InformalEleganceKids

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Note from shop owner Thank you for visiting my shop. I will be out of my studio for little while. ♡ Karen

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Last updated on Jun 21, 2021

Thank you for visiting my shop. I will be out of my studio for little while. ♡ Karen

Karen

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About InformalEleganceKids

Sales 788
On Etsy since 2011

Informal Elegance, from dream to reality, with a lot of hard work!

As a child I was always surrounded with artistic and cultural influences. Both of my parents were very creative. My mother was a poet and my father a carpenter and ‘do it your-selfer’ (outside of his day job). Growing up in Europe, we traveled a lot and we got to experience a multitude of inspiring cultures and landscapes. I instinctively gravitated towards building and expressing my artistic side. Whether it was painting, playing the piano or making jewelry, creativity became a large part of growing up.

With that foundation laid, it was only natural to continue my formal education in the Fine Arts field. At the Interlochen Arts Academy High School, in the beautiful environment of Northern Michigan, I focused on nature photography and drawing as well as academics. I was inspired by the beauty of the environment and could relate to my environmental academic classes. So my guidance counselor recommended that I continue my education in Environmental Engineering at Michigan Technological University, way up in the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan). It took two long years to realize that my right brain (artistic) thinking was begging for attention and that my path to becoming an engineer was going to be an uphill battle. So I took all the arts and humanities classes I could there while waiting for my now husband to finish his degree, before transferring to Kendall College of Art and Design (in lower Michigan), and finished with a Bachelors in Fine Arts with honors.

After graduation, I worked at a coffee shop, where I was able to exhibit my art work, then moved on to a retail position, while enjoying jewelry making as a hobby. Friends would compliment me on my jewelry and encouraged me to sell it. The store owner was kind enough to allow me to sell my jewelry on consignment. I did a lot of research trying to figure out how I could do this on a larger scale, which is when I came across Etsy. It has changed my world! Originally I was doing it part time, while working my retail job on the side. Then the holidays hit, and I got the double whammy of the busy retail position as well as the unexpected rise in sales in my Etsy shop! It was finally time to let go of the retail position and give all my love and attention to my new Etsy shop. Eventually in 2013, my husband quit his day job to help with our little growing business. He’s in charge of the business end and helps out with shipping during our busy times.

Now I have the pleasure of creating jewelry pieces and accessories that make others happy and become a meaningful part of their lives. The Etsy community is wonderful and supportive and I’m happy to be a part of it. It’s amazing to see such support for hand-made, creative things and I thank all of you who keep supporting it, as we couldn’t do it without you.

Shop members

  • Karen

    Owner, Designer, Artist, Maker, Photographer, Curator, Business Manager, Customer Service, Shipper

    My Etsy shops have taken me to stages in my life I never thought possible. I left a retail position to pursue my dream of a more creative and meaningful life. With a lot of hard work, determination and persistence,I finally turns dreams into reality.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 22, 2017
Thank you for visiting my shop and supporting the Etsy community. All of my items are handcrafted in Vermont by me. I hope you enjoy browsing around. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to work with you if you have special requests, such as changing the length on any of the necklaces, or creating duplicates.

Please read all of my shop policies regarding Payment, Shipping, Refunds, Exchanges, and Additional policies/FAQ’s prior to placing your order.

Feel free to convo me before ordering if you have any questions, changes, or requests on any of my listings.

“Like” Informal Elegance LLC on Facebook to show your support and to get occasional coupons throughout the year. (I do not post often)
Visit my adult shop www.informalelegance.etsy.com for great gifts for men and women too!

I hope you enjoy browsing around with a smile!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Please note that all items are handmade, with love, and that each item may differ slightly due to the handmade quality of the process. Stamped items may not be uniform but this is also part of the beauty of buying custom handmade items.

PLEASE NOTE THAT SPECIAL/CUSTOM ORDERS ARE FINAL SALES (NOT RETURNABLE / REFUNDABLE), AS THEY ARE NOT INTENDED FOR SALE IN MY SHOP, BUT RATHER ARE SPECIFICALLY CREATED FOR YOUR NEEDS.

FOR CUSTOM ORDERS, ONCE YOUR PAYMENT HAS PROCESSED, CHANGES YOU REQUEST (I.E. CUSTOM STAMPING CHANGES) ON THE ORDER MAY INCUR FEES UP TO AND INCLUDING THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE PRICE DEPENDING ON HOW FAR ALONG THE PROCESS I HAVE GOTTEN.

