Brightsmith

Handmade Eco-Friendly Stacking Rings & Wedding Bands

Austin, Texas · 8520 Sales

Brightsmith

Handmade Eco-Friendly Stacking Rings & Wedding Bands

Austin, Texas 8520 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(2429)

Announcement   Welcome and thanks for visiting Brightsmith sterling silver and gold stacking rings and wedding rings! The handcrafted pieces in this shop are made from eco-friendly recycled metals from regional suppliers and shipped in packaging made from post-consumer materials.

Helping consumers make the best-informed decisions about gemstones, metals, and production techniques is important to me, regardless of whether you choose to purchase here or elsewhere. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need assistance. I'll do my best to help you find exactly what you're looking for, wherever it may be!

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 26, 2018

Welcome and thanks for visiting Brightsmith sterling silver and gold stacking rings and wedding rings! The handcrafted pieces in this shop are made from eco-friendly recycled metals from regional suppliers and shipped in packaging made from post-consumer materials.

Helping consumers make the best-informed decisions about gemstones, metals, and production techniques is important to me, regardless of whether you choose to purchase here or elsewhere. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need assistance. I'll do my best to help you find exactly what you're looking for, wherever it may be!

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5 out of 5 stars
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mears815

mears815 on May 24, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

These rings are beautiful! Their exactly what I was looking for... their my wedding bands that represent our past, present and future! Angela was extremely accommodating as well! Love, love, love my whole experience!

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Updates

Custom wedding band commissions are always a pleasure! Sun and moon set with white moonstone and carnelian in antiqued, hammered sterling silver.
The most recent shipment of Welo opals I received are the flashiest I've ever seen. Truly, truly stunning! If this ring has been on your wish list, now is the time to order. Now also available in rose gold.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and opal seems to be the hottest stone this season! January 28 is last call for made-to-order commissions for possible arrival by February 14 by Priority Mail within the US.
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About

Brightsmith Jewelry

When I was very young, my grandmother would keep me busy while she sewed by giving me beads and buttons from her old sweaters. She taught me how to string these colorful and fascinating shapes together to create bracelets and other adornments. These were my earliest experiences with jewelry making.

As I grew older, my love of craft took a back seat, though I was lucky to have had the opportunity to study the essentials of gemology and gem cutting from the late greats, Glenn and Martha Vargas. I hoped to one day develop my craft to include smithing, but it wasn't until a decade later that I first picked up a torch.

After earning a law degree, I began working as a legal advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Since most of my working hours were spent speaking with clients over the phone, my hands were free most of the day; in order to keep my hands busy and my mind calm while counseling clients in crisis, I began making jewelry at my desk. Crafting became an important antidote to the high stress level of my day job.

Soon, I had so many finished pieces that I didn't know what to do with them all! I began donating jewelry collections for silent auctions raising funds for domestic violence nonprofits, and started selling smaller pieces on Etsy to subsidize more and more elaborate pieces for donation. I also began to invest in basic smithing tools.

In 2013, my little jewelry business became my primary occupation, though I still practice law at an agency that provides low-income artists with pro bono legal assistance.

I approach my business with the same community-first ethos as I do in my career as an advocate. My metals are sourced from suppliers who use recycled metals, and I've made it a point, when possible, to visit the premises of the vendors with whom I do business to ensure fair labor practices. Since 2008, my jewelry sales have enabled me to raise thousands of dollars in donations for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering women and girls.

All of the non-vintage items in my shop are covered by my lifetime guarantee (see my shop policies for details) and are handmade, packaged, and shipped by me from my studio in Austin, Texas, where I live with my husband (SamsVinyl.etsy.com), son, and two dogs.

* * * Return to my Etsy shop: brightsmith.etsy.com * * *

Brightsmith is a registered trademark.

Shop members

  • Brightsmith

    Owner, Designer, Goldsmith

    I personally craft each of the sterling silver and gold items in my shop from eco-friendly, reclaimed metals from regional suppliers. Helping consumers make educated decisions is a passion of mine, so please do contact me with any questions.

  • Christine

    Silversmith

    Christine provides invaluable production support during peak periods by preparing components for stone setting and finishing. An experienced jewelry designer, she holds degrees in Metalsmithing and Library and Information Sciences.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 16, 2018
... and thanks so much for visiting!

My primary objective is to create a piece that you will wear and enjoy. If you aren't completely happy with your purchase, please let me know -- I've never received a request that was too much trouble to try to accommodate.

I purchase my materials from regional suppliers of reclaimed metals, and all packaging is post-consumer or eco-friendly.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation: before item has shipped
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
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
I gladly accept returns or exchanges on stock items if notified within two weeks of delivery. A stock item is any item that's listed in my storefront and ordered without alteration requests (e.g., changes to materials, dimensions, or production method; listings titled "Custom Order").

