LettersToSarah

LettersToSarah Metalsmithing: Unique Handmade Jewelry

Ann Arbor, Michigan · 2285 Sales

LettersToSarah

LettersToSarah Metalsmithing: Unique Handmade Jewelry

Ann Arbor, Michigan 2285 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Specializing in handcrafted and unique jewelry: our Roots Couture Collection, Place Collection, Couple's Collection, featuring nature inspired jewelry, one of a kind rings, necklaces, earrings, pendants, and nose rings.

We love custom orders! Contact me to co-craft your dream jewelry piece!

Trying to shop local in Ann Arbor, MI? Message us about local pick up.

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Last updated on May 7, 2017

All orders ship in 1-7 days! Order now for your next special occasion!

Specializing in handcrafted and unique jewelry: our Roots Couture Collection, Place Collection, Couple's Collection, featuring nature inspired jewelry, one of a kind rings, necklaces, earrings, pendants, and nose rings.

We love custom orders! Contact me to co-craft your dream jewelry piece!

Trying to shop local in Ann Arbor, MI? Message us about local pick up.

Keep in touch with LettersToSarah Metalsmithing by signing up for our newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/Qe5cT

Follow us on social media!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/letterstosarah
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/letterstosarahmetalsmithing/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/letters2sarah
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Letters_2_Sarah

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Another great Art Fair in downtown Ann Arbor! Thanks to everyone who stopped by the LTS pop up shop the past four days! #annarborartfair #annarborstreetfair #metalsmith #popupshop #popupstore #artfairlife #booth #letterstosarahmetalsmithing #lts

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New LTS bridal designs at the Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair, booth 5060. Come find, dream, and design your perfect wedding ring with us, specializing in unique, affordable, handcrafted designs #artisanjewelry #wedding #weddingidea #bridal #bridalstyle
Another gorgeous day at the Ann Arbor Art Fair! Come to booth 5060 on Williams St to check out the full LTS Collection #annarborartfair #annarbor #annarborartist #statestreetartfair #letterstosarahmetalsmithing #letterstosarah #lts #rings #nature
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About

Celebrating Place, Passion, and Nature through Unique Handmade Jewelry

Unique jewelry made by HAND, by the original designer/maker (that's me! Sarah!), not machines, not underpaid assistants, and not cast indefinitely by some outside company that doesn't know what LettersToSarah Metalsmithing stands for.

LettersToSarah Metalsmithing is internationally known for unique and original designs, nothing like what you'd find in a traditional jewelry store. I make jewelry that is simple, with a vintage-rustic flair and a little shine, to make you feel a little more earthy, cozy, connected, and proud.

Because each piece is individually made by hand, each one is a bit different from the rest, united by design, but still as special and unique as it's wearer.

Handmade means different things to different people. On Etsy, “handmade” can range from ready-made parts assembled by hand, to designs thought up by an artist and made by outside manufacturers or entirely by machines, to items made collaboratively by multiple people using a variety of machines and tools, to items made completely by hand with no ready-made parts. I value the incredible range of possibility and creativity that this open-ended definition creates, but utilize a much more narrow definition of handmade at LetterstoSarah.

In my shop, handmade means that I cut out each shape with a traditional jeweler's hand saw, solder them with my torch, and file and shape the designs by hand. I use hand tools to make every design, and for almost every process (I use a machine, my tumbler, for a final polish and shine, but only after I've hand-sanded and hand-polished each piece!). I've even blacksmithed to make some of my tools by hand, and I welded my own custom workbench to fit my space-conscious studio.

Some people believe that only so-called "precious metals" (gold, silver, platinum, etc.) are valuable, and are valuable for their rarity. At LettersToSarah, I turn this convention on it's head, and celebrate metals for their character, embracing their dynamic and essential nature.

I love copper for it's extreme flexibility, it's ever-changing range of warm, earthy hues, and it's symbiotic relationship with the body. Copper conducts energy (both literally in electrical wires, and spiritually in an emotional sense), has antibacterial properties, and has a long history of use in traditional medicine for healing.

