CleverKimsCurios

Jewelry as unique as those drawn to it.

Pueblo, Colorado · 798 Sales

CleverKimsCurios

Jewelry as unique as those drawn to it.

Pueblo, Colorado 798 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   As seen on TV and in print! My jewelry has been used on several TV shows like The Vampire Diaries, Stitchers, and The Originals, and featured in the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Eye Popping Oddities 2015 Annual. Also featured by Horrific Finds, Etsy Hunter, Etsy Elite, Etsy Favorites, Etsy USA, and seen in a variety of couture magazines. Each piece is handmade by me, and most are one of a kind, unique items. All purchases come with free shipping and a free gift! I ship once a week on Friday mornings.

Curio, cu·ri·o (ˈkyo͝orēˌō) noun: a rare, unusual, or intriguing object.

Find me as @cleverkimscurios on instagram and Clever Kim's Curios on Facebook and Tumblr for special discount codes and flash sales.

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Last updated on Jun 20, 2017

As seen on TV and in print! My jewelry has been used on several TV shows like The Vampire Diaries, Stitchers, and The Originals, and featured in the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Eye Popping Oddities 2015 Annual. Also featured by Horrific Finds, Etsy Hunter, Etsy Elite, Etsy Favorites, Etsy USA, and seen in a variety of couture magazines. Each piece is handmade by me, and most are one of a kind, unique items. All purchases come with free shipping and a free gift! I ship once a week on Friday mornings.

Curio, cu·ri·o (ˈkyo͝orēˌō) noun: a rare, unusual, or intriguing object.

Find me as @cleverkimscurios on instagram and Clever Kim's Curios on Facebook and Tumblr for special discount codes and flash sales.

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About

Who is Clever Kim, and what is the deal with her Curios?

Well, I'm Kim. I like to think I'm reasonably clever, and I like neat little tiny things. I also love alliteration, and that's how my store name came to be.
I was kind of bored and looking for a way to make money doing something I actually enjoy. I love weird little tiny things, and I am fascinated by bones and creepy stuff. Initially I wanted to make weird creatures out of polymer clay with "real" animal accents like tarantula molt parts and beetle wings. As it turns out, I am definitely not a sculptor. I am, however, pretty good at making stuff like bones and bug parts look pretty from far away. I decided to focus on making pretty jewelry that looks like something else from far away, but is definitely bones or insect parts or something else bizarre close up. I want people to come up to my customers and say "Oh, what a pretty necklace! What is it, a flower or some-OH! Oh my gosh you have a spider in there!" or a dehydrated lizard, or a bird's foot, or whatever weird thing I put together for that particular piece.

My goal, and a catchphrase I have kind of adopted, is "Jewelry as unique as those drawn to it." I have never liked diamonds or gold or flash all that much. I like things that look old and strange and like I found it in an attic in an abandoned house. I know I'm not the only one who likes these things, and the other people who do, *my* people, are the people who I try to please with my jewelry. I think that my jewelry fills a niche that isn't filled by mainstream jewelers.

Clever Kim's Curios is actually a baby, as far as businesses go. I've only been doing this since October of 2013. One of the first goals I set for myself (and achieved, I am proud to say) was to be accepted to Onyx Friday, which is an artisan-run, online alternative to Black Friday. My jewelry has since been featured in the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Eye Popping Oddities 2015 Annual, and on Horrific finds, Etsy Hunter, Etsy Elite, Etsy Favorites, and in a variety of couture magazines.

My future plans are to continue learning more fabrication techniques! I am in the process of working through a jewelry design program and I plan on finding ways to incorporate bones, wood, and other natural objects in my line. Learning to make my own items will really open up a new world for my jewelry, I think. I feel held back because I am limited by the size and availability of things to put other things into, so I am doing what I can to remedy that issue. To put it simply, my future plan is to put out even weirder stuff than I have already!

The bones/skulls I use are from various online sellers or from roadkill I collect. Most I process myself. I use either dermestid beetles, maceration (google is your friend here), or a combination of both. The bones are then whitened using a mild natural bleach (which also disenfects). Since I buy from more than one seller, these bones can come from a variety of sources: found bones, bones from taxidermists, trappers & hunters, or from collectors. Bones are *not* the reason people hunt or have animals mounted and/or stuffed, they are a byproduct of these actions. It is up to you as a buyer to decide if this qualifies as an "ethically sourced" product.

The Puppy Rescue Mission helped us get Chuck home from Afghanistan and they always need donations to help bring home the pets of other deployed military members. Periodically I have surprise sales where a portion of the proceeds will go to Puppy Rescue MIssion. Or if you like, you can specifically ask for a portion of YOUR purchase to go to them! You can read more about this amazing, wonderful, and much-needed group at their website: http://www.thepuppyrescuemission.org/

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  • Chuck

    Stuff Acquirer

    Chuck was born in Afghanistan, where he found and adopted a soldier in a U.S. military outpost. He traveled to the U.S., where he adopted the rest of the soldier's family. He now lives with his family in Pueblo and helps tote things and find stuff.

  • Kim

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Grew up in Virginia and joined the Army. Traveled around the world until I landed in Colorado. My heart decided this was home. Now I like makin' stuff, bellydancing, hanging out with my pets, and fiddling around on the internet.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 7, 2016
Welcome to the shop! Please look around. I hope you find something to delight you, confuse you, and/or weird you out.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
I accept Paypal and direct checkout.
Shipping
Shipping will be via First Class Mail with delivery confirmation. I offer an upgrade to Priority shipping and shipping within 24 hours of purchase for $5 at this listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/215877039/priority-shipping-upgrade?ref=shop_home_active_1

All packages will be shipped out within one week of purchase. I now ship once a week on Saturdays. Items purchased after 10am Saturday will go out the following weekend.

PLEASE NOTE: I do not ship outside the continental US. I may ship to HI or AK depending on what is purchased.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not satisfied with an item for some reason, let me know
within 3 days after you received it. I will refund your money as soon as I receive the returned item. The returned item must not be used or have any signs of abuse; they must be returned in original condition. Return shipping cost will be paid by the buyer; I will refund the shipping once I receive the returned item.

All sales on items marked "CLEARANCE" are as-is and final; I will not accept returns or give refunds for clearance items.

A package is not considered "lost" until it has been missing for 22 days. If your item is lost by the post office, I will refund your purchase once the insurance claim has been filed. If the item is marked "delivered" on the tracking system, you will need to approach USPS about finding the package. Please double-check your mailing address when you make your purchase.

If you have any other questions about returns or refunds please message me!
Additional policies and FAQs
Caring For Your Jewelry
Bone is naturally porous, and I do not seal the bones with which I work. This means that they will keep a stain if something (coffee, tea, ink, paint) gets on them.
Your jewelry is a unique work of art; it is not mass-produced. It may be more fragile than other jewelry that you have. Glass, unsealed bone, crystals, and various other materials used in the jewelry may break if dropped, grabbed, or knocked into something. Be gentle and cautions when wearing your creations.
Please do not get your jewelry wet.
Your jewelry may be especially attractive to pets and children. For the safety of your children, your pets, and your jewelry, please keep it out of reach of both.

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To save trees and reduce production costs for me (which keeps prices as low as possible for you), I do not include a printed receipt with your purchase unless specifically asked. You can track your package and find your receipt in the Purchases & Reviews section of your Etsy profile.