kristinlarsonjewelry

heirloom bespoke handwriting jewelry

Battle Ground, Washington · 287 Sales

kristinlarsonjewelry

heirloom bespoke handwriting jewelry

Battle Ground, Washington 287 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(92)

Announcement   MONDAY 12/5 IS THE LAST DAY WE'RE ACCEPTING PERSONALIZED HANDWRITING ORDERS TO SHIPPED IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS IN THE UNITED STATES.

WHAT SETS US APART?
We strive to craft heirloom quality jewelry, imbued with meaning and symbolism. Our thoughtfully curated collections comprised of our original designs are created for you to tell your distinct story. The jewelry we make is intended to be biographical, not just presentational. We hope what we make resonates within you, bringing you love, connection, and happiness. Our jewelry is handcrafted to be worn for a lifetime, loved, and passed down.

HEIRLOOM QUALITY
The heirloom design ethic is at the foundation of every piece of jewelry we make. The principles of heirloom design are that things should be made to be timeless and repairable, instead of trendy and disposable, or with short lived expiration dates. Objects considered luxury, that require more energy to produce, are often a more eco friendly choice in the long run. The item’s durability, function, and timeless design make it worthy of passing down through generations. Jewelry becomes an heirloom because of its value, quality, beauty, and the story behind the piece.

We are metalsmiths, and we use time honored metalsmithing techniques to make our jewelry. Our jewelry is solidly constructed, and if it ever were to break, it can be repaired by us or your local jeweler. We use jewelry quality metals like solid sterling silver and 14k gold, that provide strength and durability. We do not plate our charms or use plated chains and clasps, used to keep costs down. Over time the top layer, the plating in the case of sterling silver, or the vermeil in the case of 14k gold, can wear away from the underlying base metal, leaving your jewelry looking very different than when you first purchased it. All connections are soldered permanently closed preventing the connections from coming apart with regular wear.

ORIGINAL DESIGNS, GENUINELY HANDMADE
All of our designs originate and come to life here in our studio. Our jewelry is made by hand from start to finish, by my husband Richard and I. We use the ancient art form of lost wax casting along with modern technology to create our jewelry. We do not use precious metal clay, or ready made charms or discs that are stamped, engraved, or etched.

Instead, we design and create all our pieces in wax before casting in sterling silver, bronze, or 14k gold. Each piece is shaped and modeled by hand. The end result gives our jewelry a sculptural quality that makes it very comfortable and comforting to wear.

How jewelry is finished is often a distinguishing characteristic that sets designers and their collections apart. We finish each piece with our carefully developed polishing process that culminates in a rich luminescent sheen.

See how we make our jewelry, step by step, using the lost wax casting process. http://www.kristinlarson.com/in-the-making/2016/6/22/lost-wax-casting-how-its-made

EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE
We realize purchasing anything online, sight unseen, is a risk. We will make sure you are at ease during the purchase of our personalized handwriting pieces. We welcome your questions, as many as you have. We also know this can be an emotional and even difficult purchase in some cases. We will gently guide you through the process to ensure your handwriting jewelry is just what you need it to be.

"Your work is all so warm & beautiful, it shows not only your talent but also your true understanding & respect for what each piece represents to someone." - from a customer

OUR STUDIO & SHOP PRACTICES
We are a small family run studio, located in the Pacific Northwest, in the beautiful state of Washington, a half hour from the edge of Portland, Oregon and the Columbia River.

We are committed to practices that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. We look at how and where the products and materials we use are made or sourced, and how far they need to travel. Our jewelry is made with reclaimed/recycled, sterling silver, gold, and bronze, sourced in the USA. In addition, we recycle all of our scrap metal. The diamonds we buy are conflict free, and our gemstones are ethically sourced. Our focus is on making quality jewelry that will be yours to treasure for years to come. The jewelry we make for you is our pride and joy.