Returned items must be received within 30 days in unaltered condition. I'm sorry that shipping costs and rush fees are not refundable in most cases, though costs most certainly will be reimbursed if I've made an error in fulfilling your order! Items sent back postage due will be returned to sender.

Rush orders and inscribed items are not returnable. For custom orders, returns will be considered on a case by case basis depending on cost of materials and resale value. Due to the cost of specially commissioned materials, custom orders accepted for return or cancelation will incur a 20% restocking fee. Only listings marked "Custom," items with customizations requested in the notes to seller at checkout, items returned with postage due, or items returned in used condition will ever incur a restocking fee.

Resizing custom, gold, or inscribed rings may require a small fee depending on the work required (most rings will need to be re-made to be sized down). Current turnaround time for resizing is 2 weeks.
Shipping
I ship daily via USPS with domestic tracking unless a different carrier is indicated in individual listings; most larger, solid gold orders will ship via FedEx for extra security. All orders over $250 will require signature confirmation upon delivery.

I guarantee all US deliveries until tracking updates as delivered, though this is not possible if an incorrect shipping address is provided at time of purchase. If paying by PayPal, please make sure your address is correct with both PayPal and Etsy.

» EXPEDITED ORDERS: Let me know before ordering if you need your item in a hurry and I'll do my best to accommodate you. Private-courier shipping may be required. Rush Fees may be necessary for expedited gold items to cover the costs of having raw materials rushed to me by courier. Rush Orders are considered custom orders and are not returnable.

» INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: Most countries charge customs and sales taxes (up to 22% of sale price in the EU and up to 78% in South America) on imported jewelry. Your local tax office will collect this from you before you can claim your package. Please message me if you have any questions about your local taxes and I will do what I can to assist you in finding the information you need. Buyer is responsible for the cost of return shipping for unclaimed international packages; shipping overages and return shipping charges may be deducted from return amount as a restocking fee.
Additional policies and FAQs
LIFETIME WARRANTY on Made-to-Order Items: Requests for repair of non-vintage pieces will be honored happily for the lifetime of the item. There is no charge for repair or replacement for damage caused by a defect in fabrication or design, or from normal wear in accordance with care instructions. Otherwise, charges may apply if the alteration requires additional materials, such as replacement stones. SASE may be required.

Requests for custom items or collaboration are always welcome and are a pleasure to fulfill.
Privacy
To fulfil your order, Etsy provides me with your name, email address, postal address, and the details of your order. I do not have access to your payment information. Please contact me directly if you wish to provide additional information, such as a phone number for private courier delivery notification.

I will use your information only as necessary to provide my services, such as fulfilling your order, settling disputes, providing customer support, for warranty fulfillment, or to comply with legal obligations, such as tax regulations.

If you have opted in to Etsy's marketing emails, you may receive information directly from Etsy about my products, but I do not retain a mailing list and will contact you only when it pertains to your order. I will never store your identifying information outside of the Etsy platform, except for the short period of time necessary to fulfill your open order. I will never share your information outside of Etsy without your express consent unless required by law to do so.

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you may have certain rights to how your personal information is used and stored. You may have the right to: access and receive a copy of the personal information to which I have access on the Etsy platform; request that Etsy change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information; and object to (i) my processing of some of your information and (ii) receiving marketing messages from Etsy.

If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information, you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

For purposes of EU data protection law, you may contact me by email at info [!at] brightsmithsilver.com, or mail to Brightsmith, 8225 Cross Park Drive No. 143354, Austin, TX 78714 USA.

More information

Last updated on Apr 16, 2018
Frequently asked questions

What's the best way to figure out my ring size?

The best way to figure out your ring size is to have a local jeweler size you. Most large jewelry stores offer this service for free. Since one ring size and the next varies only by tenths of a millimeter (smaller than a grain of rice!), it's best not to guess. I strongly recommend being sized by a few jewelers at different times of day, as your fingers tend to be bigger in the morning and when your hands are warm.

If you cannot visit a local jeweler, I do offer ring sizers here: http://etsy.me/25LlClF. However, sizing will be most accurate under the guidance of a professional who can advise you on issues such as fluctuating finger size.

Is ring sizing standardized? Why do some rings seem to run big or small?

Ring sizing follows the international standard shown in this chart: http://www.ringsizes.co/, though you might find that every ring seems to fit you differently! Common reasons:

➳ Fingers are larger in the morning and in the summer. Sizing can vary by a full size between AM and PM.
➳ Rings fit differently depending on width and style. Bands/sets over 3mm wide take up more space on the finger, so they create more friction and will feel tighter than a narrow ring in the same size. Your finger size is also usually not the same all the way up your finger, which is an important factor with stacking sets.
➳ Rings with stones (esp. engagement rings) are commonly undersized by at least 1/4 size. Do not base your regular ring size on your e-ring.

