edgy and unique animal jewelry from NYC

New York, United States · 1647 Sales


edgy and unique animal jewelry from NYC

New York, United States 1647 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   I make all my pieces by hand in my studio in NYC, through a combination of acid etching, wax carving, metal smithing, and with eco-friendly resin. My castings are poured in a small family-run casting house. For more details on my process, please see my "About"page.
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Last updated on Jul 22, 2016

I make all my pieces by hand in my studio in NYC, through a combination of acid etching, wax carving, metal smithing, and with eco-friendly resin. My castings are poured in a small family-run casting house. For more details on my process, please see my "About"page.
instagram: topolski_jewelry

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Edgy and unique hand-crafted animal jewelry from NYC

I am a jeweler based in NYC, with a background in printmaking and ceramic. Using my traditional etching and sculpture skills, I scaled down to jewelry and found my calling.

I have always worked best when I have some sort of framework or problem to solve. I am stumped by a blank sheet of paper, but if you give me one tiny thing to include, I am able to focus and expand on it. This is how I came to absolutely love jewelry. There are built-in constraints-- a piece must be able to be worn, it can't be too heavy or too light, the materials and textures must be compatible against the skin and/or clothing, and the form and shapes have to move with or consciously against the human body. For me, it's a perfect way to work. I can create anything I want, but I have the bones (literally) to make it on.

After getting my Illustration BFA from Parsons School of Design, with a focus on traditional printmaking, I realized several years later that I am really a more natural sculptor. I started with ceramic, then learned to think "backwards" and began carving wax. Even though my etchings may start with a drawing, they too end up as a three dimensional object.

People frequently ask me why my work is so animal-specific. The answer is simple- I have always had a great love of domestic animals and wildlife. As my craft improved and refined, and I attained the basic skills of running a business, my mind started wandering to more concrete activities I could do with animals. One day I was on a state government website, and I saw a blurb about upcoming wildlife rehabilitation exams. Intrigued, I clicked on it to learn more. Wildlife rehab is the caring for injured, ill and orphaned wild animals with the goal of releasing each into its natural habitat. I immediately ordered the study guide and got to work. In the beginning of 2014, I finally received my license and began my volunteer work. My ultimate goal is to become state-certified to work with rabies-carrying species so that I can rehab bats.

In addition to the work I do with animals, I also love connecting with other small business owners. I am the Operations Director for the Etsy NY Street Team, and coordinate and lead many of our workshops for business development. I am also thrilled to be a member of Etsy's first Seller Advisory Board of 2016. It's very important to me to share knowledge and skills; I wouldn't be where I am today with out the help of so many more experienced and talented people who took the time to show me the ropes. I feel a responsibility to pass this along, both in working with animals, and with helping others develop their business.

I do all of this out of my home studio in Brooklyn. I even have a lovely shared yard with my neighbors, and sometimes I walk my cat Luz out there on her leash. My elderly neighbors find this rather hilarious. :)

Shop members
  • Jenny Topolski

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photographer

    Also Book Keeper, Marketing Director, Sales Director, Packaging Designer, Errand-Runner... One Woman Band!

  • Luz

    Maker, Destroyer, Break Enforcer

    Luz came to the studio as a foster cat, but quickly made it clear she's not moving out.

  • a casting house in

    New York, NY, United States

    a family-run business in the diamond-district of NYC

  • an independent stone setter in

    New York, NY, United States

    a master stone-setter, perfecting his craft for decades

  • a traditional engraver in

    New York, NY, United States

    a master engraver in NYC's diamond district


Find jtopolski at the following upcoming markets!

  • Union Square Holiday Market

    Union Square Park, btwn Broadway & Union Sq E

    New York, NY

    Nov 17–Dec 24

    The Union Square Holiday Market is an internationally renowned Holiday Market located at the heart of New York City, in Union Square Park. Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience Now with an upgraded look, exciting new sections like Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provisions, a warming station, a kid’s craft studio by our partners at CMA, live music, and the best vendor selection in the Northeast, Union Square Holiday Market is the holiday destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike.

