♻ ReCYcLED FaIR(y)tRADE mETaLS and FAiryTAle stones

Joshua Tree, California

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Announcement    Urban alchemistry. Soulful rings sculpted in fine silver recycled from cellphones and computers.

..fusing metals with metaphors to the hum of ancient myths.

Made in California. Handmade art from the high desert.

New Designs listed on Facebook and Instagram, see them first!
As always, ships the US for nominal fee and ridiculously inexpensively abroad:)

Thank you for supporting my art, we’ll both be thrilled you did

Much Love,


Last updated on May 29, 2020

Urban alchemistry. Soulful rings sculpted in fine silver recycled from cellphones and computers.

..fusing metals with metaphors to the hum of ancient myths.

Made in California. Handmade art from the high desert.

New Designs listed on Facebook and Instagram, see them first!
As always, ships the US for nominal fee and ridiculously inexpensively abroad:)

Thank you for supporting my art, we’ll both be thrilled you did

Much Love,


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About esmeraldadesigns

Sales 1,701
On Etsy since 2008

mincing metaphors with metals

I love my customers!!!!! I absolutely do!!! This is what they say-check my feedback section for much more! Here is the most recent one

''Amazing combination of creative genius, perfection of execution and a zest for life.”
Al Ortez, Newsday Dec 15

' Pure Love fairytale ring sz 8 in reclaimed fine silver with exquisite crystal beryl goshenite and north sea ring with accent ruby'
Love, love, love this ring! The stone is magical as is the comfort and design of the ring. This beautiful artist thinks of such excellent ways to display uniqueness and customer's personality in wonderfully timely custom pieces. <3'
Tabatha Dec '15

'Hope primitive hammered hoop with fringes in solid 10K yellow eco recycled gold
Somehow this shop owner picked my brain and made the most perfect earrings I could hope for. When I received them, one of the hoops didn't fit my piercing, but after contacting her and sending them back, she fixed them right up for
me. It's so wonderful to receive cheerful and expert service like that. One of the many reasons I love Etsy.'
Maria Dec 15

Exquisite rubellite Tourmaline eco silver ring with 2.4 ct rubellite tourmaline cabochon
'What a pleasure it was to purchase this lovely ring. Mine was a long-distance custom order, and Christina minimized the guesswork by showing pictures of a finished ring in the Etsy listing. She also shared her professional expertise in helping me select just the right stone for my ring. Thank you so much Christina!'
Sharon Nov 15
RESERVED well deep swiss blue topaz butterfly ring in recycled silver size 8
Once again this artist created the most amazing ring!!!!! I really just can't say enough good things about her or her creations.
GIna Oct 15

RESERVED Women of the New Frontier metamorphosis of rings for the lovely Cynthia
I cannot thank you enough, amazing wonderful Christina, for re-creating these precious rings for me. I was so sad that my arthritis had "taken away" these rings...and now you have brought them "back to life" for me...bless your dear and precious heart!!!!!!!!!!!! My heart...and fingers...are happy again!!!!!! You are THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cynthia Oct 15

Celestially yours astrology ring in recycled fine silver made to order size 5-10
Magical as always!!!! This ring fits perfectly!!! Its so gorgeous and I've gotten looks of admiration of it on the subway every day since I got it :) The speediest shipping ever and Christina even threw an amethyst crystal shaped, lavender scented soap with my purchase so my ring smells like pure heaven. Will absolutely be returning for another piece for my ring collection in the near future, thank you thank you thank you!
Laurie Sept 15

Reclaimed fairtrade metals and fairytale stones passionately sculpted by a diminutive urban alchemist living in an one-squaremile-one traffic-light village on the north shore of Long Island, NY. I design in dusty boots to really wild music surrounded by seven mischievous fairies and a pack of rescue animals.

My work is inspired by nature, the beat of NYC, being surrounded by a tribe of rescue animals, fierce animal rescue groups like comedienne Elayne Boosler's Tails of Joy awesome people i meet here on etsy,& during artshows, my Lord, music, awesome books i've read and of course my family.

