• Adornment Inspired by Nature •

Oakland, California · 1087 Sales


• Adornment Inspired by Nature •

Oakland, California 1087 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Message us for custom orders or variation requests of any of our designs. See our latest work by following us on Instagram @ritualremains


Last updated on Jan 7, 2018

Message us for custom orders or variation requests of any of our designs. See our latest work by following us on Instagram @ritualremains

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::Ritual Remains::

Helen started Ritual Remains in 2014, after a couple years of exploring different ways of making jewelry and art. Her early works consisted of natural materials, such as bone, feathers, wood, and other recycled materials. These elements were all collected during her adventures in the wild and then combined with different metal jewelry components. When Helen made the jump to metal work, everything changed, and she couldn't get enough. Finally, a way to create with her hands a replica of what she experiences with her eyes and heart. From a young child, she has always been at home in nature. When Helen isn't working in the studio, she is either enjoying a new lake, climbing a mountain, or studying the trees in the forests around her. She will spend days and nights in the wilderness around her home in the Sierras, listening quietly and becoming filled with inspiration. The jewelry she creates reflects her passion for the natural, feral world, that has captured so many hearts.

Tavo begun their jewelry work in 2009 when they first started linking recycled jewelry pieces together to make new creations. In 2013 they discovered the metal smithing world. After over hearing someone talking about a jewelers saw and wondering what it was they found the world of metal work. At the time they were starting their own hand sewn lingerie line but the love of metal work took over. They spent a lot of time perfecting the saw and started working with cold connections. When they finally made the leap and learned soldering their love of metal work fully took off. They have always been a maker whose crafting ranges from drawing to sewing to most recently metal work. Growing up in between the forests of Northern California and the rural deserts of East County San Diego nature has always played a huge role in their artistic inspiration and journey.

Helen made the move to South Lake Tahoe, CA. in January of 2017. Tavo lives in Oakland, CA. and they now work together from two separate studios. They decided to combine their passion for jewelry in the beginning of 2016 as 'Ritual Remains' and have been working together since. They strive to push and teach each other new things and love when someone finds a piece they adore and connect with.

John Muir always put it best- “As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can".

They hope their jewelry will always be a little piece of home that is with you wherever you go.

Shop members

  • Helen

    Owner, Curator, Creator

  • Tavo

    Owner, Creator, Curator

Shop policies

Last updated on January 7, 2018
Ritual Remains is a two person team based out of separate studios in Oakland and South Lake Tahoe, California. Tavo and Helen hand make each item of jewelry, ensuring every piece is a unique work of art. Exceptional care and love goes into each and every nature inspired creation.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or 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)
  • Items on sale
We want to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your purchase. If you should have any problems or issues with your item please contact us immediately through Etsy. We will gladly work with you to resolve the problem. We take great pride in the quality of our craftsmanship and your satisfaction is our primary focus.

Returns must be made within 14 business days of contacting us with your return notification. Buyer is responsible for return shipping. You may choose to have your item replaced or refunded. Exchanges may be possible on a case by case basis.

Items on sale do not qualify to be returned or exchanged.

**Earrings are nonrefundable for hygienic reasons. Please contact us with any questions and we will do our best to accommodate you.
We accept credit cards and PayPal.

For items available for immediate shipment, payment is due upon purchase completion. For personalized customs orders, i.e. names, initials, unusual sizes, payment is due 50% upfront as a deposit and 50% upon completion of the work and prior to shipping.

All orders placed in California will be charged state sales tax (7.5%).
All orders are sent through USPS First Class Mail. We offer free domestic shipping and easy calculated shipping for international customers.

If you would like to upgrade your shipping, please choose the provided options at checkout. This option is only available for ready made items.

For international customers:
Please be aware that you may have to pay customs fees and or duties, these fees are set by your government and are the responsibility of the buyer. For more information, please contact your local customs office or postal service.
Additional policies and FAQs
We hand make each piece so there might be slight differences between your item and the one pictured. Some of our pieces are made to order, so please allow up to 2-6 weeks for fabrication. If you need an order sooner, please contact us through Etsy and we will do our best to accommodate you.

If there is a certain color or size that you would like please contact us with this information before purchasing.

Silver, brass and copper are all prone to tarnish over time. This will happen faster in high pollution areas or areas close to the ocean. We suggest keeping a polishing cloth to brighten up your jewelry if you do not like the antiqued, tarnished look. Storing your jewelry in a dry place, away from moisture, will also help. Oxidation may change/wear off over time. We are happy to reapply patina/oxidize your jewelry for a small fee. Message us for details or questions!

Feel free to contact us with any questions or custom orders!