Once Upon A Rock - jewelry that tells a story

Fresno, California · 33 Sales

OnceUponARock is taking a short break


Contact shop owner



No reviews in the last year
View all 28 reviews

Shop policies

Last updated on February 3, 2011
Welcome to Once Upon A Rock. My name is Jessica and I make handmade gemstone jewelry that I hope you will enjoy as much as I enjoy making it. Feel free to ask any questions. I am convo friendly. Thank you for reading and having a look.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal
Returns and exchanges
If you don’t like something, just return it within 10 days of receipt. I’m happy to exchange, re-size, or refund minus shipping costs. If you aren't sure of an item before buying it, just convo for more pictures, I'd be happy to take more

Everything I make should be fine for careful everyday wear. Jewelry should not be worn while swimming or in a spa, as the chlorine can have a detrimental effect on the metal and stones.
All earrings are brand new, and come with clear rubber backings so they stay put.
I currently accept PayPal. Please know that you do not have to have a PayPal account to make a purchase. If you'd like to pay by check or money order that would be fine too, just send me a convo saying so and we'll get it arranged.

I know that the checkout system can be kind of confusing. If you're having trouble with the process, just let me know, and I'll try to help.

If I notice you may be having trouble with payment, I will send you a convo or an email. If I haven't heard from you within a couple of days after that, then I'll have to cancel the transaction - but we can always try again later.

If you accidentally buy something, don't worry about it - let me know, and I can cancel things from here just by bugging etsy admin. They're very nice about these things.
First off, I ship right away. That means that within 24 hours ( or 48 if order is placed on a Saturday) your package is headed to you (barring holidays and Sundays). Any delays due to my being out of town will always be posted on the "Shop Home' page.

I ship USPS with shipping confirmation and insurance within the United States.
I have decided to try a flat rate of $3.50 for everywhere with exception of New Zealand, which is only an extra $1.50.
International shipping prices will change if you'd like to add insurance. Just let me know.

Once an item is shipped to another country I cannot be responsible for its arrival or the condition of the item, I'm sorry to say, unless you have purchased insurance. That being said, I've had excellent luck shipping abroad so far. Also, I package as carefully as possible with lots of cushioning. Earrings are individually wrapped in bubble wrap before going into a cotton filled box, that info is just to give you an idea of how particular I am about packaging.
Please note that as a kindness to the planet, I do use clean, recycled shipping/packaging material where I can and am pleased to see others doing the same with everything from packing peanuts to bubble mailers.
The buyer is responsible for all VAT and rules that the respective country requires on incoming packages.
Additional policies and FAQs
I will also gift wrap and write your message on a small card and ship direct to the gift recipient. Convo immediately with an address that is different than the one on your PayPal.

While necklaces and bracelets are sometimes modeled for photos, please be assured that the earrings are never worn.

If you have a question about something not covered above, feel free to convo me with your questions. I'm happy to help. If there is any problem, please convo me so that I can fix it. I want my customers to be happy with their purchases.

Here is some info on gold and especially gold-filled metals I found on the internet.

"What are the differences between gold-plated, gold vermeil, and gold-filled?
How much silver is in sterling silver?

Gold-plated: A base metal such as steel or brass is dipped into a bath of electroplating solution, with a lump of solid gold. When an electric current is applied, a thin layer of gold is deposited on the metal. Since the plating is quite thin, the plate (and hence the colour) on findings can wear off.

Sterling Silver: is a mixture of pure silver and some other metal, usually copper. The resulting alloy gives the silver strength. The standard is at least 92.5% silver. Hence the .925 stamp you see on some sterling silver items.

Vermeil: (Pronounced: Vermay) is sterling silver that has been gold-plated. Most of our vermeil is plated with 22K-24K gold. This is a good combination for those with allergy to normal, plated jewelry items. The difference between vermeil, and gold-filled, is in the thickness of the gold and the base metal used. In vermeil, the base is sterling silver.

Gold-filled: also called rolled-gold. These jewelry items are not actually filled with gold. They are made of a base metal (usually brass or copper) covered by sheets of gold in a mechanical bonding process. Effectively a thick coat of gold: the gold content is 5% or 1/20 of the total weight. Use gold-filled items for your top-of-the-line jewelry. Usually made with 14k gold, it is hard wearing. With reasonable care it will not peel or flake, and should last as long as solid 14k gold jewelry. It is safe for most people with sensitive skin

Gold jewelry reacts with chlorine. Never take your gold jewelry into a pool or spa."

I do not use vermeil, or plated metals. If the description reads silver, then it's sterling or fine silver. The copper I use is pure copper and any exceptions are noted in the listing. I use 14K gold filled wire and findings. Also the gemstones used are purchased with the knowledge that they are natural or genuine. However since gemstones can trade many hands I cannot always be certain they haven't been treated in some way, usually to enhance color.
If this is of particular importance to you, do not hesitate to ask me and I will gladly let you know all the information I have on any particular stone(s).

Thank you for visiting my shop.