FEATHEROAK

Raw and refined, Earth and Sea inspired Eco jewellery.

Featherstone, United Kingdom · 1541 Sales

FEATHEROAK

Raw and refined, Earth and Sea inspired Eco jewellery.

Featherstone, United Kingdom 1541 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars
(353)

FEATHEROAK is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner FEATHEROAK will now be closed until my big 2017 update in mid January. Thank you!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Feb 23, 2017

FEATHEROAK will now be closed until my big 2017 update in mid January. Thank you!

Alexandra Jackson

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Alexandra Jackson

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(353)
bobbi dickinson

bobbi dickinson on Feb 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

The ring was purchased for a friend who had just lost a child. everything about it was perfect right to down the packaging and the personal handwritten thank you. The ring it's self was more then I expected absolutely perfect, now she has a private and very beautiful way to remember her lost child thank you.

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Updates

Vintage Australian opal cabochon rings are now available!
This month's birthstone- Sapphire! Genuine, raw and Ethicaly sourced ok_hand
New batch of raw and bright English fluorite rings now in shop! Totally unique and gorgeous blush
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About

ENGLAND'S LAST WILDERNESS

I'm Alexandra Jackson, a self-taught jewellery maker and the owner and designer behind FEATHEROAK. I live in the rough and wild landscape of the North Pennies in the Borders of Scotland and England, my work in everything I do has always been inspired by where I live. Northern England is known for its industrial past, rich and diverse history and it's stunning and wild landscapes. The North Pennies are known as 'England's last wilderness', although the Winters here can be harsh it's always worth the wait for the stunning summer days exploring this powerful landscape. It is this land that has shaped me into the wild, free-hearted (and slightly feral) girl I am today!

My jewellery is no different! Rough, wild and inspired not only by the land of my ancestors but my love of the entire Earth and sea itself. I search and hunt for many of the stones I use in my jewellery, from English sea, glass from the famous beach of Seaham to rare English quartz and Fluorite crystals, even coal dug from our stream and stones from the river.

I have been fascinated by gems and fossils my entire life! During our summer holidays, we would often visit the small fishing town of Whitby on the North East coast of England, known for its fossils and Jet. I'd spend hours searching for fossils with my little brothers and have to be eventually dragged from the local 'rock shops' when trying to pick out my favourite gem! Ever since I can remember I've collected gemstones and crystals.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN. SPRING 2016

My little shop came into existence, honestly, because with living in the countryside comes with its drawbacks. Finding a job after leaving school was tough, actually impossible! School had never really worked for me, I grew up with poor grades that would only convince me I was in fact just stupid, and for a long time I truly believed I was! I was worried I'd struggle at University just the same, and didn't want to feel like I was incapable of making successful future anymore! So, I took the decision when I was 17 to somehow find a different path in life, I think I've always felt I was never going to have a conventional life anyway.

I tore up my 6th form exam results and decided to put my creative abilities to use. I'm a keen photographer and I inherited my creative talent from my amazing Mum, Gail. It was Mum who suggested we open a Etsy shop together after she stumbled across 'Seaham sea glass' on the internet. After collecting buckets of this coulouful sea-washed waste glass, we wondred what we could do with it all! The idea of making jewellery seemed to come from nowhere and before we knew it we were making and designing jewellery from found obejects; everything between pebbles to roman coins! Our new taste for treasure hunting sparked something in us both that made jewellery making a new passion.

After working together I started to develop my own style and technique, finally after a little support, I decided to put everything I had into building my own Etsy shop, and perhaps even start to make a more positive future for me and my family.
I oddly actually started by selling sheep skulls on the Internet (lots and lots of sheep skulls!) I found them, then spent hours washing and scrubbing until I made enough money to buy my most prized possession - my camera! Which was, and still is one of my most important tools and my passion!

I then moved on to selling the supplies my mum and I gathered (shells, sea glass and driftwood ect.) until, finally, after endless research, a LOT of trial-and-error, sourcing tools, collecting and hunting for gems and photographing, I opened FEATHEROAK in Spring of 2016 and have never looked back! Turns out I'm not so useless after all :)
Thank you so much Etsy!

Thank you for reading!

Alexandra x

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  • Alexandra Jackson

    Owner, Photographer, Designer

    I'm the one-woman-band behind FEATHEROAK and Gold Etsy award winner! I LOVE crystals and gemstones but love making them into jewellery even more so x

  • Blugsblu

    Assistant

    My workshop cat! I found him in the car headlights on Halloween. His siblings fled while I managed to catch him! On a shooting estate, predators like him wouldn't have survived very long. However he is happy and wild in his loving workshop home!

