Altered Vintage Jewelry Inspired by Nostalgia

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · 301 Sales


Altered Vintage Jewelry Inspired by Nostalgia

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 301 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Welcome to Boutique Bijou where you will find Altered and Repurposed Vintage Assemblage Jewelry made with found treasures of our past.

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Last updated on Jan 12, 2017

Welcome to Boutique Bijou where you will find Altered and Repurposed Vintage Assemblage Jewelry made with found treasures of our past.

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Altered Vintage and Antique Jewelry Designs

Welcome to Boutique Bijou!

I am a self-taught vintage assemblage jewelry artist inspired by the beautiful gems I work with. Each piece I create is one-of-a-kind and hand crafted with vintage and repurposed jewelry, beads, findings, and jewelry elements. My favorite era in jewelry design is Art Deco and use these pieces in much of my designs.

Another passion of mine is antiques. My dad used to take me "junkin" when I was a little girl and would bring treasures home to my mom. Mom, however, wasn't so thrilled. She liked things pristine and new. I see beauty in the rust, chippy paint and the darkened rhinestones.

I have been in the antiques business for about 20 years. Currently, I have a space at a nearby antiques shop for my other gatherings. Going to flea markets and estate sales to find old jewels and tidbits for my jewelry designs as well as finding treasures for the shop is one of my favorite things to do.

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Last updated on March 23, 2016
Welcome to Boutique Bijou....Altered Vintage Jewelry Inspired by Nostalgia.
I breathe life into old gems that have been lost, forgotten, or just tossed aside because they are no longer "fashionable". Since I am very sentimental, it gives me great pleasure in revitalizing the vintage jewelry from our past. These small trinkets can bring back a wave of memories or thoughts of someone special.

My method of creation begins with one piece that inspires me...which is usually the focal point. It is then like following a recipe, adding and subtracting to my taste...and hopefully yours. Using a combination of antique/vintage jewels, found at flea markets, estate/house sales and antique shops along with current chains, beads and findings, creating a look of "jewelry chic".

Thank you for shopping with me!

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*I will ship USPS unless a buyer has another request. Your package will be shipped with in 24 to 48 hours if paying through Etsy Direct Checkout or Paypal. If paying by check, it will be shipped once check has cleared the bank (which can take 3-5 days)

*I only ship to the address listed on Etsy Direct Checkout or PayPal. Please make sure your address is updated and correct. I cannot be responsible for shipments sent to an incorrect address.

*Shipping fee's include insurance.

**********INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING:*********
* I am always happy ship internationally, however, the BUYER is responsible for ANY/ALL customs fee's, your country's duty fee's, or taxes. Here is a handy link to a Duty Calculator:
If you decide you are unwilling to pay these fee's, I will be happy to cancel the transaction BEFORE it is mailed. I typically hold international packages for an extra day before mailing, because of time differences, to allow sufficient time for the buyer to cancel if you choose to do so.

*Please do not ask me to mark the package as "gift" or change the price of your purchase to lessen your country's fee's. This is illegal and penalties can be severe and costly. No exceptions, please.

*l happily refund any overage in shipping. I err on the side of caution and list my International shipping prices on the high side. Some of my pieces are heavier that others. The multi-strand necklaces can be a bit weighty...along with the packing materials and larger boxes. So it is necessary for me to calculate shipping prices knowing the weight of what you want to purchase BEFORE hand. I will revise the listing before purchase if necessary. Thank you for understanding.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. If you are not happy with your purchase, I offer a refund or exchange within ONE WEEK after receipt. The item must be sent back to me, at buyers expense, in the same condition in which it was received. No exceptions please. Once I receive the item, only then will the refund be given or exchange piece mailed out. Refunds are for the item only. I do not refund shipping or customs fees.

CUSTOM orders are NOT refundable.
Additional policies and FAQs
**Custom orders/Made To Order: All custom orders or MTO must be paid in full before work begins. It can take 1-2 weeks for orders to be completed. If you need it sooner, let me know ASAP. I will convo/email you with the final agreement with regards to materials used before I get started. (Some pieces may require you to choose a brooch of your liking or bead color). NO refunds on custom/made to order.

**Layaway's are welcome. I require a 20% non-refundable deposit, balance due within 30 days or less depending on agreement between me and the buyer (you). Please CONVO me so we can work out the details of the transaction.

**All pieces come to you already gift wrapped and ready for giving or receiving. If you would like a special card included, please let me know at check out in "note to seller" and I will be happy to include hand written message.

********************Caring, Wearing and Other Important Info********************

**Please understand that my jewels have had a past life and have been loved before. Some elements of the design can be 75-100 years old. Therefore, there may be a missing stone, heavy patina, or flaws. It is part of the character and charm of the piece. If you are a perfectionist and prefer "new" jewelry, then vintage assemblage jewelry may not be your best choice..

**Each piece should be handled with care. Avoid submerging in water, especially hair accessories as it will weaken the adhesives. Water can ruin the backing of rhinestones as well. To keep your jewels clean, use a soft toothbrush or clean damp cloth.

** Hairsprays and perfumes should be applied BEFORE a piece is put on.

**Although my adhesives are very strong, please take care in using and placing hair combs/pins. I cannot guarantee the outcome of something being dropped or not handled with care.

**Some of the multi-layered bracelets and necklaces may need extra attention and "arranged" once they are put on. These pieces are best stored on a neckform or lying flat.

**There is also the possibility of old rhinestones becoming loose in transit. This can easily be repaired.

**Should a repair due to normal wear be necessary, I will be happy to do this free of charge. The cost of the shipping the item to me is the buyers responsibility. Keep in mind I cannot replace antique pieces as they are one of a kind...but will do my best to recreate the piece as close as possible, if necessary. Each piece of jewelry is a one-of-a-kind and cannot be replaced with the exact same element.

**PLEASE do not hesitate to ask questions BEFORE buying! I am usually able to reply back within minutes.

**Thank you for reading!