Brightsmith

Handmade Eco-Friendly Stacking Rings & Wedding Bands

| Austin, Texas
16,465 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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Announcement    ***** SHIPPING ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the recent COVID-19 resurgence, mail is running very slow in most locations. While the Priority Mail upgrade is still recommended, even expedited services are taking longer than usual. If your order is time sensitive, please contact me in advance of purchase to discuss upgrading to a private courier such as FedEx.

All signature confirmation services have been suspended in favor of contactless delivery unless otherwise requested. Transit time to overseas destinations is currently 8-12 weeks.*****

Welcome and thanks for visiting! The handcrafted pieces in this shop are made from eco-friendly recycled metals, third-party certified to be conflict free, 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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Last updated on Jul 31, 2021

***** SHIPPING ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the recent COVID-19 resurgence, mail is running very slow in most locations. While the Priority Mail upgrade is still recommended, even expedited services are taking longer than usual. If your order is time sensitive, please contact me in advance of purchase to discuss upgrading to a private courier such as FedEx.

All signature confirmation services have been suspended in favor of contactless delivery unless otherwise requested. Transit time to overseas destinations is currently 8-12 weeks.*****

Welcome and thanks for visiting! The handcrafted pieces in this shop are made from eco-friendly recycled metals, third-party certified to be conflict free, 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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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 with 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 2015, 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 regional suppliers who are certified by both SCS and the Responsible Jewellery Council for responsible sourcing (recycled, reclaimed, and conflict-free sources only). 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.

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  • 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.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 13, 2021
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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

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
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.
Returns and exchange details
I gladly accept returns or exchanges on non-custom, non-personalized items if notified within two weeks of delivery. "Custom" refers to items that have been made with customer-requested changes to materials, dimensions, production method, or production speed; selecting from the options available from the drop down menus within listings does not disqualify your item from return or exchange. "Personalized" refers to items with inscriptions or engravings.

Returned items must be received within 30 days in unused and unaltered condition. Buyer is responsible for all return shipping costs for returns, exchanges, and resizing. Items returned with insufficient postage will be refunded less the amount of the shorted postage. Rush fees are not refundable.

Rush orders, custom orders, resized items, and inscribed/engraved items are not returnable. Custom orders are commissions purchased from listings clearly marked "Custom," orders with customizations/rush requests written into the notes to seller, or orders with customizations/rush requests agreed upon via private message.

Resizing is complimentary in most cases, though custom or inscribed rings may require a small fee depending on the work required (rings with heat-sensitive stones may need to be re-made to be sized down, some rings may need additional material to be sized up, and inscribed items will need to be re-engraved). 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. Signature confirmation service has been suspended for the duration of the pandemic crisis, but may be requested (where available) for domestic orders totaling over $250. Courier delivery via FedEx or UPS shipping can be arranged for additional cost upon request.

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.

» RUSH 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. In rare instances, additional fees may be necessary for expedited gold items to cover the costs of having raw materials overnighted 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.

DUE TO PANDEMIC-RELATED TRANSPORT RESTRICTIONS, CURRENT SHIP TIMES TO DESTINATIONS OUTSIDE OF NORTH AMERICA MAY BE IN EXCESS OF TWO MONTHS.
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 from normal wear in accordance with care instructions. Otherwise, charges may apply if the alteration requires additional materials, such as replacement stones. Replacement with an equivalent item may be necessary for older pieces made from materials that have been discontinued. SASE may be required.

Requests for custom items or collaboration are always welcome and are a pleasure to fulfill. Reserved listings and prices quoted for custom orders or quantity discounts will remain valid for 48 hours unless otherwise specified by agreement.
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, 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 Nov 4, 2020
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 jeweler size you. 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 to get an average measurement, as your fingers tend to be bigger in the morning and when your hands are warm, and not all jewelers' front-of-house tools are precisely calibrated.

If you can't get to 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 popular, it's not ideal for many wearers, as the standard alloy for white gold in North America contains nickel. Up to 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. While I use a proprietary alloy that complies with the EU directive, it does still contain nickel.

North American white gold can also yellow over time with chlorine exposure, so it should never be worn while swimming or bathing.

If you have metal allergies, message me for palladium white gold alternatives. Palladium white is hypoallergenic and color stable, though cost will be 10-20% higher than standard white.

Do you use rhodium plating on your white gold?

No. Because the low-maintenance longevity of pieces is important to me, I use an ultra-white alloy for my white gold pieces WITHOUT rhodium plating.

Please note that rhodium plating is the industry standard for larger-scale, North American retailers, and the practice is rarely disclosed. If you're concerned about color matching your engagement ring, unplated 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)
https://bit.ly/2YMnEmn (glamour.com on white gold)
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 or insured 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 prototypes are usually pre-sold, I don't carry pre-made stock for display or try-on. 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 from a full-service jeweler 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?

Unpatterned rings with flat inner band surfaces of 1.5mm or wider are marked 14k, 18k, 22k, or 24k for gold or .925 for sterling, along with my federally registered maker's mark (USPTO Reg. Nos. 5353876 & 4458096, 87745229).

In accordance with the US Stamping Act, purity stamps must be accompanied by a maker's mark; it cannot 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.

Bands narrower than 1.5mm, full-round, or patterned bands are 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

Jewelry should not be worn where it will be subjected to impact or moisture, such as while exercising, swimming, or bathing. Trapped soap residue creates an environment hospitable to fungal growth.

Nickel-based white gold can yellow over time with chlorine exposure.

Special care should be taken with patinas on blackened or firestained items. Patinas will fade with exposure to abrasion (rubbing) and moisture. Repeated exposure to hand sanitizer will make patinas fade especially quickly.

Wetting a Welo opal may cause it to lose its fire. Color can return once dry, but soap residue or impurities in the water will cause permanent discoloration.

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 alloyed with the gold to make it white.

By North American standards, 14k white gold is an alloy of nickel + 58% yellow gold. I use a proprietary ultra-white alloy that has a bright but creamy undertone without rhodium plating.

Palladium white gold, the European standard, is an alloy of yellow gold + palladium, a platinum-family metal. It's nickel-free, hypoallergenic, and has a darker, creamy undertone than my standard white gold. It contains 58% gold at 14k.

950 palladium is a platinum-family alloy. It contains NO gold and has a steely-gray undertone. It is the best color match for platinum. "950" indicates a 95% pure palladium content. It is nickel-free and hypoallergenic.