MiaMontgomery

Asymmetrical Earrings, Mixed Metals, Mosaic Art Jewelry

Olympia, Washington

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Announcement    My Dear Sirens ♥... Please be patient in regards to ongoing transit challenges during these epic times. International shipping is also taking longer than we were accustomed to in the olden days. If you feel USPS Priority Mail might shave a day or more off, by all means feel free to select that at Etsy Checkout. But be aware that it doesn't alter *production time*, which typically ranges between 3-7 Business Days. One-of-a-kind items which are already constructed can usually ship within 1-3 Business days. If you have an urgent situation, please convo me first to check if it can be accommodated; I will do my best. Once your item is ready to ship, an emailed notification should arrive with a tracking link. That link can also be accessed in your Purchase History here on Etsy.

About: My shop offers Asymmetrical / Mismatch Earrings (more on those below), Micro Mosaics, Minimalist designs, Mixed Metals, Vintage Button Earrings, One-of-a-Kinds, and select Vintage Jewelry from eras past. The navigation bar at the left will help you view by category. Just above that list, the Search bar can be used to enter keywords like "aqua", "dainty", "rustic", "tribal", etc., to further narrow your hunt ♥.

My asymmetrical designs are an exercise in harmonious balance, bringing disparate elements into a shared space until a pleasing unity — however unexpected — comes into focus ♥.

STOREWIDE SALES & COUPON CODES: Please note that during active storewide sales, coupon codes essentially become inactive. But if you do enter an active code during a sales promotion, Etsy will automatically give you the highest discount currently available, whether that's the coupon code, or the current sale discount :).

✿ LAYAWAY is available!

✿ If you'd prefer one of my earring designs as a necklace or a bracelet, if you'd like to turn an asymmetrical style into a matched set, or vice versa, convo me to discuss.

✿ Feel free to use code FACEBOOKLIKE10 for 10% off anything in the shop, then follow my f/b page—it's the honor system ;).
www.facebook.com//MiaMontgomeryArtisanJewelry

✿ View my Sold Gallery ~ Convo me about remaking something for you!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiaMontgomery/sold

✿ Follow my "Works From My Studio" album at Pinterest to see new styles as they're added, including one-of-a-kind (OOAK) designs. There's a coupon code for you there, as well.
http://www.pinterest.com/mia_montgomery/works-from-my-studio/X

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 21, 2021

My Dear Sirens ♥... Please be patient in regards to ongoing transit challenges during these epic times. International shipping is also taking longer than we were accustomed to in the olden days. If you feel USPS Priority Mail might shave a day or more off, by all means feel free to select that at Etsy Checkout. But be aware that it doesn't alter *production time*, which typically ranges between 3-7 Business Days. One-of-a-kind items which are already constructed can usually ship within 1-3 Business days. If you have an urgent situation, please convo me first to check if it can be accommodated; I will do my best. Once your item is ready to ship, an emailed notification should arrive with a tracking link. That link can also be accessed in your Purchase History here on Etsy.

About: My shop offers Asymmetrical / Mismatch Earrings (more on those below), Micro Mosaics, Minimalist designs, Mixed Metals, Vintage Button Earrings, One-of-a-Kinds, and select Vintage Jewelry from eras past. The navigation bar at the left will help you view by category. Just above that list, the Search bar can be used to enter keywords like "aqua", "dainty", "rustic", "tribal", etc., to further narrow your hunt ♥.

My asymmetrical designs are an exercise in harmonious balance, bringing disparate elements into a shared space until a pleasing unity — however unexpected — comes into focus ♥.

STOREWIDE SALES & COUPON CODES: Please note that during active storewide sales, coupon codes essentially become inactive. But if you do enter an active code during a sales promotion, Etsy will automatically give you the highest discount currently available, whether that's the coupon code, or the current sale discount :).

✿ LAYAWAY is available!

✿ If you'd prefer one of my earring designs as a necklace or a bracelet, if you'd like to turn an asymmetrical style into a matched set, or vice versa, convo me to discuss.

✿ Feel free to use code FACEBOOKLIKE10 for 10% off anything in the shop, then follow my f/b page—it's the honor system ;).
www.facebook.com//MiaMontgomeryArtisanJewelry

✿ View my Sold Gallery ~ Convo me about remaking something for you!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiaMontgomery/sold

✿ Follow my "Works From My Studio" album at Pinterest to see new styles as they're added, including one-of-a-kind (OOAK) designs. There's a coupon code for you there, as well.
http://www.pinterest.com/mia_montgomery/works-from-my-studio/X

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Deep In the Night. . .

