Papermelon

Sustainable Jewelry - Made from Paper, Designed to Last

Chennai, India On Etsy since 2009

1,183 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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Papermelon

Sustainable Jewelry - Made from Paper, Designed to Last

Chennai, India | 1,183 Sales

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Email ♥ devi [!at] papermelon.com

WHOLESALE:
I welcome wholesale enquiries. If you are interested in carrying my jewelry pieces in your store, please feel free to contact me with your interests.

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Last updated on Jun 29, 2020

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For occasional (and awesome) social updates, here's where to find me :
Instagram ♥ https://www.instagram.com/paper_melon
Facebook ♥ https://www.facebook.com/papermelon
Pinterest ♥ https://www.pinterest.com/papermelon

Find out more about Papermelon here :
Website ♥ https://www.papermelon.com

To contact me,
Email ♥ devi [!at] papermelon.com

WHOLESALE:
I welcome wholesale enquiries. If you are interested in carrying my jewelry pieces in your store, please feel free to contact me with your interests.

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About Papermelon

Sales 1,183
On Etsy since 2009

Made from Paper, Designed to Last

HEY!

I’m Devi Chand, the founder and artist behind Papermelon. I make some exciting paper jewelry.

I live in a colorful India. I create from my little home studio in Chennai. I craft so that I don’t have to do other boring things. I’m wife to one and mother to a smaller one.

FLASHBACK

As a tiny little kid, I loved to make things. My favorite things to make were glittery baubles and tiny gift boxes from candy wrappers. I proudly hung them on the Christmas tree, and then it felt like Christmas. My parents were super supportive in my crafty adventures and ignored the mess.

I grew up and studied design at NIFT. College inspired to dream, design and make more things. As a side effect, I met my awesome husband here. After graduation, I worked in a design firm. I yawned most of the time there. It took me only nine months to say goodbye to corporate life. I started Papermelon in 2009, and have since been crafting non stop.

SQUARE ONE

When I started out, all I had was an enthusiastic me and a colourful stash of paper, thanks to my design education. During one of my experiments, I made my first paper bead by rolling a paper strip over a tooth pick. I loved how unusal and delicate it looked (also messy!). That was the first of the many many hours I spend making paper beads, perfecting the art, and experimenting to make them durable.

Overtime, I’ve fallen in love with working with paper, and the magic it creates.

TRASHY TREASURES

I obsessively collect all kinds of papers – newspapers, magazines, calendars, gift wraps, paper bags and pamphlets to name a few.

And most amazingly, I have a network of friends, neighbours and well-wishers, who unconditionally passes on the vibrant paper stash they collected for this offbeat jewelry maker.

A DAY IN THE STUDIO

My studio is composed of a table (our dining table in its previous life), several racks (that I managed to conquer) and our balcony (shared space with plants and birds).

The studio time begins as soon as my little 6-year old steps out for school, and comes to an end when I’m mother again.

THE MAKING

I use simple hand tools and no machinery in production, because my hands are usually enough.

Paper is cut into strips and meticulously hand rolled into perfectly shaped beads.

I work with papers that have irregular designs and colors, so it’s hard to predict the patterns the beads will decide to have. So when they are finished, I’m as surprised as anybody else. And I love that suspense.

The paper beads are given a coat of sealant to make the jewelry water resistant, so they can be cherished forever. The beads will rest in my balcony until they are thoroughly sun-dried. They are then assembled into necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

SUSTAINABILITY

Papermelon weaves eco-conscious decisions into the lifecycle of each piece. This includes what the jewelry is made from, how and where it was made, and how it continues its life journey. Here's how we do that.

MATERIALS

Paper is one of the few truly sustainable products as it is made from wood. It’s also one of the most recycled products on the planet.

Paper for our jewelry is recycled from newspapers, magazines, paper bags, gift wraps, calendars and pamphlets. We obsessively collect them through an amazing network of friends, neighbours and well-wishers.

All supportive beads, cords and silver findings are sourced locally from small home-run businesses.

PACKAGING

Our jewelry is packed in beautiful cardboard boxes handcrafted by a talented local artisan. The boxes are reusuable and recyclable.

Recycled crinkle paper is used as packing filler inside the boxes.

