gretchenschields

GRETCHEN SCHIELDS JEWELRY

Laguna Niguel, California · 29 Sales

gretchenschields

GRETCHEN SCHIELDS JEWELRY

Laguna Niguel, California 29 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Shop the SILK ROAD COLLECTION - Silk necklaces with vintage Japanese obi brocade, Chinese jade carvings and rare ethnic pendants.

Adorn yourself in luxurious FRESHWATER PEARLS in my dramatic combinations of shapes, sizes and colors gathered into an iridescent palette.

Explore the unique designs of the world's cultures with my ASIAN and ETHNIC pieces.

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 19, 2016

Shop the SILK ROAD COLLECTION - Silk necklaces with vintage Japanese obi brocade, Chinese jade carvings and rare ethnic pendants.

Adorn yourself in luxurious FRESHWATER PEARLS in my dramatic combinations of shapes, sizes and colors gathered into an iridescent palette.

Explore the unique designs of the world's cultures with my ASIAN and ETHNIC pieces.

Gretchen Schields

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Gretchen Schields

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Cherie

Cherie on Mar 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely stunning necklace - love it! Really fast shipping. Thank you!

Patricia J Lawrence

Patricia J Lawrence on Jul 9, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for the lovely necklace. It is a treasure!

Patricia J Lawrence

Patricia J Lawrence on Jul 9, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful piece, beautifully made. A treasure! Thanks

Patricia J Lawrence

Patricia J Lawrence on Jul 9, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous necklace. Great service! Thanks

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About

I have always beeen an artist with a love of fashion, of pattern, of color

My Silk Road Collection of necklaces in antique and ethnic textiles, my Tribal- Inspired jewelry and the intricate Freshwater Pearl neck pieces I create reflect the cultural panorama of a childhood spent wandering the world from Africa to Australia and points in between.. Born in Japan, I spent early years in China and I still derive much of my inspiration from Asian decorative art.

A successful career as a fashion and advertising illustrator brought professionalism and authentic styling to the jewelry I now design. I illustrated and wrote children's books. One of the books I illustrated, The Chinese Siamese Cat written by my friend Amy Tan became an Emmy award winning animated TV series called Sagwa. A transplanted San Franciscan, I now live & work near Laguna Beach, California.

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  • Gretchen Schields

    Designer, Creator

    My Silk Road Collection of necklaces in antique and ethnic textiles, my Tribal- Inspired jewelry and the intricate Freshwater Pearl neck pieces I create reflect the cultural panorama of a childhood spent wandering the world from Africa to Australia and points in between.. Born in Japan, I spent early years in China and I still derive much of my inspiration from Asian decorative art. A successful career as a fashion and advertising illustrator brought professionalism and authentic styling to the jewelry I now design. I illustrated and wrote children's books. One of the books I illustrated, The Chinese Siamese Cat written by my friend Amy Tan became an Emmy award winning animated TV series called Sagwa. A transplanted San Franciscan, I now live & work near Laguna Beach, California.

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Last updated on December 15, 2011
HELLO, AND WELCOME TO MY SILK ROAD COLLECTION .

YOU WILL NOTE THAT THESE MANY OF MY DESIGNS HAVE A DISTINCT ASIAN INFLUENCE - THE LEGACY OF MY CHILDHOOD TRAVELS. I WAS BORN IN JAPAN, LIVED IN CHINA, AND WAS SURROUNDED BY ASIAN ART AS MY FAMILY MOVED AROUND AND AROUND THE WORLD, TO AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, AND POINTS IN BETWEEN. ETHNIC ARTIFACTS WERE A BACKGROUND OF MY LIFE AND NUTURED A DEEP LOVE FOR THE HANDICRAFTS AND TEXTILES OF DIFFERENT CULTURES. I FEEL THAT I HONOR THESE CRAFTS NOW BY USING THEM IN MY OWN DESIGNS. I HAVE NAMED THIS COLLECTION OF TEXTILE NECKLACES WITH THEIR ETHNIC AND ASIAN COMPONENTS "SILK ROAD" AFTER THE STORIED TRADE ROUTE THAT STRETCHED FROM CHINA, THROUGH INDIA, BYZANTIUM, VENICE AND FROM THERE THROUGHOUT THE REST OF EUROPE, DELIVERING THE FABULOUS RICHES OF THESE MANY CIVILIZATIONS.

I DESIGNED THIS SILK ROAD COLLECTION TO BE LIGHTWEIGHT AND COMFORTABLE AND COMPLIMENT THE EXTRAVAGANT DESIGNS I CREATE IN PEARLS AND STONES, WITH RARE ANTIQUE ETHNIC ELEMENTS, COMING SOON TO MY ETSY SHOP. THESE ONE-OR-A-KIND DESIGNS CAN BE SEEN ON MY WEBSITE NOW AT WWW.GRETCHEN-SCHIELDS.COM

BUT NOW YOU CAN WEAR A DRAMATIC AND COLORFUL STATEMENT PIECES EVEN IF HEAVY JEWELRY ISN'T FOR YOU. THESE WEIGHTLESS SILK NECKLACE FEATURE LOOPS OF ANTIQUE JAPANESE OBI BROCADE OR OTHER EXOTIC FABRIC WITH PENDANTS FROM CHINA, TIBET AND JAPAN. MY CLASPS ARE BRASS AND AN ANTIQUED WHITE BRASS THAT WON'T TARNISH, OR CHARMING BEAD BUTTONS ON HAND KNOTTED MACRAME SHANKS OR SMALL BEADED STRINGS. NECKLACES ARE OF ADJUSTABLE LENGTH TO FIT MOST NECKS.


ALL MY WORK IS HANDMADE OR ASSEMBLED IN MY STUDIO; ALL MY DESIGNS ARE ORIGINAL CREATIONS AND CUSTOM ORDERS, INCLUDING MATCHING EARRINGS, CAN BE ARRANGED.
CONTACT ME AND I WILL BE HAPPY TO DESIGN AND MAKE THEM FOR YOU.

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
I accept Paypal or you may call me if you prefer to use a check or credit card. California residents will be charged an addition 7.75% sales tax. I will confirm & invoice your order by email and send you a separate paper receipt for your files.
I'll ship to you as soon as your payment clears.
Shipping
I ship in a USPS Flat Rate Box to protect any carved stone pendants from damage and I insure each shipment for the items cost. USPS Delivery confirmation will tell me that your package has reached you safely and at that point I will consider the item purchased, subject to return policies below.
If I can fit several pieces in one USPS small Flat Rate Box, I will of course charge only that one shipping fee. If your order requires a larger box I will let you know the additional charge.
Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred
I will ship within 3 days of payment confirmation and a paper invoice will follow within 10 days. Your email invoice will be your receipt until then.
If you wish your item sooner than USPS please let me know and I can arrange rush delivery.
Refunds and Exchanges
I will accept returns for merchandise credit ONLY. This credit may be applied to Silk Road pieces or any special orders, or creationd based on designs from my website - earrings, pearls, stones, etc. Returns must be postmarked within 7 days of USPS delivery confirmation and will be credited as returned when I receive them in the good condition. When you try on your new Silk Road necklace be careful not to get makeup on it!
You are responsible for return shipping and insurance charges and if the package is lost or damaged in transit it's the customer's responsibility to pursue the insurance claim.
Additional policies and FAQs
I'm flexible, and want you to be happy with your item and my service to you. If you need to arrange special circumstances, contact me and we will work it out!
I accept custom orders, so if there is a family heirloom you would like to see in a Silk Road design, let me create something especially for you.
Wholesale buyers, please contact me for terms and availability. I do not do consignment, pro forma orders only.