JamesDavid56

David James Custom Jewelry shop

357 Sales

JamesDavid56

David James Custom Jewelry shop

357 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(170)

Announcement   Shop Update...!!!!!
I am on one of my binges I get into..actually what I label a "cutting zone"..!!!!
I am right now cutting several thousand new stones and will have them in my jewelry soon...!!! many new mines and some very unique stones, some from my mines and some from old stashes I have collected over my 45 years..I realize I can not keep it stashed forever..Now is the time to get out the old stuff..!! watch for my new designs and developments..!! New tools and stamps I am building and new idea's from them...
Well it's a New Year and so many new idea's to work on this year..New designs new stones new technique's and old idea's also..My rings have kept me very busy and hope this year will allow me the time to make the rest of the basic jewelry items, Bracelets, Pendants, Necklaces and earrings and more..Keep coming back as I add new items weekly... Enjoy the visit..!!!
Atten.!! I do look at all offers, feel free to message me with an offer. and yes I can do lay-aways ..!!
Even after over 45 years building jewelry I find I am still excited about my work and working on new idea's and new tool developments and new techniques and of course the world every year finds new stones to cut and work with...from my perspective I have just begun to make jewelry...!!! come back often to see what is new I am working with....New stone or New techniques...??? While Turquoise is my first Love..it does not provide all colors and patterns....My new look I have been working on is what I will call the Natural look..which is leaving stone as original as found or formed and working with it....!!! Challenging to set and work with but awesome also....watch for more of this coming....I do have a selection of pendants up with my natural look...take a look at them...
Thank you for your support and for looking, hope you will come back. James @ David James

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 27, 2016

Shop Update...!!!!!
I am on one of my binges I get into..actually what I label a "cutting zone"..!!!!
I am right now cutting several thousand new stones and will have them in my jewelry soon...!!! many new mines and some very unique stones, some from my mines and some from old stashes I have collected over my 45 years..I realize I can not keep it stashed forever..Now is the time to get out the old stuff..!! watch for my new designs and developments..!! New tools and stamps I am building and new idea's from them...
Well it's a New Year and so many new idea's to work on this year..New designs new stones new technique's and old idea's also..My rings have kept me very busy and hope this year will allow me the time to make the rest of the basic jewelry items, Bracelets, Pendants, Necklaces and earrings and more..Keep coming back as I add new items weekly... Enjoy the visit..!!!
Atten.!! I do look at all offers, feel free to message me with an offer. and yes I can do lay-aways ..!!
Even after over 45 years building jewelry I find I am still excited about my work and working on new idea's and new tool developments and new techniques and of course the world every year finds new stones to cut and work with...from my perspective I have just begun to make jewelry...!!! come back often to see what is new I am working with....New stone or New techniques...??? While Turquoise is my first Love..it does not provide all colors and patterns....My new look I have been working on is what I will call the Natural look..which is leaving stone as original as found or formed and working with it....!!! Challenging to set and work with but awesome also....watch for more of this coming....I do have a selection of pendants up with my natural look...take a look at them...
Thank you for your support and for looking, hope you will come back. James @ David James

James Saunders

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(170)
dianewiltse1

dianewiltse1 on Jul 14, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Got my ring today and it is great, just like the picture and fits perfect. Love it, will order again. Thanks

annbyar

annbyar on Jun 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Once again- a wonderful bracelet. The stone and silver work is absolutely wonderful...and unbelievably comfortable for this much silver.

