quisnam

Unique handmade bohemian and rustic tribal jewelry

| Melbourne, Australia

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This seller sets a shining example for providing a great customer experience, with a history of 5-star reviews, on-time shipping, and quick replies to any messages they received.

Announcement    I would like to thank all my wonderful customers - here in Australia and overseas. Please know that your support of my work is helping an artist and small business survive in these very uncertain times.

COVID is still causing some shipments to take a little longer than usual. I ship all my items with tracking so you can keep an eye on your purchase as it wings its way to you.

Australia Post is advising estimated international delivery times as follows (please note these are estimates and are not guaranteed. Rural or regional areas generally take a bit longer).

United States: 9-12 Business Days
United Kingdom: 10-18 Business Days

Shipping estimates to countries other than the USA and UK can be found here
https://auspost.com.au/service-updates/international-delivery-updates

Stay safe. Stay well. We will navigate this difficult journey together because together we are stronger.

Best,
Kate

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 3, 2021

I would like to thank all my wonderful customers - here in Australia and overseas. Please know that your support of my work is helping an artist and small business survive in these very uncertain times.

COVID is still causing some shipments to take a little longer than usual. I ship all my items with tracking so you can keep an eye on your purchase as it wings its way to you.

Australia Post is advising estimated international delivery times as follows (please note these are estimates and are not guaranteed. Rural or regional areas generally take a bit longer).

United States: 9-12 Business Days
United Kingdom: 10-18 Business Days

Shipping estimates to countries other than the USA and UK can be found here
https://auspost.com.au/service-updates/international-delivery-updates

Stay safe. Stay well. We will navigate this difficult journey together because together we are stronger.

Best,
Kate

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About quisnam

Sales 1,314
On Etsy since 2011

My Process

Art is experiential. Our emotional, instinctive response to art is the keystone to experiencing it. Research shows that the neurological processes which underpin our perception of art differ from those used in standard object recognition. We use the bits of the brain involved in the experience of emotion when we see art.

Similarly, for many artists and artisans (and certainly for me) the experience of creating is emotional and instinctive. When I sit down at my bench to work on a piece I have, in my mind, a visual image of what it is I am setting out to create. Oftentimes, the finished piece differs as my process is organic, constantly shifting as I re-shape the piece as it evolves. My work is purposefully raw. My solder joins, hammer or tool marks are often visible on the finished piece. For me, these are beautiful because they reflect the processes and techniques used in creation and are signposts to the journey a piece has taken with me.

I select my materials using this same emotional process. Stones are chosen not for the usual measures of their worth (grade, clarity, colour, cut) but more instinctively. I imagine, if you hooked me up to brain-scanner, the regions of my brain involved in emotion would be firing as I select my materials. My response to a particular material (stone, fiber, metal) is more important, to me, than that material's name, perceived value or the qualities that someone else has ascribed to it. That is not to say that I do not assess for certain characteristics - strength, robustness, cost. How a material will work in jewelry is, or course, vastly important. Jewelry and adornment has a purpose and it is very important that my pieces fulfil this purpose.

Is jewelry art? I don't really know the answer to this. I do know and believe that art is not an outcome but is a process. For this reason, I consider myself an artist.

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  • Kate Buxton

    Owner

    I'm a jewelry artist with an endless fascination for the meaning and power we give to objects; talismans and amulets are as old as humanity itself. In addition to Quisnam, I assist my son with his vintage watch shop, tempusantiquus.

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Last updated on Nov 3, 2021
Frequently asked questions
How long will my item take to reach me?

I ship internationally from here in Australia. You can check your estimated shipping times for your country here:
https://auspost.com.au/service-updates/international-delivery-updates

Please note that shipping estimates are not guaranteed and rural or regional areas may take a bit longer.

Domestic items are shipped via 'Express Post'

All my items are shipped with tracking and please feel free to send me a convo if you have any questions or concerns.

Do you wrap your items?

All my items are securely packaged and wrapped in new and clean recycled packaging.

I try to keep my environmental footprint as light as possible so I use ephemera (vintage sewing pattern tissue, old unwanted books and Atlases) in my wrapping.

Can I return my purchase for a refund?

Absolutely. What's the point of jewelry you aren't going to wear! Shopping online is convenient, but sometimes you need to see a thing up-close and and in-person to know how you really feel about it. If you'd like to return your item, just let me know within 14 days of delivery (please note: purchasers are responsible for return postage costs but I will issue a refund upon proof of postage, so you don't have to wait).

What's your aesthetic and your pricing philsophy?

My work is purposefully raw. I use natural stones, crystals and salvaged materials, as these hold more meaning than shiny new things. My aesthetic celebrates the signposts; stitches, tool marks, natural texture and patina - these tell the story of a pieces' journey with me. I love that one of my customers described my work as 'beautifully broken' because there is great beauty in what some consider to be imperfection.

Pricing is one of the hardest things for an artist. I try to keep my prices accessible, whilst reflecting the time and materials that have gone into creating. When you purchase one of my pieces you are getting something that is unique and which has taken many hours to create.

Custom and personalized orders

My process is very organic and personal so, the short answer is no, I don't generally take custom orders. However, please feel free to reach out to me if you have something in mind. I've worked with several of my regular customers to create a piece that uses a material or object that holds a special meaning for them.

Can I reserve an item? Do you offer lay-away?

I am happy to reserve items for up to seven days for returning customers (ie. people who have purchased from me before), but please note that by reserving an item you are committing to purchase that item.

I can also set up layaway (payment via instalments) for new customers. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this option.