If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, you must contact me within 5 days of receipt of your order. You may return it to me unused, in its original, unused, un-tampered condition with the gift box, at your return shipping expense within 10 days of receiving your order (your package must be postmarked with a date no later than 10 days after I see that there is confirmation of delivery). Your original shipping cost will not be reimbursed, only the cost paid for the item. Please return it in its original packaging and handle the return with care. I would recommend adding insurance and tracking for your protection. I cannot credit for items that arrive damaged.
I will refund you the price paid of the item once I get to inspect it to make sure its in good condition. Please make sure to include a copy of your receipt, which you can find under "Your Account", "Purchases and Reviews", "View Receipt" at the right and then "Print order". If you meet the guidelines to make your return, please contact me for the address to return it to.

Returns due to unpaid custom fees or address discrepancies are subject to a 10% restocking fee, excluding customized orders which are non-refundable.

Please note: If you have a return or repair requests, you must contact me prior to shipping it back, so we can agree on the terms of the return/repair.

I strive to make my customer happy. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks again for choosing to shop at Etsy and supporting this great community.
Payment
I accept all major credit cards, PayPal as well as Etsy gift cards.
Paypal puts a hold on some e-check transactions, which usually take 3-5 business days to clear. Please note that I do not begin processing orders until payment has cleared.
Coupon codes, when available, must be applied at time of purchase.
I do not credit coupon values after the transaction has been processed.

If you would like a Gift Receipt instead of a Charge Receipt, please let me know in the "Note to Seller' Box

Please also note that I won’t be able to ship any orders while I’m on vacation or during shipping delays, which would be indicated in my shop announcement. Please see my shop announcement on my home page to see current processing time. Orders are processed and shipped in the order they are received.

If you are shopping from the state of VT, you will be charged 6% sales tax. THANKS for shopping Local!!!!

Note: Buyers in Vermont cities that have Local Option Sales Tax requirements will be charged the additional 1% sales tax for a total of 7% sales tax. Informal Elegance will update cities collecting Local Option Sales Tax on a periodic basis.
Shipping
*****DOMESTIC ORDERS***** (International Orders see below)
DOMESTIC ORDERS will typically ship within 5 business days (*) of the transaction payment being cleared. I use 1st CLASS USPS mail (typically delivered in 2-5 business days) with a tracking number. Unfortunately delayed, lost, or damaged packages are not covered or refunded by shipping 1st class. You may upgrade your 1st class shipping by UPGRADING your shipping option during Checkout. Currently, Priority Mail includes up to $50 in insurance for lost/damaged packages, as well as an estimated 1 to 3 business days** for shipping (not guaranteed). Any delays in shipping or insurance claims should be taken up and resolved directly with the USPS by the customer.

PRIORITY RUSH and EXPRESS RUSH Processing Shipping Upgrade advances your order in the Processing Schedule. Rush Processing with Priority Mail shipping will not guarantee an arrival date (see above), but will be processed and shipped out within the next 1-2 business days** after payment has cleared.

Need your order ASAP? Upgrade to EXPRESS RUSH Shipping during Checkout (if this option is available). These orders will be processed and shipped out with USPS Priority Mail Express in 1-2 business days** after payment has cleared. Currently, Priority Mail Express includes up to $100 in insurance for lost/damaged packages, as well as a guaranteed delivery date of 1 to 2 business days** depending on location. Delays beyond the estimated arrival date (excluding issues with the delivery address or address accessibility) can have the $20 Priority Mail Express shipping fee returned to the customer. The Rush Processing Fee is non-refundable.

You are responsible to fill out the "ship to" address correctly, as this will be how it will be printed on the shipping label. If the USPS doesn't recognize the address as a valid US deliverable address, I may need to consult you before shipping your package which may result in a shipment delay. If the package is returned due to an undeliverable address, additional postage will need to be purchased to reship.

Signature confirmation and/or insurance can be purchased additionally, however you must contact me about this before making your purchase so I can adjust the shipping cost accordingly. You may also purchase additional insurance at your cost. I am not liable for items lost in the mail or items “tracked” as delivered, but not received. I will ship your items securely in a padded envelope so it will get to you unharmed. Once I mail your package, the shipping duration and responsibility of your purchase is in the hands of the USPS. Weather, natural disasters, economic distress, infrastructure, etc can delay your shipment. In these extreme cases, I ask that you have understanding that these are out of my control.

Returns due to address discrepancies,undeliverable addresses and unclaimed packages are subject to a 10% restocking fee, excluding customized orders which are non-refundable.

