EKATE + GOLDEN RULE
As I find a way to mention all too often, my parents are professional artists/musicians so art has been a lifetime thing by default. They found me a silversmithing apprenticeship when I was 14 and had me onstage singing songs I’d written the same year. I got serious about my music a few years back and started playing out a lot and then as my life circumstances changed and I needed to be at home more for my daughter and new husband (and keep regular person hours), I ramped up the jewelry and sewing (ekate designs).
I opened my gallery, Orchard Art House, in the fall of 2010. It was a reaction to my granny (and great friend) dying and that age old realization of the brevity of life; the seemingly obvious epiphany that nobody else is going to make my dreams come true and that, truly, clocks have wings.
The gallery is a mixture of selfishness and an attempt to be selfless, as most of my prayers and petitions are. I am surrounded by my favorite artists’ work every day and am blessed to experience that beauty free of charge. And the goal of the gallery is most definitely to connect my favorite artists with the right audience without taking a commission from their hard work. Because I grew up with parents who had to literally “sing for their supper," I am acutely aware of the monetary challenges involved in artistry as vocation. So far, the ekate jewelry sales have kept the doors open and the lights on!
GOLDEN RULE COLLECTIVE COMING APRIL 2015 to 350 WATER STREET in EXCELSIOR, MINNESOTA!
Erin K Duininck
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
EKATE jewelry designer. Singing shopkeep and curator at GOLDEN RULE. Community builder. Excelsior enthusiast. Wife and mama.
Please read shop policies before purchasing.
Take a look around my studio/gallery and my brain: http://papernstitchblog.com/2011/09/07/workspace-and-gallery-tour/
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
- Other Method
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS are shipped via AirMail unless shipping upgrade is requested and paid for.
CANADIAN ORDERS, in particular, have been taking longer and getting stuck in customs, so I do advise you to upgrade your shipping as I can no longer be held responsible if your order doesn't arrive. I will, obviously, provide you with proof of shipment.
Refunds and Exchanges
All returns must be unworn and in original condition. Shipping, handling, and insurance fees are nonrefundable. Buyer is responsible for return shipping charges. Returns sent without notice will not be accepted.
JEWELRY CARE TIPS
ALL JEWELRY should be taken off before showering, swimming, or exercising. It should be stored appropriately in a clean and dry area. ekate boxes include an anti-tarnish fill and are a great place to keep your jewelry to prolong wear and beauty of your piece.
STERLING SILVER + GOLD FILLED:
To brighten sterling silver, rub with dry baking soda, toothpaste and water, or jewelry cleaner. For gold-fill, use dishwashing liquid and water or jewelry cleaner. Sterling silver and gold-filled components can last years of regular wear if cared for properly.
GOLD + SILVER PLATE:
Do not scrub gold or silver plated components or hand stamped charms. To prolong plated components, wash gently with dishwashing liquid and water and remove before shower, swimming, or exercising. Store appropriately.
Raw Brass brightens up if you rub with lemon/lime and water then rinse. Jewelry polishing cloth also works. You can also use brass cleaners. All raw brass, like silver will darken if not cleaned (depending on the air & body chemistry).
Follow directions for raw brass but less frequently and more gently. Discoloration and variation are part of the charm. But you already knew that.
Additional policies and FAQs
I no longer sell on consignment, but many of my items are available to shops in wholesale pricing.
Minimum for wholesale orders: $200.
For details: erinkate [!at] orchardarthouse.com
RUSH ORDERS: same day turn around is currently available for an additional $10 rush fee.