Steampunk Jewelry and Vintage Assemblage treasures.

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Cara Stimmel

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Cara Stimmel


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About FernStreetDesigns

Sales 1,998
On Etsy since 2008

The History of Cara Stimmel and her vintage assemblage designs.

Cara Stimmel was born during an era of innovation, at a time when grand craftsmanship and intricate artisan work had fallen by the wayside. Growing up in the bedroom community of Queens, surrounded by her parents' social circle of artists, writers, and decorators, Cara's imagination was sculpted with encouragement for free thinking and self-expression. This exposure to master craftsmen and great art created the foundation for her unique aesthetic, not only in her jewelry design, but in all aspects of her life.

In 1987, Cara opened her first factory, Cara Stimmel, LTD., to produce larger quantities of her jewelry. She sold her line to department and specialty stores world wide, producing it all in house. After decades of adhering to dictated trends and the hectic schedules of Fashion Week, Cara decided to take a fresh approach to her jewelry, and Fern Street Designs by Cara Stimmel was born. A more organic, free form collection, created by hand, with intricate vintage parts collaged together is what Cara refers to as "assemblage." Reusing and recycling come naturally to her, so she utilizes found objects, highlighting them as the jewels in her pieces. Manipulating abstract parts into different entities produced the Steampunk vibe present in many of her creations.

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Last updated on May 9, 2022
Thank you for visiting my shop. I'm Cara, and I hope you find something you love. If you would like to change the length of a necklace or bracelet or if you would prefer a clip earring please feel free to contact me.

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I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or 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
Returns and exchange details
I do not accept returns, but I do accept exchanges / store credit if your item doesn't fit.

If any part of your piece gets broken or no longer functions, (the clasps/chain/etc), please ship it back to me and I will fix it free of charge. All I ask is for you to pay shipping to my address, and I’ll fix it and send it back to you. If there is something wrong with the focal antique or vintage piece, I can’t fix that—these are antique pieces and I doubt I’ll be able to find many of these again. Essentially, I’m offering a guarantee for my craftsmanship.
US purchases can be paid by Paypal, money order, or personal check. International payments are accepted by PayPal only. If I do not receive your payment within a week of the sale,and we have not communicated within four days of the sale about payment, I will cancel your order.
Items will be shipped within 4 days of payment. Most small items will be shipped via USPS .
Buyers are responsible for any customs duties, and import taxes that may apply.
Sorry I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Insurance or tracking will cost additional money. Please contact me if you want to add this.

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*Customs duties, taxes and processing fees may be incurred, depending on your country. When this happens, you will be asked to pay this cost before receiving your parcel.
Additional policies and FAQs
We gladly produce custom orders. An estimate will be provided upon request and we guarantee that the final cost will be no greater than 25% above the estimate.
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