****INTERNATIONAL ORDERS****
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS will typically ship within 5 business days(*) of the transaction payment being cleared. Packages will be shipped with USPS First Class International Mail. I have no control over how long the delivery time takes, as packages are subject to their own country carrier, customs control, and processing. Distant and remote delivery location may also affect the delivery time.

Customers are responsible for any further customs fees, duties, taxes or other charges they might encounter from their country's customs or postal system. They are not included in the item or shipping cost. I would recommend looking into your country's rules for purchasing from abroad, so you are aware of any additional fees/taxes you may incur. The shipping fee covers first class international mail, which doesn’t include tracking and I have no control over delivery process or duration. All of my shipments are mailed out as “merchandise” or “e-commerce” on the customs form. Any packages that are returned to me by customs for not being picked up, will have additional shipping fees charged to reship.

Returns due to unpaid custom fees or address discrepancies are subject to a 10% restocking fee, excluding customized orders which are non-refundable.

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IMPORTANT: (*)My ship times will vary due to large volume of orders or replenishment of stock, in which case I will announce a SHIPPING DELAY in my SHOP ANNOUNCEMENT. I will be specific about when I'm back on schedule to ship your order out. Please respect those delays. My regular shipping times do not apply during shipping delays. Domestic and Express Rush Processing and Priority Mail Express options are unavailable during shipping delays.

** not including holidays
Additional policies and FAQs
Your jewelry will arrive in a gift box with a bow, unless specified otherwise.
**Update** Currently, we are updating our packaging design of our gift boxes. We will do our best to supply the box pictured on the listing at the time of your order, but there may be substitutions of the old or new design during this transition. Thank you for your understanding.
Many of my listings are made with natural materials, or are individually hand stamped, hammered, polished, etc, which may vary slightly in shape, color and pattern. Since not all of my items are one of a kind, your item may vary slightly from the item pictured in my listing. I try hard to make them as similarly as possible, but any differences should be negligible.
I do not machine shape or computer engrave any of my pieces, so please note that my handmade items are uniquely imperfect.

PLEASE NOTE:
+ANY ORDERS THAT ARE LACKING COMPLETE INFORMATION INCLUDING CUSTOM STAMPING CHARACTER CHOICE OR OTHER VARIABLE OPTIONS, WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL CONFIRMATION FROM BUYER IS RECEIVED.
+REQUESTS FOR STAMPING ADDITIONAL CHARACTERS WILL INCUR ADDITIONAL FEES, AND WILL NOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL ADDITIONAL PAYMENT IS COLLECTED.
+REQUESTS FOR STAMPING CHARACTERS THAT DIFFER TO THE LISTING WILL BE REPLACED BY WHAT IS SHOWN IN THE LISTING. (I.E. LISTING FOR K&D BUT REQUEST IS K+D, YOU WILL RECEIVE K&D).
+CUSTOM STAMPING REQUESTS WILL BE COMPLETED AS INDICATED BY THE BUYER IN THE NOTE TO SELLER BOX. I WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ERRORS MADE BY THE BUYER DURING CHECKOUT, INCLUDED SPELLING, LAYOUT, OR FORMATTING.

CUSTOM ORDERS AND/OR CUSTOM STAMPING ARE NON-REFUNDABLE / NON-RETURNABLE.

My Listings that include stamping Braille characters, are not raised Braille Lettering.

Some of my pieces will weather over time. To properly care for sterling silver, keep it stored in a dry, dark, airtight space to prevent tarnishing. Other natural materials may fade, bleed, or have their finish altered if exposed for prolong periods to sunlight or moisture. Cotton may fray and fade, metals may tarnish or scratch depending on the extent of wear. My pieces are not recommended to be worn during bathing/showering/swimming nor during activities that may produce excess perspiration as this may speed up visible changes in the materials. Ultimately, the everyday wear and tear will add to each pieces’ uniqueness.

Please feel free to message me regarding any special orders, such as multiples, matching sets, wholesale orders, etc. I would be happy to create something for you.

Informal Elegance is an LLC registered in the State of Vermont

Please Note: The Children's jewelry that I make is not intended for children under 3 yrs, nor is it intended as a toy. It contains small parts, and could potentially pose a choking hazard. It is not suitable for children under 3 years of age.
Children must always be supervised by an adult when wearing jewelry.
You can visit my adult shop at www.informalelegance.etsy.com for more gift ideas.

Thank you for reading my shop policies in full. If you do not have a coupon code, feel free to use “IEPOLICIES2013” for a small token of gratitude discount for making your shopping and my selling more straight forward.

Thanks again! Happy Shopping!!!

Karen