mooredesign13

Welcome to Earth Art Jewelry and Gem by Austin

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Announcement    About Me and My work:
No shortcuts, no mass made junk. Just pure and simple hand made goodness. Thank you in advance for supporting artists work.

About me and my shop... I believe in Karma, and I try to run my shop this way. I use fair trade and recycled materials whenever possible. I buy local. I treat my customers fairly and respectfully and ask that I be treated with the same fairness. I have an eclectic style, random, making whatever designs come to me in my day dreams, my life experiences or the inspiration that the stone gives me.

I try my best to not only create beautiful jewelry, but to represent myself and my shop in the way that I would like to see the world.

My Earth Art Gem and Jewelry Website which can be found here: www.earthartgems.com

If you'd like to be updated on my current sales, new products or just see what I'm up to, here are various ways I stay social with my customers from around the world:

Did you know I have a newsletter? You can subscribe to it here:
https://earthartgems.com/newsletter
My Website: https://earthartgems.com
My Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/mooredesign13
Follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/earthartgems
Follow me on Instagram: @earthartgems
Follow me on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/earthartgemjewe/
Subscribe to me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/earthartgems


You may read more about me, my policies and other tidbits in my profile and policies section.

You may also view a short video of myself and a customer for whom I made a custom wedding set for here:
http://vimeo.com/46052774

See More on my website or YouTube Channel link above.

Cheers,
Austin

PS: There are several other companies on Etsy called Earth Art. I am not affiliated with these companies.

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 3, 2022

About Me and My work:
No shortcuts, no mass made junk. Just pure and simple hand made goodness. Thank you in advance for supporting artists work.

About me and my shop... I believe in Karma, and I try to run my shop this way. I use fair trade and recycled materials whenever possible. I buy local. I treat my customers fairly and respectfully and ask that I be treated with the same fairness. I have an eclectic style, random, making whatever designs come to me in my day dreams, my life experiences or the inspiration that the stone gives me.

I try my best to not only create beautiful jewelry, but to represent myself and my shop in the way that I would like to see the world.

My Earth Art Gem and Jewelry Website which can be found here: www.earthartgems.com

If you'd like to be updated on my current sales, new products or just see what I'm up to, here are various ways I stay social with my customers from around the world:

Did you know I have a newsletter? You can subscribe to it here:
https://earthartgems.com/newsletter
My Website: https://earthartgems.com
My Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/mooredesign13
Follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/earthartgems
Follow me on Instagram: @earthartgems
Follow me on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/earthartgemjewe/
Subscribe to me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/earthartgems


You may read more about me, my policies and other tidbits in my profile and policies section.

You may also view a short video of myself and a customer for whom I made a custom wedding set for here:
http://vimeo.com/46052774

See More on my website or YouTube Channel link above.

Cheers,
Austin

PS: There are several other companies on Etsy called Earth Art. I am not affiliated with these companies.

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About mooredesign13

Sales 7,813
On Etsy since 2009

How it all started...

So, I first picked up a torch in 2009, after my then girlfriend (now wife) had started to acquire all sorts of odd and interesting gemstones from local gem shows.

Most local jewelers took one look at her pebbles and more or less turned up their noses at the request to set hem in jewelry. They had more important things to do I guess.

Finally, while visiting family in Colorado, we came across an older gent who, had been practicing traditional silversmithing since the 70's. He set mostly turquoise, and even owned a few mines. He agreed to set her stones for her, and at a reasonable price too. He even finished polishing one of her opals.

We paid, and left the store. and continued on our trip.

Fast forward three weeks. We're back home in California and a package arrives. It has her finished jewelry (Which was beautiful by the way) along with a book which was all about traditional Native American silver smithing.

I poured myself into this new endeavour. It was 2009 and my day job -working at a local Architecture firm- was not even remotely stable (This was the bottom of the recent job depression), so I had both free time, a need for extra income, and a creative outlet. Silversmithing filled two of those needs. Making money at this job did not come easily at first. It was a real struggle. Most of the money I earned, went directly to new tools and supplies. I was the quintessential starving artist.

Shasta and I spent almost every waking hour working on new jewelry, and marketing the business, exhausting pretty much any "free" marketing option we could think of.

