Handcrafted and Personalized Artisan Fine Jewelry

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Last updated on May 5, 2020

Thanks for visiting SSMDesign ~ Jewelry Personified and for your interest in my handcrafted jewelry designs! - FOR CURRENT OFFERINGS PLEASE VISIT -

Stephanie S. McGrath

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Stephanie S. McGrath


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About SSMDesign

Sales 1,245
On Etsy since 2009

Creating my own destiny one beautiful piece at a time!

I specialize in smaller hard to find sizes and delicate jewelry for a more petite frame. I know firsthand just how difficult it can be to find a size 3.5 ring or a 15 inch chain! I'm very detail oriented by nature and since we're all multi-sided I always add a little something extra to the back of every necklace and bracelet, so it's just as pretty from the back as the front ; ) I create jewelry I would wear and each piece is infused with a bit of my personality, attention to detail, and whimsical unexpected touches - jewelry personified : )

My life in jewelry design began by accident in 2008. I'd been working as a product specialist traveling the auto show circuit 7 months of the year for many years. As a creative outlet, outside all of the day to day technical stats, facts, and figures, I took a class in wire wrapping and I was hooked! I opened a little shop here on Etsy in 2009 and was able to retire from auto shows in 2011 to focus full-time on my craft. Though I am mostly self taught, I have a voracious appetite for learning new techniques! I am constantly attending workshops, watching tutorials online, and taking classes to further my knowledge in the art of jewelry making. My roots in design go all the way back to childhood. I spent much more time designing and decorating Barbie's house and wardrobe than I did actual playing with Barbie. Interior design was my major in college and I'm able to apply much of the knowledge and principles to jewelry design.

I am most inspired by nature! The endless colors, shapes, sizes, and textures Mother Nature creates provide an endless array at which to marvel! I am also fascinated by the ornate detail and handcrafted pride in pretty much everything relating to the turn of the century, more specifically the 1880's to around the 1940's. As I learn new techniques and hone my skills I find myself designing more and more antique and vintage inspired pieces.

My pieces are imagined and created in my home studio. I believe that energy is transferred in the creation process and I want my jewelry to feel as great to wear as it looks! Therefore I've created my surroundings to be as calm and filled with love as possible. I begin my day with a cup of coffee, calm soothing music, light a delightfully scented candle, turn on my babbling fountain and open my mind to possibility. My space is filled with happy colors, photos of family and dear friends, and decorated with items I love that make me smile. I hope you too can feel the love and care that went into every detail of your very own special piece : )

I place a lot of importance on honesty, fair trade, and being eco-friendly! ALL of my gemstones and pearls are natural and conflict free and I use ONLY precious metals which have been reclaimed and recycled.

A large part of my designs are custom, limited edition, and/or personalized pieces. I truly enjoy working closely with customers creating exactly what they envision! I cater to a more petite audience because I know firsthand just how difficult it is to find a size 3.5 ring and items that flatter a smaller frame! Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or ideas!

Handcrafted jewelry has a character, charm, and whimsy that is not found in commercial pieces! Every gemstone is unique and no two pieces are alike. Most of my jewelry is created once an order has been placed, so though you may not request any customization specifically your item is custom created for you alone!

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  • Stephanie S. McGrath

    Owner, Designer Maker Curator Photographer Graphic Artist, Marketing Shipping And Customer Service

    Hi and welcome to my Etsy shop! I create heirloom quality jewelry using only natural high quality ethical conflict free precious and semi precious diamonds and gemstones, reclaimed/recycled nickel free precious metals, and cultured freshwater pearls.

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Last updated on October 23, 2017

Hello and welcome to my little boutique SSMDesign ~ Jewelry Personified! I get inspiration everywhere and I am most inspired by nature, so my designs tend to be organic, eclectic, and whimsical. I believe that your jewelry should say something about your style, who you are, and where you've been! I use only high quality materials; conflict free natural precious and semi-precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, and recycled precious metals to create my heirloom quality jewelry designs! All of my offerings are handmade by me and while all pieces will vary slightly, as the gemstones and pearls do in nature, many designs are "one of a kind" (OOAK) and will not or cannot be recreated. Handcrafting jewelry is my full-time job and I'm creating everyday, so check back often!

About Artisan Jewelry ~ unlike mass produced jewelry, slight variations and/or imperfections are to be expected and add to the character and charm of handcrafted jewelry designs.

DELICATE - Very fine in texture or structure; of intricate workmanship or quality. Many have commented that my work is delicate and I'll be honest, I never really liked the term as I've always associated it as being breakable. However, I've found that the definition truly does describe my work : ) I design my jewelry to be lightweight and comfortable. I cater more to those of petite stature, as I am, because I understand just how difficult it can be to find a size 3 1/2 ring and shorter necklace and bracelet lengths.