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER for a chance to WIN A PAIR of Little Flower earrings.
Connect, Commune, and Celebrate with us!
http://eepurl.com/bkYrmf

VISIT US
website: www.kristinlarson.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/KristinLarsonjewelry
instagram: www.instagram.com/kristinlarsonjewelry

THANK YOU FOR VISITING
I am always working on new jewelry to add to our shop. Be sure to come back to see what's new. And if you have any questions, don't be shy, please feel free to contact me. Thanks for visiting!

With Love,
Kristin

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 2, 2016

MONDAY 12/5 IS THE LAST DAY WE'RE ACCEPTING PERSONALIZED HANDWRITING ORDERS TO SHIPPED IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS IN THE UNITED STATES.

WHAT SETS US APART?
We strive to craft heirloom quality jewelry, imbued with meaning and symbolism. Our thoughtfully curated collections comprised of our original designs are created for you to tell your distinct story. The jewelry we make is intended to be biographical, not just presentational. We hope what we make resonates within you, bringing you love, connection, and happiness. Our jewelry is handcrafted to be worn for a lifetime, loved, and passed down.

HEIRLOOM QUALITY
The heirloom design ethic is at the foundation of every piece of jewelry we make. The principles of heirloom design are that things should be made to be timeless and repairable, instead of trendy and disposable, or with short lived expiration dates. Objects considered luxury, that require more energy to produce, are often a more eco friendly choice in the long run. The item’s durability, function, and timeless design make it worthy of passing down through generations. Jewelry becomes an heirloom because of its value, quality, beauty, and the story behind the piece.

We are metalsmiths, and we use time honored metalsmithing techniques to make our jewelry. Our jewelry is solidly constructed, and if it ever were to break, it can be repaired by us or your local jeweler. We use jewelry quality metals like solid sterling silver and 14k gold, that provide strength and durability. We do not plate our charms or use plated chains and clasps, used to keep costs down. Over time the top layer, the plating in the case of sterling silver, or the vermeil in the case of 14k gold, can wear away from the underlying base metal, leaving your jewelry looking very different than when you first purchased it. All connections are soldered permanently closed preventing the connections from coming apart with regular wear.

ORIGINAL DESIGNS, GENUINELY HANDMADE
All of our designs originate and come to life here in our studio. Our jewelry is made by hand from start to finish, by my husband Richard and I. We use the ancient art form of lost wax casting along with modern technology to create our jewelry. We do not use precious metal clay, or ready made charms or discs that are stamped, engraved, or etched.

Instead, we design and create all our pieces in wax before casting in sterling silver, bronze, or 14k gold. Each piece is shaped and modeled by hand. The end result gives our jewelry a sculptural quality that makes it very comfortable and comforting to wear.

How jewelry is finished is often a distinguishing characteristic that sets designers and their collections apart. We finish each piece with our carefully developed polishing process that culminates in a rich luminescent sheen.

See how we make our jewelry, step by step, using the lost wax casting process. http://www.kristinlarson.com/in-the-making/2016/6/22/lost-wax-casting-how-its-made

EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE
We realize purchasing anything online, sight unseen, is a risk. We will make sure you are at ease during the purchase of our personalized handwriting pieces. We welcome your questions, as many as you have. We also know this can be an emotional and even difficult purchase in some cases. We will gently guide you through the process to ensure your handwriting jewelry is just what you need it to be.

"Your work is all so warm & beautiful, it shows not only your talent but also your true understanding & respect for what each piece represents to someone." - from a customer

OUR STUDIO & SHOP PRACTICES
We are a small family run studio, located in the Pacific Northwest, in the beautiful state of Washington, a half hour from the edge of Portland, Oregon and the Columbia River.

We are committed to practices that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. We look at how and where the products and materials we use are made or sourced, and how far they need to travel. Our jewelry is made with reclaimed/recycled, sterling silver, gold, and bronze, sourced in the USA. In addition, we recycle all of our scrap metal. The diamonds we buy are conflict free, and our gemstones are ethically sourced. Our focus is on making quality jewelry that will be yours to treasure for years to come. The jewelry we make for you is our pride and joy.