Deep in the night it's just the moonlight and me, our rapt attention drawn to three enormous maplewood tables that anchor my studio. Every available surface of them lies strewn, stacked or hung with scrumptiously glimmering treasure which has been gathered over many years, from across land and seas -- from across time itself. Many are 'orphans' -- precious fragments rescued from a vintage bracelet or an antique necklace, each piece vying for my favor, so that it might once again win its moment in the jeweled spotlight. My passion lies in creating those moments.

It happened (and continues to) like this: While building a set of matching earrings for a special occasion years ago, I ran into trouble: I was down to one single bead whose missing mate simply would not reveal itself in those endless mounds of treasure. But I loved this bead so much that it forced an alternate approach, one that would quickly evolve into what you see in my shop. As the solution hit me, a fever took hold, and I worked until sunrise and beyond, bewitched and overwhelmed as fresh compositions revealed themselves to my now enchanted eyes -- a chorus of orphans was virtually singing to me in delight! Since then I've greeted many a dawn while passionately 'painting' in the Asymmetrical style. It's a different way of seeing, a vision I love sharing with other artful souls.

If you're shy of change, consider a neutral set from my Mixed Metals category, a subtle way to give it a go ;).

And if you're more attracted to symmetrical earrings, convo me with a style you'd prefer to see in a matched set (or in an alternate metal color) -- it's usually very doable.

I also invite you to view my micromosaic designs, for some old-world romance and intricacy. Mosaics -- especially tiny ones -- are completely fascinating to me, and I love exploring their infinite possibilities.

As I type this, the moonlight beckons, and I am being called back to the tables, back to my beautiful orphans. Come visit us again soon, if only to see which little beauty has stolen the spotlight this time ♥.

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Mia Montgomery's work has been featured in:

Jewelry Design & Accessories Magazine:
May 2012 Issue ~ Cover Artist
https://designjewelryaccessories.blogspot.com/2014/04/featured-designer-mia-montgomery.html

Interweave article: "Add Some Zing to Your Earrings!"
http://www.interweave.com/article/jewelry/add-some-zing-to-your-earrings-make-mismatched-earring-designs/

Already Pretty fashion blog: "Favorites" June 2016
http://www.alreadypretty.com/color/blue-2/page/3

Already Pretty fashion blog: "Proof" July 2015
http://www.alreadypretty.com/2015/07/cropped-skull-tee-outfit.html

Article: "These Mismatched Earrings are a Perfect Match for Summer"
https://ivajewel.com/2015/06/17/these-mismatched-earrings-are-a-perfect-match-for-summer/

BiBik & RoRo blog: "She Had Always Wanted Words"
http://bikbikroro.blogspot.com/2012_06_01_archive.html

Sparrow Salvage blog: "Odd Socks"
http://www.sparrowsalvage.com/2011/11/odd-socks.html

Fanciful Devices blog: "Favorites"
http://fancifuldevices.blogspot.com/search?q=mia+montgomery

Article: "Designing Asymmetrical Earrings"
http://www.kathyfrey.com/designing-asymmetrical-earrings/

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Click the "Like" button at the top of the following facebook page to enjoy exclusive previews and sales:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mia-Montgomery-Artisan-Jewelry

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  • Mia

    Artist~Dreamer

    I'm a jewelry artist in practice, a Siren in my soul, and I harbor an abiding passion for color, texture and the art of mixing it all up.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 6, 2021
Hello, and welcome ♥. Prior to making a purchase from this or any other shop on the Internet, make sure and review the shop Policies. Below you'll find answers to the most frequently asked questions, and there is also advice near the bottom of the page on caring for your jewelry. If you find that your question is not addressed below, feel free to convo me for clarification.

✿ HOW TO REACH ME ✿
Click the "Contact" option located in any of my listings, or in the navigation bar on my main shop page, then simply type in your inquiry. My response may not be immediate, but you'll always hear back from me within 24 hours unless I'm traveling, or tied up with my other career in the design industry. I'm not always in proximity to a computer (and I have a dumbphone, so that's no help either). But I do check in whenever I'm able, day or night :).