Custom Design ~ a vast majority of my orders and designs are custom and/or personalized! If you have an idea for a design you'd like to have made, you see a piece within my shop that you like, but prefer a different stone, chain, or you'd like to add another charm, or you like 2 pieces and want to merge them. Whatever it is let's do it, just CONVO me, I'm excited to hear your ideas = )

***Honesty has always been and will always be my policy!!!*** I loathe being lied to and/or kept in the dark, so I vow that you will ALWAYS know everything that I know!!! When it comes to the construction of my designs, lead-time, shipping etc... and if I accidentally left something out of a description please ask : )

I try to be as eco-conscious as possible. Every purchase is shipped in my eco-friendly signature gift box. If the item you are purchasing is being shipped directly to someone else, please let me know in the "Note To Seller" section. I am also happy to include a personalized note for the recipient, simply leave your message in the "Note To Seller" section during checkout.


SHOP LOCAL 2016 Schedule ~ Meet me and see my jewelry in person : )
Currently I have no shows scheduled for this season.

Shop in person at Old Florida Gallery and Outdoor Center, on Historic Dearborn Street in Englewood Florida -

Visit for destash, findings, and vintage treasures!


FSG - Florida Society of Goldsmiths ~
VAYP ~ Venice Area Young Professionals (A division of the Chamber of Commerce) ~
ACM ~ Art Center Manatee ~

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I put a lot of love, care, and time into each and every piece of jewelry and each is handcrafted with the utmost attention to detail using only the finest quality components. I also take great care in describing the details of each piece so that my customers may make an informed purchase, so please take the time to read the full item description before purchase and if you have any questions at all please ask before you make your purchase! Each piece is photographed before shipping to ensure quality control.

Ready to ship items are marked as such within the item title for convenience. If you are unhappy with your purchase upon receipt, please contact me ASAP so that I can make it right. I will accept returns within 14 days of delivery confirmation and items must be in original, unused, unworn, unaltered condition. Depending upon our conversation, I will issue either a refund (minus shipping), exchange the item for another (of equal value), or issue a boutique credit once the item is safely back in my hands. RETURNS MUST BE APPROVED BY ME BEFORE SHIPPING! I recommend insuring your return as I cannot be held responsible for items lost in transit. A 10% restocking fee will be deducted from the original purchase price.

CUSTOM/PERSONALIZED/MADE WHEN ORDERED JEWELRY IS FINAL SALE, NON RETURNABLE/NON REFUNDABLE. A custom/personalized/Made to Order piece is any item that is created after purchase to your specifications either during checkout, messages (convos), or custom listing. These pieces are handcrafted just for you to your unique specifications and include choice of metal, gemstone, initial, personal inscription, name, size etc... Again, I take great care in describing the details of each piece that I offer so that my customers may make an informed purchase and I am always available to answer questions.

For heath and hygiene purposes all earrings are final sale.

~Order Cancellation Requests:
Fees are paid by me to Etsy when an order is placed, therefore order cancellation requests will be granted only within the first 24 hrs of purchase, if the order has not already been shipped or creation begun, and less the fees associated with your order (fees vary).

***For any item returned to me due to an incorrect address or missed delivery - refunds will be minus shipping/return shipping/freight/ and/or customs or any other charges and a 10%-20% restocking fee (to cover charges, fess, materials etc...) will be deducted from the total. PLEASE SEE MY SHIPPING POLICY FOR FULL DETAILS!***
I offer two payment options:
~Direct Checkout - you can pay with a credit card without leaving Etsy and I accept Etsy gift cards - if you have an Etsy Gift Card to redeem simply enter the code from your certificate during checkout.

Please note that your purchase will not be shipped until payment is received. If you choose to pay through Paypal you can use a credit card even if you don't have or do not wish to open a paypal account. If payment is via e-check in Paypal, your item(s) will not ship or begin creation until the payment has cleared (which can take up to 8 days). Any purchase left unpaid or with no return responses to communication will be cancelled after 10 days.

Florida Residents ~ in compliance with state laws sales tax is added during checkout.

Due to the in-depth nature of custom orders I require a 100% deposit before beginning.

***New to Etsy - Visit the link below to make your first purchase a breeze : )
***In a effort to reduce my carbon footprint and waste I no longer include a printed receipt with orders unless requested.***

I am a one woman show and each piece of jewelry is created by me alone throughout each and every stage! Each piece is created in the order received and creation and shipping times are noted under the Shipping & Policies tab within each listing. Ready made items (noted as Ready to Ship in the listing title) will ship within 24-48 hours after receipt of payment with the exception of weekends, holidays, and where otherwise noted (see my shop announcement at the top of my home page for updates.) Custom made, personalized, and made to order items take a bit longer. Shipping is done Monday thru Friday except on holidays. I am unavailable on weekends, so that I can spend time with family and friends. PLEASE BE CERTAIN THE CORRECT SHIPPING ADDRESS IS INCLUDED WITH YOUR ORDER!!!

