lavajewelry

Custom Hand Fabricated Silver & Gold Gemstone Jewelry

Union City, California · 3063 Sales

lavajewelry

Custom Hand Fabricated Silver & Gold Gemstone Jewelry

Union City, California 3063 Sales On Etsy since 2006

5 out of 5 stars
(1617)

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

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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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1617)
cjhamborg

cjhamborg on Feb 11, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Fast shipping, and the earrings are beautiful!

Judy Of the New York City Midwest
5 out of 5 stars

I love these. The only reason I don't buy more I want them NOW. When I'm blue (and i am) really- rutialated Quartz really makes me feel better. Especially the ones black "rutili"( just made that word up.)Anyway I am finding that I'm wearing these more often than I thought I would; more often then the rutty Quartz with the garnet fringe,etc. I just.....when want them, I want them in two days. I'm an infant with a credit card and good taste. And these earrrings were so much more than I expected - I don't like them - I LOVE ❤️ them. Thanks so much. Judy

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Updates

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

Shop policies

Last updated on January 28, 2017
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

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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
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  • 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
I hope you'll love your purchase from Lava Jewelry Please contact me immediately if there are any problems when you receive your order.

If you would like a refund, contact me here at Etsy within 48 hours of your order being delivered. I will provide you with return instructions and my shipping address.

You must ship the return back to me within one week of receiving your order, no exceptions.

Item must be in new, unworn condition, with its original packaging, and packaged securely (not rattling in its box).

I recommend purchasing insurance on your return in case of damage during shipping. You are responsible for return shipping.

As soon as I receive the item in its original, unworn condition, I will issue a refund via the same method you paid.

Jewelry returned with signs of wear will be returned to you with no refund given.

I do not offer refunds or exchanges on custom work, made-to-order jewelry, or clearance items.
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**

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

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.

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.

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.

**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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