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER for a chance to WIN A PAIR of Little Flower earrings.
Connect, Commune, and Celebrate with us!
http://eepurl.com/bkYrmf

VISIT US
website: www.kristinlarson.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/KristinLarsonjewelry
instagram: www.instagram.com/kristinlarsonjewelry

THANK YOU FOR VISITING
I am always working on new jewelry to add to our shop. Be sure to come back to see what's new. And if you have any questions, don't be shy, please feel free to contact me. Thanks for visiting!

With Love,
Kristin

Kristin Larson

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5 out of 5 stars
(92)
Natalie

Natalie on Nov 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Kristin created these amazing bracelets for our moms for our wedding. They arrived a day before promised and turned out even better than expected! I'd highly recommend giving her a try 😊

Marcie Wilburn

Marcie Wilburn on Nov 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These are so adorable! They go perfectly with the beautiful bracelet she designed for me and cast with my husband's handwriting. I'm grateful to Kristin for the awesome work she does and the care she puts into her creations.

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Updates

Today, Monday 12/5 is the last day we are accepting custom orders for handwriting jewelry that will be delivered in time for Christmas.
Tomorrow is the last day we are accepting custom orders for handwriting jewelry.
Looking to give a sentimental treasure like no other? That's exactly what I'll help you create. I'm still accepting orders to be shipped by 12/19.
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About

HEIRLOOM QUALITY NARRATIVE JEWELRY

We are delighted to craft handmade jewelry that echoes our collective kinship with nature and fosters our connections to one another. Kristin Larson jewelry goes beyond fashion to become an intimate extension of the wearer.

Shortly after I created my first nature inspired jewelry collection, my father passed away unexpectedly. Consequently, I began to think about my work in a different way. Years earlier, as an art student in college, I was inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell, and his treatment of fragments of once loved objects. I found the language of plants and flowers in paintings and tapestries from a bygone era enchanting. The idea of reliquaries, memorial jewelry, and sentimental jewelry from antiquity left an impression on me, and rested quietly in the back of my mind.

As part of reconciling my dad’s passing, I started making handwriting jewelry. I took the word “love” from a note he had written, and incorporated it into a ring for my sister. From that gift my own interpretation of memorial jewelry featuring handwriting began to germinate. The handwriting collection was embraced with unexpected gratitude, warmth, and adoration.

During those first few years I worked with basic tools and techniques. I put all my earnings towards outfitting my studio for lost wax casting, a method of jewelry making I focused on in college. Carving my pieces in wax and casting them would afford me a great deal more freedom in my designs.

At the same time, heartfelt conversations with customers, along with my own thoughts about what we mean to each other and how we find our place in the world pressed me to bring deeper meaning to my work. My curiosity about those hidden messages of old was rekindled. I was moved to explore and integrate quiet communication through images, textures, and symbolism found in the natural world around us into my designs.

As word spread and I got busier, my husband Richard, whom I met out at the foundry in college, casting large sculptures, went from helping out when needed, to becoming an integral part of the production process. That's when my jewelry became what I envisioned. The transition from working with basic techniques to carving my work in wax and casting was a painful process. It was like starting from the ground up again, but we were determined to create something special and unique. We continue to push ourselves and each other to create meaningful jewelry meant to be cherished, worn for a lifetime, and passed down. The jewelry we make for you is our pride and joy.

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  • Kristin

    Owner, Designer, Metalsmith, Customer Service, Photographer, Website Conservator

  • Richard

    Owner, Miller, Metalsmith, Book Keeper, Shipper, Production Consultant

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Last updated on Sep 2, 2016
Frequently asked questions

HOW DO I SEND MY HANDWRITING?

Take a photo of your handwriting, and send it to us via Etsy convo, or hello@kristinlarson.com. Include your name and order number in the email. Make sure the photo is in focus, good lighting helps. You can also scan your handwriting.