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About

The Jewelry art of James Saunders

James Saunders,Who he is and What he does
James was born in Albuquerque New Mexico. Born into a family of artists, James had the extreme pleasures of being born In Albuquerque and was heavily influenced by all the turquoise jewelry he grew up with. His Father was the old time movie Charector Red Ryder and James grew up with the Many native American Friends his father had as well as growing up in the Back ground of Little Beaver Town his father performed at. This Old RT 66 attraction had an Indian village in it and growing up around all the top talented native Americans that performed there wearing the Turquoise jewelry gave James his roots of the love of turquoise he has always had. James father moved to Laguna Beach California in the early 1960's to pursue his acting career.
Growing up in this Old artist colony gave James the heavy artistic influence that would later show up in his work. His family would return to Albuquerque for James to finish high school just in time for the huge Indian turquoise jewelry boom of the 1970's that hit Albuquerque. Having had 7 years of extreme Metal working influenced classes of several hours a day gave James the skills and knowledge that would become of great value in his jewelry making career.
James was just in the right place at just the right time .Within his first year as a Jewelry Maker and Manufacturer his company grew to over 36 employees. His jewelry sold very well from his value as a designer and his hard work. James started his own stone cutting for his co that first year. The other manufacturers found James valuable as a stone cutter and that side of his business grew very rapid also. The demands of volume stone cutting gave James many challenges that he mastered in machine and tool design to keep up with this volume.
During this time period James discovered Ultrasonic machines and was the pioneer of Ultrasonic cab cutting. This process provided James many large accounts including his own earring designs. Kenneth Reid Buckles was one of his first clients.(still found on eBay today ) James went on to develop and manufacturer several lines of Jewelry. His first was the sterling stone inlayed small dot earrings he made with his ultrasonic machines. James Ability to cut precise cabs in volume was a valuable asset of his. Stone cutting was and always has been a foundation of James career.
During his career the Hunt Bros. Drove silver to over $50.00 an ounce and this directed James to look at alternative metals and materials to build jewelry with and this direction ultimately led James into the Fashion jewelry business also. James found many materials to build jewelry with and found color was of vital importance in fashion. This direction led James into manufacturing hand made fashion jewelry with copper enamel and Titanium and many other materials. His designs circled the globe from many sales Reps and show rooms around the country. James manufactured several lines of jewelry in the fashion industry.
James final direction for his life came from his brother John Saunders who had been doing very well on the art scene with his sculpture and paintings. The art scene was the final focus and attraction, Many years of manufacturing had taken its Toll on James and the art scene beckoned him. James was soon very successful on the art scene with his jewelry and was the top seller in several top galleries around the southwest. The art scene was fun and fresh and James was a regular in many art galleries and art shows throughout the southwest. James has always had the stone cutting roots and his love of turquoise has always been a center in his life and career. In the late 1980's James had an opportunity to buy a turquoise mine and now James had a new and exciting add to his life. As a mine owner this gave James his ultimate value to create jewelry from his very own unique mines,as each mine is different.
And the final chapter of James life and career takes a bad curve. While coming back from a show in 2001 James was robbed and suffered a head trauma and was severely injured. The Neurological damage James suffered was diagnosed at permanently disfunctional. His acceptance of that along with his drive has even over came that condition. Turquoise cab cutting was all James could do for many years.Now finally able to make jewelry again, we will see its potential to come...

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Shop policies

Last updated on April 9, 2016

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
Payment is due upon checkout. At this time, I accept PayPal on here but also will work with you if you have other methods..just message me and we can work on what you need....Items are shipped as soon as possible after payment clears.
If payment is not received within 3 days, the item will be relisted. If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact me and I will work with you within reason.
Shipping
I strive to keep my shipping charges to the actual cost of packing materials and shipping charges. I'm not trying to profit on shipping. I ship USPS and in a bubble package with item wrapped in packing inside of the bubble pack. All shipments in the USA are shipped with delivery conformation. Overseas I ship for the 8.00 minimum, but each country has a different price and no insurance. But most countries do not offer any delivery guarantee...Just ask if you want more..!!

All orders shipped to WA addresses will be charged 8.25% sales tax.

I ship same day as ordered most of the time...

CUSTOMS: Buyer responsible for any customs fees/taxes. I am not responsible for items destroyed by customs officials, please be aware of your country’s import regulations.
Refunds and Exchanges
If there is a problem after you receive your item, contact me within 7 days and I will do my very best to correct any problems. I want you to be happy with your purchase. Please do me the kindness of letting me help you. Usually something can be worked out. I have always made my customers happy and satisfied.

More information

Last updated on Mar 22, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Sizing details

Yes I can size any ring to any size almost. Just ask.. I have been a silver smith for over 45 years and fast and correct methods used

Custom and personalized orders

Yes I can make a custom order and have made many..from working with custom wedding ring idea's to any thing you might come up with..Again just ask and we can work on it hopefully

Wholesale availability

Yes I sell wholesale and have been a jewelry manufacturer for most of my life dealing in wholesale for most of it.. My silver earrings went nation wide when I was just 17 years old. I have worked with individual store and gallery owners to also working with sales reps who sell world wide... I understand the process...!!! Again just ask and see if we can work together.

Care instructions

Since I have been a silver smith and stone cutter for over 45 years. I get to see a lot of broken jewelry to repair and have over the years written many a care instructions based on knowledge learned in my career..I do send some with my jewelry orders.. Some stones can need special care and also certain jewelry needs certain care..
I also put into my designs over 45 years of jewelry making and seeing firsthand what breaks stone and jewelry and design into my jewelry so it will last a lifetime and has..!! Again just a question away...just ask..