My Facebook page offers perks! To view new styles as they debut, and to be notified about exclusive discounts and pre-sales, click "Like" at the top of the following page. If you're new to my facebook page, contact me for a 10% off coupon code:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mia-Montgomery-Artisan-Jewelry/146038505479843

✿ A QUICK TIP! ✿
When you receive earrings that have the plain ear hook style, it's advised to give the hook a gentle squeeze once it's on your ear, so that the curve of the hook customizes snugly to your lobe -- this goes a long way in preventing lost earrings! When removing, try to do so without re-bending, since any metal will eventually snap or become misshapen under too much repeated bending. Another option is to request the leverback style earwire, which has a hinge closure that secures the wire to the lobe without danger of it falling out unexpectedly. If you don't see that option in the listing, state your preference via convo (or in the Comments box in your Shopping Cart) and I will bill you for the slight upcharge for the leverback style. The same goes for clip-ons.

✿ EARWIRE OPTIONS ✿
I have a broad array of ear hook and leverback options, as well as those for non-pierced ears (clip-ons). If you don't see the option you seek, or wish to inquire further about my current selection, feel free to convo me anytime, and I will modify your listing.

✿ MY SOLD LISTINGS ✿
If you see something in my SOLD listings, and wonder if it can be remade for you, please inquire. I often create OOAK (one-of-a-kind) designs, even though I technically have the parts to make more. This is because I have plans for those parts, which may or may not ever come to fruition ;). So don't automatically assume it can't be done -- oftentimes it can!

✿ SIMPLE CHANGES TO STYLE OR COLOR ✿
Simple color changes and very minor style adjustments entail NO upcharge, unless the materials used are more costly than those used in the original design. For example, an upgrade from Brass components to Sterling Silver components will affect the price.

✿ CUSTOM COMMISSIONS & SPECIAL ORDERS ✿
I'm not currently taking on custom design work, but can still do variations to currently-posted designs. If no photos are required, and the alteration is straightforward, just convo me so that we can discuss what you have in mind :).

✿ LAYAWAY ✿
Yes! Just convo me and we'll work out the schedule. Typically it's 25% down as a non-refundable deposit, and I then set aside the components specifically for you. The payment schedule after that is flexible, and we can work that out in convo.

✿ DESIGN VARIATIONS ✿
A completed design may vary slightly from what you see onscreen. While cut crystal and glass are machine-made and therefore virtually identical from bead to bead, gemstone beads include naturally-occurring variations. Many stone types feature 'inclusions' -- bits of mineral deposit, tiny fissures, differing patterns of iridescence, and variations in the coloration throughout the stone. These variations are considered perfectly normal and desirable -- part of their Earth-made makeup :). If you are not open to the inherent variations in these natural materials, then please do not order gemstone-based styles. Seed bead mosaic patterns may also vary slightly, or there may be a small modification in the design or construction, the majority of which are minor, and are always done to enhance a design. If a set arrives to you looking significantly different from what the image and listing description indicated, please convo me immediately upon receipt, so that we can work out a remedy or repair.

✿ PRODUCTION TIMES ✿
~ For already-constructed/OOAK items, your package will typically ship within 3 Business Days
~ For Made-To-Order designs (meaning they get made only when the order is placed), production time is typically anywhere from 3-7 Business Days, depending on my current workload.
~ When OOAK and Made-To-Order designs are ordered together, the package will ship when the M-T-O is completed, unless otherwise requested.

Major shopping seasons, sales events, and larger orders can impact my production schedule, so packages will occasionally ship a little beyond the planned date under those circumstances. If delivery time is a crucial concern for you, please convo me *in advance* of your purchase so that I can inform you of the current production schedule, and the best shipping options.

Special requests that have already been paid for will naturally take precedent over requests which are not yet paid for. If you need your special request jewelry by a certain date, convo me so that I can alert you to my current timing. It sometimes happens that I take a request (unpaid) when I'm all caught up, but then a paid order comes in. In such cases, the paid order takes precedent. If you'd like me to set up a Reserve Listing for you, so that you can make payment and become part of my priority production schedule, just convo me anytime.

