Alternative metal jewelry

Modena, Italy · 135 Sales


Alternative metal jewelry

Modena, Italy 135 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   *****IMPORTANT: I will be on holiday from 04 to 19 of august 2016, if you will purchase something during that time I will prepare and ship it after the 22 of august. Thank you and have a lovely and fun summer!!*****

You can find all the information in Shop Policies, if you have doubts or questions contact me!

Last updated on Aug 4, 2016

*****IMPORTANT: I will be on holiday from 04 to 19 of august 2016, if you will purchase something during that time I will prepare and ship it after the 22 of august. Thank you and have a lovely and fun summer!!*****

You can find all the information in Shop Policies, if you have doubts or questions contact me!

Maria Helena Zanni

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Maria Helena Zanni


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5 out of 5 stars
Samuela Begarelli

Samuela Begarelli on Sep 21, 2016

4 out of 5 stars

Ear cuff magnifico! fatto su commissione e molto soddisfacente. Helena disponibilissima e molto chiara nelle spiegazioni! lo ricomprerei e lo consiglio!

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Creative chemistry

Chemistry is all around us and every creations has its own chemistry.

My name is Helena, I've studied chemistry at the university and I love simple and unique jewelry. I called my shop "Simply Helena" because every item tell a little about me.

Nobuki earrings have a particular and personal history.
I never had ears pierced until 16 but when I decided to pierced them I started to having problems and I had to stop wearing any type of earrings. Since then I've tried to create my own earrings because it was difficult to find earrings that I really liked with clips.
So I decided to sell my earrings to people like me who couldn't find comfy and simple earrings.

The jewels are entirely designed and assembled by me. I work with metal wire and foils shaping, hammering each item until the result satisfied me.

Also knowing the chemistry behind metals such as copper, brass and aluminum I enjoy playing with these metals creating oxidized patinas which give a vintage aspect to the metal or creating colored and unpredictable patinas.

Shop members
  • Maria Helena

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photography, Shipping

    Hi! My name is Maria Helena, I'm 27, I'm a little shy, a bit crazy and very curious!

  • Blocky the bench block


    When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

Shop policies

Last updated on August 4, 2014
"Creative chemistry"

Each creation is made with love and care and the small imperfections typical of handmade item make every piece unique. That's why the item in the photograph may be slightly different from the item you'll receive.

I worked in a smoke-free environment, each piece is unworn and packed in a plastic bags to avoid dust and any other damages.
It will be well prepared for the shipping in a handcraft packaging.

Jewerly care:
For my totally handcrafted creations I use only this material: copper, brass, aluminium and silver plated copper with tarnish patina or different textures.
Above all copper tends to oxidize easily in contact with air, but clean it is very easy, just pass on a soft cloth or a microfibre cloth if necessary.
Some item with different patinas are also protected with natural bees wax or spray finisher gloss.
If you want to prolong the original texture of the jewels and avoid irritation and sensitization:
- do not wear them for a long time;
- keep them away from light and air when you're not wearing them;
- clean them periodically with a soft cloth;
- do not moisten them and pay attention to the perfume and cosmetics.

This metals usually don't cause contact allergies but if you are very sensitive to metals or for any doubt contact me.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
I only accept single payment with paypal because it's safe, quick and easy to use.

If you don't have a paypal account you can use a credit card. At check-out, click the "Pay by PayPal" option and you'll be taken to a secure page on PayPal. Look for a link below the log-in form reading "Don't have a PayPal account?" and you will proceed with the payment with your credit or debit card.
Here you can find help from Etsy to complete this procedure:

If you have any douane fees I don't refoud them because they're part of customer duty in export affair.
I'll ship as soon as possibile before payment with a bubble envelope.
If you want a custom package for a special day contact me.

I'll ship to Paypal address, if isn't the right address contact me.

The shipping is by International ordinary untracked Mail.
Without tracking is cheaper but you can't control the shipment situation so if you want a registered mail you can choose the options "Tracked mail" during your order.

The delivery takes (except the shipping day):
Europe: 5/6 working days;
Mediterrean Countries: 6/7 working days;
Rest of Africa: 10 working days;
Nord America: 7/8 working days;
Rest of America, Asia and Oceania: 9/10 working days

Note that the delivery time are approximate and do not apply during particular periods like christmas holiday or weather problems.
Check out also if there are any taxes or customs duties to your country that are responsibility of the customer.

Shipping costs for an item are also used to cover the cost of shipping supplies, packaging and so on, so the shipping cost may be a little bit less than you were charged for shipping that particular item.
Refunds and Exchanges
The items will be protected and padded to avoid any danger. If the are any problems as the item arrived (wrong item, broken, etc.) contact me and we can try to solve them together.

If you are not satisfied of the product, please contact me within 15 days you received the package and after we agree I will refund the the total amount of the product once you send me back the item. The shipping costs to send me back the item will not be refund.

In any case, if you have any doubt about the purchase, contact me for more pictures and detailed descriptions of the product.
Additional policies and FAQs
I accept customer order and I can modified some item you saw in the shop, please contact me or click "Request a custom order" under the item in the shop you'd like to modified and tell me your request!
Customer orders will be paid before the shipping and it will be shipped within 7 days from the payment.

For any other problems or question contact me here or helemari86[at]!