ngrigas on Oct 20, 2016
Awesome sparkle, love it, great quality
ADEGM shuang xiong on Oct 10, 2016
very beautiful,thank you
CarolDScott on Oct 2, 2016
Fast shipping, and packed very well! A great seller with wonderful items!
Collector of jewelry, singing medals and memories
When I opened Refined Retro I was working full time as a Kitchen and Bath Designer in my own little brick and mortar studio - Tableaux. My thought was to cull my collection of vintage jewelry in preparation for retirement. Then the economy took a turn for the worse and I watched in horror as my profession completely changed in the span of a year. If I was to stay in business I would have to become a contractor and "sell" labor in addition to my designs and custom cabinetry. It was time to take an early retirement and start anew.
I have always embraced change. Like chapters in a book, my life has unfolded in a series of adventures and yes, misadventures! In the moment, my life seemed to just flow along but now I can look back and see very distinct beginnings and endings, so retiring was just a new chapter despite the pain and stress of closing my beloved Tableaux.
Not long after I retired some friends invited me to a city-wide garage sale and I found so many amazing pieces of vintage jewelry that I realized the "new chapter" had already begun! I would expand Refined Retro and become a bona fide treasure hunter.
My days are full of estate sales, flea markets, cleaning gunk, photography and chatting with customers. I am also lucky enough to travel the world with my husband and wherever we go I hunt for treasure. It's a good life!
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Owner, Photographer, Curator
I live and work in Livermore, CA which is East of San Francisco. I having been collecting vintage jewelry since my teens. I am a competitive singer, love to travel, read and make jewelry.
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
- Other Method
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
- Items on sale
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
- All Orders: I will only ship to the address on your Etsy account. Please do not ask me to ship to another address. International Orders: Please do not ask me to say a purchased item is a gift on the customs form.