PRODUCTION TIMES, WHEN WILL I GET MY ORDER?

READY TO SHIP
Items in stock will ship in 2 to 3 business days.

MADE TO ORDER
We make some pieces as they are ordered. In this case, please allow 2 weeks to complete your order.

HANDWRITING / CUSTOM ORDERS
Because each piece is carefully custom made by hand, please allow us approximately 4 weeks to complete your order. If you need your jewelry sooner, please contact us for specific time frames.

Changes made to existing orders may take additional time to process.

WORK IN PROGRESS CARDS
If your order won't be completed in the time you need it, we'll send the recipient a card letting them know they have a special, one-of-a kind keepsake coming their way. Cards are available in our shop.

SIZING HELP FOR RINGS

For the most accurate size go to any jewelry counter for a measurement. It is helpful to measure for the width of the ring as well as the diameter. If you know the width of the ring band for the ring you'd like, be sure to tell the person doing the measurement. You may measure a size 7 for a ring with a thin band, but a 7 1/2 or 8 for a ring with a wide band.

SIZING HELP FOR BRACELETS

1. Measure your wrist just below the wrist bone, where one would normally wear a bracelet, with a flexible measuring tape or a strip of paper.

2. If you are using a plain strip of paper, measure it with a ruler to determine your wrist size.

3. Add 1/4" to 1" (average is 1/2") to your wrist size, depending on whether you would like a snug, comfort, or loose fit. This is the ideal bracelet length for you.

SIZING HELP FOR NECKLACES

The following are necklace lengths we offer, and where they fall on the average female. If you are interested in other lengths, just ask.

16" Wraps loosely around the neck, also known as a choker.

18" Sits at the collar bone, the most common length, known as a princess necklace, Even though it is longer than a choker, the necklace sits close to the neck. If the necklace has a charm, it will lie above the breast bone.

20" Sits just below the collar bone, but above the neckline. Referred to as a matinee.

Men’s styles may require a longer chain. We recommend 20" or 22" as standard chain lengths for men.

CARE AND KEEPING

All of our pieces are made using sterling silver, bronze, and 14k gold that have been oxidized for an aged appearance and given a satin finish. Over time, metals will naturally darken.

To restore the luster of your jewelry use the polishing pad included with your purchase, or a soft felt polishing cloth like Sunshine, and gently rub the piece.

Please do not use liquid, gel, or other natural cleaners on your jewelry. Doing so may remove the aged finish. Chlorine and bleach accelerate tarnishing, and should be avoided. Apply perfume and lotion before putting on your jewelry.

ABOUT STERLING SILVER

STERLING SILVER
Sterling silver is composed of 925 parts of pure silver and 75 parts alloy, usually copper. Copper provides the silver with sufficient hardness which gives it strength and wearability. We use nickel free sterling silver that has been reclaimed and recycled.

STERLING SILVER VS PURE SILVER OR FINE SILVER
Pure or fine silver is 99.9% silver, is much softer than sterling silver, and is often considered not practical to wear as everyday jewelry. We do not use Precious Metal Clay (PMC), fine silver, or pure silver. We use sterling silver for it's strength.

ABOUT 14K GOLD & BRONZE

ABOUT 14K GOLD
We use 14k gold, the most popular choice in the US. It is 58.3% gold and is ideal for fine jewelry. Alloys of copper and silver, mixed with pure gold gives 14k gold it's strength and warmth. We use 14k gold that has been reclaimed and recycled.

ABOUT BRONZE
Bronze has been used in jewelry making since antiquity. An alloy consisting of 92% copper and 8% tin, it is a beautiful, economic alternative to gold. Because its composition can vary, discrepancies in color can occur. We do not use bronze chain because we cannot guarantee a color match with the bronze we use for making our charms and pendants. Bronze charms and pendants are hung on solid sterling silver chain. We use bronze that has been reclaimed and recycled.