budandbranch

modern handcrafted silver

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · 108 Sales

budandbranch

modern handcrafted silver

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 108 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
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Carrie Biegler

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Carrie Biegler

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(53)
hatfieldflykj

hatfieldflykj on Jun 21, 2016

4 out of 5 stars

Delicate, feminine lightweight, unusual and pretty

laurapmw

laurapmw on Apr 26, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Am so pleased with it. Looks exactly as it does in the photo. V good quality and detailing. would def recommend!

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About

Art teacher and photographer turned silversmith

My first love is photography. I received my first camera at a young age and went on to study darkroom techniques and historical printing processes in college. I later became an art teacher and have spent the past thirteen years teaching art to grades kindergarten through 7th grade and photography to 8th graders. In 2008 I decided to take a course in small metals and discovered that darkroom photography and metals have a lot in common. There is silver and there is light and the way that the light reflects off of objects. There is also the excitement of working on something and not knowing exactly how it is going to turn out until the end. Working with small metals became my second love.

My husband is a builder, carpenter, and a welder so he was more than happy to help me set up a small metals studio in the basement of our home. On some nights we are both in the basement studio -- he works at one end on larger items like engines and I work at the other end with my very tiny torch. My side of the basement is definitely tidier than his.

I make everything, with the exception of the sterling chain and stones if I am using them, myself. I do not use any pre-made charms. I feel much of the joy in creating jewelry stems from taking the raw material and shaping it into something else. There is also something very cool about using fire to coerce metal into a desired form.

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    I am an art teacher, jewelry designer and metalsmith, and photographer. I live in Philadelphia with my husband and two children. I tend several gardens and frequently go running, hiking, and take many trips to Colorado.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 29, 2016
Hello,
Welcome to my shop!
All of the jewlery is hand fabricated. I do not use any premade charms or pendants. I cut, solder, form, hammer, and finish everything myself. Everything is sterling silver.

Many of my necklaces are shorter in length than the average necklace. This is because some of them are made to sit near the collarbone. I feel that necklaces that accentuate the collarbone (or "clavicle") are quite lovely and flattering - and easy to wear. But I do know that we do not all have the same neck size. So if you feel a necklace would be too short for you please convo me and in most cases I can add a chain extension to the back of the necklace. For example, I could add an inch of chain to the back along with another loop for clasping.
The extension would be free of charge.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Money Order
Payment
Payment is expected at the time of purchase.
Paypal is accepted.
Credit Card is accepted through paypal. (you can pay with a credit card without actually having a pay pal account set up)

Please make sure your etsy address and your paypal address match.
Shipping
Shipping
Your order will ship to the address you choose during Etsy checkout. If you are paying through paypal your etsy address and your paypal address should be the same.

I will make every effort to ship each order within 4 business days of receipt of payment for items that are ready to ship. Items that are made to order could take longer - but they typically ship in 4 days.


PLEASE NOTE: although it is rare, there is the possibility that your package could take longer than 5 days to arrive. I have no control over how the US post office handles its operations. Items typically arrive in 5 days, but there are rare exceptions when it takes longer. If you want your jewelry to arrive by a certain date convo me to discuss express shipping (which costs more but comes with a guaranteed date of delivery).


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I will not include a printed receipt unless you request it. There are records of every transaction and Etsy and Paypal so I do not print out paper copies unless truly necessary.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please let me know ASAP if there is a problem with your order. Please contact me via Etsy conversation so that I may remedy the situation.

Jewelry: If the item is faulty because of an error in workmanship please contact me about repairing the item. (free of charge of course). I will repair the item or send out a replacement and reimburse you for the return shipping of the item. If the item is damaged for other reasons that are no fault of my own I may be able to repair the item for you but I request that you pay for the repair.
Additional policies and FAQs
Silver Care:
Exposure to air makes silver oxidize faster. The best way to keep jewelry tarnish free is to store pieces seperately in plastic bags (sealed) or to wear them every day (the oils in your skin help to keep the silver tarnish free).
I know keeping jewelry in little baggies is not the most aesthetically pleasing storage solution but I would at least recommend keeping them in a jewelry box instead of lying out in the open. If you find that something is tarnishing, a jewelry polishing cloth like the "Sunshine Cloth" will work wonders at removing the tarnish.