ericafreestone

Handmade with love from scratch.

Pacific Grove, California · 426 Sales

ericafreestone

Handmade with love from scratch.

Pacific Grove, California 426 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(130)

Announcement   Welcome and thank you so much for stopping by! All my pieces are designed and handmade by me using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Each piece is either a one of a kind or custom made just for you at the time of order. I adore making unique, rustic, one of a kind engagement rings and wedding bands from recycled metals, and also sterling silver pieces--always with beautiful, natural stones. I hope you find something you just love in here, and please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

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Last updated on Dec 24, 2016

Welcome and thank you so much for stopping by! All my pieces are designed and handmade by me using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Each piece is either a one of a kind or custom made just for you at the time of order. I adore making unique, rustic, one of a kind engagement rings and wedding bands from recycled metals, and also sterling silver pieces--always with beautiful, natural stones. I hope you find something you just love in here, and please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

Erica Freestone

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5 out of 5 stars
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Christie Norman

Christie Norman on Jul 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I had this ring made for my wedding band later this year... when I opened the box I was left speechless the workmanship is incredible, the ring is everything I hoped for and so much more. I ordered this ring in the white gold - which looks beautiful. I can't thank Erica enough - Thankyou for creating such a special piece for a very special day. All the way from Melbourne, Australia - THANKYOU.

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So excited to be featured on Green Wedding Shoes today! This Americana-Inspired boho Big Sur elopement shoot features my Welo Opal Double Band Ring in Yellow Gold. raised_handsraised_handstadasparklesraised_hands
I've gone all-out classic. Ok, maybe there are a few twists in there (like that hand-forged hammered band, and the subtle claw-like shaping of the prongs). Either way, I'm excited to take a little swing in the direction of a good old classic.
Beautiful new statement rings up in the shop!
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About

Handmade with love from scratch

I fell in love with making jewelry in the spring of 2006. I popped in to a Metal Arts class on a whim and to take a break from academic courses while in college. As soon as I felt the thrill and nerves of watching solder flow on hot metal, I knew I was hooked. The torch, the tools, the precision--I loved it all, and to this day that love is unyielding.

After those first classes, I worked for about 6 years as a bench jeweler, repairing, re-sizing, designing, and more. Some of my best designs were produced in large quantities for Robert Redford's Sundance Catalog, and many of my pieces became top sellers for the company I worked for. During those years I learned a lot about the fundamentals of well-worn and well-loved jewelry, how things work and don't work design-wise and mechanically. Most of all, I learned that my desire to make original, one of a kind pieces, made right here in the USA (and not mass produced outside of the country), was the thing that was most important to me. That's when I quit my 'day job' and started Erica Freestone handmade artisan jewelry.

Now, everything I make is proudly made by my own two hands in my studio in Pacific Grove, California. I use recycled metals and conflict free stones whenever possible. Each bezel, each ring shank, jump ring and hammer mark are all done by me in my studio workshop. Often times designs start out as an idea in my head and a quick sketch in my notebook. Most of the time it is the stone that speaks to me, and I build the metal to showcase the stone. I believe handmade pieces have a different feeling than mass produced pieces. There is always a story behind something handmade, and I believe that the love I put into my work continues on in that piece's life forever.

This work is my utmost joy, and knowing it can make others happy, too, compounds that joy tenfold. It is an honor to be part of your story.

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    Idaho-born, California transplant. Coffee lover, metalsmith. I can be found above a pile of miniature tools and tendrils of gold with music playing and the sun shining. Everything you see here I design, fabricate, set stones, photograph, and more!

Shop policies

Last updated on July 7, 2017
Welcome and thank you so much for visiting my Etsy shop! All my pieces are completely handmade by me using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Each piece is either a one of a kind or made just for you at the time of order. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

Please read through these policies carefully. By purchasing one of my pieces, you are indicating you have read and comply with the policies here.

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Payment
CA residents are automatically charged 8.625% sales tax.

Coupon codes are non-transferable and may not be used on any custom orders.

24 hour cancellation policy only.
Shipping
READY TO SHIP items will ship within 1 to 3 business days after receipt of payment. Please double check my 'Shop Announcement' at top of my home page for any delays in shipping.

Per etsy's policies, orders over $200 require a signature upon delivery.

Please make sure your address on etsy is correct as this is the address I use.

MADE TO ORDER items will generally ship out 3-4 weeks after receipt of payment, or per lead-time on the listing.

RUSH ORDERS can be accommodated for an additional fee, please contact me before purchasing so we can work out the details.

SHIPPING UPGRADES (Priority Mail, Express Mail, FedEx, UPS, Overnight, insurance, etc) also available, please contact me before purchase to arrange.

