lavajewelry

Custom Hand Fabricated Silver & Gold Gemstone Jewelry

Union City, California · 3090 Sales

lavajewelry

Custom Hand Fabricated Silver & Gold Gemstone Jewelry

Union City, California 3090 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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Announcement   I like to combine the earthiness of natural gemstones with the elegance of curvy highly-polished gold or silver. I work out of my home studio in California, using traditional metal smithing and wire wrapping techniques to create high-quality jewelry.

I offer hypoallergenic titanium ear wires at no additional cost for my metal-sensitive customers. I also have a wide selection of lightweight earrings, in addition to gemstone bracelets, necklaces, rings, and pendants. Many of my items can be customized to your personal needs, and every Lava Jewelry purchase comes gift-wrapped. Please contact me with your questions any time. :)

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Last updated on Jan 2, 2017

I like to combine the earthiness of natural gemstones with the elegance of curvy highly-polished gold or silver. I work out of my home studio in California, using traditional metal smithing and wire wrapping techniques to create high-quality jewelry.

I offer hypoallergenic titanium ear wires at no additional cost for my metal-sensitive customers. I also have a wide selection of lightweight earrings, in addition to gemstone bracelets, necklaces, rings, and pendants. Many of my items can be customized to your personal needs, and every Lava Jewelry purchase comes gift-wrapped. Please contact me with your questions any time. :)

Become a Lava Jewelry fan on Facebook! http://facebook.com/LavaJ

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Michele Dodge

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Sawing a teardrop shape out of sterling silver sheet to make a mother's pendant.

About

Geologist Turned Jeweler

I am a geologist turned jeweler. I began my career as a geologist studying volcanic rocks, and started my journey into jewelry-making about 10 years ago. Art and science remain equally important to me as I incorporate science into my art. My love of geology compels me to use natural gemstones in my work.

Most of my designs begin with shapes I see in nature. I always carry my smart phone with me when I’m out and about, ready to capture lovely shapes, such as the curve of a petal of a flower growing next to a sidewalk. Many of my pieces are the result of a late-night sketching session at the kitchen table. On these nights, I can’t sleep until I’ve put all my ideas on paper.

I make my one-of-a-kind jewelry using a variety of techniques, including fabrication, enameling, and stone-setting. For me, sawing, soldering, and polishing metal can be a very Zen experience, and I hope that comes through in the pieces I create.

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  • Michele Dodge

    Owner, Photographer, Creator

    With a background in geology, I began Lava Jewelry in 2006. Geology plays a strong role in my jewelry through my use of natural gemstones. I received my Jewelry Technician diploma Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco.

  • Vince

    Shipper

    Vince is Michele's husband, and he very kindly makes post office runs on a regular basis to get orders out in a timely manner. From time to time, Vince assists with packaging.

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Last updated on Mar 23, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Do you offer custom orders?

I love taking custom orders! Please contact me if you are interested in having a piece custom-created. See below for more info.

I like a piece of jewelry in your shop, but I'd like it with a different stone or metal. Can you make it for me?

If you see a design in my shop that you would like made with a different gemstone or in a different metal, please let me know, and I'll send you a price quote and time estimate for the work. I require full payment before making your piece.

Custom orders are not eligible for a refund or exchange. If there is a problem with your custom jewelry when you receive it, please contact me right away so we can find a solution.

Do you offer custom design services?

Absolutely! For bespoke custom-designed jewelry, I require a $100 non-refundable deposit that will go toward your purchase. I charge an hourly rate for time spent designing your one-of-a-kind jewelry. I will send you a detailed rendering for your approval. Once we have agreed upon your design, I will send you a price quote and a time estimate for the work (typical turnaround time is 2-3 weeks). I require full payment up front before I order supplies or start making your piece. If you choose to cancel before I have completed your jewelry, 50% of the price of the jewelry is non-refundable. Design fees are 100% non-refundable. I will send a photo for your approval before shipping.

Can I reserve a piece of jewelry in your shop?

I require a non-refundable deposit if you would like me to reserve an item in my shop for purchase at a later date. The deposit will be applied to your purchase when you check out. The deposit is forfeit if you do not purchase the reserved item by the agreed-upon date. The required deposit is 20% of the item price per 7-day period the item is kept in reserve. (i.e., 20% for items held 1-7 days, 40% for items held 8-14 days, 60% for items held 15-21 days, etc.)

Wholesale availability

Wholesale inquiries are welcome. Please contact me with information about your retail business, and I can send you my line sheets.

Sizing details

Let's make sure your handmade Lava Jewelry ring is going to fit correctly! Since I'm selling online, I am unable to measure your fingers for ring sizing myself. Therefore, it is your responsibility to provide me with an accurate measurement. There are sizing guide pdf's available online, but what I strongly recommend is going to your local jeweler for a measurement. If you provide with me with the inner diameter measurement in millimeters, that will be the absolute best. I can work to a precision of 0.1mm.

Because resizing a ring is just about as much work as making an entire new ring, it's not a service I'm able to offer for free. Resizing fees start at $20 for a simple sterling band, and go up from there. Please contact me for a quote.

Care instructions

Getting your favorite jewelry repaired can cost more than you paid for it in the first place. Here are a few handy hints to help avoid costly damage:
Remove jewelry before bathing/showering.
Remove rings and bracelets before doing housework or gardening.
Remove jewelry before exercising.
Clean jewelry gently with warm water and mild soap, or take to a jeweler for professional cleaning.
Do not attempt to clean damaged jewelry. Take it to a professional jeweler for cleaning and repair.
Store jewelry in a dry location to prevent tarnish.
Store each piece of jewelry in its own compartment to avoid tangles.
Avoid exposure to chemicals such as perfume, chlorine, and household cleaners.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All Lava Jewelry orders come gift wrapped and ready for giving. Please contact me if you would like me to enclose a note card for your gift recipient.