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Blue Quarry Designs

Trumansburg, New York · 18 Sales

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Blue Quarry Designs

Trumansburg, New York 18 Sales On Etsy since 2009

Announcement   Locally crafted jewelry and designs featuring Finger Lakes beach stones, paired with recycled metals and antique, vintage, used and recycled beads from around the world.

Each unique design is built by hand in Trumansburg, New York (near Ithaca) in the heart of Upstate New York's Finger Lakes wine country.

The Blue Quarry Story

In the mid-1800s, Charles Ogden and Tertullus King began quarrying flagstones from the Genesee slate layers located on lands along the west side of Cayuga Lake. Blue-toned flagstone from the King/Ogden "Blue Quarry" was exhibited at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial and won an award for its unusual quality and appearance. For the remainder of the 19th century, Blue Quarry flagstones were shipped via boat and rail to pave the sidewalks of Manhattan and many other large Eastern cities. When cement replaced flagstone, the quarry was closed and Mr. King became one of the area’s largest fruit growers.
Today, those of us who own bits of the old Blue Quarry still use and love this local stone. Blue Quarry Designs strives to make beautiful items from this blue flagstone and other water-weathered, hand-gathered Finger Lakes beach finds, combining them with recycled, reused and recyclable materials. Please enjoy!

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Last updated on Nov 15, 2016

Locally crafted jewelry and designs featuring Finger Lakes beach stones, paired with recycled metals and antique, vintage, used and recycled beads from around the world.

Each unique design is built by hand in Trumansburg, New York (near Ithaca) in the heart of Upstate New York's Finger Lakes wine country.

The Blue Quarry Story

In the mid-1800s, Charles Ogden and Tertullus King began quarrying flagstones from the Genesee slate layers located on lands along the west side of Cayuga Lake. Blue-toned flagstone from the King/Ogden "Blue Quarry" was exhibited at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial and won an award for its unusual quality and appearance. For the remainder of the 19th century, Blue Quarry flagstones were shipped via boat and rail to pave the sidewalks of Manhattan and many other large Eastern cities. When cement replaced flagstone, the quarry was closed and Mr. King became one of the area’s largest fruit growers.
Today, those of us who own bits of the old Blue Quarry still use and love this local stone. Blue Quarry Designs strives to make beautiful items from this blue flagstone and other water-weathered, hand-gathered Finger Lakes beach finds, combining them with recycled, reused and recyclable materials. Please enjoy!

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Blue Quarry Designs Inspiration

Let me tell you a little about what motivates me to make my unique designs.

There are places where light plays on and through moving water, where water wears hard at hard shores. These places--lakes, rivers, and ocean shores-- have always beckoned to me. As I paddle my kayak along the shorelines of New York’s Finger Lakes, I gather beach stones and fossils, beach glass and other water-sculpted objects that delight and fascinate me.

I am also drawn to a certain sense of mystery that old things evoke—hints of stories past that shape the present. Old beads mutely collect stories through the years. They are handed down to children or friends, bought, sold, traded, buried, unearthed, carried along on journeys, lost and sometimes found, and worn again and again and again. From time to time, beads tell their stories through the words that travel with them. More often, though, they speak through what can be seen – telling tales in their patterns and patina, their shapes, the materials from which they were made and how they were formed.

So... using beach stones and other water-worn treasures, paired with story-laden beads and hand-me-down metals, I construct my unique designs—each with its memories of water-washed shores and ever changing light; each carrying its beads on the next leg of the journey.

I hope my designs will delight you and draw your eyes deep into the stories they have to tell.

Enjoy!

Linda Christensen
Blue Quarry Designs

FYI: I give at least $1.00 for each piece purchased to local charities. All materials used are recycled or recyclable.

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  • Linda Christensen

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Hello and welcome! You have arrived at Blue Quarry Designs, my shop on Etsy. I create pendants, earrings and other designs from Finger Lakes beach stones and antique/recycled/recyclable materials. Come in, browse, and enjoy!

Shop policies

Last updated on December 19, 2016
Welcome to Blue Quarry Designs on Etsy. I specialize in one-of-a-kind and hand crafted designs featuring Finger Lakes beach stones that are hand-selected during my kayaking adventures. In my designs, stones keep company with recycled metals and beads reclaimed from old jewelry or handcrafted from recycled glass. They play with old beads from around the world and antique beads traded into Africa and North America. You may notice other found objects from the lake shores, like beach brick, ceramic, glass, fossils, shell and wood. All the materials I use are recyclable.