We set up booths at all of the local craft fairs, gem shows and festivals. Many a weekend were spent, battling dust, heat and crowds (and the occasional sticky fingered "customer"). It was rewarding at times, tiring at others. Some shows we made enough money to celebrate afterwards with dinner out at our favorite restaurant. Other shows were so draining, that we decided to cheer ourselves up, with dinner out at our favorite restaurant.... I think in those years, we helped that place stay in business.

Doing these shows taught me a lot; about customers, business, interactions and what people liked, didn't like, and who I was and how I could serve.

Time went on, I was slowly getting to the point where the jewelry business was starting to yield an actual profit. Shasta and I were married in early 2012 and we each made each others wedding bands. A humble yet sentiments set of sterling silver bands. Then in mid 2012, I found out I was going to be a DAD.

Whoa! better step thing up a notch. I'm was going to have less time to work, and more need for a stable income. (I am literally writing this with now in 2017 with a sleepy 4 year old sitting on my lap).

So I pressed on. Up until this point I had mostly made one of a kind pieces only. Now, it was time to enter up my game and start offering designs that could be made to order. Wedding bands and engagement rings that I would make, per the customer's specifications, and in a timely manner. I also started to expand the scope of my custom requests and also joined new websites to generate new job leads.
By the time my first son was born in February of 2013, I had grown the business to a point where it was stable, and netting enough income that I officially quit my architectural designer job, and focused purely on Jewelry making. I was both thrilled and scared to be one of a small few who had made it on my own, without outside help. My fate was in my own hands and that off my customers. It was scary and invigorating at the same time.
As my skills progressed, so did my need for more advanced tools and methods for making my rings. I started experimenting with 3d cad design programs, a skill that was left over from my architecture days and came naturally to me. I found that being able to present a 3d image to a customer greatly increased the chance at selling a custom design. And, as luck would have it, 3d prototyping and mills where gradually catching up with the jewelry industry. Soon, I was able to produce my 3d designs in actual silver, gold and platinum!
But I have found that this skill is nothing compared to the importance of listening. Translating a customer's needs and wants into a tangible shape, is not always easy, but it was rewarding. Custom work, along with sales from my wedding bands became my bread and butter.

Almost by accident, I was asked one day to make a Zelda themed ring. Now, I grew up playing video games. Loved them. Spent as many hours possible stomping koopas, saving princesses, and leveling up. So, I was naturally pretty psyched to get to make some gamed themed jewelry! I didn't realize at the time that I would soon develop a world renown reputation for affordable, and customizable game, book, movie and all things geek related jewelry.

I'd write more... but I'm limited on the number of letters etsy will allow for this space :)

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  • Austin Moore

    Owner, Maker, Customer Service

    Apparently I am supposed to describe my life in 250 words or less....lol So, here goes in a nutshell: ~I try not to take myself too seriously.... takes all the fun out. ~I am completely self taught. ~I started learning jewelry making in 2009 The End

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Our Jewelry-
Located on the Central Coast, Earth Art Gem and Jewelry specializes in unique, hand crafted silver jewelry and gemstones. All of our items are made using traditional silver smith methods. Everything starts with the selection of the stone. Each one is unique in its own way and this lends itself to the design process. The silver begins as nothing more than sheet and wires. Through the carful manipulation with torch, hammer and file, the silver is shaped into what you now see before you. Some pieces are finished in a matter of hours while others may take several days. The finished result is a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece.

Because our jewelry is hand made, it is not perfect like what you may find in a pricy, high end jewelry store in the mall. There may be small file marks, or dents from the hammer, or even unpolished areas. All evidence to having been formed by a human hand. While we take every care to create items that look nothing less than stunning, we feel that these small imperfections add to the character of the piece and we hope that you will too.

I also take care to try to take pictures of all of my items in good light and at various angles so that there will be no surprises when an item arrives. If you have any questions about an item or would like more information, please just ask!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
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)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
If you buy something from my shop and are unsatisfied, please contact me so that we can discuss the return of the item and a refund. Returns should be made within 7 days of receiving the item. Ifa ring is ready to ship, and is not made to order, it can be returned for a full refund (minus shipping costs).

All refund requests should be sent via email or Etsy Convo. I will respond to all inquires within 24-48 hours. You may receive an automated message telling you that I have received your request and am reviewing it.

Please review the specific policies below for each type of item that I make/sell: If you are not sure which category your item falls into, or want to know in advance, please just ask.

LAYAWAY ITEMS: If you purchase a item on Layaway and decide to return it within the allowable return time frame, then you will receive STORE CREDIT only for the full amount of the item, or a refund minus 10% of the total as a fee for holding the item.

