Artisan Jewelry for the Modern Individualist

Seattle, Washington · 3092 Sales


Artisan Jewelry for the Modern Individualist

Seattle, Washington 3092 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Hello! My shop is on vacation and will reopen August 5th. I'm busily working on all your orders, never fear. I'm also checking emails regularly so please feel free to get in touch. Thank you!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 16, 2018

Hello! My shop is on vacation and will reopen August 5th. I'm busily working on all your orders, never fear. I'm also checking emails regularly so please feel free to get in touch. Thank you!

Gretchen Baneyx

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Gretchen Baneyx




There and back again

My creative journey began early. I was one of those kids you could entertain for hours with just crayons and paper. In middle school my interest in math and science took me away from art. But in high school my passions flipped again and I thought, "I really want to go to art school!" For the powers that held the purse strings, that apparently was not a "good" career choice, so instead I went to college on an Engineering track. While in school I had my moment of rebellion and switched majors to 'Nothing Useful'. Hah! Take that Mom and Dad! Wait, what? I can't get a job in Asian Philosophy?

Eventually I did earning that useful degree in Chemical Engineering followed by a PhD in Bioengineering. After my academics were complete, I worked in my field for over a decade. Although my experience in research was exhilarating, it was also exhausting and frustrating.

I reconnected with my artistic because of my daughter. We both loved coloring and making things with beads! I started dabbling in making wire wrapped jewelry, but when I first lit up a torch I knew I'd found true love. That big whooshing sound my torch makes every time I light it still makes me absurdly happy. Then the lab I was working for moved out of state in 2011, so I took a deep breath and dove into my jewelry business full time.

Every item in my shop is designed and made by me, sole creator/maker. I give thoughtful attention to the design and craftsmanship of each piece. I believe that jewelry isn't a luxury. The right piece of jewelry expresses who we are to the world, makes us feel beautiful and can remind us we are loved. To my customers and would-be customers: I treasure you and our interactions. You nourish my soul. Thank you!

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Shop members

  • Gretchen Baneyx

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Creating jewelry began as a 'therapy' for my day job as a research scientist. It bloomed into a grand passion that took over my life in a great way. Big thanks you to all my customers! I thrive on my interactions with you lovely people.

  • All Handmade By Me

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    With the Etsy Guidelines that launched in Sept 2013, Etsy now allows manufactured items in the handmade category. This handmade logo guarantees that you are purchasing from a shop that makes its all items by hand. Thank you for your support!

Shop policies

Last updated on December 9, 2017
Welcome to my shop! Processing time for ready to ship pieces is 1-2 days. Many of my pieces are made to order and ship time for those is currently approx. 1-2 weeks after payment. Please know that I strive to get your purchases to you ASAP!

Please feel free to reach out if you need your order shipped within a certain time frame. I will be happy to accommodate you if my schedule permits. :)

If you are purchasing a RING and are unsure of your ring size, PLEASE don't guess! Most of my rings are made to order and some rings are not resizable. That means I must make an entirely new ring. There may be an additional charge depending on the ring, so please ask. Here is a *great* resource if you can't get to a jewelry store to have your finger measured:

Accepted payment methods

  • 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
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
REFUNDS - Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you are not happy with the item. You have up to 14 days after receiving the item to contact me and arrange a return and refund. Items older than 14 days are subject to restocking fees. If you've had an item longer than 2 months, it is non-returnable.

CANCELLATIONS Please contact me within 24 hours if your wish to cancel and order.

CUSTOM ORDERS & SPECIAL SIZES: Custom-made and made-to-order items in special sizes are not returnable. They were made especially for you exactly to your specifications. I cannot resell them!

Also, PLEASE be certain of your ring size (most jewelry stores will happily measure you)! Many rings (especially spinners and statement rings) cannot be resized. Depending on the ring, there may be a resizing fee because I'll be making an entirely new ring for you. Thanks!

FEEDBACK -- I work very hard to ensure each customer is happy. If you feel your item or experience has not been positive, please contact me before leaving feedback. I would be more then happy to work a solution out, such as a refund or exchange, etc. Thank you.
PAYMENT is accepted by Paypal and through Etsy direct check out using a credit card.

If you should need help with Etsy's checkout system using Paypal please click on this link here:

I offer a layaway plan for purchases over $150. Please contact me if you're interested.
READY TO SHIP items are mailed within 2 days of payment. Made-to-order items clearly state the additional time needed to create them just for you in the description.

DOMESTIC SHIPPING -- I ship through US Postal Service 1st Class Mail Parcel with delivery confirmation. Shipping usually takes 2-5 business days. If you would like to use another method please contact me and I will quote you a price for a different service. Priority 2-3 Day shipping is an additional $5.00 and Priority Overnight shipping is an extra $19.50. You can choose shipping upgrade options when you check out.

INSURANCE -- Domestic shipping on all items includes insurance.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING -- All international mail will leave by USPS 1st class parcel international mail. The recipient is responsible for the item once it is shipped. Delivery times range between 10-21 business days. Tracking is not available for this service. Although I do insure your precious items, packages do get "lost"! For *guaranteed* delivery and tracking on international orders may I suggest purchasing Registered International shipping or Priority International. The cost for registered mail service is an additional $12. The total cost for Priority International is $25. If you are interested in either of these, please contact me.

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOM FEES and VAT - Your country may impose a custom tax, fee, levy or duties for importing an item into your country. The fee charged by the UK is particularly high ( You are responsible for these fees as a buyer, so it is important to research your country's customs laws before buying. Some people are caught by surprise (not fun). Thank you!
Additional policies and FAQs
Wholesale orders welcome. Please convo or email me if you are interested!

A note about oxidized silver rings: the original silver color underneath will begin to show with wear. This is true of all oxidized jewelry; it is not a permanent color but a patina that will change uniquely with you. Patterns that and hammer marks that are protected from rubbing will remain dark. I oxidize the silver with liver of sulfur and seal it with museum/gallery wax (you'll never feel or see the wax) to increase the longevity of the the patina. Thanks!

More information

Last updated on Apr 23, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I am always delighted to create custom and personalized jewelry, if time and materials are available. Please contact me for further information and pricing.

How quickly to you ship?

Most of the jewelry in my shop is made-to-order unless it is marked as "Ready to Ship" within the listing description. Due to order volume, and because I am the only one who makes the jewelry, my current production time is about 1-2 weeks. This does not include the time it will take your jewelry to travel through the mail to you.

How do you package your items?

All items are packaged ready for gift giving in a nice box with my logo and are shipped inside a padded mailer.

Wholesale availability

I also sell on Etsy Wholesale! Please convo me for a link to my line sheet or set up your Etsy Wholesale account and simply search "Bespoken Jewelry".

I am also a member of Wholesale Crafts (artist #27097). Please contact me if you have any questions at

Care instructions

On all items with color or patina, use a polishing cloth. Other pieces can be scrubbed with a soft toothbrush and dish soap. Silver and gold can be polished with extra fine steel wool ('0000'). Pearls need gentle treatment -- please avoid soap or anything acidic.

Resizing Rings

Please have your ring size measured before purchasing a ring. I will be happy to resize a stacking ring for you up to 1/2 size larger at no charge (you just pay shipping). Sizing down or or increasing the size drastically will cost $10 since essentially I will have to make a new ring.

Spinner rings cannot be resized. They are made-to-order and so are considered a 'final sale' item'. If you wish to return or exchange spinner rings there is a restocking fee of $25.