OssaGaia

Sustainably Sourced, Goddess-Inspired Artisan Jewelry

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania | 239 Sales

OssaGaia

Sustainably Sourced, Goddess-Inspired Artisan Jewelry

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 239 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars (22)

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Inspired by nature and the Divine Feminine, Ossa Gaia pays homage to Mother Earth with hand-forged artisan jewelry created with responsibly sourced metals and gemstones. Certified by Green America and a member of the Ethical Metalsmiths, Ossa Gaia takes sustainability and human rights seriously. Every piece of jewelry is crafted with the past, present and future of the Earth and its inhabitants in mind.

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Last updated on Jul 15, 2018

*Free shipping with orders $40 and up!*

Inspired by nature and the Divine Feminine, Ossa Gaia pays homage to Mother Earth with hand-forged artisan jewelry created with responsibly sourced metals and gemstones. Certified by Green America and a member of the Ethical Metalsmiths, Ossa Gaia takes sustainability and human rights seriously. Every piece of jewelry is crafted with the past, present and future of the Earth and its inhabitants in mind.

Kristen Osborne Carroll

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Kristen Osborne Carroll

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Happy November! Ossa Gaia has joined forces with 250 other small shops to make gift buying as enjoyable as gift giving this holiday season. Use #shopsmall250 to see all participating shops, and use SHOPSMALL250 to save 15% on anything in my store!
We're GREEN! Celebrate our Green America Green Business certification AND Earth Day with 15% off from through April 30.
(Sale extended from original April 23)
Weee! I'm working on gemstone Chakra bracelets to match my Chakra pendants. Buy them as a set, or individually. Coming soon!
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About

Sustainably Sourced, Goddess-Inspired Artisan Jewelry

Inspired by nature, the human spirit and the Divine Feminine, Ossa Gaia Artisan Jewelry pays homage to Mother Earth through hand-forged artisan jewelry created with responsibly sourced metals and gemstones.

STATEMENT OF VALUES, PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
Ossa Gaia Artisan Jewelry takes sustainability and human rights seriously. Every step of our process is completed with the past, present and future of the Earth in mind.

GEMSTONES & METALS
As much as we adore the shining and sparkling lovelies that come from the Earth, we must remember that mining can cause some hefty environmental damage. Mining is also an industry that’s been associated with poor (and, at times, tragic) human rights practices. That said, in some instances, gemstone mining serves as a lucrative cottage industry benefitting communities in otherwise impoverished areas. It’s also a beloved hobby for passionate geology buffs, rock hounds and adventurers.
Ossa Gaia is proud to support small-scale miners and lapidary artists, especially those located in the US, Canada and the UK. We purchase gemstones directly from miners, or from suppliers who can provide details of where and how the gems were mined.
Our metals are 100% or partially recycled, and/or sustainably mined in the US. We also use vintage metals or remnants when available.

TOOLS & SUPPLIES
Like our materials, our tools and other supplies are purchased with the Earth and our fellow humans in mind. We prefer to purchase quality, long-lasting tools and supplies made by reputable US and European companies that echo our commitment to sustainable and responsible manufacturing practices.

Two chemical treatments – pickling and patinating – are part of our artistic process. To remove fire scale from our pieces (pickling) after soldering or torch firing, we use citric acid, an eco-friendly alternative to traditional pickling chemicals. The non-toxic liver of sulfur used as a patina doubles as an organic fungicide for our backyard tomato bed.

PACKAGING
Ossa Gaia Artisan Jewelry is shipped in mailing envelopes made in the US out of 100% post-consumer and post-industrial material. The envelope has a dual self-seal adhesive strip that allows our customers to reuse it before recycling. Our business cards and tags also are made of 100% recycled cardstock, and were designed and printed by small, US-based, women-owned companies.

CHARITABLE GIVING
In the spirit of Earth’s natural cycles of ebb and flow, give and take, Ossa Gaia is committed to giving back to the Earth and its people. A portion of our profits benefits environmental charities, including ClearWater Conservancy, the foremost land trust and natural resource conservation organization in central Pennsylvania.

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  • Kristen

    Owner, Creator

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Last updated on May 16, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging

Ossa Gaia Artisan Jewelry arrives packaged in either a fair-trade sinamay pouch or a USA-made box constructed of 100% post-consumer cardboard and eco-friendly cotton fill.

Our jewelry is shipped in mailing envelopes made in the US out of 100% post-consumer and post-industrial material. The envelope has a dual self-seal adhesive strip that allows our customers to reuse it before recycling.

Our business cards and tags also are made of 100% recycled cardstock, and were designed and printed by a small, US-based, women-owned company.

We are happy to offer gift wrapping upon request. Send me a private message for more details.

Care instructions

Each piece of Ossa Gaia Artisan Jewelry is hammered, filed and polished by hand, then antiqued using liver of sulphur, and buffed with a museum-grade microcrystalline wax.

Over time, copper will develop a lovely natural patina to replace the hand-crafted one. If you like, you can polish your piece with soft, clean cotton fabric or a jewelry cloth. Avoid using liquid cleaners.

When you aren't wearing your copper, store it in a soft pouch or jewelry box.

Will your copper turn my skin green?

Some people are sensitive to copper. In severe cases (rare!), the skin will turn red. If this happens to you, please don't wear copper!

Other people may experience a milder sensitivity, which results in greenish marks on the skin due to copper's natural oxidation process. If copper turns your skin green, please note that this is normal and does not indicate an inferior product (unless you believe you've purchased silver or gold).

Coating the portion of copper that touches your skin -- the inside of a cuff bracelet, for example -- with clear nail polish can help minimize this reaction. Ossa Gaia Artisan Jewelry is not responsible for skin reactions to copper jewelry.

Sizing details

Most of our pieces are adjustable. Please contact me if you have a specific sizing question or request. Thank you!

Custom and personalized orders

I love making custom orders! Please contact me with special requests and ideas. I'm always happy to collaborate with customers to design and create a piece that makes them smile.

If you're interested in custom copper cuffs, check out this link for a single cuff:
https://www.etsy.com/OssaGaia/listing/585872140/custom-copper-mantra-cuff-bracelet?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1526495556455

Or a set of three: https://www.etsy.com/OssaGaia/listing/598061972/set-of-three-custom-copper-mantra-cuff?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1526495442704