MADE TO ORDER ITEMS:
~Made to order items are a lot like Custom Made items.

~Some of my Silver Rings can be exchanged for free, others cannot. Please send me a message if you want to know my policy on a specific ring.

~For all gold rings which are made to order, an exchange is subject to a 33% restocking fee. The buyer is responsible for the cost of shipping the ring back to me.
~Made to order platinum rings are subject to a 50% re-stocking fee

If you experience a problem like green skin or allergic reaction (red skin) then please contact me so we can fix the problem.

ENGRAVING ETC:
Items with Custom engraving or stamping or which have been customized beyond the normal listing cannot be returned.

CUSTOM ITEMS:
Custom Items cannot be returned.

REPAIRS:
I will only take on repairs of my own work. There is a $60 minimum shop time charge for all repairs.

Shipping Cost: Shipping costs are usually not refundable. Think of this as the gas and time you would have spent had you driven to a brick and mortar.
Payment
PAYPAL:
Paypal is my preferred method of payment. PayPal helps to ensure protection to both the seller and the buyer and is the easiest way to pay. If you do not have a PayPal account, I highly recommend creating one.


MONEY ORDERS:
I do accept money orders. If you plan to pay this way, My address will be supplied to you when you check out. Please mail the money order to me. I will not send you your item until the money order arrives here and I have cashed it (which i will do within 1-2 business days). I am not responsible for lost mail so be sure to apply insurance or tracking to your mail. I will always be sure to contact you when I have shipped your package.

PERSONAL CHECKS:
I accept checks as a form of payment, however, the item will not be shipped until the check has arrive here and has cleared. If you plan to pay this way, My address will be supplied to you when you check out. Please mail the check to me. I will not send you your item until the money order arrives here and I have cashed it (which i will do within 1-2 business days). I am not responsible for lost mail so be sure to apply insurance or tracking to your mail. I will always be sure to contact you when I have shipped your package.

LAYAWAY PLANS:
I am now only offering one type of payment plan when ordering on Etsy: A 50% deposit when started, and the remainder once the item is complete. For any other long term plan, or plans that involve 3 or more payments, please use the Etsy Klarna payment plan system, or PayPal Payments. If you wish to make payments directly to me, you'll need to order it through email, and not on Etsy.


TAX:
I collect Sales Tax for purchases made by people in California and states that require tax to be collected for online purchases. Etsy.com will calculate the tax automatically and this is outside of my control.

International orders for some countries will now be expected to prepay their VAT or duties at the time the order is placed.
Shipping
I use the etsy shipping system for all my packages which has a third party Insurance system.

Please read the description of each item to see if it is a "made to order" item or if it is ready to ship. My shipping lead times vary from 1 day, to 4 weeks depending on what you order.

SHIPPING UPGRADES:
If you pay for Priority or express shipping:
This does NOT speed up the time it takes for me to make the item. It only changes the type of shipping I'll use when shipping it. I want to make sure to give each order it's full attention so I do not take rush orders. I'd rather produce a quality piece.

SHIPPING OUTSIDE THE US:
Packages mailed to countries outside the US are sent first class unless other arrangements are made.

CUSTOMS:
I ship to many different countries. Each with their own import and customs laws. It is the responsibility of the customer to know the laws pertaining to their country and be prepared to pay any import fees as they may apply. There is no way for me to know in advance if you will be charged extra.

At the time of this writing, Etsy is pre-collecting customs fees for some countries, but not all. I have no control over this.

If you choose to not pay the import fees, and the package is returned to me, no refund will be given for shipping fees, and a 15% restocking fee will be subtracted from a refund of the purchased price. If the item is "off the shelf" and 25% will be subtracted if it is made to order.

Mail Theft:
I am not responsible for items stolen from your mailbox. if this is an issue where you live, please contact me in advance to arrange for a different delivery service. If a package is stolen, I will make an effort to submit an insurance claim however, I cannot guarantee it will side in our favor. If it does not, I will NOT be issuing refunds for stolen mail.

Thank you!
Additional policies and FAQs
-I have completed hundreds Custom Orders since Joining Etsy! Feel free to contact me with any questions about custom items at any time, I welcome it!

-I collect Sales tax for sales in California as I am required by law to pay these taxes for all Statewide sales.

-I guarantee all of my work from defects, but not from flaws (in other words I ensure that earrings will work and clasps will open and close but these are hand made and will bear marks that deem it as such).

