Handcrafted Organic Natural Jewelry

Chicago, Illinois On Etsy since 2007

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Handcrafted Organic Natural Jewelry

Chicago, Illinois | 2,002 Sales

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Last updated on Aug 23, 2020

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About linguaNigra

Sales 2,002
On Etsy since 2007

Love of nature and metal

Lingua Nigra
Latin, n. - def. Black Tongue
(leen-gwah nigh-gruh)

Sculptural design for everyday adornment

The Maker:
Alicia Goodwin has been creating jewelry since childhood, but it wasn’t until she was earning her degree at The State University of New York Fashion Institute of Technology that she realized that creating impactful work in metal was her true calling in life. During her 18 years of living in New York City, Alicia worked for many talented small designers and also larger jewelry brands, all the adding work to her own unique line of jewelry. She launched Lingua Nigra soon after graduating F.I.T., creating work inspired in nature with a focus on ancient talismans, victorian era work and mourning sentimental jewelry.

The Process:
The work is created using several techniques, most notably acid etching and also metal reticulation. Each approach yields random texture that can never be predicted during process of time and detail. The final result is metal with random textures based on time and process.Shapes are then cut out of the work, or cast items created from wax receive texture. The work is meant to be treasured for a lifetime and becomes even more transformative when electroplated with 22kt gold.

The Work:
Made of brass, silver and gold, extra care is given to these works. With nods to everything from markings on beetles to the texture on trees, Lingua Nigra is meant to evoke a timeless feeling that can be worn everyday. The artistry should be shared by wearing.

Shop members

  • Alicia G


    I'm a lover, eater and creator. My love of metal took me from the fashion world into the world of fine and costume jewelry. I fell in love with the playful side of it, never intending to sell it one day!

Production partners

  • Electroplater

    Cranston, RI

    A plating company that specializes in jewelry and small scale production plating.

  • Metal Caster

    Cranston, RI

    A family run plating company that has been in business for over 50 years. They create multiples of my original designs.

  • T & M Plating

    Cranston, RI

    Plater - they plate all the jewelry in gold or im rhodium.

  • Metal Caster

    New York, NY

    Local metal caster. Takes my wax models and casts them so I can clean them up and send them to Rhode Island to make multiples of.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 1, 2020
Thank you for checking out Lingua Nigra. Each piece is made with love and care. The designs come from the heart and from nature and are organic.
The pieces are made with high quality brass or white metal that is 22kt gold plated and also sterling silver.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
The worse thing is to buy something you fell in love with, but for some reason it just didn't work out between the two of you and you want to return it for a refund, only to find out you can only get an exchange!
If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, you may return it for a refund or an exchange. All returns must be made within 7 days of receipt.

* ALL CUSTOM ORDERS ARE FINAL SALE* - please double check your order before submitting!

Returned item must be in the original condition, in original packaging, and include a copy of the packing slip. If these guidelines are followed, a prompt refund of the purchase price will be issued. Purchase price does not include shipping charges paid.

* ALL CUSTOM ORDERS ARE FINAL SALE* - please double check your order before submitting!

If there is an issue with breakage or re-sizing, contact me and we'll work something out.

* ALL CUSTOM ORDERS ARE FINAL SALE* - please double check your order before submitting!
I accept PayPal and Etsy Direct Checkout
Domestic Shipping:

1) Unless otherwise requested, we ship via USPS Priority, within 5-7 business days of sale, although usually much sooner.

2) We will send you an email with your Delivery Confirmation number when we've shipped your order. Delivery Confirmation is included for all US orders.

3) We are happy to do expedited shipping w/in the US via FedEx, UPS or USPS. Just contact us for pricing.


1) We gladly ship anywhere in the world!

2) International orders are shipped via First Class International (USPS) which at this time, offers no tracking. We cannot be held responsible for packages that are lost once they leave the US. However if you would like an upgrade to Priority or Global International please feel free to inquire about the costs. We will only charge for the actual postage, but be aware that the USPS pricing for items starts at $13.50 USD.

3) Please note: International customers are responsible for any and/or all Customs fees, taxes, and duties associated with shipping & purchasing to their respective countries, should they be assessed. Most country's Customs agencies open and/or assess fees to a random selection of packages. Any customs fees, taxes, tariffs, duties, etc. that may be incurred at the time of delivery would be at the discretion of your country's tax regulations. We have no way of calculating how much these fees would be, should they occur, and we are not responsible for those charges. For any additional information please refer to your local customs agency.
Additional policies and FAQs
I always leave positive feedback for paying customers and will truly appreciate the same in return.
If for any reason you have an issue with your purchase, contact me before leaving negative feedback. Please respect the fact that I put a lot of time and effort into my shop and give me a chance to correct any problems. Thank you.

If you have a coupon code or where given a discount, please convo me before the transaction so I can adjust the price of the item before checkout.