Blue Quarry Designs was founded hoping to bless others with delight in nature's gifts while lending a helping hand to our environment and to people in need. I pledge to donate at least $1.00 per item purchased to local charities. (In 2009, Blue Quarry donated to Habitat for Humanity. Our 2010 donation went to Friendship Donations Network, which supplies area food pantries. Our 2011 donation went to Ithaca Health Alliance and Friendship Donations Network. 2012/13 donations went to Ithaca Health Alliance, Trumansburg Food Pantry and Community Faith Partnership, all helping local residents in need).

All Blue Quarry cards and tags are printed on 100% recycled paper (80% post consumer waste), which is manufactured using 100% renewable energy. Shipping materials are made from recycled paper.

Have a look at "Additional Information," below, for detailed information about my policies, including the materials I use.

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Payment
I accept payments via Etsy Direct Checkout and PayPal, both of which enable payment via credit card. Payment is due at checkout.

I add sales tax to all purchases shipped to New York addresses at an average 8% rate (accurate sales tax for New York is not available via Etsy's checkout system). Please advise prior to purchase if you have a lower or higher sales tax rate in your county.

For our mutual protection, PayPal attempts to confirm all addresses. PLEASE BE SURE YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS MATCHES THE ADDRESS ATTACHED TO YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT!

Setting up a PayPal account is easy and free. Please contact me via "Conversations" if you want to purchase an item and are concerned it might be sold before your account is set up.
Shipping
Currently, I offer free shipping via US Postal Service or UPS for locations within the continental USA. Expected delivery time is 3-5 business days. I will ship purchases within 3 business days of purchase confirmation unless otherwise agreed.

Please use Etsy "Conversations" prior to purchase to request other mail options. I will try to accommodate you. You will need to pay the full cost of upgraded shipping and, if extra time is required, I may charge a small handling fee.

I do not ship internationally at this time, but please use Etsy "Conversations" to contact me if you are interested.
Refunds and Exchanges
My designs are one-of-a-kind, so I don't generally accept returns. However, if you are terribly unhappy with your purchase, please contact me via "Etsy Conversations" within 5 days of receiving your package. I don't want you to go away unhappy and will work with you to find something that will please you. If we decide on an exchange, you would need to pay the return postage and pre-pay shipping and price differences for exchanged items unless the exchange is due to a defect.

For information on what to do in case of broken stones or parts, please see "Additional Information," below.
Additional policies and FAQs
SEE MY DESIGNS IN PERSON:

Ithaca, NY:
15 Steps--a truly special gift shop in Center Ithaca, the Commons. 15 Steps has a large collection of Blue Quarry designs featuring Cayuga Lake / Finger Lakes beach stones and has first pick of my designs. Find designs incorporating Finger Lakes beach glass and beach fossils and some of my multi-focal point necklaces (not to mention other amazing gifts, clothing--even chocolate) and unmatched service!

Also in Ithaca, visit Museum of the Earth for a look at their select collection of Blue Quarry Designs featuring Finger Lakes beach stones and beach fossils. Their shop offers Blue Quarry wine glass tags, etc.

Trumansburg, NY:
Sundrees: Our very own and very lovely local gift shop carries Blue Quarry Designs wine glass tags.

Geneva, NY
Stomping Grounds, on Castle Street: Find a representative collection of both Blue Quarry Original and Blue Quarry Elemental designs at this destination for antiques, ephemera, fine art framing, and coffee (with an upstairs lounge to enjoy--don't miss it!). I also participate periodically in "Geneva Night Out" events at this location.

Rochester, NY, area:
Craft Company No. 6: See a large collection of my designs at Rochester's "go to" craft and gift boutique. This shop is a delight to experience!

Kittelbergers: Find Blue Quarry jewelry among the endless wonderful gifts at this family-run flower and gift shop in nearby Webster.

Corning, NY:
Corning Museum of Glass, Glass Market: The nation's largest museum gift shop carries a large selection of Blue Quarry Designs beach glass and glass bead creations. Don't miss the museum!

Canandaigua, NY area
Renaissance: A much-loved gift shop located on Main Street in the village of Canandaigua (at the north end of Canandaigua Lake), has a large and varied collection of my work.

Albany, NY
Silver Parrot, a wonderful, family-run jewelry store, is an Albany institution. They now feature my designs at their Stuyvesant Plaza location among the collections by NY artisans.

Louisville, KY:
Backyard Birds (in the Trader Joe plaza, in the back) carries an owner-selected collection of Blue Quarry designs. This shop carries Blue Quarry wine charms, earrings, and pendants on leather and chain, Blue Quarry Elemental pendants on sterling chain, as well as a wonderful collection of bird and nature-related original art.

McLean, VA:
The Artisans of McLean: See a varied and ever-changing sampling of Blue Quarry Designs jewelry in this fun, eclectic setting in the Washington, DC, metro area of northern Virginia.

Other gift shops, from Gloucester, MA, to Plainville, CT, to Skagway, AK, carry some of my work. Ask at your local gallery.



