kristinlarsonjewelry

handwriting jewelry reflecting the nature of love

Washington, United States · 266 Sales

kristinlarsonjewelry

handwriting jewelry reflecting the nature of love

Washington, United States 266 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(87)

Announcement   Handmade jewelry that echoes our collective kinship with nature and fosters our connections to one another. Jewelry that goes beyond fashion to become an intimate extension of the wearer.

See our bespoke and heirloom handwriting jewelry. Memorial and sentimental jewelry featuring my original designs and your handwriting preserved in sterling silver and 14k gold.

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

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER for a chance to WIN A PAIR of Little Flower earrings.
Connect, Commune, and Celebrate with us!
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OUR STUDIO
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 use the ancient lost wax casting process, fabrication, and modern technology to create the pieces in my collections. I see each piece as a tiny sculpture infused with meaning. From the initial sketch, to the gift box, every detail is important. The look and feel of each piece, how it moves and hangs, its size and weight, are all considered when I design and make each piece. My jewelry is handcrafted in our studio to be worn for a lifetime, loved, and passed down.

SHOP PRACTICES
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.

THANK YOU FOR VISITING
I am always working on new jewelry to add to my 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 Jul 6, 2016

Handmade jewelry that echoes our collective kinship with nature and fosters our connections to one another. Jewelry that goes beyond fashion to become an intimate extension of the wearer.

See our bespoke and heirloom handwriting jewelry. Memorial and sentimental jewelry featuring my original designs and your handwriting preserved in sterling silver and 14k gold.

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

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

OUR STUDIO
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 use the ancient lost wax casting process, fabrication, and modern technology to create the pieces in my collections. I see each piece as a tiny sculpture infused with meaning. From the initial sketch, to the gift box, every detail is important. The look and feel of each piece, how it moves and hangs, its size and weight, are all considered when I design and make each piece. My jewelry is handcrafted in our studio to be worn for a lifetime, loved, and passed down.

SHOP PRACTICES
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.

THANK YOU FOR VISITING
I am always working on new jewelry to add to my 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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Kristin Larson

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5 out of 5 stars
(87)
Jessi Bailey

Jessi Bailey on Jul 4, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Kristin took the time to make sure the rings for my sister and I were just perfect. She kept me up to date through the entire process. And when the rings arrived...they were awesome! Fit perfectly, super comfortable to wear and exceeded all my expectations. She even included a little "extra" necklace charm as well. The rings came with instructions for care, a nice box and pouch for storage and cleaning wipe. She also took the time to include a hand written note. I would definitely recommend Kristin's products. These are keepsakes we will be able to wear forever.

amgdt17

amgdt17 on Apr 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

So heartwarming to wear my new bracelet and "see" the love my parents had for me ~ a gift when they have left this world. Thank you!

lyndifeeney

lyndifeeney on Jan 29, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Kristin took the time to ensure it was done right and communicated with me the whole time. My ring turned out perfect and will be treasured

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Updates

A little cherry blossom carved by hand in wax. This necklace is made in sterling silver. Soon we'll be offering cherry blossoms cast in bronze.
I carved the bark texture by hand before casting it in solid sterling silver in our studio.
My Gram's handwriting. Every time I get a glimpse of her handwriting on the soft reflective surface of my ring, I think about what she saw in me. She always saw my very best. What did, or does your Gram see in you?
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About

OUR FOCUS IS ON CRAFTING DEEPLY PERSONAL TALISMANS THAT GO BEYOND FASHION TO BECOME AN INTIMATE EXTENSION OF THE WEARER

I began my path as a maker carefully forming mud pies and pinch pots along side my little sister while our mom made folk art she sold in local shops. Our childhood summers were spent on the beaches of Southern California, as well as family camping trips, and rustic dude ranch vacations in the White Mountains of Arizona. Throughout my school years, I was dedicated to ballet as my primary means of creative expression. In college, I pursued a degree in Sign Language Interpreting. Working as an Interpreter, I went on to get a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture.

I met Richard in college, pouring metal out at the foundry. At the age of five he was dismantling clocks and reconstructing them, and roaming the neighborhood collecting building materials in his wagon. He spent his growing up years racing through mountains on early versions of snowboards, as well as skateboarding, rock climbing, and surfing. When we met, he was taking a break from working in the movie industry to complete his art degree in sculpture and photography.

Along with our early inclination to make things, and the allure of getting lost in nature, we discovered a shared appreciation of the design and lifestyle philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement that began in the late 19th century. The importance of bringing the out of doors inside, resonates with us. That a table is crafted to encourage conversation and connection, is as it should be. In particular, we are drawn to the charming details and intimate proportions of American Craftsman style architecture, furniture, and decorative objects which emphasize originality, simplicity of form, local natural materials, and the visibility of handicraft. These same principles are evidenced in my jewelry designs and the way we produce our jewelry.

Our experiences put us on an unknown trajectory to create jewelry together. The first works of art that drew me into another place were my mother’s. I watched with fascination as she created precious scenes with layered paper, twigs, and moss within shadow boxes. As a dancer, I loved the feeling of being contained within an inner dream like world while moving around a fantastically set stage. In college I was inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell, and his treatment of fragments of once loved objects. 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. After college Richard found his way to becoming a master wood worker while employed with masters of the trade.

My first jewelry collection paid homage to nature through images of flora and fauna. When my father passed away unexpectedly, my own interpretation of memorial jewelry featuring handwriting began to germinate. The beginnings of the In My Hand collection were embraced with unexpected gratitude, warmth, and adoration.

During those first few years I worked with basic tools and techniques, putting all my earnings towards outfitting the shop for lost wax casting. Richard went from helping out when needed, to becoming an integral part of the production process. That's when my jewelry became what I envisioned. It was a painful process. It was like starting from the ground up again, but we were determined to create something special and unique.

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. The jewelry we make for you is our pride and joy.

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
— Rumi

THE STORY BEHIND THE "IN MY HAND" COLLECTION

In the spring of 2011 my dad passed away unexpectedly. We were devastated at the loss. I wanted to make my sister something special to remember him and keep him close. For more than a year I sketched idea after idea, but nothing felt right.

When I finally mustered the strength to sort through his things, I found a note he had written. It was a list of the positive things in his life scribbled on the back of an envelope. One of the lines read, "You will always have the love of your children." My heart burst! This was what I had been looking for.

I made my sister a simple ring with the word "love" etched in our dad's handwriting. Without telling her, I sent it off. When she opened the box she was overcome with emotion when she recognized his handwriting. She wears her ring everyday. At her insistence, I began offering handwriting jewelry in the Spring of 2013.

Today that very first handwriting ring has turned into a collection of customized necklaces, lockets, bracelets, rings, cufflinks, and key chains. These can be personalized with a name, an inspirational word, a remembrance, a celebration, an inside joke, a sentiment, written in hand of the one you cherish.

My feelings run deep for this collection as well as for the people who have shared a part of themselves and their stories about those they have honored through these pieces. Whether you are buying a piece to remember someone you hold dear, celebrating a new life, or reminiscing about a special moment, I know how important your jewelry is to you. Each piece is made by hand in our studio with great care and attention to detail, and sent off to you with a full and happy heart.

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Last updated on Jul 6, 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 to 3 weeks to complete your order.

HANDWRITING / CUSTOM ORDERS
Because each piece is carefully custom made by hand, please allow us 4 to 6 weeks to complete your order.

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

WORK IN PROGRESS CARDS
Giving this as a gift? We need time to make your personalized jewelry. 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. Please request a card at checkout or via Etsy Convo.

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.