What should I know before choosing white gold?

Though white gold is very popular, it's not ideal for many wearers, as the standard formulation for white gold in North America contains nickel. It's estimated that 1 in 8 people are allergic to nickel, or will develop an allergy after exposure. Most nickel-based gold has been banned in the EU under the EU Nickel Directive.

If you have metal sensitivities, please message me for palladium white gold (European formulation) alternatives. Generally, palladium white will cost 20% more than standard white.

Do you use rhodium plating on your sterling silver or white gold?

No. Because the low-maintenance longevity of pieces is most important to me, I do not use rhodium plating.

Please note that rhodium plating is now the industry standard for larger-scale, US retailers, and the practice is rarely disclosed. If you're concerned about color matching your engagement ring, artisan white gold may not be your best choice, unless your e-ring is vintage or was also artisan crafted.

For more information on rhodium plating, see these articles on rhodium:
http://bit.ly/1quxwjE (Wikipedia)
http://bit.ly/1RONrQq (finishing.com, a jeweler's industry site)
http://bit.ly/1V9GkrA (fairjewelry.org, on rhodium toxicity)

I'm in Austin. Do you do local delivery or pickup? Do you sell in local brick and mortar stores?

No, I'm sorry, I don't do local delivery or pickup. My studio isn't zoned for commercial visitors, and local pickup voids many payment processor protections. All items must ship by trackable post.

I do not sell in brick and mortar stores. Since every one of my pieces is made to order, and my samples are usually pre-sold, I don't carry pre-made stock for local display. If you're in Austin, and prefer an in-person buying experience, convo me and I'll help you find what you're looking for in town.

Is there a warranty on your items?

Yes, all non-vintage items carry a lifetime warranty for repair or replacement. Please see my Policies page for details: http://etsy.me/26ntZEm

Do you include a metal purity stamp or maker's mark on your pieces?

All pieces large and flat enough are stamped with a purity stamp and my registered maker's mark. Rings with a flat inner band surface of 1.5mm or wider are marked 14k, 18k, 22k, or 24k for gold, or .925 for sterling.

Under US law, purity stamps must be accompanied by a signature or federally registered mark, so my trademark can't be omitted if the item is purity stamped. However, if you'd like ALL markings omitted, please include your preference in your note to seller at checkout.

Tiny bands (narrower than 1.5mm) and patterned bands can be difficult to mark without marring the outer surface of the band. However, if you'd like your piece marked and signed, without regard to possible surface marring, include your instructions at checkout.

I'm looking for a wedding band to match my engagement ring. Do you offer a matching service? Can I get a sample?

I'm always happy to look at photos of your engagement ring to help you select a matching wedding band. You can send photos or links to me via Etsy's messaging system.

If you're looking to match a specific band height, width, or shape, I commonly create custom bands in solid 14k, 18k, 22k, or 24k gold.

You may also choose to have a sample made in low-cost sterling silver, brass, or copper. Samples are not returnable, but the cost of the sample will be deducted from the price of your gold band, should you decide to purchase it from brightsmith.etsy.com.

This blog post, with lots of sample photos, might also help you match your engagement ring: www.brightsmithsilver.com/blogs/news/132814595

Care instructions

Precious metals are malleable should not be worn where they'll be subjected to abrasion or impact, such as while exercising. Jewelry should not be worn while bathing. Soap can get trapped under rings, creating an environment hospitable to microbial growth.

Special care should be taken with patinas (e.g., blackened silver, firestained copper). Patinas will fade with abrasion and moisture. Hot water from bathing will make patinas fade especially quickly.

Ethiopian Welo opals are also sensitive to water. If you get your Welo opal wet, the iridescence will return once dry, but repeated exposure may cause a Welo opal to lose its fire permanently.

Mother of pearl is not a stone but an organic material. Do not subject to heat or chemicals.

What's the difference between white gold, palladium white gold, and 950 palladium?

Since gold is always naturally yellow, a white metal must be mixed, or alloyed, with gold to make it white.

White gold, by North American standards, is an alloy of yellow gold and nickel. It is the hardest of all the precious white metal alloys. In 14k, it contains 58% gold. Unplated, it has a creamy, off-white cast.

Palladium white gold, the European standard, is an alloy of yellow gold and palladium, a metal from the platinum family. It contains no nickel and is hypoallergenic. It also has a creamy, off-white cast.

950 palladium is a platinum-family alloy. It contains no gold, so it does not have a yellowish cast, but is steely white. "950" indicates that it's at least 95% pure palladium. It contains no nickel and is hypoallergenic.