phbeads

PhBeads - Everyday Talismans and Modern Relics

Florida, United States · 691 Sales

phbeads

PhBeads - Everyday Talismans and Modern Relics

Florida, United States 691 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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Announcement   Rustic, ancient, nature-inspired, organic. Artisan designed jewelry inspired by ancient relics, futuristic post-apocalyptic worlds, vampires, fairies and long-forgotten magic and wisdom from a distant time. Using traditional goldsmithing techniques I create bespoke fine jewelry in the USA. Custom orders using your stones and gold welcomed!

I am a full time Professor of Marine Biology with a minor in geology. Fossils and crystals were what set me on my career path in science. Ancient worlds and magical processes that produced these remnants of a time lost to history. Unearthed artifacts of civilizations that vanished leaving mysteries of how they were made; the artistic inspiration of an early people. These things intrigue and inspire us. We struggle to be happy in a modern world and yet the tug of our hidden path through history seems to shout out from our DNA. My work, in reflecting these ancient patterns, artistic styles and ancient goldsmithing processes does much to satisfy this missing, organic, wrought by hand, spiritual, symbolic and intimate need. If you find my work appealing and intriguing then I have succeeded in connecting to this in you.

Made of recycled gold and silver, I produce all of my work myself from start to finish using only traditional and ancient techniques such as lost wax casting, hand forming, forging, finishing and stone setting. Each piece is created individually and clearly shows the maker's hand. I have been a jeweler for many years and I hold my work to a high standard of quality and workmanship and stamp every piece I produce with my name. My pieces may have a vintage or indeed, ancient, look but they are engineered to work in a modern, practical way combining with contemporary styles and working for a busy and active lifestyle. I answer to an ancient call but we live in a modern world.

I make jewelry that's a little different. Contemporary, yet somehow as old as the universe. Organic and full of texture but never overwrought, my designs are tightly edited until they're just perfect. Streamlined, modern, yet organic and found somewhere in the depths of our collective human memory.

Each piece is made especially for you when you order. I design, sculpt, cast and finish all pieces myself and I set the stones by hand. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of a custom made piece of jewelry. Rush orders are sometimes possible but incur a 20% rush charge.

Most items are CUSTOM made so PLEASE take a look at my PROFILE for info on sizing, gemstones, techniques, production time, downpayment policies etc. I take special requests for stones and customization of designs. I may be able to use your old gold jewelry to make you one of my cast rings starting at $180.

Follow my new design ideas:
Website: http://www.phbeads.com
Instagram: PhBeads
http://twitter.com/phbeads
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Last updated on Aug 17, 2016

Rustic, ancient, nature-inspired, organic. Artisan designed jewelry inspired by ancient relics, futuristic post-apocalyptic worlds, vampires, fairies and long-forgotten magic and wisdom from a distant time. Using traditional goldsmithing techniques I create bespoke fine jewelry in the USA. Custom orders using your stones and gold welcomed!

I am a full time Professor of Marine Biology with a minor in geology. Fossils and crystals were what set me on my career path in science. Ancient worlds and magical processes that produced these remnants of a time lost to history. Unearthed artifacts of civilizations that vanished leaving mysteries of how they were made; the artistic inspiration of an early people. These things intrigue and inspire us. We struggle to be happy in a modern world and yet the tug of our hidden path through history seems to shout out from our DNA. My work, in reflecting these ancient patterns, artistic styles and ancient goldsmithing processes does much to satisfy this missing, organic, wrought by hand, spiritual, symbolic and intimate need. If you find my work appealing and intriguing then I have succeeded in connecting to this in you.

Made of recycled gold and silver, I produce all of my work myself from start to finish using only traditional and ancient techniques such as lost wax casting, hand forming, forging, finishing and stone setting. Each piece is created individually and clearly shows the maker's hand. I have been a jeweler for many years and I hold my work to a high standard of quality and workmanship and stamp every piece I produce with my name. My pieces may have a vintage or indeed, ancient, look but they are engineered to work in a modern, practical way combining with contemporary styles and working for a busy and active lifestyle. I answer to an ancient call but we live in a modern world.

I make jewelry that's a little different. Contemporary, yet somehow as old as the universe. Organic and full of texture but never overwrought, my designs are tightly edited until they're just perfect. Streamlined, modern, yet organic and found somewhere in the depths of our collective human memory.

Each piece is made especially for you when you order. I design, sculpt, cast and finish all pieces myself and I set the stones by hand. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of a custom made piece of jewelry. Rush orders are sometimes possible but incur a 20% rush charge.

Most items are CUSTOM made so PLEASE take a look at my PROFILE for info on sizing, gemstones, techniques, production time, downpayment policies etc. I take special requests for stones and customization of designs. I may be able to use your old gold jewelry to make you one of my cast rings starting at $180.

Follow my new design ideas:
Website: http://www.phbeads.com
Instagram: PhBeads
http://twitter.com/phbeads
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/PhBeads/158897334128?ref=ts

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Sterling Silver Antler necklace -Deer
US$85.00
Gold date necklace
US$160.00
3 Stacking sterling silver bead bands - Beaded
US$36.00
White gold and sapphire ring- Pattern
US$360.00
Antique look wedding band 10k white gold
US$300.00
Gold ring 14k - Patina
US$720.00
Ancient Relics Silver necklace Two
US$120.00
Ancient Relics Silver necklace One
US$120.00
Ancient earrings in 14k yellow gold -Unguent
US$280.00
Ancient earrings in 14k yellow gold
US$260.00
Ancient Relics necklace Four
US$180.00
Ancient Relics necklace Five
US$180.00
Ancient Relics necklace One
US$190.00
Cave arrow - cave diver necklace
US$24.00
Acanthus leaves gold ring - Honored
US$550.00
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Erica Marcus

Erica Marcus on Aug 25, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely rings. She responded very quickly to any questions I had. Thank you again! :)

Ruth

Ruth on Aug 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous, gorgeous stone, and the ring is expertly crafted. Super happy to have this piece in my collection. Thank you!