I embellish Barbara Kruger, Jeff Bridges, T-Bone Burnett, Michael Franti, Bono and Ali, Elayne Boosler, Jenny Craig, Lexi Galante, Monica Nowak, Bernadette Peters, Mark Hudson, Elizabeth Howe, Cathleen Falsani, awesome fellow artists, musicians, singers, art historians, Jungians, painters, sculptors, radiodj's, photographers, writers, tattooed lawyers, actors, healers, fellow animal lovers, music directors, art teachers, bankers, tribal bellydancers, bohemian muses, cowgirls, tomboys, wild moms and a few loose canons.

And I would absolutely love to embellish you!

Shop members

  • Christina

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    The Blowtorch Fairy

  • Isabella


  • Mr. Darcy


  • Buck


  • Ice


Shop policies

Last updated on January 21, 2019
Yay! Thank you for finding me. Producing one beautiful gold ring generates five tons of waste. We can't have that, can we?

My designs are made with eco-friendly avant-garde methods and upcycled metals in order to conserve our beautiful planet;

My fine silver is recycled from refineries or photographic film, cellphones and computers and my bronze comes mainly from scrap copper

My gold is recycled - bought from a refinery. Sorry, I don't purchase / trade gold and silver privately.


My gemstones are fair trade and all my diamonds are conflict free and I use diamonds mined in four of the 74 countries that signed the Kimberley Process and system of Warranties; The Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Canada and Russia.

When you buy a designs that features a diamond i am sending you a certificate stating that the diamond has been purchases from a legitimate source not involved in funding conflict and is in compliance with United Nations resolutions. I guarantee that all diamonds are conflict free and real based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds.

This certificate may also help you insure the diamond jewelry.

Background: To prevent diamonds from areas of conflict entering into the legitimate diamond supply chain, diamonds are monitored at every point of the diamond pipeline, from mining through to retail. These monitoring processes are called the Kimberley Process and System of Warranties. The Kimberley Process is a UN mandated system, and today over 99% of all diamonds are certified through the Kimberley Process to be from conflict free sources.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Thank you so much for your purchase! You have acquired an one of kind artisan handmade piece that I hope you will cherish for a very long time. All my designs are handmade and only if you buy the actual listing will the item be identical to the images. It will state in the listing of it is a one of a kind or made to order. This is the beauty of handmade so please understand that if you order a custom design your item will never be exactly identical.

Returns due to buyers remorse of customized item are not accepted.

Examples of customization/personalization:
Alterations such as exchange of stone, addition of detail

If your ring does not fit, even if I made it according to the size you provided I will remake it one time free for you. Your responsibility is to return your purchase safely and at your cost.

In any case, please always contact me if you have questions, preferently before your purchase, there is always a way to work things out as it is my wish that you are happy with your purchase:-)
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I accept PayPal, Google and money orders, please convo me for Google checkout order and I will send you an invoice through google.

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I live and work in New York, New York residents pay sales tax. If that'd be you, you'll find sales tax applied to your invoice. Sorry about this, blame it on The Man.

But wait, there is more - because of recent legislation, Etsy is currently/ will be calculating, collecting, and remitting state sales tax on all orders shipped to the following states.
State Date collection starting/started:
Washington January 1, 2018
Pennsylvania April 1, 2018
Oklahoma August 1, 2018
Minnesota October 1, 2018
Iowa February 1, 2019
Connecticut February 1, 2019
South Carolina February 1, 2019
South Dakota March 1, 2019
New Jersey April 1, 2019
District of Columbia April 1, 2019
Alabama July 1, 2019
I ship fast and worldwide.

I had few recent scares shipping internationally, despite clearly printed labels, lovely safe packaging, scans and stamps at my post office and meticulously filled out customs forms. All went well, phew, but I leaned that unless I send trackable mail there is now way for USPS to track the item or for me to submit a missing item claim. Holy cow!!!!!! So I got smarter:) we'll booth be glad i did.

For international shipments, it has been brought to my attention that foreign customs might impose additional fees such as custom fee and service fee, rendering your precious new artwork even more precious. This is something i neither can predict nor influence. Because of legislation i am required to correctly declare the value of the shipment, utilizing etsys shipping label service de facto automatically does this. I am so sorry about this but there is nothing i can do.
Additional policies and FAQs
Ring size?
Easiest to have a professional measure:) make sure it measures :::exactly::: 3.5" between A and B. Trust me on this one:)