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Last updated on Feb 11, 2017
Frequently asked questions

What is my US rings size in UK ring sizes?

My rings are displayed in UK sizes, However, I have US size conversions for my most popular ring sizes in my listing descriptions. My sizes are genuraly accurate within 1/4 of a ring size.
I also work in both UK and US sizes if you have any trouble regarding sizing, please feel free to contact me!

Will copper rust? Can I wear it in water?

Copper, like many other metals will tarnish/ oxidise, so over time the copper will appear duller and duller especially when not worn or kept clean. Copper is 'non-ferrous' which means it doesn't contain Iron and will not rust.
Copper will not react with water any more than it would with the oils on your skin or the oxygen in the air (please see FAQ "will copper react with my skin"), so wearing your copper jewellery in water will not have any damaging effect on the copper, this is the main reason why copper is widely used as water pipe! However, prolonged exposure to moisture will result in the copper oxidising faster.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All my jewellery is sent gift- ready. I wrap all my jewellery with much care and thought, I believe packaging is part of your experience when buying from FEATHEROAK. Each order is sent in recycled, organic packaging. Please see my shop story for a photo example.

Can copper effect my skin?

Depending on you skins natural oils and PH levels, Copper is known to leave (mainly a green) discolouration around the finger. Palatially in hot environments where your skin is more likely to sweat and react more with the Copper.
This dose not seem to effect everyone and is not at all harmful, in fact Copper kills bacteria, viruses and fungi! This discolouration will also wash of easily with soap and water.
It is natural for all copper to tarnish, by wearing your jewellery regularly or using a jewellery polling cloth you can easily keep the copper bright.

Custom orders

I do custom orders! whether its size, style, or stones you would like customised, I may be able to help! I charge extra depending on the ring(s), stone(s) and time required to make the ring(s) too. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

Can I pick a ring from the photos? I don't want to be sent a random ring!

Unless otherwise stated in the listing, It is likely that the rings pictured are already sold and at the new homes, the listing photos are examples only.
Each and every stone I use is different, no two will ever be the same. I do not take photos of specific rings because the unique ring you order will be destined for you and you only! My jewellery is as unique as the person who it will one day adorn.
However, if you would prefer a specific colour, shade or shape of stone, let me know in the notes on purchase and I will try and pick a stone more to your preference.

Can you do expedited shipping?

I give myself 1 - 3 weeks to process an order for many reasons, my jewellery is handmade to order and gift wrapped by hand in my small caravan workshop. I also live in a rural part of North England and so my local post office is several miles away.

I am always working hard to get orders to you as soon as I can but please keep this I'm mind when placing orders to arrive by a specific date.

How long does it take until you ship your orders?

Currently my processing time is 1-3 weeks. I mostly work alone and many of my rings and made to order. The time I give myself to fulfil an order includes making, preparing and packing, which is all done by hand in my caravan workshop.

How do I find my ring size?

Finding you ring size is easy! I now sell simple ring sizes in my shop so you can find your UK ring size quickly and easily!
There is also a lot of information on the internet for help with measuring your finger and figuring out size conversions.

Are your gemstones and crystals genuine?

Yes! Every single gemstone, crystal, shell, sea glass is 100% genuine and are ethicaly sourced via legitimate suppliers. Or have been collected from the Earth by me or my Mum's own hands!

Where do you ship to?

I ship my jewellery globally. No country is left out!

My size doesn't seem to be available in the options?

If your size is not available in the size options you will need a custom size. If you choose 'UK Custom' and leave a note of the size you require (every size is possible!) at the checkout I will custom make and size your ring. However unique one-off design are only available in the size stated.

What if I order the wrong size? Can I exchange it for a different size?

Yes of course! If the ring is not the correct size I'm happy for you to return it if it is within the 14 days from when you received it. I will send you out a new ring for the cost of the return postage only.
For reasons of hygiene I do not accept returns for earrings.

How long will it take for my order to arrive after it is posted?

After your order has been marked as dispatched, delivery to the UK will take between 1-3 working days, the USA, Canada and Australia 7-14 working days and Europe 5-7 working days.

About Electroforming

Electroforming is the process I use to make my jewellery and It is an electrical and chemical process that takes many hours. It involves many layers of microscopic copper 'nanoparticles' coating around any conductive object when submerged in a Copper Sulphate based solution. Copper particles are transferred from a copper 'anode' (I use eco-friendly scrap copper water pipe) onto your desired object. This means when something unconducive is painted with an electrically conductive paint, that object can then also be coated in thick copper, like gemstones and crystals or even bone and leaves - Basically its modern day alchemy!