the balance due prior to shipping.

Any commissions in 18K gold will also require a 50% deposit, but for those, I will refund 80% (I will keep 20% of the total price, which is 40% of the deposit) if you cancel the order.

In some cases, Etsy will charge and remit applicable taxes directly, such as 6% MD sales tax for orders shipped to addresses in the State of Maryland, and, as of July 1, 2018, a 10% GST on orders of less than or equal to $1,000 AUD shipped to buyers in Australia. Other states are also instituting plans to collect sales tax on online purchases from out-of-state. I am not familiar with the details of every locality, but any taxes collected by Etsy will be remitted directly to the taxing authority. All other online customers are themselves responsible for any applicable taxes.

In-person sales are subject to all applicable national, state, and local taxes, which I will collect and remit to the relevant taxing authorities.
I regularly adjust processing times based on my access to my studio and inventory. Shipping will be delayed if I am traveling.

Despite my efforts to ship within the indicated time and to keep my inventory up-to-date on Etsy, an item may be mistakenly listed as in stock when I have sold it in person, or an item may take more lead time than indicated. In the event of such an oversight, I will notify you immediately and offer you the choice of waiting until I can make or procure more, alternative products, or immediate refund. If an item is not available to be shipped immediately, I will make it for you, which may delay it 1-2 weeks or longer.

If rapid shipping is essential for you, please contact me via convo. or e-mail at Andris[at] prior to placing your order to get an estimated shipping date. I don't want to disappoint you! I promise to deliver by the agreed time for all hard deadlines such as weddings, etc.

All domestic (U.S.) orders are shipped insured for their full value. International orders are either insured for their full value up to the limit (currently USD 200, I believe) or registered, which will require a signature at delivery. I will attempt to contact you to authorize signature on receipt if appropriate. If in doubt, and I have not received a timely reply, I may choose to err on the side of caution and indicate signature required. While this slightly increases shipping costs, you are assured that if any shipment fails to reach your door intact, you will be fully compensated. This is important; I once lost several hundred dollars when a seller promised to insure a shipment but failed to do so. I will never subject you to that risk.

I ship to U.S. addresses via your choice of USPS First Class, Priority, or Express mail, and Media mail when applicable. I will ship to destinations abroad using the most economical and practical means available (usually USPS first class mail international).

I charge a modest handling fee of $4 to cover insurance and careful packaging in high quality shipping supplies. Overcharges for multiple items shipped together or items (books) that I am able to ship directly from Latvia to destinations outside the U.S. will be refunded promptly; If you don't see the refund within a few days, please ask.

Buyer will be responsible for all brokerage and customs fees for international shipments. Some countries have been known to charge customs duty of as much as 100% of merchandise value plus fees. I declare every shipment at its full value; please don't ask me to do otherwise. If you reside outside the U.S., please familiarize yourself with your local customs policies prior to placing your order.
Additional policies and FAQs
I would love to do custom research, design, and smithing for your special project! I will keep you updated and solicit your input throughout the research, design, and manufacturing process.

If you allow me to add duplicates of your custom product to my line, and I choose to do so, I will charge you either the regular retail price, as if it had already been in my store before I made it for you, or a modest surcharge (up to 35%) if you request modifications during production. In some cases, exclusive custom orders as well as those that would not be appropriate to my product line will incur research, development, prototyping (and for multiple units also mold-making) charges. Custom orders may take as little as two weeks or long as several months, in rare cases even years. I will estimate a completion date upon agreeing to take on the project, and I will commit to firm deadlines such as weddings.

I warrant all items made by my own hand to be free of structural defects for as long as I am in business and able to repair or replace them. They should never break under normal use. Please contact me if you have any problem with a handmade product at any time. I will repair or replace any structurally defective item free of charge. Determining "normal use" shall be at my sole discretion. Minor sub-surface casting defects (typically small cavities) that were not apparent when sold, but which have become visible due to wear are considered merely cosmetic defects and will be repaired for a modest fee. An example of a fully warranted structural defect would be a bubble within a ring shank or pendant bail that causes the shank or bail to break open.

Because ring sizes differ by country or region, and because there is some variability between measuring tools, I strongly recommend purchasing a ring gauge from me to confirm ring sizes prior to buying a ring. The $5 will be credited toward your next jewelry purchase. I will re-size or even re-make rings at no charge if they do not fit after having been confirmed by my gauge. My degree of precision for ring sizes is ¼ ± ⅛ U.S. size. I will quote a reasonable charge for re-sizing finger rings not confirmed by my gauge prior to purchase or after 14 days even if confirmed, as well as for repairs of damage due to daily wear or accident.

Chains, beads, and findings not manufactured by me are subject to limited warranty at my discretion. You simply can't expect to buy everlasting chains and mechanical findings (clasps, etc.) for a few dollars.

If you meet me at a fair or show, I do not have the merchandise you want on hand, and you pay in advance, I will ship as soon as possible at no charge.

Please contact me via convo or Andris[at] to discuss wholesale or consignment prices and terms.

I take commissions for custom work that involve casting in 18K yellow gold, but not 14K. If necessary, I can contract out casting in any karat or color such as white gold, but that may be more costly. I have found 18K to be not only more attractive, but also more durable, and I am equipped to work with it. I would need to re-tool to avoid contamination in order to cast in 14K. I will fabricate (saw, solder, forge, file, etc.) in any karat or color of gold you desire.
Your privacy is as important to me as mine is. I do not intend to ever share or sell any information about you with another merchant or any other party. If at some point in the future it may seem appropriate to do so, I will ask you to confirm your consent by opting in first.

I have not yet directed promotions at existing customers, except for very few individual cases, but I may choose to do so either directly and personally, or in an automated way through Etsy or some other service. You may opt out of subsequent mailings by contacting me.

More information

Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Sizing details

How can I be sure my ring will fit?
I'll gladly mail a ring gauge on request to confirm your size before completing orders for finger rings. I'll charge $5 for a gauge, which I'll either credit toward your purchase or refund if you return the gauge to me in its envelope clean and intact.

Custom and personalized orders

Can you make something just for me? How long will I have to wait?
I'm very happy to offer research, design and prototyping services! Custom orders can take from a few weeks to a few years, usually falling in the range of several months. If you need something by a firm deadline, let's discuss it, and I'll commit to it if I am able.

Custom and personalized orders

I'm looking for a book similar to those listed, but I don't see it.
I have many related titles in stock, but not yet listed, and I am always procuring relevant title both new and vintage from numerous sources worldwide. Whether your desire is a general topic or an author or even a specific edition, ask, and I'll see if I already have it or if I can find it for you.