RAM Jewelry Designs - Handcrafted, Beaded Jewelry

17 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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RAM Jewelry Designs - Handcrafted, Beaded Jewelry

17 Sales

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Rabihah Mateen

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Rabihah Mateen


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About RAMJewelryDesigns

Sales 17
On Etsy since 2008

From African Development to developing a Craft Business

Had you asked me 10 years ago if I would be designing jewelry today, I would have said it was the farthest thing from my mind. But that was before a stressful job propelled me to take a beading class to do something with my hands other than the writing that eluded me and wringing of necks that, well, just wasn’t kosher. Upon hindsight, however, jewelry design is a natural extension of my background of working with beading cooperatives in Africa and my love of taking disparate materials and textures and melding them into something that resounds together.

I have a passion for working with recycled glass beads, recycled vinyl, and metals from West Africa which use techniques passed down from generations and which provide economic opportunities for these communities. My style is ethnocentric as well as an eclectic mix of design and methods that anyone would feel comfortable in. Techniques include knotting of large-hole beads onto waxed linen, stringing, and netting.
Rather than having a strict notion of how to begin each project, the beads, themselves, inspire me; I let them speak to me. Their shape, color, and material dictate what I do with them and what I am led to envision. I find that the various textures of beads that I’ve collected from all over the world ─ each with its unique history—has a story to be told. I am just the conduit.

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  • R.A. Mateen of RAM Jewelry Designs


    Jewelry design is a natural extension of my background of working with beading cooperatives in Africa and my love of taking disparate materials and textures and melding them into something that resounds together.

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Last updated on May 10, 2014
Welcome to RAM Jewelry Designs on Etsy where you'll find an assortment of beaded jewelry and accessories featuring recycled glass, ceramics, gemstones, and precious metals from my travels throughout the world. Each handcrafted piece has its own individual character and all items are handmade by me (I'm the RAM --well, my initials are -- in RAM Jewelry Designs)

I invite you to browse my full line of handcrafted jewelry and accessories. Whether you're looking for a classic piece to wear everyday or that special "something" for a special occasion, my blend of elegant and organic design will help you find your distinctive signature style.

All pieces are one-of-a-kind unless labeled as "limited edition" or "limited quantities.


Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
Returns and exchanges
I want you to be happy with your purchase. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may return it for exchange or credit by doing the following:

* Please contact me by e-mail or phone within 72 hours of receiving your order. No item(s) may be returned without prior approval.
* Returns must be received by us within 14 calendar days of the date you received the shipment for you to qualify for a refund or exchange. Returns and exchanges will not be accepted after 14 days from the date of receipt. Please note that all shipping charges on returned merchandise are non-refundable.
* Items must be returned unworn and undamaged, with all labels and tags still intact and should be packaged to prevent damage (bubble wrap, etc.) as you received it. The package must be shipped by a traceable delivery service such as USPS Delivery Confirmation, FedEx or UPS. The package should also be insured or you wave all rights to a refund, depending on the condition it is received in. Items exhibiting wear or damage will not be accepted.

Should you receive an item that is damaged from shipment and it was insured, please contact me within 48 hours of receipt; otherwise I'll assume you received your shipment in good condition.
If you need to exchange your purchase for a different size, please let me know immediately by e-mail and follow the return instructions above. I will issue you a store credit for your return postage as I cover postage costs on exchanges. Your new item will be shipped as soon as I receive the original. Ship package(s) to:

RAM Jewelry Designs
1220 L Street, NW
Suite 100-230
Washington, DC 20005

Failure to follow the above procedures will result in forfeit of credit or exchange.
I accept credit and debit cards directly through Paypal. You do not need a Paypal account to pay for your order, but if you have a Paypal account, checkout is a breeze.
>>Standard Delivery
>>>>Continental U.S. and Canada
Packages are sent Monday-Saturday via United States Postal Service Priority Shipping with Delivery Confirmation and a tracking number. Priority mail usually arrives within two (2) business days from the day of shipping (provided your order is placed before 3 p.m. Eastern time, excluding holidays).

Please convo me should you require Express shipping at an extra charge.

>>>>International Orders
Orders outside the U.S. and Canada will be shipped First-Class Package International Service. Should you require a different service, please convo me or phone me at 202-536-4983 or e-mail me at info [!at] ramjewels.com for pricing and details.

I am required by law to charge 5.75% sales tax on orders within the District of Columbia.
Additional policies and FAQs
Convo me for custom, wholesale and consignment orders.