US DOMESTIC SHIPPING

I ship USPS First Class Mail with insurance for the full price of the item and tracking which usually takes 3-5 business days, not including lead time for made to order items (see item's description).

I ship to the address listed on your etsy account. Please make sure your address is correct.

You will receive an email from etsy once I ship your item out.

I am not responsible for packages that are delayed, damaged, or lost in transit. I package everything with the utmost care; once the item is in the hands of the shipping carrier I no longer control how it is handled. If your package is lost, delayed, or damaged in transit I will do my absolute best to help figure out how to resolve the issue but please know I can't do anything until 21 days have elapsed. Please contact me as soon as you can if there seems to be a problem and we'll try to come up with a solution.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

International customers: In some cases I remove an international shipping option for various reasons, mostly that the shipping of fine jewelry with certain values to some countries is restricted or prohibited, and/or requires shipping carriers I don't normally use, and/or incurs customs fees that I want to make sure you're aware of. If you don't see your country listed please contact me to set up your shipping option.

Packages shipped internationally must go through your country's customs. Occasionally packages are delayed in customs for periods of several weeks. Unfortunately, there is nothing I nor the US Postal Service can do about this. Therefore, I can't guarantee any specific arrival date when shipping internationally.

My international shipping fee does not include insurance. I do not give refunds or exchanges on international orders that are not shipped with insurance and tracking--this is a service you must arrange with me prior to purchase.

The cost for Express International shipping with insurance, FedEx, or UPS shipping will vary by country and value of the merchandise, but will generally be between $40-120. Please contact me before purchasing to set up these services.

IMPORT DUTY and/or TAXES are the SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUYER.
I will not reimburse for any fees, duties, taxes, or other charges made by your country on my products.

I am not responsible for uninsured international packages lost in the mail.

I must fill out a customs form to ship into your country. I am legally required to state the full retail price of the item in US dollars and I will indicate that I am shipping jewelry merchandise. I will not falsify customs documents (i.e. write 'gift' or undervalue the merchandise)--thank you for your understanding on this issue!
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, please contact me right away. I will do everything I can to make sure your business with me is nothing but the best. Please don't give me a negative review on etsy before contacting me to work something out.

--READY TO SHIP items are eligible for full refund, exchange, or store credit. The item must be in original un-worn condition and shipped back to me in the original packaging with insurance for the full retail price of the item. I must be contacted within 3 days of delivery of item.

--MADE TO ORDER items can be returned or exchanged minus a 25% re-stocking fee. The item must be in original un-worn condition and shipped back in the original packaging with tracking and insurance for the full retail price of the item. I must be contacted within 3 days of delivery of item.

--INTERNATIONAL orders are all FINAL SALE unless shipped with insurance and tracking which must be arranged with me prior to purchase.

--RUSH production fees will not be refunded.

--CUSTOM WORK IS FINAL SALE. Custom Work is any item that is not offered in my store, has been made once for you, or an item personalized for you in some way (i.e. engraved, a specific stone chosen from photographs, unique size, less/more stones, added rhodium plating, etc)

--SALE items are final sale.

--I do not refund shipping costs.

--Any item being returned or exchanged must be sent in original packaging with tracking and insurance for the full retail price of item and must be arranged with me within 3 days of delivery of item. I am not responsible for lost or damaged items during return shipping. Items returned or exchanged without prior arrangement will not be accepted and will be sent back to customer.
Additional policies and FAQs
***FAQs***

Q. How is my order coming along?
A. You can always follow my instagram account @ericafreestone where you may see your piece in the making!

If you are wondering when your order will ship, click on 'You' at the top right of your etsy home page, then select 'Purchases and Reviews'. Once you find your order from my shop it will tell you the expected ship date. Occasionally I ship out before this date depending on my current workload, but in general please expect the full lead time for me to hand make your item. Lead times are explicitly written in each listing. You will receive an email from etsy with the tracking number when your package does go out.

Q. I need this faster than your lead time, can you rush the order?
A. Yes!
--READY TO SHIP--I can arrange upgraded shipping for you prior to purchase for items that are listed as READY TO SHIP--please contact me in advance of placing the order so I can add the additional shipping.

--MADE TO ORDER items--I offer a RUSH fee to put your order at the head of my order queue. The RUSH fee is dependent on a variety of factors: how many orders I have ahead of yours, how I build the item, how many days (or hours) I have to make it, if I have the materials on hand, where you're located in the world, and how much it will cost to ship it to get it to you by your timeline. This can run upwards of 25-150% of the price of the piece. Please contact me before purchasing to arrange this service.

