Fine Vintage Brass Components, Beads, Stones & Cameos

On Etsy since 2008

14,970 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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Fine Vintage Brass Components, Beads, Stones & Cameos

14,970 Sales

FindingYourElement is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Hello,
I had a setback with my so called good knee and will be away from my shop hopefully only for a short period. I will reopen as soon as is reasonably possible! I apologize for any inconvenience.
Thank you, lori

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 28, 2020

I had a setback with my so called good knee and will be away from my shop hopefully only for a short period. I will reopen as soon as is reasonably possible! I apologize for any inconvenience.
Thank you, lori

Lori Shimabukuro

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Lori Shimabukuro


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About FindingYourElement

Sales 14,970
On Etsy since 2008

A Seedling in the Wind

Growing up as a dependent in the U.S. Air Force, my family and I moved every 2 years. We lived in Hawaii, Guam, Japan and across the United States but overall mostly in California. Having very little roots and nowhere to really call home as a child, I felt as if I were a seedling floating about in the wind. When we retired and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, my seedling was finally able to softly root itself and grow. After many, many years, I have found that my interests as a child of creating things and watching my mom create Japanese dolls, flower arrange and crochet, and living in a different country has exposed me to the sights, sounds and aromas that I would not have otherwise experienced. All of these life experiences have molded me and continue to mold me into who I am today and what I see as treasures thus can offer to you today in my etsy stores.

Please also visit my other store at for vintage/antique jewelry and a few of my creations.

***SRAJD ~ Self Representing Artist Jewelry Design member

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  • FindingYourElement


    Former Graphic Designer now a happy stay at home-maker!

Shop policies

Last updated on March 4, 2020
This shop sells mostly VINTAGE raw brass stampings and filigrees. If an item is newer, it will be noted in the listing. Please be aware that many vintage brass items have an uneven patina due to air exposure, age and storage. They will not be shiny and new in appearance. This is the nature of vintage items.

Most items are returnable at buyer's expense if you are not completely satisfied. Please see additional information below regarding my refund policies.

Please shop at your leisure and if you have anything in particular that you are searching for, please email us. We will do our best to see if we have something that may be of interest.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and cancellations
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 hours of purchase
I don't accept exchanges
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
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I take pride in offering vintage brass and attempt to disclose anything that may be amiss with my items and never intentionally try to misrepresent them.

Vintage brass patinas can vary depending on the age and storage of the piece. Vintage glass are almost never perfect also due to age and storage. Please keep in mind the following:

✿The true color of my items may vary on different computers or in different light so if you need additional photos taken in different lighting, please let me know.

✿Raw brass items – The patina of raw vintage brass can differ from one piece to the next so the pictures are not always representative of what you will receive although I try my best to provide you with the most even patina of each piece.

✿Vintage glass items will invariably come with small chips, discoloration and at times, foreign objects in the glass since the manufacturing processes of the time were not as regulated as they are now. Please keep this in mind when purchasing any of my glass items.

Again please email me if the above are a concern. If you are dissatisfied with ANY item in your order, please contact me PRIOR to leaving feedback. As my customer you are my #1 business priority and happy customers = a happy shop owner!

All items are photographed in natural indoor lighting, which can often differ depending on the time of day. There may be lightening or darkening ie photographic enhancements to help portray a piece more closely. If you are looking for even toned, bright, new in appearance brass, you will not find it here unless noted in the description. Please ask for additional pictures if the patina is a concern as this will not be considered a gross negligence in the description of vintage brass.

If you are not satisfied with an item(s) that is $100 or less, the item(s) must be returned within 10 days after shipping date and MUST be sent back in the ORIGINAL packaged manner and CONDITION sent including ANY original packaging. Return shipping will be at the buyer's expense unless item is erroneously described. Please read the item description carefully for the number of items in each listing and the overall description. Vintage brass/findings/glass are almost NEVER in perfect condition and will come with varying patinas on metals or tiny chips or manufacture flaws in glass. Refunds for item purchase ONLY, will be sent via Paypal upon satisfactory return of the item.

Partial shipping refunds for overcharges are available for international orders BUT please remind me to do so if shipping is too high and I will check the actual shipping vs charged shipping rate. I am often too overwhelmed to remember to check all packages ship rates.

LOST PACKAGES: We ALWAYS receive delivery confirmation. If it clearly states that USPS has delivered to your address, our hands are tied. If a package has been lost we will accommodate our buyers to the best of our abilities and always in a professional manner. Please contact your mail carrier when/if your package says it has been delivered. He/she has likely delivered it to the wrong address.

EU Directive. Those who purchase from this store and live in the EU you must return any item that has not met their expectation within 14 days of receipt of the item. Please refer to the following:

For lost parcels, you must wait 20 days for domestic and 40 days for international locations.

Claims must be filed no later than 120 days from the shipment date.

As the seller is the insured, a check is mailed to the seller.
We accept Etsy payments. California residents will be charged a 7.25% tax rate.
All packages will ship first class to continental U.S. addresses unless a buyer requests that their purchase be shipped via Priority Mail. If Priority Mail is preferred, all applicable shipping charges will be applied. Insurance will be additional. Delivery confirmation is FREE to all continental U.S. addresses. I do NOT ship Express or Next Day shipping.

*** Please note that all international packages will include insurance. I will never ask for this fee, it automatically comes out of your ship fee. Etsy only supports the following shipping methods: USPS First Class International, Priority, and Priority Mail Express shipments. Please view the following link regarding international shipping methods:

Please also note that the VALUE is automatically added onto the mailing label using the etsy shipping program. We WILL NOT alter this value and cannot alter any other legitimate info regarding your package. You will be responsible for any fees incurred upon arrival into your country.

I will ship only to Japan and the following countries that have a tracking agreement with the U.S. unless I have had a problem with shipping to a country:

Countries Accepting Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International Service
Note: An asterisk indicates that service was temporarily suspended on June 12, 2014. I will NO longer ship to these countries.

Great Britain and Northern Ireland
New Zealand

*Japan does not have a delivery confirmation (DC) agreement with the U.S. although I will ship to Japan UNTIL I encounter too many lost packages.

*** I will no longer ship to Finland due to the DC not properly showing delivery of packages.

Please see my REFUND POLICY for SHIPPING refunds.

Please have your correct address to where your package is to be shipped. Ultimately, my responsibility is to ship to the address on your Paypal account since shipping to an incorrect address will not be covered due to loss or damage. Thus I will NOT ship to any address other than what is on your account.
Additional policies and FAQs
PLEASE read the title and description of the items. If there is an obvious error in either, please contact me to correct the problem. Any "way out there" disagreements will be resolved using etsy's Trust & Safety review team.

If a RESERVE listing is requested, the listing will be available for 1 week. If the RESERVE is not purchased within that time frame, all inventory will be returned to stock.

Please NOTE: "We reserve the right to REFUSE SERVICE to anyone." If this store has had a questionable past transaction with a buyer, we reserve the right to cancel any and all subsequent purchases. Life is too short to be stressed over a few dollars!!!

Please email us at hawaiitime1888 [!at] with any questions or concerns.

Thanks so much, Lori