Fabric ribbons cut from tailoring waste add the finishing touch to our complimentary gift packaging. With their beautiful textures and patterns, they make each package unique.

Address is handwritten on envelopes. (Yes, it’s a bit of work, but we also get to show off our handwriting.)

STUDIO PRACTICES

All jewelry is handcrafted in our little home studio.

We use simple hand tools and no machinery in production, which means low energy requirements.

We follow a zero waste policy in our studio. We didn’t work hard on this, our materials and designs naturally allow this to be possible.

We transform everyday objects into efficient work equipments. Old pens and bottles, for example, are upcycled as moulds to make the base of rings and bracelets.

Our self-constructed lightbox placed in the balcony with ample sunlight works beautifully for our photographs.

We started as an ordinary business in 2009. Thankfully, we had an eye for ‘upcycling’, though the word was not coined back then. The brand naturally evolved by making sustainable choices in every step and detail – in life and business. We’re not perfect, but we’re determined to making this an extra-ordinarily ecologically committed business.

NEW DESIGNS EVERY MONTH

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  • Devi Chand

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Hey! I’m Devi Chand, the founder and artist behind Papermelon. I live in a colorful India. I create from my little home studio in Chennai. I craft so that I don’t have to do other boring things. I'm wife to one and mother to a smaller one.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 13, 2020
Thank you for stopping by! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or requests or just want to say hello!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 1 hour of purchase
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Each piece of Papermelon jewelry is handcrafted with oodles of love, care and thought. Because of this, we hope you’ll be delighted when you open the package. Anything less than that, drop us a note, so we can make things right.

We gladly accept returns and exchanges. We’ll also replace or refund any item that may be broken or lost in transit.

Now that’s our happy unconditional guarantee!
Payment
I accept payment through PAYPAL.

If you don't have a PayPal account, you can still pay at the PayPal site with your credit or debit card. For this, click on “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” below the Payal login button. If you have questions about how this works I'll be happy to assist you.
Shipping
COVID-19 UPDATE

We have resumed shipping to all parts of the world.

Orders placed with DHL and FEDEX will ship immediately.

Orders placed with Free Standard Shipping will be shipped out as soon as India post resumes international services.

Needless to say, we need your support now more than ever. Even if delayed, we will ensure that your orders get to you.

PROCESSING

All orders are shipped in 1-3 business days.

DELIVERY TIME

The delivery time of your order will depend on the shipping mode you choose at checkout:

a) FREE STANDARD SHIPPING : Delivers in 10 – 20 business days

b) DHL : Delivers in 10 – 20 business days

c) DHL Express : Delivers in 10 – 15 business days

d) FEDEX Economy : Delivers in 7 – 8 business days

Online tracking is available for DHL and FEDEX, but not for Standard Shipping.

The shipping times are estimates based on our experience, but rare custom delays could take longer.

The shipping rates are FLAT RATES, every additional item ships for free.

PACKAGING
The items are packed beautiful and safe in handcrafted boxes, ready for gift giving.

CUSTOMS
Buyers are responsible for any customs fees.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS:
I love doing custom orders! Please contact me with your requests.

WHOLESALE:
If you are interested in carrying my jewelry pieces in your store, please feel free to contact me with your interests.

More information

Last updated on Jun 29, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

Our jewelry is protected using a sealant which allows them to be sweat and splash proof. Just a little love – and it’s sure to last for years to come.

♥ Our jewelry is sweat and splash proof. However, it should not be immersed in water.
♥ Remove the jewelry before swimming, bathing or other water based activities.
♥ Do not sleep with your jewelry on.
♥ Store the jewelry in its original box to keep away dirt and accidental wear and tear.
♥ If your jewelry gets wet or dirty, gently dab it with a paper towel and allow to dry completely.
♥ All metal components used in my jewelry are sterling silver and may tarnish over time. When this happens, gently polish the silver with a cotton or flannel cloth.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All items will arrive in beautiful handcrafted gift boxes, ready for gift giving.

Custom and personalised orders

I love doing custom orders! Please contact me with your requests.

Wholesale availability

I welcome wholesale enquiries. If you are interested in carrying my jewelry pieces in your store, please feel free to contact me with your interests.

New Designs Every Month

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