✿ EARRING WEIGHT ✿
For most sets, I indicate Very Light, Light, Light-Medium, Medium, Medium-Heavy, or Heavy. . . based upon the materials involved. This is of course a subjective assessment, since some of you have delicate lobes, others have lobes of steel ;-). Longer sets, and those with multiple gems, as well as thicker metal elements, will definitely influence weight to some degree, so if you have concerns about a given set (or one side of a set), feel free to contact me for exact weight.

✿ COUPON CODES ✿
I run storewide sales throughout the year, where entering a coupon code is not necessary. If I'm running a particular coupon though, instructions on its use are always located in the Shop Announcements area near the top of my main shop page. Sales are often announced early on my Facebook page, and sometimes a special percentage off is also offered. Coupon codes will apply to items featured in the store while the coupon is in effect, and also to simple color swaps and length alterations, but they do not apply to Custom Orders or Commissions. If in doubt over what qualifies, just message me anytime :).

To receive a coupon-based discount, the code MUST be entered in the appropriate field in the Etsy Shopping Cart, located on the right side of the page just beneath the payment options. Enter the code, then verify that the discount shows in the shopping cart before clicking the Checkout button. If you have trouble, convo me *before* completing your purchase.

Did you make a purchase, and then later realize there was a coupon code active? I hate when that happens to me! I'm happy to refund the discount to you, if you contact me within 5 days of your purchase :)

✿ FACEBOOK PERKS ✿
I offer 10% off for those who join my Facebook page, and exclusive promotions will appear there during each major sale cycle. Convo me here for a special welcome code after you click "Like".

Each time you purchase, you will receive an email notifying you of a 10% discount off your next purchase. That coupon code also appears on the back of my business card, which is included in your gift box.

✿ ATTENTION: INTERNATIONAL BUYERS ✿
Customs fees apply in all countries across the world, so please familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of taxes/fees/duties imposed by your particular country, to avoid surprises. Purchases will be marked as merchandise (not as 'gifts'), and the full value of the purchase automatically appears on the shipping/customs document. Due to recent changes regarding the customs process, I'm not currently shipping to the European Union.

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A note about the poetry that accompanies my jewels: All are attributed where the author is known. Hope you enjoy the stirrings of the soul they evoke ♥.

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Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
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My goal is to make your shopping experience a delightful one! I've provided a detailed description and multiple images of each item in my shop, so read that full description, view all images, review my policies, and ask any and all questions prior to purchasing. If for some reason the item received does not match the listing description, please contact me so that we can arrange a fix :).
Payment
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Shipping
IMPORTANT: Please make certain that your shipping address (or any change of address) is updated at PayPal, and/or with your Credit Card company, and that everything is spelled correctly. The shipping label prints the exact address that appears on your Etsy receipt.

✿ SHIPPING METHOD ✿
I use the United States Postal Service (USPS) for both domestic and international shipments. First Class Mail is the default, with Priority Mail being an upgrade. USPS Express Mail and USPS Registered Mail are also options, but please convo me, since costs vary. First Class and Priority Mail are both available right in the Etsy Shopping Cart. All packages are insured, and tracking is provided on all domestic and most international destinations. Feel free to convo me if you have any questions.

✿ INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ✿
In the vast majority of cases, I charge less than it actually costs to ship internationally-- I do not profit off shipping charges.

✿ INTERNATIONAL TRANSIT TIMES ✿
I ship from Washington State, and international transit times can vary dramatically. Prior to placing your order, familiarize yourself with your own country's process, as well as their import fees, so that there are no surprises. A customs number is generated with each shipment, sent to you via email from Etsy. Note: I'm not currently shipping to the European Union.

✿ INTERNATIONAL IMPORT FEES ✿
Customs fees apply in all countries across the world, so please familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of taxes/fees/duties imposed by your particular country, to avoid being surprised, as the Seller has no control over this. Purchases will be marked as merchandise (not as 'gifts') and the full purchase price of the purchase appears on the shipping/customs label. Note: I'm not currently shipping to the European Union.

✿ SHIPPING SCHEDULE ✿
Items which are already made, such as OOAK styles, will ship within 1-5 business days. Made-to-order styles ship within 3-7 Business Days, occasionally a day or two longer during popular shopping periods. If your order consists of both already-made and made-to-order items, your package will ship when the made-to-order item is completed. If you wish to arrange for separate shipments, feel free to convo me in advance to set that up.