Silver is strong, shiny, stubborn, uplifting, and undeniably beautiful.

I use traditional metalsmithing practices: hand cutting my metals with a jeweler's saw, silver soldering, and much, much more, to hand-make a superior product that is guaranteed to last a lifetime. And it's made with love. What could be better than that?



LettersToSarah Metalsmithing's Core Beliefs:

I celebrate the profound meaning that can be packed into the tiniest object: strength, hope, joy, nostalgia. I believe that objects made by hand have an inherent value, embedded in the process of their making. I love the makers mark, the tiny flaws, signatures that reveal the personality of the maker. I believe that objects have memories of their own, and take a part of me with them, that once they leave my hands they begin their own journeys. I love the expansive reach of my jewelry, connecting people through a common idea over a vast landscape.

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Shop members

  • Sarah Lyons

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Metalsmith/Jeweler

  • Brandon Lyons

    Owner, Designer, Photographer

    I started studying anthropology seven years ago, and fell in love with culture. I am passionate about alternative business practices, solidarity economies, and creating culture. LTS became the perfect outlet for my academic background and passions.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 20, 2013
Welcome to letterstosarah metalsmithing!
I love creating every detail of a design by hand,
getting to know the personalities of the diverse materials,
playing & exploring & revealing & empowering.

At letterstosarah metalsmithing,
the handmade piece, the custom design, the thoughtful touch,
these things reign supreme.
There are no blood diamonds, no exploitative gold, few stones (unless I found them or dug them up myself),
no ethical worries or bad karma.
There are just the things that I create, that inspire me,
& the adornment that defines you.

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 and Etsy Credits
Payment
I accept credit cards, PayPal, and Etsy gift cards.
Shipping
Shipping within the United States:

I use Etsy Shipping Labels with USPS First Class Mail (2-5 days). All packages come with tracking and insurance.


INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

I use USPS First Class International mailing and try to ship with tracking and insurance when available. International delivery times vary, expect up to 4-6 weeks delivery barring no customs holds or delays - depending on destination.

Note: International orders are taking longer to arrive due to increased U.S. securities and individual country's customs.

Jewelry cannot be sent to all countries. If this is the case, your order will be fully refunded.

For customers outside the US:
International customers are responsible for all fees associated with shipping to their respective countries. Orders that are shipped to countries outside of the United States may be subject to import taxes, customs duties and fees levied by the destination country. The recipient of an international shipment may be subject to such import taxes, customs duties and fees, which are levied once a shipment reaches your country. Additional charges for customs clearance must be borne by the recipient; I have no control over these charges and cannot predict what they may be. Customs policies vary widely from country to country; you should contact your local customs office for further information. When customs clearance procedures are required, it can cause delays beyond the original delivery estimates. Buyers, please be aware that you *may* be required to pay these additional charges when the package reaches your country's border. You may wish to contact your local customs office for estimates of these charges and for further information.
Refunds and Exchanges
Custom designed orders are nonrefundable. All other orders (including made to order/size pieces) may be returned within seven days. If something breaks, contact me! It may be a simple fix for me to walk you through a DIY fix. I can also repair items broken through excessive wear and tear for a small fee, depending on the piece.

I want you to love what you order. All items are handmade with high quality standards and packaged carefully, so damage should not occur. If damage or loss occurs, don't worry! All items are insured while in transit, so contact me, send it back, then sit back and relax while I send you a repaired or replaced item.

Make sure you check your ring size before ordering! There is a fee for resizing a misfit ring. The best way to get your accurate ring size is to go to a local jeweler and have them measure your finger (most jewelers will do this for you for free). You can also use this online measuring guide: http://www.jewelrylist.com/sizer.pdf (this one works especially well for estimating your ring size for my adjustable twist rings).
Additional policies and FAQs
I love custom orders! Message me if you are inspired and would like to see something made special for you!