Q. How can we arrange a payment plan and what does that mean?
A. I am happy to break up the final cost to make it easier. Orders under $500 can be divided into two payments, a 50% non-refundable down payment will initiate the order, and a 50% remaining balance + shipping due upon completion of the item and before it is sent to you. Orders over $500 can be divided into 3 and sometimes 4 payments depending on the timeline. I will create a 'custom listing' for you here on etsy and email you the link to it for each payment.

Q. Can you work with my stone or melt down my old jewelry?
A. Unfortunately I do not work with customer's stones or reuse metal from old jewelry.

------------------CUSTOM ORDERS:

Allowing you to bring your ideas and wishes to the design process is important to me. I listen, gather information, and advise you on gemstone and metal selection as well as design options that fit into all the things that are important to you.

Small adjustments to existing designs can be easily made. Perhaps you'd like to have a different metal or swap out a gemstone or make just a small change to something I already make.

If your idea is a little more complicated than that, I would love to schedule an appointment with you either in person in my design studio in Pacific Grove, CA or over the phone or FaceTime. This type of work is much too complicated over email! I love taking on custom work that is meaningful, personal, and highly functional. If you have an idea like this in mind and would like to hire me to make it for you, please contact me with your vision and we'll go from there!

To start the conversation, please contact me to provide me with some information about your custom design ideas. Once the design has been finalized and a deposit is made, typically custom work has my normal turn around time of 3-4 weeks. Sometimes this process can take a little longer but we will always define a 'due date' which I will stick to!

You can see an ever-growing portfolio of my work here: http://www.ericafreestone.com/portfolio

To learn more about my experience and history as a jewelry designer and metalsmith, please read my bio here:
http://www.ericafreestone.com/about/

-------------------CARING FOR YOUR JEWELRY:

Each package contains an informational card which explains the Do's and Don'ts of caring for your new handcrafted jewelry, but here is some pre-purchase info:

With normal wear and exposure to air, sterling silver will eventually tarnish. This is not indicative of poor quality but the nature of the alloy. Simply clean with a polishing cloth and voila--it's just like new.

Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place (i.e. not the bathroom).

Remove your rings before washing your hands, going swimming, gardening, cleaning, applying lotions or hairsprays, moving heavy objects, etc.

Softer stones (like pearl, opal, turquoise) should never be put in an ultrasonic cleaner.

Prongs and settings should be periodically checked by your local jeweler.

-----------------CHANGING YOUR ORDER:

Changes to your order, especially the size of a ring after purchase may incur additional fees. I create my pieces one by one, and process them in the order they were received. If I've already started that process with your order I then have to either size the ring by cutting it open, removing or adding material, soldering it back closed, and cleaning up the joint, a process that is further complicated if stones have already been set. In some cases I have to re-make the ring entirely. If you need to change the size of your ring please contact me right away and we'll see what we can do.

---------------------ENGAGEMENT RINGS, STONES, ADDITIONAL INFO:

Please do your research when purchasing engagement rings intended for every day wear and align that knowledge with your (or her) lifestyle. Diamonds and gold are traditionally used because a diamond is the hardest stone you can buy and gold is the toughest metal you can wear. I offer alternatives to diamonds and gold because not everyone can afford those luxuries and some women don't want them! These alternatives come with different care methods that I cannot be held responsible for. So, please do your research!

If you have any questions about any of this, please don't hesitate to contact me! I'm glad to help.

---------------------WHITE GOLD:

I use 14k and 18k white gold that contains nickel and do not rhodium plate any of my white gold pieces. I can, however, arrange rhodium plating for an additional fee. Please get in touch with me if you would like to add this before purchase.

----------------------DAMAGES AND REPAIRS:

I take great pride in the quality and craftsmanship of my work. That being said, my pieces are not indestructible and, like any piece of handcrafted fine jewelry, care must be taken to maintain the condition of your piece. Please follow common sense guidelines as well as the informational card included in your package to keep your jewelry looking its best. If you ever have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

Although unlikely, if for any reason your item requires repair that is due to a mistake on my part in the first year after purchase, I am happy and eager to fix it for you free of charge.

-----------------RING SIZING:

--I recommend having your finger sized by a reputable and professional jeweler with a sizer that is the same or very similar to the width of the ring you intend to purchase. If you don't know your size, please know that you can walk in to any jewelry store and they will size you FOR FREE and (most likely) with a smile on their face.

--DO NOT USE sizers printed off the internet or strings. These are almost always incorrect!

--I offer a plastic re-usable sizer in my shop that is 4mm wide and is in general fairly accurate. I also give a full discount for the sizer off your next ring purchase with me. If you don't have a local jeweler this is the next best option: https://www.etsy.com/listing/222412388/ring-sizer-adjustable-ring-sizing-tool?ref=shop_home_active_8

--I cannot emphasize enough that it's always better to get the ring in the correct size the first time around.