-I offer no guarantee for any of the chains or chords that i provide as they are included with the items for free, unless otherwise noted.

GREEN OR BLACK SKIN:

First of all: Don't Worry! Your ring is real sterling silver. I test all of my alloys to ensure that everything I sell is up to standard. Sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5% silver, and 7.5% copper. When I work the silver with heat, via either casting or soldering, a fine layer of copper will rise to the surface. I then clean the rings in a mild acid which removes only the copper from the surface. This usually means that the ring will have a total silver content of more than 92.5%. Next, if called for, I'll oxidize the ring to turn it completely black. After this step, the ring is sanded and polished to remove the black surface coating from all the high parts of the ring. My tire rings are a good example of this. After the final polish, the rings are steam cleaned to remove any polishing residue from the ring, and then get a final wash in soap and warm water. They are air dried and then inspected, packed and shipped.

If your ring turns your finger green or black, most people assume it is not real silver, and they would be wrong. Your friends or family may tell you that It is fake, but I assure you, that they too are wrong. As a jeweler who works every day with these metals, I am pretty sure I know the facts. Here are several possible reasons why a ring may turn your skin green or black:

The most common reason is that a small amount of copper remains in the surface of the alloy. As most of people know, copper DOES react to turn your skin green. Some people have this problem more than others. The acids and oils in your skin will react with the tiny particles of copper in the ring and leave a green residue. The solution: Wash the ring and your hands. I can also acid wash the ring again for you if needed. There is no charge for this. Often times simply by wearing the ring for a few days, and washing the ring and your hands between each wear, the problem will correct itself.

Another possibility is that the ring is reacting with soaps, lotion, oils or other foreign substances on your skin. These will have a similar effect on the ring as mentioned above.

Other possible explanations:

Many of my rings are oxidized. This is what turns the metal black. After oxidizing, I polish the ring heavily to remove the black parts from where I don't want them. The oxidization particles can re-activate when they come into contact with sweat, lotion, hot water or other activators which will cause the ring to turn black again. This in turn can turn your finger black or green. The remedy, simply re-polish the ring. After one or two cycles of this, it should stop.

Garlic: Eating garlic can also cause your skin to secrete oils which will cause your skin to turn black when in contact with the silver ring.

As long as the fingers are not getting itchy, or swollen, then this is no need to worry. You are not allergic to silver unless you get a red rash on your finger, and this is rare.

So why might one ring cause this problem, and another ring be problem free? The main reason has to do with how the rings are made. Hand made rings do have some human interaction and while I, and my fellow jewelers certainly try to make each and everything we make, as perfect as possible, not everything is going to be perfect. many commercially made rings will be plated in pure silver or rhodium after they are finished. This way the ring looks bright and shiny, and is less likely to have oxidization issues in the short term, but after a few years or so of regular use, the plating will wear off.

TESTING:

I use a GXL-NEXT TESTER SET to test all of my silver and gold supplies to ensure quality. I can assure you, everything is as I say it is. Guaranteed.

Returns:

If you experience a problem with a ring like advanced aging, or skin issues, and would prefer to return the ring rather than try to fix the problem, you may return it for a refund. You are responsible for returning the ring, including the ring box that came with it, and paying for the shipping. Once the ring arrives here, I will post a refund. Please enclose a note with your name, and a brief explanation of the problem, and where you ordered the ring from: Website, etsy, phone order etc... and how you paid, and I will send a refund for the ring(s) minus the original shipping cost.

More information

Last updated on May 19, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I welcome custom orders and most of my items can be personalized, or customized with different gemstones, different metal, engravings, or be changed completely to a new custom piece.

Sizing details

Please make sure to get properly sized, either locally, or by ordering my ring sizers in my shop.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All of my rings come in a nice hinged ring box, perfect for a proposal if needed. Other jewelry items also will come in some sort of box, or gift pouch.

Care instructions

Sterling Silver will tarnish over time. To remedy this, I recommend a polishing cloth. These cloths come pre-imbued with polishing compound designed to remove tarnish and restore a shine.

These cloths can also be used on other precious meals to polish them.

Dirt and grim is best removed through ultrasonic or steam cleaning, however, not all gemstones should be subjected to these conditions. contact me with questions about how to clean a specific piece.

Wholesale availability

I do not officially offer wholesale options at this time. I will offer discounts for larger orders.