Vintage Bead, Gemstone, Glass Sterling Silver Jewelry

Des Moines, Iowa · 554 Sales


Vintage Bead, Gemstone, Glass Sterling Silver Jewelry

Des Moines, Iowa 554 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Jillian Lare

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Jillian Lare


Added this new pair of rustic copper and Czech glass earring tonight featuring vintage brass teardrop charms. I think the charms and the etched, bottle green glass, paired with the oxidized copper, have a little bit of a seventies vibe.



I began making jewelry as a creative outlet over 15 years ago while I was in college. I had always considered myself an artist and grew up painting and drawing, but when I started my engineering major, I let creativity fall by the wayside. Beading was an inexpensive and portable craft that I could do just about anywhere.

After college, I continued to make jewelry and expanded my skillset by taking classes in soldering, stone setting, and wire-wrapping. I fell in love with semi-precious stones, crystal, Czech glass, and vintage beads and components.
In 2009, I founded j. Frances Design shortly after discovering Etsy. I continued to build up my business over the next several years while I pursued my graduate degree in interior design. During that time, I also participated in craft shows in Des Moines and became a member of the handmade community.

Follwing graduation, I decided to stop making jewelry so I could focus on my career as an interior designer. Recently, I decided that I missed making and selling jewelry and being part of the handmade community, so I relaunched my shop with new designs and a new burst of passion and creativity.

I currently teach interior design part time at Iowa State University, practice interior design part time, and design and make jewelry in my spare time. I love working with my hands and creating beautiful things for my customers to enjoy wearing. I particularly enjoy working with a wide range of styles and materials, learning new techniques, and dreaming up new designs. Be sure to check back often, as my inventory is constantly changing and evolving.

I live in Windsor Heights, Iowa, which is a suburb of Des Moines, with my husband Keegan and our two dogs Eddie and Booker. You can also find me at http://www.jillianlare.com.

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Shop policies

Last updated on October 9, 2016
Welcome to my shop! All items are handcrafted by me in my little studio. I love working with glass beads, gemstones, vintage beads, copper, brass, and silver. If you see a design you like but would prefer a slight change in color, or a different clasp or earring wire, please convo me and I will do my best to accommodate you.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Items may be returned within 14 days of purchase.

If your piece becomes damaged at any time, please convo me. I would be happy to repair it for you.
I accept PayPal and credit cards as payment. Iowa residences will be charged 6% sales tax through PayPal.
All packages are shipped via USPS first class mail. If you need upgraded shipping, I am happy to offer it for an additional charge. Please convo me prior to placing your order and I will adjust the listing for you.
SHIPPING SCHEDULE: I ship within 3-5 days of the order being placed, except for "made to order items" which will indicate an additional lead time in the listing. If I can't ship within the period indicated in the listing for any reason (like I am on vacation or deathly ill), I will let you know in a convo.
I ship *most* packages via PayPal to the address listed in PayPal. Please ensure that the PayPal address matches your Etsy address. If your purchase is a gift, please note the shipping address in the notes to seller or in PayPal.

I use padded bubble mailers. All items will come packaged in a jewelry box, tied with a ribbon, ready for gift-giving. I mount most earrings on a card. If the item is a gift, please convo me if you would like additional wrapping and a note. I do not include an invoice with any order to conserve paper and ink.