salt water tea: handcrafted jewelry

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Note from shop owner Salt Water Tea is currently on hiatus as I take a personal leave of absence. Thank you for understanding.

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Salt Water Tea is currently on hiatus as I take a personal leave of absence. Thank you for understanding.

Nicole Bracey

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About saltwatertea

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An art degree, a dead-end job and a creative escape.

I graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in drawing. I was 21 and ready to take on the art world. After countless job interviews I was finally hired as a gallery assistant for a non-profit artist run centre in Calgary. I was over the moon! There were only two problems: 1 - it was only a summer job and 2 - the pay was awful. During school I had worked at a bar, and because the pay was so low at the gallery, I ended up staying on after graduation as well. The internship ended and I was left working at the bar. Time passed and I ended up being promoted internally three times. By the end of it, I was the assistant manager and working 50-60 hours a week. Now, to be fair the bar wasn't exactly a "dead-end job". It paid the bills and I actually enjoyed my colleagues. But there was no room to be creative - and as a creative person, that felt like a dead end to me.

I had taken some jewelry courses during my degree and while it wasn't my major, I had really fallen in love with it. I had an etsy shop already open from back when I was a fairly unsuccessful vintage seller. I re-vamped it, added my own jewelry and Salt Water Tea was born. Salt Water Tea started out as an escape from my job, but it quickly grew too big to manage work and my business. The choice was crystal clear! I quit my job 11 short months after opening my shop. I brought Salt Water Tea to markets, pitched wholesale to shops and eventually opened my own web store as well, and was able to make a living being creative!

Fast forward to today - Februray 15, 2016. I've just partnered up with two amazing business women (Pam from Crafted and Amelia from Mint & Daisy) and opened Greater Goods Boutique and Tea Bar. Our store celebrates artists, creators and small business people - we sell exclusively handmade or locally designed products, hand-blended teas, baked goods from a local baker and even coffee roasted right here in the city by two very passionate dudes! I'm also a founder of YYC Girl Gang - a Calgary based entrepreneur-networking organization. We blog, we feature and we hold Girl Gang Hangs where speakers speak and entrepreneurs meet.

I'm grateful every day for how far my "side-business" has come. The handmade community was so accepting and empowering and I honestly credit all my success to the support I received from other artists and customers. So, thank you, Etsy customer! Thank you so much for your supportive comments, your "likes" and "follows", your purchases and kind words. I literally couldn't have done it without you.



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  • Nicole Bracey


    Nicole graduated from ACAD with a BFA (with distinction!) in 2013. She loves all things creative and when not making jewelry you can find her with a set of knitting needles in hand. She's a proud founder of YYC Girl Gang and and even prouder dog mom.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 29, 2022
Hello, and welcome to Salt Water Tea.

My name is Nicole Bracey, I am a contemporary artist in Calgary, AB. I have a BFA in drawing, and a passion for jewellery making. I make everything at home, in my YYC apartment that I share with my dog, Shyla. I make a great attempt to purchase the majority of my supplies and crystals from local businesses and artisans.

My work is inspired by nature; gemstones are an amazing gift given to us by nature. I am honoured to be able to utilize these gifts in my practice.

My mission is to provide you with unique, handmade jewelry that you can feel good about.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

Returns & exchanges

See item details for return and exchange eligibility.


Cancellations: not accepted

Please contact the seller if you have any problems with your order.


Payment must be received within 24 hours. I accept paypal, etsy direct deposit and etsy gift card. Cancellations within 12 hours only.


Shipping prices include shipping as well as handling (packaging materials etc), however, if it ever costs me significantly less to ship your item I will refund you the difference. If you wish to upgrade to faster shipping and pay a bit more, please message me before or when placing the order.

Please note that it may take up to three business days before an item is shipped. I believe in honesty, and will mark the customs declaration accordingly. YOU are liable to pay for any import fees or taxes required by your government. Shipping via Canada Post. Packages may be reported lost after 6 weeks (as per Canada Post guidelines). After then, we can discuss sending a new one. :) Please don't hesitate to contact me if this occurs!

Additional policies and FAQs

To properly care for your jewelry, please use the following guidelines:
- Store your jewelry in a clean, dry, place. DO NOT store it in the bathroom or other high humidity places.
- Do not shower, sleep, sweat (play sports) or swim with your jewelry.

I do not recommend or condone using crystals as a form of healing.

I'm happy to arrange modifications. If there's something you're considering, but require a change of chain, length etc, please message me!


This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through or its related sites and services. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy. You can reference the Etsy Privacy Policy to learn more about its privacy practices.

Information I Collect:

To fulfill your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorized Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product you are ordering. You may also choose to provide me with other information when contacting me directly.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It

As a rule, I only require your information to fulfill the order you have placed with me.
I do reply on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
- as needed to provide my services - such as when I use your information to fulfill your order, settle disputes, or to provide customer support.
- if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
- as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1.) providing and improving my services - I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2.) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Sales receipts of your purchases are stored for the purpose of tax filing and accounting.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Your privacy is extremely important to me. Your information is shared for very limited reasons and in limited circumstance, as follows:

- Etsy: I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy, and the Etsy Terms of Use.
- Shipping: I engage certain trusted third parties to ship your items. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but ONLY to the extent necessary to perform these services (ei. Your name and mailing address).
- Compliance with laws: I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to (a.) respond to a legal process or to government requests, (b.) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c.) prevent, investigate and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d.) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.
- Your information is NEVER sold or traded. Your information is ONLY used or shared in the ways necessary to fulfill your orders, or report my business earnings/expenditures.

Sales receipts of your purchases are stored for the purpose of tax filing. Access to these records is only granted to my hired tax professionals, and to government authorities in the event they request to see it.

Data Retention

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may be also required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. Your data exists on Etsy for as long as they retain it, and in my personal records only until I legally do not need to keep the sales receipts for tax purposes.

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU

My business is operated in Canada. I use third party providers from different jurisdictions to ship your orders (for example, Canada Post, DYK Post, USPS.) I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I reply on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer.

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

-Access: You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
-Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request. You will have to contact Etsy to have information removed from the platform as a whole.
- Object - You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have a compelling and legitimate ground to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons. If you have subscribed to my email newsletter, you may unsubscribe at any time.
- Complain: if you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Nicole Bracey, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at nicole [!at] Alternately, if you are a resident of the EU, you will find my mailing address available to you as well.
See this Seller Handbook article for a sample privacy policy you can customize for your shop.