candacebell111 on Jul 19, 2016
Once again, absolutely beautiful earrings. I have ordered from Michelle in the past and have always been very happy. Absolutely terrific communication with respect to shipping (with the threat of a postal strike). Will most definitely order again.
Monika Pilgrim on Jul 7, 2016
Laura Reed on May 31, 2016
Thank you so much. They're perfect! 💙
Philosophia Creations: how it began, and why it's still going...
My shop first opened as "Philosophia Artisan Creations" in around the middle of 2010, while I was working toward my first degree. I had been looking for an artistic outlet which would help me to stay grounded while I was studying. Jewelry making itself has been a hobby I've enjoyed in fits & spurts since about seventh grade, and so when a friend introduced me to Etsy, I decided to delve into it once again.
This is a one-person shop, run by myself (Michelle) & out of my home. It's maintained on a part-time basis and has evolved with me over the years. These days, I use my store as a way to fuel my passion for gemstones and crystals. It really makes me feel privileged to be able to learn about & integrate these stones into my jewelry to present to my buyers. Each and every stone I acquire means something to me and has a story. Each stone speaks to me differently, and I try to let this inform my designs. My aesthetic might often be simpler, but there’s still an awful lot of heart invested into everything I create.
I’m thirty years young and engaged to my best friend. We live in rural Saint John with our kitty named Clover; one of the quirkiest felines you’ll ever meet. My educational background is in research, as well as in philosophy and I also have some business training.
I do sell locally and am open to pickup on local orders as well – just send related inquiries my way.
If you’re interested in carrying some of my creations at your store, please contact me – I’m very much open to this sort of inquiry!
Beyond this, if you have any questions about my shop, my artistic process, a specific listing, custom orders, my policies, etc – please don’t hesitate to send a convo my way!
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
My name is Michelle and I’m based in Atlantic Canada. I’ve been creating jewelry for several years, and this store happens to be my most recent attempt at selling my creations through an online venue.
Please take the time to read through my shop policies if you’re interested in purchasing any of my items. If you need clarification on any aspect of what you read or if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Buyer satisfaction is at the forefront for me and I always want to do whatever I can to make my customers happy.
Remember that I'm always open to custom order inquiries too, so if you are interested in something like this then please send a convo my way!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
** Customers should also be advised that they are responsible for any extra customs fees involved with shipping an item to their destination. I am not eligible to collect duty or taxes on any of my items.
If I do not receive your payment within 48 hours of your purchase and have not been contact by you with a reason for the delay, I reserve the right to cancel your order. First I will contact you, however, with a reminder.
I'm always willing to put items on Reserve and tentatively, I do not have a designated time limit for these reservations. Contact me, let me know what item you'd like & your anticipated time frame for payment, and I'll let you know if I'm able to reserve the piece for that long.
All orders are generally shipped within one business day, but this is subject to some change depending on how busy I am. You can check the bottom of my shop announcements for an up-to-date estimation on both turnaround times for custom orders & anticipated time frame for their shipment.
All of my orders are shipped via Canada Post. For items traveling to destinations throughout Canada and the United States, a general estimate for the arrival of a package is within 5-8 business days. In the context of international orders, this estimate can of course be expected to increase. If you are a prospective international buyer and you’d like to get a more precise estimate of shipping time to your location, please do not hesitate to contact me.
All orders are lovingly packaged for shipment. I will often wrap purchases with bubble wrap, tissue paper, or small boxes – whatever I have in stock at the moment basically, and whatever I feel a piece needs to ensure its safe arrival to your destination. I’m quite attached to a lot of my creations and I want my buyers to be happy with their purchase, and so I put a lot of care into making sure that everything is secure and safe on its journey to your home. I take special care to be certain that pieces with fragile components are packaged appropriately for shipment.
Expedited shipping is available. Please convo me if you're interested in a cost estimate and I will obtain one for you.
Prior to submitting your order, please remember to make sure that your Paypal and Etsy mailing address are the same. Any significant disparities could result in a shipping delay. That being said, if your order is intended to be a gift and you'd like for it to be sent to another address, please convo me prior to or immediately following your purchase to let me know. Also if you're ordering multiple pieces as gifts, let me know and I will package them separately for shipment. Personalized notes and gift wrapping are available upon request & at no additional charge.
AFTER YOUR PURCHASE: I always prefer to include a non-automated email to confirm that I've received your payment. You will also receive a shipping confirmation from me once your order has been sent. To reiterate, generally I will ship between 1-2 business days of receiving your payment. If there is any reason for delay I will also notify you in my initial confirmation email.
Refunds and Exchanges
Exchanges may be allowed in some cases, but not for earrings (this is for hygenic reasons). I tend to treat exchanges in a similar fashion to refunds - I will have you send the item back to me & subsequently you will receive a refund for your purchase price (again, minus my initial shipping costs). Meanwhile, I'll place another listing on reserve for you.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS: Custom orders can be a lot of fun, so please feel free to send an inquiry my way! In some cases, deposits may be requested (depending on the complexity & overall price of your item).
Simple customizations, like having an item resized, generally do not cost anything extra except in rare cases. Example scenarios are when the beads are quite expensive, or if you want an upgrade to sterling silver components.