forthebrand

Gemstone, Metalwork, and Vintage Inspired Jewelry

La Mesa, New Mexico · 155 Sales

forthebrand

Gemstone, Metalwork, and Vintage Inspired Jewelry

La Mesa, New Mexico 155 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Welcome to our little shop! Please feel free to look around and let me know if you have any questions.

How to Clean Your Sterling Silver jewelry:

Boil just enough water to submerge all of the sterling silver pieces.

Use aluminum to remove tarnish from sterling silver.

Line a glass or plastic dish with a slightly crumpled piece of aluminum foil. If you have a small aluminum pan that you won't be needing for food preparation again, use that instead.

Lay your jewelry on the aluminum, making sure the silver touches the aluminum.

Sprinkle baking soda on the jewelry.

Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over the jewelry.

Pour boiling water on the baking soda.

Pour enough boiling water to immerse the jewelry. Bubbling should occur, giving off a rotten-egg odor (the sulfuric gases released by the cleaning action).

Move the pieces around gently with a wood or plastic utensil to ensure that all of the silver surfaces come in contact with the aluminum. You will notice that the silver has become bright again.

Rinse the jewelry under tap water. To ensure that you don't lose small pieces like earrings and pendants, put a sieve over the drain to catch whatever may slip off your fingers.

Clean and shiny sterling silver jewelry
Wipe the pieces gently with an absorbent towel and polish with a soft cloth.

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 10, 2016

Welcome to our little shop! Please feel free to look around and let me know if you have any questions.

How to Clean Your Sterling Silver jewelry:

Boil just enough water to submerge all of the sterling silver pieces.

Use aluminum to remove tarnish from sterling silver.

Line a glass or plastic dish with a slightly crumpled piece of aluminum foil. If you have a small aluminum pan that you won't be needing for food preparation again, use that instead.

Lay your jewelry on the aluminum, making sure the silver touches the aluminum.

Sprinkle baking soda on the jewelry.

Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over the jewelry.

Pour boiling water on the baking soda.

Pour enough boiling water to immerse the jewelry. Bubbling should occur, giving off a rotten-egg odor (the sulfuric gases released by the cleaning action).

Move the pieces around gently with a wood or plastic utensil to ensure that all of the silver surfaces come in contact with the aluminum. You will notice that the silver has become bright again.

Rinse the jewelry under tap water. To ensure that you don't lose small pieces like earrings and pendants, put a sieve over the drain to catch whatever may slip off your fingers.

Clean and shiny sterling silver jewelry
Wipe the pieces gently with an absorbent towel and polish with a soft cloth.

Carmen Sena-Todd

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Carmen Sena-Todd

Ruby Zoite and Sterling Silver Earrings
$20.00
Southwestern Bolo Tie with Turquoise and Coral
$200.00
30 Strand Toho Bead Necklace in Flat Black
$45.00
Graduated Natural Freeform Turquoise Necklace
$55.00
Vintage Inspired Vertigris Little Birds Earrings
$22.00
Small Sterling Silver Floral Bracelet
$35.00
Conversation Heart Bracelet
$30.00

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sanchidester

sanchidester on Jan 15, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I bought this for my sister who loves all things Frieda and the stones in the necklace are beautiful with vibrant, bright colors. Since it was a little short for my sister who likes longer necklaces I contacted the seller who made me an extra extender for a small price. Excellent service, I received the necklace within days. Great experience all around.

pat clapham

pat clapham on Jun 23, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely, just as I ordered. Thank you for you excellent talent and service.

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About

The Story Behind the Brand

I am the third girl and eighth child born to Pete and Felisa Sena in Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

Dad was a "Vaquero" (Cowboy) who grew up and worked on a 1200 acre ranch. 600 acres of the ranch was a land grant from the State of New Mexico. My grandfather (Thomas Sena was a direct decendent of the Sena family from Santa Fe) purchased the adjoining 600 acres to raise his sheep and other livestock. At one time, our family ranch was the largest sheep ranch in the state of New Mexico.

