mawjanga

Handmade Adornments for the Gypsy in your Soul

Homer Glen, Illinois | 109 Sales

mawjanga

Handmade Adornments for the Gypsy in your Soul

Homer Glen, Illinois 109 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (21)

Announcement   Welcome to mawjanga, vintage and vintage-inspired designs to adorn the gypsy in your soul! We are a mother-daughter team of creative spirits who love Bohemian style jewelry, especially unique and one-of-a-kind pieces made with rare and unique components. We are always on the hunt for vintage fixings; visit us often to see our latest discoveries and newest designs! Visit our new mawjanga shop at mawjanga.com

Each item the shop offers is completely handmade by Maw. I have a passion for vintage and love using rare brass, glass jewels, and beads in one of a kind designs. Often the elements I use cannot be replaced, so once I make a piece it is not likely that I will ever create another exactly like it. When a design is gone it is gone! However, I can offer buyers a degree of customization on the jewelry they purchase. Do you need a longer or shorter neck chain or bracelet? Just ask! Need a piece in a different color or metal finish? Just ask; my stash of jewels and supplies is extensive and I may have just what you want! Or would you prefer a different style of ear wire? Again, just ask! If you have an idea in mind for a particular piece of jewelry but can't find it, let me know and I would be very happy to see what I might be able to design. Part of the fun of having an Etsy shop is getting to meet and work with wonderful clients like you!

Finally, our shop philosophy is simple. If you buy a piece of jewelry because it works with a particular dress you will wear that piece each time you wear that dress. But if you buy jewelry because it has meaning for you and speaks to your soul, you'll find you'll wear it almost every day. We sincerely hope you will find mawjanga pieces that are whispering your name and we promise that you will be happy with your purchases!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our shop! We truly appreciate it and hope that you will check back often as we are always listing new creations!

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 12, 2018

Welcome to mawjanga, vintage and vintage-inspired designs to adorn the gypsy in your soul! We are a mother-daughter team of creative spirits who love Bohemian style jewelry, especially unique and one-of-a-kind pieces made with rare and unique components. We are always on the hunt for vintage fixings; visit us often to see our latest discoveries and newest designs! Visit our new mawjanga shop at mawjanga.com

Each item the shop offers is completely handmade by Maw. I have a passion for vintage and love using rare brass, glass jewels, and beads in one of a kind designs. Often the elements I use cannot be replaced, so once I make a piece it is not likely that I will ever create another exactly like it. When a design is gone it is gone! However, I can offer buyers a degree of customization on the jewelry they purchase. Do you need a longer or shorter neck chain or bracelet? Just ask! Need a piece in a different color or metal finish? Just ask; my stash of jewels and supplies is extensive and I may have just what you want! Or would you prefer a different style of ear wire? Again, just ask! If you have an idea in mind for a particular piece of jewelry but can't find it, let me know and I would be very happy to see what I might be able to design. Part of the fun of having an Etsy shop is getting to meet and work with wonderful clients like you!

Finally, our shop philosophy is simple. If you buy a piece of jewelry because it works with a particular dress you will wear that piece each time you wear that dress. But if you buy jewelry because it has meaning for you and speaks to your soul, you'll find you'll wear it almost every day. We sincerely hope you will find mawjanga pieces that are whispering your name and we promise that you will be happy with your purchases!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our shop! We truly appreciate it and hope that you will check back often as we are always listing new creations!

Lizbeth Johnson

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About

mawjanga--One Thing Leads to Another

When I sell at craft fairs I am often asked, "What does 'mawjanga' mean?" Because you are wondering the same thing, too, I will tell you. The name "mawjanga" was literally born in the back of a bus rolling down Interstate 55. Originally conceived by Britt as a nonsensical log-in for a computer game (Interstate 55 is a really, really boring route) the word stuck in my head next to words like "jobberwocky" and "fadoodle." I thought, though, that I might have a use for it someday!

You see, Britt and I are two of a kind, a mother-daughter duo who not only look alike but who also share a love of the creative process and a fascination with our gypsy heritage, especially the gypsy jewelry that is worn for religious, protective or superstitious reasons. It's the meaning behind the jewelry that is important; a meaning created by the materials the piece is derived from and the way it makes you feel when you wear it. Let me give you an example—When Britt was thirteen she ran cross country and was determined to do well in state competition. One Sunday in church she prayed she would finish at state with the top 25 runners. Suddenly she spied a quarter next to the kneeler; the date on the quarter was the same as the year she was born! Clearly, this was a sign! We knew what we had to do with the Quarter from God. I had worked in a jewelry shop for a bit and learned the basics—minor jewelry repair, engraving and untangling chains, which was my specialty. So I used my skills, along with some wire and fashioned the quarter into an amulet that Britt wore around her neck every day even at practice. When the big race came Britt was given bib number 525, which we knew was another positive omen! She finished the race in 22nd place and achieved her goal. You can’t beat a combination of prayers and hard work, seasoned with a little superstition and a good piece of jewelry!

