DesignsbyDMMinistry

QUALITY workmanship is in the details.

Ashford, Connecticut · 139 Sales

DesignsbyDMMinistry

QUALITY workmanship is in the details.

Ashford, Connecticut 139 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   We accept DIRECT CHECKOUT, PAYPAL, and ETSY GIFT CARDS as options for your purchasing convenience.

We are committed to providing our customers with the finest materials, quality workmanship, excellent service, and timely shipping at the lowest possible prices. Because we purchase our pearls, gems, and all jewelry components wholesale and have very little overhead, we can pass the savings on to you!

All of our handcrafted jewelry ships within 1 - 3 business days. Delivery time is between 2 - 3 days depending upon destination location.

Thank you for visiting with us!

Debby Mac Manes, artist/designer <><

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Last updated on Aug 17, 2017

We accept DIRECT CHECKOUT, PAYPAL, and ETSY GIFT CARDS as options for your purchasing convenience.

We are committed to providing our customers with the finest materials, quality workmanship, excellent service, and timely shipping at the lowest possible prices. Because we purchase our pearls, gems, and all jewelry components wholesale and have very little overhead, we can pass the savings on to you!

All of our handcrafted jewelry ships within 1 - 3 business days. Delivery time is between 2 - 3 days depending upon destination location.

Thank you for visiting with us!

Debby Mac Manes, artist/designer <><

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About

Designs by DM Ministry (Opened 2017)

Welcome to our handmade jewelry gift shop!

We are a Christian husband and wife team from Ashford, CT. I am a self-taught artist who enjoys drawing, designing, and crafting. My husband helps me in a variety of ways, so I can concentrate on the artistic part of the business.

HANDMADE DESIGNED JEWELRY: We offer a fine line of cultured freshwater pearls, gemstones, semi-precious beads, and Swarovski Austrian crystals. We order our freshwater pearls, directly, from a Hong Kong wholesale pearl farm in various shapes of round, potato, thick button, rice, nuggets, and mother of pearl. Each of these freshwater pearls has a 'natural' color of white, pink, or lavender; no dye, and has been graded from (AA), above average grade to (AAA), the highest grade available on the market. The pearls we offer range in size from 3mm to 18mm. Please know that the essence and elegance of these beautiful genuine pearls cannot be captured in a photograph or portrayed in a listing description. We have put together a few important facts about pearls to help you with your pearl selections. You can find this handy information under our FAQ's section.

All glory to Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior, for His blessings of artistic ability and inspiration in all of our work. Please visit our Christian blog to read about God's revelations, unlimited grace, and merciful plan of eternal salvation: designsbydmministry.wordpress.com

Thank you for visiting with us!

Blessings,

Debby Mac Manes, artist/designer <><

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  • Deborah Mac Manes

    Artist, Owner, Photographer

  • Allan Mac Manes

    Shipper, Owner

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Last updated on Jul 25, 2017
Frequently asked questions

What is the method of shipping for a jewelry order?

DOMESTIC USPS PRIORITY MAIL FLAT-RATE (Small Box Inside) 8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8" one price of $6.95 (up to 70 lbs.) for U.S. addresses. Includes handling, insured value of contents up to $100.00, and tracking confirmation. Delivery within 2 or 3 days depending on destination. Box holds i.e. MAX (4) jewelry items with packaging materials

Gift wrapping and packaging

All jewelry purchases include a pretty gift box.

Disclaimers:

• Colors may slightly vary due to different screen resolutions.

• Pearls appear larger in the close-up photographs than their actual size.

• 'Designs by DM Ministry' reserves the right to refuse or reject any order
for any reason, whatsoever, without being liable for any damages or
costs resulting from said refusal or rejection.

How is a pearl graded?

• AAA: virtually flawless pearl. Surface has a very high luster, and 95% of the surface will be free from any type of defect.

• AA+: very high luster, and at least 90% of the surface will be free from any type of defect.

• AA: the surface will have a very high luster, and at least 75% of the surface will be free from any type of defect.

• A: the lowest jewelry-graded pearl, with low surface luster and/or more than 25% of the surface showing defects. (We do not offer this grade for sale.)

• Freshwater pearls have an allowable size variance of a full millimeter per strand. A strand of 8mm freshwater pearls may be measured between 7mm and 8mm in size.

How can I tell the quality of a pearl?

• HIGH LUSTER: Pearl surface reflects light and shows mirror-like reflections.

• SHAPE: is one of the principal determining factors in a pearl's value after luster. With all other factors being equal, the general rule is that the rounder the pearl, the more valuable it is.

• COLOR: Naturally occurring pearl colors include traditional white as well as fancy silver, ivory or cream, pink, lavender or lilac, silver and gold hues.

• SURFACE: The term "blemishes" refers to any visible bumps, marks, imperfections or small indentations on the pearl's surface. These blemishes give each pearl a unique "fingerprint" of identifying factors.

• SIZE: The most common size for pearls ranges from 6 to 7.5-millimeters in diameter.

What is Mother of Pearl?

Pearl oysters are also used for their shell (known as mother-of-pearl).

What is the difference between natural and cultured pearls?

The birth of a pearl is a miraculous event! Natural pearls occur without any human intervention. An irritant, accidentally, lodges itself inside the oyster's soft inner body. To ease this irritant, the oyster secretes a smooth substance (called 'nacre') around the irritant to protect itself and a pearl is born.

Cultured pearls are grown by pearl farms under, tightly, controlled conditions, and the oysters are given the utmost care. Highly skilled technicians, surgically and safely, implant an irritant into the oyster to start the secreting process and a pearl is formed. Cultured and natural pearls share the same properties.

Pearls are like fingerprints and snowflakes. No two are alike!

What are Swarovski pearls?

Swarovski Crystal Pearls, made by Swarovski of Austria, are a glass pearl simulant made with a leaded-crystal core and a coating that gives them a luster similar to natural pearls.

How long does it take a pearl to grow?

An average-sized pearl can take 2 to 3 years to develop. Significantly larger pearls can take twice as long to grow. Additionally, it is very difficult to maintain a perfectly spherical shape while the pearl develops. This is why very large near-round pearls are extremely rare and valuable.

o Freshwater pearls typically range from 3mm to 12mm
o South Sea or Tahitian Pearls range from 8mm to at least 18mm
o Akoya pearls range from 4mm to 10mm

How can I tell if a pearl is genuine or authentic?

One of the basic tests to determine a pearl's authenticity is the 'tooth test'. Gently, rub the pearl against the front of your tooth — not against the edge, which can scratch the pearl. If natural or cultured, rather than simulated, the pearl should feel gritty or grainy.