----------------HOW TO FIND OUT SOMEONE'S RING SIZE:

*Woman's AVERAGE ring finger size is a 6 1/2. If you don't know her size this is a fairly good bet and keep in mind most rings can be sized by a professional jeweler*

I really don't have any secrets to figuring out someone's ring size other than perhaps swiping a ring they often wear (on the finger you plan on putting the new ring on), taking it to your local jeweler to have it sized, and then replacing it before they notice. And my best advice if you don't know their size? Just ask. People are funny, you may think you know what they want but if you asked you might be surprised at what they say. Communication is key to a happy relationship and thus a happy marriage, so start early and see what she/he says! I bet you'll find out a lot more than what their size is, and you'll be happy you did.

------------------WEDDING TIMELINE:

I strongly recommend ordering your wedding rings AT LEAST 3 months before your wedding date to ensure you have plenty of time with them in case they need re-sized or they get delayed during shipping.

More information

Last updated on Jul 7, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Do you do custom work?

Yes! Please contact me if you see something in my shop but wish it was a little different, like it had a different stone or was a different metal, etc. I'm happy to make small adjustments to my existing designs.

If your idea is more complicated than that, I would love to schedule a consultation with you either in person, over the phone, or FaceTime. This type of work is much too complicated over email! I love taking on custom work that is meaningful, personal, and highly functional. If you have an idea like this and would like to hire me to make it for you, please contact me with your vision and clear budget and we'll go from there!

Custom pieces have a typical turn around time of about 4 weeks.

Can you re-size my ring if it's incorrect?

I can re-size most of my rings for an additional fee plus shipping which varies by metal type and labor involved (usually between $15-$100). Please contact me to arrange.

You can also take your ring to any reputable professional jeweler local to your area.

I am happy to send you a sizer at any time during our process to ensure the correct ring size!

If you don't know or are unsure of the ring size you need, I have a ring sizer in my shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/222412388/ring-sizer-adjustable-ring-sizing-tool?ref=shop_home_active_20

Do you accept payment plans or layaway?

I am happy to accommodate payment plans over the course of several months. Orders under $500 can be split into 2 payments, and orders above $500+ can be split into 3 payments or sometimes more depending on the final balance. Please contact me and I will arrange special listings for you and send you the links. Items must be paid for in full before I will ship the item to you.

Do you have a craftsmanship guarantee?

I take great pride in each piece that I make, and I have built my entire business model around making work that is both beautiful and built to withstand the test of time. That being said, like any piece of fine jewelry, my work is not indestructible and requires special care. Enclosed in each package is a card that explains how to best care for your unique, handmade jewelry.

Although unlikely, if anything should happen to your piece within the first year of purchase that is my fault (like a stone is loose) I am happy and eager to repair it--free of charge. Normal wear-and-tear damage is the monetary responsibility of the client but I am happy to take a look and see how I can fix it!

How far in advance do you recommend placing an order for a wedding ring?

I strongly recommend placing the order for wedding rings 3 MONTHS (or more) in advance of your wedding to allow additional time for un-planned shipping delays or the need for re-sizing.

My typical turn around time is about 3-4 weeks for any of my Made To Order items, and shipping will add additional time (usually abut 3-5 business days in the US). If you need it quicker than my normal turn around time, I am happy to rush your order! Please see info below regarding Rush Orders.

What is your Return and Exchange Policy?

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, please contact me right away.

READY TO SHIP items may be returned to me within 7 days of delivery. Items must be in their original, unworn condition and sent in the same or similar packaging. Please contact me within 3 days of delivery.

MADE TO ORDER Items are completely handmade to your order preferences at the time of order and are considered personalized to you. I can offer an exchange or store credit for the full price of the item or a complete return minus a 25% processing fee. I do not return shipping or customs fees.

PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT accept returns on INTERNATIONAL orders unless insurance and tracking has been arranged prior to purchase.

Can you Rush my Order?

In most cases, yes. I can usually rush an order for an additional fee to put your order at the top of my order queue. I've found this is the fairest way to do this. The fee is dependent upon several factors--if I have the materials on hand, how quickly I need to make it, how many orders I have in advance of yours, and where I need to send it in the world. This can range in fee anywhere from 5-150% of the actual price of the piece.

Please contact me prior to purchase and let me know these things:
1. Which item exactly and if it's a ring what size (i.e. Men's Viking Wedding Ring, 14k white gold, Unisex width, size 10)
2. The date you need the item
3. Where I would be shipping it in the world