Brightsmith

Handmade Stacking Rings Wedding Bands & Vintage Jewelry

Texas, United States · 5112 Sales

Brightsmith

Handmade Stacking Rings Wedding Bands & Vintage Jewelry

Texas, United States 5112 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(1561)

Announcement   Welcome and thanks for visiting Brightsmith sterling silver and 14k gold stacking rings, wedding rings, and vintage jewelry! 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.

Custom requests are always welcome.

Announcement
Last updated on Dec 28, 2015

Welcome and thanks for visiting Brightsmith sterling silver and 14k gold stacking rings, wedding rings, and vintage jewelry! 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.

Custom requests are always welcome.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Brittany Marie Kulik

Brittany Marie Kulik on Jul 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love love love my rings! Angela was a pleasure to deal with and my rings came faster than I had expected once they shipped out. I will definitely be ordering more!

Brittany Marie Kulik

Brittany Marie Kulik on Jul 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love love love my rings! Angela was a pleasure to deal with and my rings came faster than I had expected once they shipped out. I will definitely be ordering more!

Lindsey Evans

Lindsey Evans on Jul 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely beautiful ring...it was a little small on me, so I returned it for resizing. Can't wait to get it back! Communication with the seller has been great and super-professional.

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Updates

A comparison of wedding band widths: 6mm, 5mm, 4mm, 3mm, 2mm, 1.6mm round, and 1mm round.
Excited to be working with 950 palladium today! Here's a bar fresh off my mill (left), pictured with a bar of 14k white gold (right). Can you see the color difference? It can be hard to spot until the two are side by side.
Brightsmith uses only 100% vegetarian polishing compounds for finishing.
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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 Glenn and Martha Vargas at the University of Texas. 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 ) and two dogs.

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Brightsmith is a registered trademark.

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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.

  • 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.

Manufacturers
  • SCS-Certified Casting House

    United States

    I work with a metal refiner and caster that is third-party certified as using only 100% recycled precious metals from environmentally-sound and conflict-free sources in its products. They provide assistance with my line of phonetic symbol necklaces.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 28, 2016
... 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
Payment
For stock items, buyer may cancel order any time before item ships. Cancelations for custom gold items may incur a 20% restocking fee if materials have already been ordered.
Shipping
As each item is hand crafted one at a time as it's ordered, production times vary seasonally. Click the "Shipping" tab under each listing photo to check production times.

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 are necessary for expedited wedding bands to cover the costs of having raw materials rushed to me by courier. Rush Orders are considered custom orders and are not returnable.

» GIFT SHIPMENTS: All purchases will arrive nicely gift boxed. If your item is being shipped to a gift recipient, let me know if there's a special message you'd like included in the complimentary handwritten card. Paper invoices are never included with domestic shipments (buyers can access electronic invoices at this link: https://www.etsy.com/your/purchases).

» 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.
Refunds and Exchanges
I gladly accept returns or exchanges on stock items if notified within 14 days of delivery. Custom orders, rush orders, and inscribed items are not returnable. Items must be returned 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 postage due will be returned to sender.

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.

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.
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 and tear. Otherwise, charges may apply if the alteration requires additional materials. SASE may be required.

Requests for custom items or collaboration are always welcome and are a pleasure to fulfill.

More information

Last updated on Jul 13, 2016
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 morning and night.
➳ Rings fit differently depending on their width and design. Wide bands and sets take up more space the finger, so they create more friction and will feel tighter than a narrow ring in the same size. Additionally, your finger size is probably not the same all the way up your finger, which is an important factor with stacking sets.
➳ Rings with stones are commonly undersized by 1/4 size to prevent the stone from spinning palmward. I do not undersize.

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 or signature stamp on your pieces?

All rings with a flat, markable band surface of 2mm or wider include a metal purity stamp on the inside of the band (14k, 18k, or 24k for gold, and .925 for sterling). As required by law, a signature accompanies all purity stamps. My signature stamp is designed to imprint at the most inconspicuous size possible, at a tiny 1mm. The marks together are smaller than a grain of rice.

If you'd like all markings omitted, include your preference in your note to seller at checkout.

Small bands (narrower than 2mm) 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.