Hand-crafted jewelry

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania · 14 Sales


Hand-crafted jewelry

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 14 Sales On Etsy since 2011

0 out of 5 stars

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M Fairley


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Note from shop owner My shop will be closed until July 3, 2017.

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Last updated on Jun 16, 2017

My shop will be closed until July 3, 2017.

M Fairley

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Anonymous on Jul 26, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

get seller and very willing to work with customers to make them happy... very nice quality products

Anonymous on Aug 29, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

I love this beautiful necklace as it reminds me of my trip to China, The necklace is well made with the Chinese coin and turquoise & jade beads. The delivery was super fast. I would buy from this vendor again as it was a very smooth transaction.

Anonymous on Aug 1, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful work, thank you from! xoxo

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A space of my own

I live in a small college town in Pennsylvania. Our house was a former carriage house, built in 1905. The best improvement for me was changing the dingy garage into a sun room/laundry room/breakfast room/studio. I worked as art director for Widener University for eleven years, and now work independently as a graphic design consultant, so you can usually find me in my corner studio. The washer and dryer are hidden inside a cabinet, and the top makes a good layout and cutting station.

Ten years ago, a friend at Widener prompted me to take a beading wire class at Blue Santa Beads, a fabulous shop nearby. I had made necklaces for myself for years, and found jewelry making to be intuitive and rewarding. My friend and I started to sell at local craft fairs. Since I have always done freelance graphic design alongside my regular jobs, I just added my jewelry business as another line of business and kept my familiar accounting habits.

I shop locally for materials at Blue Santa Beads. At Bead Fest, a huge wholesale market, I look for my favorite bead artists, especially glass and lampwork artisans. I like to travel, looking for bead shops wherever I happen to be. One May I went to Thailand and China. On a 105-degree afternoon in Bangkok, I shuffled through the maze of the Chatuchak market, where I eventually found beads from Nepal and Tibet. I used several of these in my Tibetan turquoise and brass bracelet. I became a little better at bargaining in China.

My jewelry making takes place on a rather worn table. I use an old bench for storage. I sewed a curtain for the front, and everything is easily and quickly stored away. I love the light in this room—there are windows on three sides. Mona Lisa cat keeps me company. She is a cool cat who does not care about what goes on on the table.

When a few jewelry pieces are finished, I step out the door of the studio to a patio where I photograph them on a watercolor paper background. Morning in the shade is best for light. I use a Canon EOS Rebel T2I with a 50mm lens, which is good for close ups. I step into the studio and download the photos, color correct them in Photoshop, write descriptions, and upload the items to Etsy.

Storage of finished jewelry is in an upstairs spare room/sewing room. To keep jewelry shiny, I store it with non-tarnish strips in plastic zip-lock bags, which are then kept in tight plastic boxes. Earrings are hung on acid-free cards and each pair is put into a plastic bag.

Packing for shipping takes place in the studio. I package each piece in a jewelry box, tie it with ribbon, and nestle it in tissue paper in a sturdy box. I walk packages to the post office. Then I wait for a message from a happy buyer.


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  • Michele Fairley


    I have a fine arts degree, and my career has been as a graphic designer. I made necklaces for myself for years. Ten years ago, I began making earrings and bracelets. After some success at craft shows, I opened my Etsy store.

  • Michele Fairley


    I have a fine arts degree, and my career has been as a graphic designer. I made necklaces for myself for years. Fourteen years ago, I began making earrings and bracelets. After some success at craft shows, I opened my Etsy store.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 3, 2013
I take pride in my jewelry, and also in its packaging, delivery, and the overall shopping experience you will receive.

I use only high-quality materials.

Please contact me with any questions, and I’ll get right back to you.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
You can pay by either PayPal or credit card.

6% sales tax will be added to sales in Pennsylvania.
To avoid delay in receiving your item(s), please make sure that your Paypal account address and your Etsy account address are the same. I ship to PayPal addresses. If you would like item to be shipped to a non-PayPal address, please let me know right away to avoid delay in shipping. Upon receiving payment, item(s) will be shipped within two business days.

Items are packaged in gift boxes, which are then packed in larger sturdy boxes. All items are shipped USPS, which includes delivery confirmation. Packages are tracked by the post office. Contact me to request faster shipping.

I do not include insurance. If you would like to add insurance to your package, please contact me and I will set up a private listing for you that includes the insurance upgrade.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please note that most of my earring beads are made by hand and may vary slightly. That’s the beauty of the product! Please allow for slight variances in color from what you see on your computer monitor--monitors differ in color display.

For hygiene reasons, I am not able to accept returns on earrings unless they are faulty. Earrings you receive will not have been worn, and will have been cleaned before shipping.

If you have any concerns after receiving your item(s), please contact me within seven days. In the event that you must return the item(s), you will be responsible for return shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me before leaving feedback. I’d like to have the opportunity to take care of any issue. My goal is to make sure that you are happy with your purchase and that you have a positive experience.