Tressa Cincotta

Tressa Cincotta on Aug 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful stone and sterling ring. Thanks!

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Display at the 49rs Antique Flea. I'm here on 49th in Clearwater FL every Sunday 8am to 1pm

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Ancient Relics Silver necklace One
US$120.00

About

Marine Biologist and Goldsmith!

Artisan designed jewelry Inspired by everything from ancient relics and futuristic post-apocalyptic worlds to vampires and fairies. I like the unusual and special and try to reflect that in my design and choice of materials.

I am a full time Professor of Marine Biology who found an artisan trapped inside longing to get out. I have always had a secret passion for CLOTHES, SHOES, SPARKLIES! I tried to hide it. I didn't want to be shunned in the logical, tweedy, flat-shoed world of academia! But I could never help myself! I read scientific journal papers followed by fashion magazines. I grew up reading science fiction and Mexican comic books full of ghosts of wronged ladies in colonial dresses, haunting the streets and calling out for their lost love! Did my brain grow tangled and twisted - science, nature, fantasy and myth all smushed together? Probably. Am I a happy weirdo with a perfect right brain, left brain balance as a result? Definitely! Instead of a mess, I like to think I'm a logical designer and a creative scientist! But, I spent most of my life thinking I wasn't artistic. Admittedly, My 2D skills are horrific. I discovered my inner 3D artist many years after I was grown up! Goes to show that life is a mysterious and wonderful adventure with unforeseen and beautiful outcomes when you don't fret about it and just go!

My specialty is Goldsmithing, my style a bit organic but modern, my medium includes gold and blackened silver with surface treatments and unusual stones such as rose-cuts, odd shapes, tourmaline, sapphire and raw, black and champagne diamonds. I am SO in love with the metal, the rocks. Well, I started as a geology major before switching to marine science! I just now have a legitimate reason to collect sparkly rocks.

I produce all of my work myself using techniques such as lost wax casting, and a variety of stone settings. Each piece is created individually and clearly shows the maker's hand. I have been a jeweler for many years and I hold my work to a high standard of quality and workmanship and stamp every piece I produce with my name.

I like to make jewelry that's a little different. My bands are a little wider, my stones are placed just so, I use a lot of texture but nothing is overwrought and my designs are tightly edited until they're just perfect. Streamlined, modern, yet organic. I hope you feel this in my pieces and love the work.

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  • Dr. Monica Lara

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    When I was growing up I wanted to be an Astronaut or a Fashion Designer. Kids, right? Well, turns out I became a Marine Biologist and a Jewelry Designer instead. Creativity, logic, left, right. I say it's all because a lopsided brain is a bad thing!

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Shop policies

Last updated on September 21, 2013
My pieces are made by hand one at a time entirely by myself. Each piece bears my name stamped inside. My materials and work are of high quality and meant to last a lifetime. Good work takes time. I may be able to turn a piece around relatively quickly but in some cases custom pieces are labor intensive projects that will take 6-8 weeks. The time to completion of a project will also depend on the number of other existing orders as I do all the work myself from start to finish, and remember, I am a full time professor too! :)

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Payment
CUSTOM ITEMS:
I require a non-refundable order charge of 50% of the item price on custom items. Custom items are NOT RETURNABLE for any reason. A deposit will be required before any extensive design process begins (after 2 inquiries or first set of pictures is sent).

Some custom items will be more expensive than listed item as materials may cost more and there may be additional labor. Please convo me for custom orders quotes.

Please keep in mind that stones are individual and so is the process so no item can be guaranteed to look exactly the same as one listed. However, they are made to be as close as possible and made with stones and workmanship of the same or better quality.

I try to make sure my customers will be happy with their order so PLEASE ask any questions about items first as custom items are NOT RETURNABLE. If faulty or broken I will repair or exchange ONLY.
Shipping
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING:
I gladly ship internationally but please note that the customer is responsible for any taxes or customs fees when ordering internationally. Depending on your country USPS insured may not be available. Shipping costs may be high for Insured Fed Ex and you will be charged any difference accordingly. Customs declaration amount must match insured amount.

INSURANCE:
I include tracking on all items $50 and over and insurance on items over $100
Refunds and Exchanges
RETURNS/EXCHANGE:
I accept returns on items within 7 days. I will NOT take any returns on customized items. I do not refund shipping costs on any item. Please ship with tracking number and insurance. I can not be responsible for items lost in the mail.

Item can be exchanged and shipping of exchange item will be charged to the customer.

RING SIZES:
I can not usually exchange a ring if it is the wrong size as I don't always have all sizes available. Please check your size carefully. This is best done at a jewelry store but you can do it at home. Here is a one link.

http://www.overstock.com/ringsize.html

You may return item for resizing. I can usually go up a half size on rings. This may not be possible on some items. I can not size down rings with stones. The customer is responsible for re-shipping and there may be a charge for sizing or re-making item. Please be SURE of your size. Wide rings will be sized up 1/4 to 1/2 size for comfort.
Additional policies and FAQs
GOLD RECYCLING PROGRAM: Prices for work will be based on labor and the value of your gold. I can only accept Gold of 14k or higher and NO fine chain as it can not be used for casting new items.

STONES: I can use stones provided by the customer but can not guarantee against breakage in removal of stones or in setting as it sometimes happens with damaged or brittle stones. Providing them is at the customer's risk and no compensation for broken stones can be provided.

RUSH ORDERS: Pieces MAY be able to be made on a shorter time frame than stated in policy but a schedule disruption fee of $40 will apply.