B a l a n c e /ˈbaləns/ A state of bodily equilibrium
My Natura Metallum jewelry and home décor collection is an attempt at finding aesthetic harmony between earth metals and the geometry and organic patterns found in nature and architecture. I try to distill these forms, structures and my chosen materials down to their most elemental state represented in both limited edition and one of kind conceptual art jewelry pieces.
My studies at art school included architectural history, metalsmithing and sculpture. I've spent the last ten years in fine art object conservation for museums and private art collectors. This experience has deepened my understanding of many different types of materials and honed my skills as an artisan.
My father was a mechanical engineer and carpenter and I am fortunate to have a beautiful collection of his tools residing in my studio. This is where I find joy on a daily basis.
I chose jewelry and housewares as my mediums as they are tactile and intimate. The idea of someone acquiring a piece of mine to place in their home sanctuary or to wear on a daily basis is deeply touching and rewarding for me.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Photographer, Stylist
Exploring the beauty of earth metals + wood, structure + nature.
Recycled metal, reclaimed industrial bits and handmade sculptural forms compose my sustainable line of earth metal jewelry with a contemporary simplicity.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
► I will ship out your jewelry within three days of receiving payment.
► All of my pieces shipped within the United States are packaged in a custom signature gift box, wrapped in eco-conscious materials and shipped in a 100% recycled shipping box. All jewelry shipped around the world will be packaged in beautiful handmade signature paper and shipped in a bubble envelope.
► PLEASE NOTE I NO LONGER SHIP TO GERMANY!
► I would be delighted to include a gift card if you like. Just leave instructions in "note to seller" window.
► Please make sure your Etsy address is correct and safe/secure to receive items.
► Standard International orders do not have tracking but if you have any concerns please convo me right away.
► U.S. First Class
This is my standard means of shipping. It can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks. International shipping may take 1-4 weeks, depending on customs delays. I have no control over the shipping times so arrival times may vary.
► Priority U.S. shipping
If you would like to upgrade to Priority to ensure receiving your order within a week please notify me prior to purchasing your item so I can adjust the shipping price on the listing. $5 will be added.
► Priority & Express International Shipping
This can take 6-10 business days and costs around $18 depending on location. There is no guarantee however, but this option may be faster than Standard shipping.
► Express International shipping is the only way to guarantee and insure your parcel. It runs around $27. Again, please contact me prior to purchasing so I can adjust the shipping price on the listing.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
All jewelry should be taken off before surfing/showering/swimming/exercising in general.
I do not lacquer most of my pieces for three reasons. Having worked in fine art conservation for ten years I have come to a few conclusions. Toxic sealants are just that, toxic. Lacquer is one of the worst. I don't like the way it changes the nature of the metal's surface, it looks like plastic in the end and if the lacquer is slightly scratched, the entire piece needs to be treated with solvents to remove the remaining lacquer in order not to see the very obvious tarnished scratch.
My philosophy is that metal should have a life and patina just like us and should be maintained, just like us.
One of my favorite metals as it doesn't tarnish. The shine may dull over time due to body oils, sunscreen, etc. Just wash gently with dish detergent and wipe with a soft cloth to dry.
Raw brass will oxidize naturally but can be brought back up to a high shine with a gentle rub of lemon and water, then rinse and dry with soft cloth. Polishing with a super soft/high grit nail buffer or micro mesh will also work as well as a traditional jewelry polishing cloth. I like Birks made in London and Cape Cod brands.
Same as brass
Clean with a dry cloth only. Water may trigger rust to form. If spots develop, gently rub surface with fine steel wool or super soft/high grit nail buffer or micro mesh.
Clean with dish detergent and water with a soft rag. Dry immediately.
If you purchased one of my patinated copper or brass pieces this surface is rather delicate and should not be rubbed in any way. I have sealed the patina with a metal sealant but care should be taken in its handling. Do not store with other metal items or anything that could scratch the patina.
STERLING | GOLD FILLED OR SOLID STERLING
Sterling Silver filled components can be cleaned with a baking soda and water poultice, toothbrush and toothpaste or a jewelry cleaner specifically for sterling silver. For Gold components, use dishwasher liquid and water or gold jewelry cleaner.
Gold leaf is very fragile and should be handled with care. Do not store with other metal jewelry as the gold leaf can easily be scratched. Do not rub the gold leaf with anything and of course, do not swim, shower or exercise while wearing any gold leafed item.