lavajewelry

Custom Birthstone Jewelry & Unique Gemstone Creations

California, United States · 2941 Sales

lavajewelry

Custom Birthstone Jewelry & Unique Gemstone Creations

California, United States 2941 Sales On Etsy since 2006

5 out of 5 stars
(1593)

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 May 16, 2016

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

Sign up for my newsletter to receive the latest Lava Jewelry news and exclusive coupon codes! http://news.lava-jewelry.com

Michele Dodge

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Michele Dodge

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1593)
Heidi Sonstroem

Heidi Sonstroem on Sep 26, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Just lovely! Delicate color, great size, clear and beautiful!

Matthew Dalton

Matthew Dalton on Sep 8, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The ring looks great! It's exactly what I had in mind.

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Updates

Adding thin layers of enamel to cloisonné pieces.
Designing a cloisonné enamel pendant with garnet accent stones
Sketching new design ideas...

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About

Geologist Turned Jeweler

Back in 2006, I was working as as a geological technician, and with great trepidation, I took the leap toward my dream to become my own boss. I say "leap," but it was more like itty bitty baby steps. I bought a few beads, and a few tools, and I listed a few handmade items on various online venues to test the waters. It was a slow start, to be sure, but it felt great to have a creative outlet and a flexible work schedule. Many, many 80-hour work weeks and jewelry-making classes later, I can honestly say I have no regrets.

I believe that all things, no matter how diverse, are connected to one another. My experiences in geology, mathematics, retail sales, and art have all coalesced in my current occupation as a jeweler.

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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.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 5, 2016
I make quality jewelry that is feminine, timeless, and elegant. There is no greater joy in my business than the moment when a woman finds just the right piece of jewelry. I want to assure that every customer absolutely loves the jewelry they buy from me.

I am very particular about the materials I use in my work. I do not use plated metals because it is my personal experience that plating wears off with time, and I want my jewelry to stand the test of time. I use natural gemstones rather than imitation or synthetic, because natural stones fit my personal taste and aesthetic.

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Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept PayPal and credit card payments through my Etsy shop.

Orders that are to be shipped to a California address will have sales tax added on automatically.
Shipping
In the interest of saving paper, I do not usually send packing slips with orders. If you would like a packing slip, you can either print one out from Your Etsy, or ask me to enclose one for you. Just let me know. :)

-U.S. orders are shipped via First Class Mail, unless an upgrade to Priority or Priority Express has been selected.
-International orders are shipped via First Class International Mail, unless other prior arrangements have been made. Because of a spate of lost packages, I now require Registered Mail for most non-U.S. destinations. I do not currently require Registered Mail for the following countries: Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, France, and Germany. Please contact me if you have questions about Registered Mail.
-All Lava Jewelry purchases are carefully packaged and shipped within two business days of payment clearing. My post office is closed on Saturdays, so I usually do not ship on weekends. If you have an urgent order and need Saturday shipping, please contact me before placing your order.
-Orders shipped to non-U.S. destinations may incur customs or fees, as dictated by the laws of the particular country.

All jewelry purchases are packaged carefully in a gift box and shipped within two business days of payment clearing. If you need a rush order, please contact me prior to making your purchase.

If your order is to be shipped directly to a gift recipient, please let me know this. I'm happy to include a free gift card with your personalized message at your request.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please contact me immediately if there are any problems when you receive your order. I am confident that we can always find a solution that you will be happy with.

With the exceptions noted below, I accept returns up to 30 calendar days after you check out from my Etsy shop.

I do not offer refunds or exchanges on custom work or clearance items.

For health reasons, if you wish to return earrings, I must charge you an ear wire change fee, which will depend on the type and cost of the ear wires. I accept returns of jewelry up to 30 days after the date of purchase. Please contact me right away if you wish to return an item, so I will be able to give you my shipping address, and so I will know to look out for your package. Refunds are made via the same payment method you used, and I will refund money (purchase price minus applicable ear wire change fee and shipping) as soon as I have received the item in its original condition.
Additional policies and FAQs
**Ring Sizing**

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 if you'd like a quote.

**Custom Orders**

Time permitting, I'm happy to take custom orders. Please contact me if you are interested in having a piece custom-created. I will be able to give you a price quote and a time estimate for the work. For more involved custom orders, I may require a non-refundable design fee. For custom orders under $100, I ask for full payment up-front before I order supplies or start work. 50% of that amount is non-refundable once I have ordered supplies or started the work. For custom orders over $100, I ask for a nonrefundable deposit of 50% before I order supplies or start work. The remaining balance is due before I ship. Custom orders are not eligible for a refund or exchange. If there is a problem with your custom order when you receive it, please contact me right away so we can find a solution.

**Reserving Items**

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.)

**Lava Jewelry One-Year Guarantee**

I guarantee my jewelry for one year from the date of purchase, and I will repair damage that happens as a result of normal use, free of charge. It will cost you only shipping to return the item to me. Contact me at info [!at] lava-jewelry.com if your jewelry requires repair. Thank you!

Wholesale and local consignment inquiries welcome, however I do not consign long-distance or drop-ship.

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