  • Etsy NY's 9th Annual Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

    Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave

    New York, NY

    Dec 5–11

    The Holiday Handmade Cavalcade hosts thousands of shoppers each year and has become a New York City winter tradition for those looking for local and unexpected holiday products. Comprised of members from the Etsy NY Team, this holiday market showcases a selection of handmade wares including jewelry, greeting cards, art, beauty products, clothing, gifts for baby, and more from indie vendors all based in the tri-state area.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 21, 2016

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment for items is due at time of sale, via the above methods. NY state residents will have 8.875% sales tax added to their orders automatically at check out.
PACKAGING: All jewelry is shipped in a small box hand-stamped with my logo, and tied with a ribbon. If it says so in the listing, it will also come with a polishing swatch and a care card. I'm also happy to include any personal notes! I do not include any paper receipt, so please keep your Etsy emails for your financial records.

ADDRESS: I print my shipping labels directly from your order on Etsy, so please verify your address before finalizing the purchase. If you check out with the wrong address and the package is returned to me, I will happily send you a new shipping invoice and then re-ship.

I ship via USPS first class mail with delivery confirmation and insurance.

TRACKING: Go to "Your Account" in the top right corner, and then to "Purchases," then click on the item you would like to check on. I will ship most items within 5 business days of your purchase, unless it is noted in the description or on my homepage (vacation, order delays etc). Some items are completely made to order, and ship within 1 or 2 weeks. This is stated in the listing.

UPGRADES: I also offer Priority Mail, which will ship within the usual 5 day window unless we have made other arrangements.

PICK-UP: I do not have a public studio for picking up items in person.

I am happy to ship all items internationally, via USPS first class mail. Tracking is not always available once it reaches your country. Please allow at least 5 weeks for international deliveries. After that I can file an insurance claim and replace your item. It will not normally take that long, but sometimes things are held at customs for no discernible reason.

FEES, GST, AND VAT: International customers are responsible for all customs fees, taxes, and duties associated with shipping to their respective countries. Any customs fees, duties, etc. that may be incurred at the time of delivery would be at the discretion of your country's tax regulations. For any additional information please refer to your local customs agency.

For an estimate of your country's fees, try this link:
http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/ All items are shipped with indication of their full retail value for customs. I will not ship merchandise as a "gift". Refunds due to unclaimed packages or items declined due to VAT charges are given once I receive your returned international order, *minus the original shipping cost*. Please understand your country's VAT before ordering.

UPGRADE: If you are in a hurry, I can ship via Priority Mail International, which takes 6-10 business days *on average*.
Refunds and Exchanges
EXCHANGES: If you are unsatisfied with your item, please contact me and I will be happy to exchange it. You will pay for shipping from your end, and I will pay from mine. If a ceramic item arrives broken, please send me a photo of the broken item in the box *immediately* and I will send you a replacement for no charge.

REPAIRS: Repairs of broken chain, re-sizing rings etc are available for a materials fee + shipping cost. Occasionally there are chains with defaults in the links which can snap through no mistreatment. If your necklace chain breaks within the first 2 weeks of wear, I will replace it at no cost.

CUSTOM ITEMS: Custom orders are not returnable or exchangeable. This includes any engraving, custom carvings or etchings, very long or very short necklaces in custom lengths, or any adjusted standard designs (cropping a dog's tail etc).

I want you to be happy with your purchase, so if you have any problems, feel free to contact me and we will work something out.
Additional policies and FAQs
PRIVACY: Your privacy is important to me. I promise to only ever use your contact info to communicate with you about your order, and to fulfill your order.

CARE INFO: Some tips to care for your brass jewelry: http://www.eaglerowe.com/how-to-clean-and-care-for-brass-jewelry/

More information

Last updated on Oct 4, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Wholesale availability

Yes I do offer wholesale! You can send me a convo with your email address and I will send line sheets and info, or find me here on the Etsy Wholesale platform.

Can you carve or etch a particular animal or skyline for me?

I am happy to create custom orders. If there is an etching or carving you would like that I believe I can add to my line, it will be similarly priced to other stock items. If it is a unique item just for you, design rates start at about $150, then go up based on how many hours of labor and revisions we need to go through, plus the final cost of materials.

Can you cast a bee from my hives into resin? Or use my snake's shedding in an ouroboros?

I am also happy to cast your bees into resin, or use your personal snake's shedding on an ouroboros! Just shoot me a convo, and I can send you my shipping address.