Dad worked ranches in central New Mexico to provide for his family. He took great care in tending the sick and lame animals that he came across. He often knocked on doors and offered to buy a poorly cared for animal that he might have encountered on the range. Once retired from ranching he still cared for a vast array of animals.

He designed his livestock brand which consisted of his initals and a rocker. This is the hallmark that I have adopted for my metalwork. The brand is no longer in the family as it was lost after his death, but I have received verbal permission to use the brand as long as it is not for livestock marking. He called his brand "Pete Sena and Sons".

Dad's mom, Delfinia Sena, grew vegetables and herbs on the ranch and canned a number of different things. I remember the beautiful quilts and dresess she made and the wonderful pies and empanadas she used to make. She was the daughter of Valentine and Felina Garcia (my great grandparents). My great grandmother was an Apache Native.

My Mother's family came to the U.S. from Puerto Rico in search of work in a new land. My maternal grandparents (Indalecio and Carmen Santos) were married on board the ship before embarking in Galveston, TX.

Grandmother Santos worked hard washing and ironing for people. Grandpa says that there were times her hands would bleed from scrubbing clothes on the washboard. Grandpa worked 40 years for the Atchison Topeka and the Santa Fe Railway.

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  • Carmen Sena-Todd

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Worrier

    I have been making and selling jewelry since 1999. I have taken college courses in Metalology and Metalwork. My styles are eclectic, but having grown up in the Southwest, I am heavily influenced by nature, beautiful stones, and metals.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 5, 2015
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Please note that any gemstones used are described as purchased. If my vendor describes the item as turquoise, I also describe it as turquoise. I will make every attempt to carefully describe the materials that I use in my designs. Also be aware that my charges are based on the cost of my materials and my labor.

Accepted payment methods

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Payment
All prices on this site are in USD.

We accept major credit cards via Paypal. No need to have a Paypal account to use its service. You will not be revealing your credit card details.
Shipping
Items are packed in kraft paper boxes or handmade pillow boxes and tied with a ribbon (ready for gift giving). Most of the time I use United States Postal Service (USPS) mail boxes or recycled padded envelopes to ship your purchased items. It will depend on what I am shipping (size, shape, etc). All orders are shipped U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail or Internationl Express/Priority Mail unless otherwise advised by customer at checkout.

If you're like me, you'll want to get your package as soon as possible, so I ship USPS Priority Mail unless you tell me otherwise. Items which require special handling will be handled with special care and packaging as necessary.

If you would like items shipped differently than USPS Priority Mail, let me know and I will be happy to oblige.

Items ship within two to three days after payment has been recieved. If you pay with a personal check, items will be shipped after the check has cleared my bank in El Paso, TX.

If paying with Paypal and your Paypal address is different from the one provided during checkout, there may be a slight delay while the correct adress is verified.

---> Please consider shipping insurance to protect yourself and your investment. Before you check out, please convo me if you would like this option so I may adjust the invoice.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you receive an item that has been damaged, please let me know immediately. I will make every effort to make it right. If you are unhappy with your purchase, please contact me within three days of receipt and I will work with you to resolve the issue. Refunds or exchanges are made on a case by case basis. There will be no returns on customized items.

Returns should be in new and unused condition and carefully packaged. I will not be able to process a return if it has been damaged in transit. All initial and return shipping costs are not refundable.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am a huge animal lover so, of course, my home is very pet friendly.

I live in the New Mexico desert where blowing dust is prevalent.

The Combat Vets Motorcycle Association, American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation are organizations that I support. I will, on occasion, make items and donate the proceeds to either of these organizations.

I am also currently supporting abused animal organizations.

My home is a smoke free home.

Most items can be re-sized - ask me.

Duplicate items are made only if I have the supplies necessary to make them.