Artisan Handmade Reclaimed Silver and Gold Jewelry Gems

1349 Sales


Artisan Handmade Reclaimed Silver and Gold Jewelry Gems

1349 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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blacksanddesigns is taking a short break


Note from shop owner I'm taking a little break for the summer. I will still check my email if you would like to contact me. Any order that had been placed will be shipped out by 6/30/16.


Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 28, 2016

I'm taking a little break for the summer. I will still check my email if you would like to contact me. Any order that had been placed will be shipped out by 6/30/16.



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Textured sterling and flashy labradorite necklace

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Always in Motion

A few years back, one of my co-workers was having a jewelry party and she showed me a catalogue. After browsing through it I thought to myself, "I bet I can make these!". One pair of earrings led to another, a necklace turned into a few more. Before I knew it, I was teaching myself how to solder and fell in love with making sterling silver jewelry with semi-precious gemstones. I didn't think I was going to make a business out of the hobby. Then my sister-in-law told me about Etsy and the rest is history.

I'm a stickler for details (probably from my years of being an electrical engineer). I am constantly finding new ways to do things and learning new techniques. Since my self-taught days, I had taken classes and continue to attend workshops at the Creative Metalworks School of Designs in the suburbs of Washington DC. And once a week, I join a small group of metal artists like myself at the studio to swap ideas and techniques.

I'm an one-woman-show working out of my "organized chaos", aka my home studio. I design, make, photograph, market, package and ship all the pieces myself. I understand the importance to provide my customers with good detailed pictures and descriptions on each piece of jewelry I make. I want them to feel totally comfortable and confident with each order. I've work with so many wonderful customers and I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to do this because of Etsy. I hope you enjoy browsing through my shop. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you!

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Shop policies

Last updated on January 28, 2016
I'm so glad you stopped by Black Sand Designs! Here are my store policies. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Ring sizes are listed in each listing or rings are made to sizes provided by you. For all ring orders, please leave me your regular size during checkout. I will adjust your size if needed for wide band rings or stacking sets, since they will "feel" tighter than normal bands. PLEASE make sure the sizes you provide are correct since THERE WILL BE A $25 RESIZING FEE if the wrong sizes are provided. If you are not sure about your size, the best thing to do is to stop by 2 to 3 local jewelers to get your fingers accurately sized. PLEASE DO NOT go by the size on any ring you have because there is a difference between the sizes on a skinny band and a wider band.

I also have finger sizer that you can purchase. Please contact me.

Gold-filled materials are made of a base metal (usually brass or copper) covered by sheets of gold in a mechanical bonding process. It is required that the gold content is 5% or 1/20 of the total weight. It is hard wearing and with reasonable care, it will not peel or flake like gold-plated jewelry (which is electroplated with a very thin layer of gold). Gold-filled jewelry should last as long as solid 14k gold jewelry and it is safe for most people with sensitive skin.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
* I accept payment via Paypal (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discovery) and via Etsy Direct Checkout.

* A 6% sale tax will be charged to all Maryland purchases.
All in stock orders are usually shipped within 48 hours. Made-to-order jewelry usually takes 10-14 days BEFORE shipping. Please check my shop announcement for the most up-to-date turn around time for orders.

Shipment will be sent to the address provided by Etsy. If you need the shipment to be sent to a different address, please put it in the "Note to seller" section when you check out.

For shipping upgrades, please see SHIPPING UPGRADES below. Orders within the USA are shipped via first class mail with delivery confirmation which can be tracked online. International orders are shipped via first class international mail. Tracking is only available in the following countries:

*** Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, and Switzerland ***

It isn't required but highly and kindly recommended! The insurance rate is very reasonable. SELLER (me) IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SHIPMENT LOST DURING TRANSIT.

Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express (formally Express Mail) is available for US orders. Priority Mail shipping time is 1-3 business days and with $50 insurance included. Priority Mail Express shipping time is 1 business day and with $100 insurance included

Contact me if you need additional postal services (insurance, etc) or expedite shipping that is not listed. I'll be more than happy to help.

Please note that shipping charges DO NOT INCLUDE duties or taxes. I can also ship via registered mail or faster services via the US postal service. I cannot guarantee shipping time as it also greatly depends on the postal service of the destination country.
Refunds and Exchanges
*** Custom-made orders and Made-to-order items are not refundable
*** Shipping is non-refundable.

I strive for 100% customer satisfaction. If for any reason you are not happy with an item, please contact me first BEFORE leaving neutral or negative feeback! I will work with you to resolve the issue or be happy to exchange or refund your purchase price within 14 days of the transaction. There is a 15% restocking fee after the 14 day period. Returned items MUST BE IN ORIGINAL, UNWORN CONDITION.

* RESIZING FEE - Ring sizes are indicated in each listing or is custom made to the size provided by you. PLEASE make sure the size is correct. If you are not sure, visit a couple of local jewelers to get an accurate size. I would be happy to resize a ring that you purchased for $25 (which includes return shipping to you).
Additional policies and FAQs
Please note, I try my best to take good pictures for my jewelry pieces. Please do understand that colors vary with every monitor.