Handcrafted precious metal wire-work & gemstone jewelry

Baltimore, Maryland

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Last updated on February 3, 2011
Welcome to designsbygalina.

I started making jewelry as a way to raise money for a local women's shelter. To stay true to my roots, i continue to donate 50% of my earnings to the shelter so when you purchase from my shop you aren't just supporting me but also the health and safety of women and children in Connecticut. I write this not to drum-up business but so you know where part of your money is going :)

In my jewelry I mostly use beads, gemstones, and sterling silver. My dad is a high end jeweler and taught me a few things when i was little... i am only now starting to appreciate the work he does as i learn to create and develop my own designs.

I love custom work! Please send me a convo if you'd like to have something custom made or changed in any way.

I use Argentium Sterling Silver in my work whenever possible. Though it is a bit more expensive than sterling per troy ounce, its benefits make it worthwhile. Argentium is the newest development in silver. Instead of standard copper which is used to in sterling, Argentium silver uses germanium which creates a silver less likely to tarnish. Argentium silver is also more environmentally friendly due to its lack of firescale development. It is also more durable than standard silver but just like regular sterling it is .925 pure. Another benefit of Argentium sterling silver is that it is the most tarnish resistant of all the silvers and the resistance actually increases over time.

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Returns and exchanges
My hope is that you will always love everything you purchase from my shop and that it arrives looking just as you hoped it would. If you are unhappy with your purchase in any way, please contact me. You may absolutely return the item for a full refund, or for an equal exchange if you'd prefer, within 30 days of date of purchase. I will fully refund your money as long as you pay for shipping to return the item to me. Refunds are made on the satisfactory return of the item, please return the item to me in its original packaging.
I accept paypal and personal checks. If you use paypal, i will ship your order the day after your payment. If you would like to use a personal check, i will ship your order as soon as your check clears. I will wait one week for payment. After about 5 days i will send you a new paypal payment request. If you still have not paid by the 7th day i will relist the item and cancel the sale. Please feel free to contract me if you'd like to work out a payment policy, which i will be flexible with :)
Shipping is included in the price of all my items, unless otherwise stated. All of my jewelry is packaged in a gift box, perfect for giving or keeping for yourself ;) I use recycled materials whenever possible.

Please double check your Etsy address because if paypal and Etsy don't match up i will default to the Etsy address you have listed. If you are purchasing the item as a gift for someone else, please include that in message to sender so that i mail it to the correct address and do not include an invoice :)
Additional policies and FAQs
Who needs money when you can barter? :) I love to trade and can usually find something i am fond of at everyone's shop! If you like something i have made and would like to trade for it, convo me, i'm sure we can arrange it :) It doesn't have to be jewelry related, i love all forms of art and creative expression!

Thank you for taking the time to look at my designs and please convo me with any questions :)