After that I began to put together more pieces just for myself. I started buying beads on my travels around the country, seeking supplies that were vintage or ancient, out of the ordinary and truly unique. I looked for beads that had a past and would contribute to their wearer's future. Vintage and ancient beads, I think, are inspiring: tiny bits of minutia that have successfully navigated the world through decades of time and that become significant when assembled into a cohesive, wearable creation. I love the process of making something by hand from bits and pieces of nothing held together with imagination and maybe a little superstition. Well, some E6000 helps, too! Like my gypsy ancestors, I love making pieces that have meaning for the wearer--whether it's using a lucky number, a favorite color or a protective symbol. My bead habit went rabid; I was smuggling packages of mail order supplies into the house and hiding them in boxes, closets and bags. My husband demanded to know what I was going to do with all that "stuff" and strongly suggested I stop buying beads immediately!

Britt was wearing pieces I had made and was often asked where she got them. The solution to my bead problem, she said, was to sell. She arranged a small show at the company where she worked, and then a friend invited me to share a booth at a local craft fair, which lead to booths at other craft fairs. Of course, all of this required buying more beads, but at least I was doing something with my “stuff”! With Britt's encouragement, an Etsy shop was the next step. We needed to name the shop and that word, "mawjanga" was still rattling around my head. It had the right sound--unique and simultaneously both vintage and modern, like our designs. And so the computer login became the name of our company.

The beauty of a nonsensical, made up word is that you can attach your own meaning to it. I believe that "mawjanga" simply means "a creative spirit." I hope you find that this creative spirit is embodied in our designs and that you enjoy wearing them as much as I've enjoyed creating them!

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Shop members

  • Britt

    Marketer, Product Tester, Motivator

    Marketing guru, graphic designer and social media expert, Britt has the energy to get things done!

  • Janga Girl

    Model, Mascot, Muse

    More than a little shy but extremely patient, Janga Girl joins the shop as our resident earring model.

  • Maw

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    When my first grade teacher, Mrs. Davis, let me keep "McCall's Big Make-It Book" for an entire weekend I discovered a life long passion for the creative process.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 14, 2018
Hello and welcome to mawjanga---vintage and vintage inspired adornments for the gypsy in your soul! All of our items are handmade by maw one at a time from vintage or vintage inspired materials.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts 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
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I truly want you enjoy your purchase and wear it for a long time in health and prosperity. If there is something about your purchase that displeases you, then we need to talk! Please convo me immediately so that we can get the problem fixed. I will accept returns within seven days of receipt of the item, provided the merchandise is in good condition. I will refund the full price of purchase minus my shipping costs.
Payment
We accept PayPal and credit cards used through Etsy direct Checkout or PayPal. You do not need an account with PayPal to use their services. Payment must be made when your order is placed. If you need assistance making a purchase, please go to: www.etsy/help

Illinois residents will be charged sales tax.
Shipping
All purchases are shipped within three days of receipt of payment. Your order will be carefully packed so that it arrives safely!

Orders shipped to United States addresses are sent through USPS and will include a tracking number and insurance. Shipping upgrade options are now available at check out for shipments sent to US addresses.

We are not responsible for lost or stolen packages. Please check your shipping address as we are not responsible for your package if you do not provide us with a correct address. Items purchased through PayPal will be sent to the PayPal verified address.

International shipping is now available! Shipments are made through USPS First-Class Package International. If we do not have your country listed please convo me for a shipping quote! We would be happy to add your country to the list! If you would like to upgrade your shipping to USPS Priority International or Express International, please convo me for a quote before purchasing the item. We are not responsible for orders lost or undelivered in your country. International buyers are responsible for all duties and taxes that may be required by their country. Please include a phone number with your order to help your package move through Customs a little faster. Please note that we must declare the actual value of the purchase made (purchase price) and we cannot mark your item as a "gift" even if you intend it for someone else.

Excess shipping charges, to either United States or international locations, will be refunded as soon as the actual charges have been calculated and the shipping label has been created.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have special shipping needs!
Additional policies and FAQs
I photograph items using natural lighting. I photograph at all times of the day, on both sunny and cloudy days. Realistically, you will wear your purchase at all times of day, in all kinds of weather, and in all kinds of light. The beauty of jewelry is that it will shift colors depending on its circumstances. Plus, you already know that monitors are temperamental creatures and the actual item may be colored differently than what you saw on your screen. If you have questions or concerns about the color of an item please do not hesitate to convo me. Also, please note that I often use photo props and they are not considered part of the listing.