dlcgems

Gemstones - Silver - Gold - Copper - Hand Crafted

Saint George, Utah | 1898 Sales

dlcgems

Gemstones - Silver - Gold - Copper - Hand Crafted

Saint George, Utah 1898 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars (438)

Announcement   DLC Gems is featured in July 2018 issue of Rock & Gem Magazine! "Carving out a Family Tradition" about David Christensen and DLC Gems and "Where to find Arizona Fire Agate" mentions Don Christensen's fire agate carving work. Don's fire agate work is featured on the front cover.

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Artisan Jewelry featuring 14K Gold, 925 Sterling Silver, Copper, Brass, Gemstones, Gem Carvings cabochons, fold forming, casting silversmith, wire weaving and wire setting. Finished pieces can be custom tailored to fit at no additional charge.

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 25, 2018

DLC Gems is featured in July 2018 issue of Rock & Gem Magazine! "Carving out a Family Tradition" about David Christensen and DLC Gems and "Where to find Arizona Fire Agate" mentions Don Christensen's fire agate carving work. Don's fire agate work is featured on the front cover.

******FREE SHIPPING ON ALL UNITED STATES ORDERS******
Artisan Jewelry featuring 14K Gold, 925 Sterling Silver, Copper, Brass, Gemstones, Gem Carvings cabochons, fold forming, casting silversmith, wire weaving and wire setting. Finished pieces can be custom tailored to fit at no additional charge.

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About

Gemstones to Jewelry

DLC Gems was born out of Don and Dave's passion for lapidary and gems.

Don began cutting and polishing cabochons from gemstones that he collected as a hobby and quickly found himself needing a method for setting these stones and getting finished pieces into the hands of people who would enjoy them. He taught himself the technique of wrapping cabochons in precious metal wire and eventually branched out into viking weave, carving, fold forming and silver smithing; skills passed down to him from his father Dave.

Dave started his journey similarly but quickly found himself bored of standard cabochon cutting and had an opportunity to study the art of Gem Carving from master gem carver Ron Martinez in Quartzsite Arizona. After studying with Ron for 3 years Dave branched out in to smithing in precious metals to set his carving work into finished pieces of jewelry.. Don and Dave founded DLC Gems LLC in 2011 and now travel Arizona and Utah selling their Artisan Jewelry at various art shows throughout the spring and summer. DLC Gems is a regular vendor at the Tuacahn Saturday Market in Ivins, Utah.

Shop members

  • Don Christensen

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Don began his jewelry making journey in 2011 that was born out of a life long passion for gems and lapidary.. DLC Gems is the result of his desire to create jewelry and share his passion for gemstones with others.

  • Leif Christensen

    Business Consultant, Designer, Curator

    Smithy of the Goblin Forge, and student of the Arcanum.

  • Dave Christensen

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Dave Christensen apprenticed the art of Gem Carving for 3 years under the capable direction of Master gem carver Ron Martinez. Co-owner of DLC Gems, Dave has branched out into casting, smithing and fold forming as well.

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Shop policies

Last updated on November 19, 2018
Welcome to DLC Gems. We are committed to providing a high quality product and customer satisfaction.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept cancellations
Request a cancellation within: 12 hours of purchase
I don't accept returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
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Cancellations:
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Cancellation requests must be sent within 12 hours of purchase. We often begin work on made to order items immediately, so if you need to cancel, do so as quickly as possible. If we have already committed materials to your made to order item, we cannot cancel the order.

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Made to Order and Custom Items:
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Made to order items are made specifically for you, hand-crafted by us in our home studio. We do not accept returns or exchanges on these items unless the item is defective.

Please note that a verdigris reaction (turns your skin green) when wearing a copper, brass or bronze items does not qualify for a refund or exchange. This is an inherent property of wearing these metals. This is not a defect.

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In-Stock Items ~ NOT~ made to order Policies:
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Customers must contact us about Returns and Exchanges for in-stock items within 7 business days of receiving the item.

Exchanges: In-stock items can be exchanged for other in-stock items for equal or lesser value. Buyer is responsible for return shipping costs. Item must be returned in un-worn, new condition. Limit 1 exchange per order.

Returns: In-stock Items are subject to a 20% restocking fee and must be returned to us within 14 days of approval. If the item is returned to us in a worn, used condition, an 50% restocking fee will be assessed as the item will have to be reconditioned. Intentionally damaged items are not refundable. Buyer is responsible for shipping costs.

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Resizing Policy:
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Rings:
* Copper, Brass, Silver and solid Gold ring bands can be resized up or down 1 full size.
* Gold fill rings cannot be resized.
* Most rings with gemstones can be sized up, but not down.

Bangles and Cuffs:
Contact us directly, some can be resized, others cannot.

Cost:
We charge $7 for resizing items for domestic USA customers. International customers contact us for a quote.

***Please note, we only offer resizing services for jewelry purchased from DLC Gems.***

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Damaged or defective Items
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If your item arrives damaged, or a mistake was made in the manufacturing process, we will replace and or repair the item to the best of our ability. Finding perfect replacements for semi-precious gemstones near impossible, even when cut from the same rock. In these cases, I will make my best effort to find the best match possible with the stocks I have available. In the event that I cannot find a good match for the original stone, I will offer you alternative stones, or a refund.

Please note that all fabricated rings will have a seam where two ends are brought together to make a circle. We do our best to make this seam as invisible as possible, but on some items, a perfectly hidden seam is impossible. This is most noticeable on heavily patterned wire rings, and Celtic Knot rings that must be sized to order where the pattern is cut and then soldered together. Seams are not considered a defect and are a part of the hand-made fabrication process.

