Vintage Inspired Illustration Jewelry

Santa Cruz, California · 6076 Sales


Vintage Inspired Illustration Jewelry

Santa Cruz, California 6076 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars

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Unique, Victorian inspired illustration jewelry handmade with tender, loving care in our studio by the sea in Northern California. Victorian Era images are printed onto plastic and then finished with carefully chosen, high quality materials.


Last updated on Nov 29, 2017

For behind the scenes pics and sneak peeks, follow me on instagram! @mamaslittlebabiesjewelry

Unique, Victorian inspired illustration jewelry handmade with tender, loving care in our studio by the sea in Northern California. Victorian Era images are printed onto plastic and then finished with carefully chosen, high quality materials.


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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

buckshotlacook on May 12, 2018

4 out of 5 stars

They're extremely beautiful but the design started getting a blurry look just from the humidity of my body heat and sweat when I fell asleep with them on the first couple of days. There was a warning in the description not to dive or stand in the rain, but I didn't see an advisory about the images melting when you sweat. But then again, I'm probably more of a beast than most. The design on the backs was gorgeous and unexpected. They arrived quickly and packaged beautifully. I wish I had been more careful with these delicate fawns.

Reemy Dashti

Reemy Dashti on May 7, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Fell in love with the delicate necklace, the soft colors & pretty details of the bunny illustration.. it looks amazing on a plain dress or loose t shirt

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A peek into our world.

I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, artist, gardener and friend. I love cooking and eating delicious food, travel, the mountains, the ocean, camping, snow skiing, tennis, horses, and my beloved dogs. I grew up in a culturally rich Italian background, have a deep love for my family and friends and I treasure our time together. I’ve worked as an elf (pointy shoes and all), bookkeeper, make-up artist, garden designer, interior designer, custom clothing and costume designer, Fimo artist, and metalsmith. My husband and I bought a ramshackle 100 year old stone house in the Santa Cruz Mountains years ago and we spent many years remodeling, adding onto and lovingly restoring every last inch. During this time I was also an avid gardener and a busy mother of three.

I began a Fimo Jewelry line that was sold in shops around the country until I was seduced by metal. I studied metalsmithing for eight years and participated in classes at the college level as well as attended workshops across the country. I especially love chasing and repousse and my recent works are inspired by historic fashion and costume and include the techniques of wire wrapping, as well as metal fabrication and include many materials, including vintage seed beads, vintage metal and enameled flowers, silk and prismacolor pencil. My work has been included in many juried shows, as well as in print. I have been a keynote speaker at the Oakland Museum, where I presented a biography of my work to date. Although currently Mama’s Little Babies is delightfully consuming, I also produce a mid-range metal jewelry line for several galleries, as well as create a few one-of-a-kind pieces for various juried shows throughout the year that I am invited to participate in.

Mama’s Little Babies evolved from my love of Victorian illustrations that I have collected for many years. When I began playing with techniques for the Mama’s Little Babies line, I instantly grabbed my beloved illustrations and was really excited to be able to use them so literally. I am inspired by the Victorian era for many reasons, some of them being the absolute over the top use of detail and embellishment (more is more!), their lively curiosity in the natural world and habit of collecting specimens and bits and pieces from around the world. Many of the images I use have a whimsical, tongue in cheek aspect to them which I find irresistible. All of our pieces are handmade to order at our studio by the sea in beautiful Northern California especially for you. Our lockets are fabricated and plated in the US and resin and images are applied in our studio.

I am so honored and excited to have been chosen as a Featured Seller on Etsy! If you would like to know more about me and Mama's Little Babies, you can read my interview here:

Mama’s Little Babies is sold on-line as well as in many shops and galleries around the world.

Shop members

  • Cheri

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    My first job was as an elf, pointy shoes and all! I have also designed gardens, homes, costumes, created a Fimo line of jewelry and worked as a metalsmith where I created one of a kind pieces featured in print as well as curated museum shows.

  • Kate

    Assistant, Creator, Photographer

    This is my fabulous daughter, Kate! She manages production, is consulted on every aspect of the business, offers excellent advice and masters every task she is handed. She likes watching documentaries while she works and our customers adore her!

  • Courtney

    Creator, Sales, Comic Relief

    Courtney is our assembler extraordinaire, simply gorgeous creature and supplies comic relief. She is a maker of lovely jewels herself, and has proved to be quite excellent at sales, where she helps at wholesale trade shows we participate in.

  • Bill

    Voice Of Reason, Chief Sander, Eye In The Calm Of The Storm

    My husband, Bill, serves as hand holder, dispenser of sound business advice as we have grown, muscle provider, chief sander and martini maker. I love you so!

Shop policies

Last updated on January 10, 2015
Thanks so much for visiting my little shop here on Planet Etsy! I hope you enjoy taking a peek at my jewelry which is inspired by the Victorian era where detail, nature and a lively curiosity in the world at large reigned. My intention is to create accessories that are unique and interesting using the highest quality materials, yet still be able to offer them to my customers at what I hope will be a tempting price! I hope you enjoy my work and I welcome any and all questions you may have!♥

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I would be quite upset to learn that you were not pleased with your purchase, so please e-mail me within three days of receipt of your purchase if you have any concerns and I'm sure we can work together to resolve any problems. If a piece needs to be returned because of manufacturer's defect, USPS First Class Shipping will be refunded to the buyer.
You may pay by either Paypal or direct checkout via Etsy! PayPal is a secure online payment system and is quite easy to use. You don't even have to have an account - you can simply pay with a credit card as you would on any other site. If you do encounter any problems during the payment process, please convo me and I'll be happy to help!

8% sales tax will be charged on all orders shipped to California addresses.
All orders arrive prettily packaged and suitable for gifting.

Your order will ship 2-3 days from date of purchase, excluding weekends and holidays via USPS.

Domestic items are shipped First Class Mail with Delivery Confirmation. Shipping can take anywhere from 4 to 8 days. If it takes longer than 14 days, please let me know.

International Shipping time varies by country.
International items are shipped USPS First Class International Mail. Shipping can take anywhere from 8 to 16 days, although it can take 6-8 weeks depending upon the whims of your customs office.

Italy: Shipping via Priority Mail is highly recommended. Email for quote.

Shipping to some countries can be quite slow, and the mail service seems to be rather unreliable. Due to this fact, and how I wish it wasn’t so, but I cannot refund or replace items lost in the mail to Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Greece or Brazil.

International Buyers: Buyers are responsible for all customs fees, taxes, tariffs, or receiving fees incurred. Buyers are responsible for knowing and abiding by any import restrictions to their country from the US.
Additional policies and FAQs
❖Care Instructions❖

Please handle your pieces with tender, loving care! Do not expose to liquids, perspiration, or extreme heat. Please do not wear while skinny dipping, diving for sunken treasure or dancing in the rain. Please do not bend or twist.

❖ Jewelry ❖

Designs may be slightly different than the ones in the photographs, due to slight tweaks or improvements, as well as the handmade nature of the items. Colors may look different in person due to screen monitor variations.

❖ Wholesale Orders ❖

I love wholesale orders and inquiries are very much welcomed! Please contact me via Etsy or send an e-mail to mamaslittlebabies [!at] I try to respond to all Etsy correspondence and e-mails within 24 hours.