PLEASE READ ON: You will find a lot of important information regarding the findings I use, how to handle and care for your jewelry and what to do if something breaks.

HANDLING:
Please keep in mind that your pendant will slip off its chain very easily if an end is dropped. To avoid breakage, it's best to put on and remove your jewelry over a towel or soft surface. Be especially careful not to wedge stones against hard surfaces or place uneven pressure on them. When traveling, nest your jewelry in cushioning materials and place in a rigid box.

CLEANING: To clean your jewelry, use a cotton ball lightly dampened with alcohol, wipe gently, dry quickly and thoroughly. If using water, use a damp cloth and dry thoroughly and immediately. For sterling chains, bails and wire wrapping, use a silver polishing cloth designed for that purpose. To restore shine to brass and bronze, use cleaners designed for those metals (white vinegar combined with salt works well). Oxidized (darkened) parts of designs will loose their dark color if they come in contact with chemical cleaners, so be careful.

FINDINGS (chains, ear wires, jump rings, clasps, etc.):
Bright silver ear wires are sterling silver. Gold ear wires are gold-filled. Wine tag hoops are silver or gold-plated brass. Most others are plated or oxidized alloys of various base metals, which may contain steel, copper alloys (brass, bronze, etc.), aluminum and other metals. I cannot guarantee content, but my distributors assure me that they test, at minimum, for nickel and lead content.* All findings are sold to me as 1) free of the above or 2) meeting strict California and or European standards for maximum amounts of lead and other heavy metals allowed in goods used by adults.

The beads in my designs are mostly old or antique. Therefore, the actual composition of glass and metal beads is unknown. New Czech beads are manufactured in environmentally responsible factories and meet, at minimum, California lead standards for adults.

Blue Quarry Elemental designs use sterling silver and oxidized sterling silver chains manufactured in Italy to highest standards. Wire wrapping and most metal parts are hand-fabricated from recycled-content wire and sheet metals. This includes sterling silver wire and sheet, recycled Argentium silver wire (higher silver content and slower to tarnish), recycled content phosphor bronze wire & sheet (copper, tin & phosphorus), recycled content jeweler's brass wire & sheet (copper & zinc) and recycled content (when available) copper wire & sheet. I occasionally use tarnish resistant or raw copper wire the recycled content of which I am unable to confirm (due to manufacturing processes used with pure copper). In some designs, I add a vintage or recycled content bead or two.

To be safe, please assume that the findings and beads I use are not suitable for children or pets.

ALLERGIES: Although I have always been extremely reactive to findings not made of sterling silver (to which I do have a mild reaction), surgical stainless or high-content gold, I have never had a reaction to any of the findings I use in my designs—even after over 12 hours of wear. This is not, however, a warranty of any sort. Although I wipe with alcohol prior to shipping, always disinfect with an alcohol-dampened pad prior to wearing.

JUMP RINGS: Because many of my designs are made with large un-soldered jump rings and chains, they are easily adjustable, transferable and relatively safe to wear. While this is common sense, please be aware that, if caught or pulled, jump rings may pull apart and stones/beads may drop off. If severely pulled, chain links may open. While some large jump rings may be re-closed by hand, some will require tools to close and re-shape. To avoid repairs and injury, customers should not wear my designs while handling small children or pets and should be alert to the potential for snagging on surrounding objects.

STONES: My beach stones are tested for strength when collected, prior to drilling, and again prior to being used in a design. They are also lightly sealed with a penetrating sealer that does not change their color or texture. To renew protection, wipe lightly with a penetrating stone and tile sealer according to directions.

REPAIRS: In very rare cases, a stone may break in the course of normal handling. Also, in spite of my best efforts, findings are very occasionally defective. If breakage happens, please save all pieces and contact me ASAP via Etsy Conversations, explaining what happened -- I'll let you know what to do. There is no warranty on your jewelry but, within the first few months of ownership, if stones or clasps break due to defect (not abuse), I will do my best to replace them with equivalent items at no charge. I will ship completed repairs of this nature back to you free of charge.

Please note, however, that any stone may chip or break if subjected to knocking against or dropping on/wedging against a hard surface. Chains, clasps, pins and jump rings may bend, stretch or break under unusual pressure. If this happens, I will do my best to replace the stone or component, but will need to charge a replacement fee. You would need to cover shipping both ways, in this case. Thank you for your understanding.

WHOLESALE:
Blue Quarry Designs welcomes inquiries regarding wholesale sales and representation of my work. Please use Etsy "Conversations" to contact me. I will create custom listings for your orders.

CUSTOM ORDERS:
I welcome custom orders. Please contact me via Etsy "Conversations."

That's it, folks. I hope all this information will prove useful to you. Thank you for your interest!