Likewise on cast items with a very detailed pattern, the sprue where the mold was attached to the sprue tree during the casting process will cause a slight deformation in the pattern of the finished piece. This is part of the hand-casting process we do and is not considered a defect.

Small, minor imperfections due to the hand built, hand fabricated nature of our products are not considered defects. Rather, they signify that the item is genuine, and hand-built, by the hands of a small family of American artisans and have not been mass-produced by machines or by slave labor in impoverished countries.
Payment
We accept payments by Credit Card and PayPal. Money orders and Personal Checks are not accepted.
Shipping
CANADA CUSTOMERS PLEASE NOTE: On-going Canadian post labor strikes may cause delays with delivery of orders to Canada destinations. As an alternative, I have added a UPS - Canada shipping option so that you may select delivery by UPS instead of the standard Canadian post service. This option costs more, but it ensures timely delivery.

Made to order items ship in 1-2 weeks. In-stock ready to ship items will ship in 1-2 days. Please keep this in mind when ordering made to order items. Contact us directly to see what our current turn-around time is on made to order work.

Standard shipping is USPS First Class with tracking, shipped free to USA addresses. 2-day Priority Mail and Priority Express shipping offered at additional charges.

Please note that purchases shipped overseas may be subject to customs fees and taxes not covered by our shipping fee. Please check with your specific country's rules and policies prior to ordering. I will not lie on custom forms, please do not ask me to. Jewelry items will be stated as Jewelry on all customs forms.
Additional policies and FAQs
All of our metals are 100% USA recycled materials.

Custom orders are welcome and we are able to accommodate most requests within a 1-2 week time frame depending on how many other custom orders are in queue and complexity of the custom order.

Italian sterling silver 1.25mm Omega chains are available in sizes 16" and 18" as an additional charge.

Jewelry will be packaged in environmentally friendly recycled brown paper padded jewelry boxes.

We do not currently offer engraving services. Items can be engraved afterwards by your local trophy/commemorative engraving company.
Privacy
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Personal information I collect:

Etsy provides me with your name, mailing address and email address. I do not have access to credit card or payment information, nor any other details about you that you may have provided to Etsy when using Etsy to purchase goods and services.

The legal basis I rely on to collect, use, and share personal information:

I use this information to communicate with you and to fulfill your order. I obtain this information as part of the legal contract made between the two of us when you purchase something from my shop. I cannot fulfill your order without your name, address and email address.

The third parties with whom I share personal information:

I share your name, mailing address and sometimes email address (as required on some customs paperwork) with the United States Postal Service so they may be able to deliver your order to your address. If you are uncomfortable with this, you should probably stop buying things off of the Internet.

The length of time I keep personal information;

I keep your name, mailing address, email address and order history records for tax purposes as required of me by law for up to 7 years, or for however long Etsy continues to provide me access to that historical data.

Transferring personal information outside of Europe, how the transfer will be handled:

If I happen to move to Europe, and then move away from Europe, your information will be transferred thusly: I will power on a computer at my new location and log into Etsy.

If I have prepared for world-wide catastrophe and have had the forethought to print out a hard copy of your private data, it will be transferred by the following method:
1. Placing hard copy of private data inside a cardboard box. 2. Load cardboard box into a vehicle for transport. 3. Unload cardboard box from vehicle. 4. Store cardboard box in garage or other otherwise useless space next to a box of old clothes, a box of empty canning jars, and a couple extra tubs of cat litter.

Buyers’ rights regarding my use of their personal information:

If you do not wish to share your name, address and email address with me, you have the right to not purchase items from my store.

How buyers can contact me with privacy-related requests:

If you have concerns about how I handle your private information, please feel free to contact me through Etsy. Etsy will obtain your private information and then share your message with me, to which I will reply.

May I please get back to making jewelry now? Thank you.

More information

Last updated on Apr 25, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Sizing details

When ordering, please be sure that you know what size you need. If you are unsure, contact us for instructions on how to find your size prior to ordering. Some items can be resized easily, while others cannot.

Engraving and Stamping

We do not currently offer engraving services. Items can be engraved afterward by your local trophy and commemorative engraving company.

Care Instructions for Copper, Brass and Bronze items

Copper, Brass and Bronze items quickly tarnish and can cause a verdigris reaction with your skin. To polish these items, simply wipe with a jewelry polishing cloth regularly to keep it bright and shiny.

If you experience a verdigris reaction when wearing the item, wash with soap and water to remove the coloration from your skin, and clean the jewelry item with a soft, dry cloth. Verdigris is accelerated by damp, salty skin contact and exposure to harsh chemicals (bleach, ammonia). Keeping the item dry and your skin dry will help keep the reaction to a minimum.

What is the difference between Brass and Gold?

Brass is an alloy of copper containing 70% copper, 30% zinc. Polished brass has a look similar to 14 karat gold but it does not have any of the anti-tarnishing properties of gold. Brass will tarnish rapidly depending on exposure to moisture, salts and body chemistry. Please do not buy brass with the expectation that it will wear like gold. Additionally, brass rings are constructed with silver solder. All brass rings will have a seam of silver where the ring was joined. This seam becomes more noticeable as the brass tarnishes.

What kind of metals do we use in our Jewelry?

.999 Fine Silver

.925 Sterling Silver a traditional alloy of 92.5% fine silver and 7.5% copper.

Alloy 230 Brass 85% copper 15% zinc also known as Jeweler's Brass, Red Brass, NU Gold, Merlin's Gold.

.999 Pure Copper

14K Yellow Gold a traditional alloy of approximately 58% gold, 19% silver, 11% copper and 11% zinc.

14K Gold Filled metal contains a brass core and a machine rolled on coating of solid 14k gold. This coating of 14K gold is thicker and more durable than a gold plating.

All of our metals are manufactured in the USA from recycled green sources.