phbeads

PhBeads™ - Everyday Talismans and Modern Relics™

Clearwater, Florida On Etsy since 2006

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PhBeads™ - Everyday Talismans and Modern Relics™

Clearwater, Florida | 813 Sales

Announcement    NOTICE: Hi Everyone! I'm moving! My shop will be being packed, moved and set back up again during the months of October and November. This means that I won't be making new pieces during this time. I do have many pieces ready to ship so if you are looking for Christmas gifts please send me a message. I have many pendant necklaces, earrings and a few rings in both gold and silver. Thanks!! -Monica


Monica Lara is an award winning, GIA trained goldsmith who creates all of her pieces herself out of her studio in Florida. With over 20 years of experience and training she creates pieces by hand using the ancient technique of wax making and lost-wax casting or forming. She makes the wax models and casts them herself in her studio. Each piece is finished by hand and stones are set by Monica.

The silver and gold used to create the pieces are recycled from old silverware and jewelry. full-cut diamonds are mostly recycled out of old jewelry and most of the other gemstones used are from a few trusted vendors who have their own cutters and source the rough themselves.

Monica takes inspiration from the organic imperfect beauty of the natural world but she doesn't always literally interpret objects. Inspiration also comes from history and she is pretty obsessed with unearthed jewelry hoards and sunken treasure, ancient goldsmithing techniques and ancient cultures.

She says " I tend to like slightly dark, creepy things. Old dusty antiques, taxidermy, witchy looking things also infuse my work. I enjoy antique stores, auctions and the like and most of the cabinets and furniture in my studio are antique or vintage pieces. I collect old tools as well and I use them to make my jewelry! I love the way an old tool is balanced and worn, how it fits in your hand because it was someone’s favorite and they obviously cherished it. I think how we live our lives is stamped on our art if we truly let it speak to us and we listen carefully.
Jewelry has ALWAYS served the same purpose in human societies: to show status (marital, socio-economic, political), to indicate something personal like line of work or interests, etc. To me the most fascinating is our use of adornment as a sort of talisman or amulet; for protection, remembrance, spiritual or personal significance. Jewelry can make the wearer FEEL different. That feeling is elusive and personal and almost doesn’t lend itself to explanation. I think that unspoken truth goes into a piece that is made by someone by hand and it resonates with the person who acquires it. My clients are always extremely emotionally attached to my work. It’s magical and strange and often still surprises me. I don’t talk about it too much but just accept that it is something that happens. "

Custom orders using your stones and gold are welcomed! Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of a custom made piece of jewelry. Rush orders are sometimes possible but may 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.

Follow my new design ideas:
Website: www.phbeadsjewelry.com
Instagram: PhBeadsJewelry
https://www.facebook.com/PhBeadsJewelry/?ref=bookmarks

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 6, 2020

NOTICE: Hi Everyone! I'm moving! My shop will be being packed, moved and set back up again during the months of October and November. This means that I won't be making new pieces during this time. I do have many pieces ready to ship so if you are looking for Christmas gifts please send me a message. I have many pendant necklaces, earrings and a few rings in both gold and silver. Thanks!! -Monica


Monica Lara is an award winning, GIA trained goldsmith who creates all of her pieces herself out of her studio in Florida. With over 20 years of experience and training she creates pieces by hand using the ancient technique of wax making and lost-wax casting or forming. She makes the wax models and casts them herself in her studio. Each piece is finished by hand and stones are set by Monica.

The silver and gold used to create the pieces are recycled from old silverware and jewelry. full-cut diamonds are mostly recycled out of old jewelry and most of the other gemstones used are from a few trusted vendors who have their own cutters and source the rough themselves.

Monica takes inspiration from the organic imperfect beauty of the natural world but she doesn't always literally interpret objects. Inspiration also comes from history and she is pretty obsessed with unearthed jewelry hoards and sunken treasure, ancient goldsmithing techniques and ancient cultures.

She says " I tend to like slightly dark, creepy things. Old dusty antiques, taxidermy, witchy looking things also infuse my work. I enjoy antique stores, auctions and the like and most of the cabinets and furniture in my studio are antique or vintage pieces. I collect old tools as well and I use them to make my jewelry! I love the way an old tool is balanced and worn, how it fits in your hand because it was someone’s favorite and they obviously cherished it. I think how we live our lives is stamped on our art if we truly let it speak to us and we listen carefully.
Jewelry has ALWAYS served the same purpose in human societies: to show status (marital, socio-economic, political), to indicate something personal like line of work or interests, etc. To me the most fascinating is our use of adornment as a sort of talisman or amulet; for protection, remembrance, spiritual or personal significance. Jewelry can make the wearer FEEL different. That feeling is elusive and personal and almost doesn’t lend itself to explanation. I think that unspoken truth goes into a piece that is made by someone by hand and it resonates with the person who acquires it. My clients are always extremely emotionally attached to my work. It’s magical and strange and often still surprises me. I don’t talk about it too much but just accept that it is something that happens. "

Custom orders using your stones and gold are welcomed! Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of a custom made piece of jewelry. Rush orders are sometimes possible but may 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.

Follow my new design ideas:
Website: www.phbeadsjewelry.com
Instagram: PhBeadsJewelry
https://www.facebook.com/PhBeadsJewelry/?ref=bookmarks

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Marine Biologist and Goldsmith!

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.
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. 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.

Shop members

  • 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!

Shop policies

Last updated on April 24, 2018
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! :)

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
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.
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). Photos of stones and waxes will happily be provided before/while piece is being created so that client understands what is being created. Fees will be charged for changes made to design after final design is agreed upon by client. Changes can be made only through wax stage of cast pieces. Once piece is cast/formed changes can no longer be made.

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
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.

MATERIALS PROVIDED BY CLIENT: Materials provided by client can not be guaranteed as authentic or appraised by PhBeads (Wax & Stone). Metals not marked with fineness marks will be tested for fineness (14k, 10k). Materials not suitable for use in pieces to be produced will be returned to client if requested. Any materials provided by client will be forfeited by client to PhBeads (Wax & Stone) in liew of payment for services if finished pieces/work have not been paid for at the end of 6 months after completion of order.

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.