✿ EXPEDITED PRODUCTION TIME ✿
I'm happy to expedite production on orders whenever possible, but certain periods of the year are obviously more challenging due to demand. If you have a specific deadline to meet, convo me before ordering, to avoid disappointment.
Additional policies and FAQs
✿ CARE INSTRUCTIONS ✿
These creations are made to a high standard, using quality materials, but no jewelry is impervious to abuse or aging. You can expect them to hold up well to everyday wear, but as with all jewelry, please observe these common sense basics:

✿ OPENING YOUR PACKAGE ✿
When your shipment arrives, elements may have gotten tossed around while in transit, so remove the item(s) very gently from the clear envelope, then give each piece a careful shake, until the elements swing free and are hanging in the proper orientation. If chain has become tangled, the open end of a safety pin can often help you disentangle and right them, without stressing delicate chain.

✿ A QUICK TIP! ✿
When you receive earrings that have the French Hook earwires, it's advised to give the hook a gentle squeeze once it's on your ear, so that the curve of the hook fits a little more snugly to your lobe. This goes a long way in preventing lost earrings! When removing, try to do so without re-bending, since any metal will eventually snap or become misshapen under too much repeated strain. Another option is to select the leverback option from the drop-down menu. Leverbacks have a hinged closure that seals the hook completely so it can't slip out.

✿ AVOID MOISTURE AND SOLVENTS ✿
Protect against prolonged contact with moisture and dust, and avoid getting oils, solvents and hair products (hairspray especially) on any of the components. If in need of cleaning, a soft damp cloth, Q-tip or towelette can be passed very gently over most sets without fear of injury to the piece, but please use a very light touch.

✿ ANTIQUED METAL FINISHES ✿
Depending on the metal involved, you may over time see the surface oxidize to a darker finish. If you wish to restore brightness to raised areas of the metal components, work gently using a polishing cloth designed for polishing jewelry, such as the Sunshine Polishing Cloth (the yellow one). Take care when polishing silverplated items, since the plating is done over another color metal, such as Brass or Copper. Never use a polishing cloth on gemstones, crystals or beads, only on the metal parts.

✿ CLEANING & POLISHING ✿
A very mild diluted hand soap on a damp paper towel is safest for bringing the shimmer back to gems and crystals. But again, exercise caution, with no tugging or unnecessary pressure, especially in the areas of connection. Dry the item immediately and with care. For solid metals like cast Bronze, Sterling Silver and solid Brass, a metal polishing cloth can be used to restore the sheen -- my favorite is the Sunshine Polishing Cloth. Buffing must be done cautiously on antiqued finishes, however, as it can remove the antiquing and reveal the metal underneath, which is not always the same color. An example of this is silverplate, which is plated over brass, bronze, pewter or copper alloys.

✿ HANDLING YOUR JEWELRY ✿
Avoid excessive handling throughout the day, such as tugging, twisting or bending the various components. Most connections are resilient in terms of normal wear, but metal elements, small gemstones, and delicate chain and wiring are by no means impervious to stress injuries or outright breakage. This is especially true of VINTAGE elements, which have been subjected to corrosive elements over decades, and may not respond happily to bending or dropping :). If you ever run into trouble, contact me for advice on a home fix, or to arrange for a repair, if possible.

The greatest care should be applied to dangling elements, such as fragile seashells, tiny briolettes, and delicate metal parts, since they tend to be the most vulnerable members in any given design. Apply no vertical pressure, and resist the habit of tossing jewelry onto a dresser or countertop. Either hang them, or lay them out on a soft surface. I use a tray lined in velvet or suede -- looks gorgeous! -- then slip the tray into a drawer at night, protecting it from dust and other environmental effects.

✿ PRESERVING THE LOOK ✿
For preservation of metal finishes, I highly recommend a product called Renaissance Wax, used widely on many types of art materials to protect from the elements. Upon request, I can include a sample with your jewelry order, or you can order it after the fact for a small fee. Convo me if interested, or simply search Etsy (or online) for the small-sized jar. Just rub on a tiny amount using a soft cloth, and it will dry to a satin finish, after which you may buff the surface with a very soft cloth to achieve the desired degree of shine. This is a wonderful product that has been used throughout the art and jewelry industries for many years. For brightening tarnished metals, see the section above labeled ANTIQUED METAL FINISHES.