??? When will my order ship? Each item listed has an estimated ship time located under the "Shipping & Policies" tab within the listing. Shipping times shown are added with careful consideration to workload, prep time, creation, finishing, etc... Please see the shop announcement at the top of my homepage for current updates especially during the holiday season on lead/creation times -

Ready to ship items - normally ship within 24-48 hours of payment (excluding postal holidays and Sundays, of course). Custom/personalized orders - creation and shipping time depend upon the intricacy and details requested and each listing has a ship by timeline. If for some unforeseeable reason this is not possible, I WILL contact you!!! Shipping is via USPS Priority Mail and includes tracking, delivery confirmation, and insurance (where applicable). If you need your purchase faster I offer an upgrade to USPS Priority Express during checkout. If you prefer other methods please contact me directly with specific shipping requests ie UPS or FedEx.

Estimated arrival for packages is 2-10 days domestic via USPS First Class, shipping upgrades are offered during checkout if you need to faster.

PLEASE NOTE: Purchasing a shipping upgrade does not alter the creation time stated for each item, only the shipping method!

✈ International shipping is now via DHL and may not be available to your destination, please contact me for a quote before purchase! Estimated delivery will vary by country, and depends heavily upon customs holds, laws, and processing times. Customer is responsible for any taxes/duties/fees.


Orders will be shipped to the address provided unless otherwise requested beforehand. For example - If payment is made through Paypal your order will ship to the address provided in your Paypal account. If payment is made through Etsy's Direct Checkout within my shop your order will ship to the address provided in your Etsy account. If you prefer delayed shipping or shipment to an alternative address you must contact me directly or provide the necessary information in the message box during checkout! I cannot be held responsible for items sent to the incorrect address, missed delivery, or return shipping/freight/customs charges incurred. If an item is returned to me for any of these reasons refunds will be minus shipping/return shipping/freight/ and/or customs charges and a 10% restocking fee will be deducted from the total.

All items ship packaged in my signature gift box! Custom gift wrap is available upon request for $5.00, simply convo me before purchase to add this option to your order.

All orders ship from my smoke-free studio.

***Any item returned to me due to an incorrect address or missed delivery - refunds will be minus shipping/return shipping/freight/ and/or customs or any other charges and a 10% restocking fee will be deducted from the total. PLEASE SEE MY SHIPPING POLICY FOR FULL DETAILS!***
Additional policies and FAQs
❦Custom Requests/Orders:

I love working closely with customers on custom design requests and custom orders make up a very large part of my artwork! If you have an idea or request, please don't hesitate to ask! Custom requests require an upfront deposit.

Great art takes time and while I am so very honored to be a part of your celebration, in most cases I can't work miracles : ( All items listed have a "Ready to Ship in" time frame shown and while I can usually shave off a few days the shipping times posted are added with careful consideration to workload, prep time, creation, finishing, shipping, etc... Please see the shop announcement at the top of my homepage for current updates especially during the holiday season on lead/creation times -

*If you've requested a custom design and a custom order listing has been created for your request that listing will be available for purchase for 10 days. I will notify you that your listing is up and ready for purchase with a link to the listing provided within the message.


Rings/Toe Rings: Please be certain of your ring size before purchase! If you are unsure of your exact size I offer inexpensive reusable sizing bands for purchase in my shop or you can visit your nearest reputable jeweler and ask to be sized, it's free and only take a few minutes. Same goes for toe rings, some of my toe rings are fitted, therefore your exact size is necessary. Wider bands fit a bit smaller than thinner bands, so please let the person measuring you know the approx. mm size so that they may make the proper adjustments.

White Gold: I do not add rhodium plating to make white gold appear a more bright white as many do. Plating wears off over time and must be re-plated, therefore I do not offer rhodium plating or plating of any kind. If the color is slightly off from the color of your engagement ring and you wish to have it plated many jewelry stores offer this service at a nominal charge, you should have no trouble having it done locally.

Bracelets/Anklets: Please measure yourself to determine the appropriate length for you before purchase!

Bangles: Please follow the instructions provided in the listing to determine your size before purchase!

Necklaces: Please visit this site for examples of lengths. Everyone is created differently so this is an approx. guide only -

If your item requires resizing a fee of $10 for sterling, $20 for gold fill, and $60 for solid gold will be added. Resizing will be worked into my current workload.

☛Your Questions Answered:

~Is your jewelry nickel free? Yes! All wire and components in my jewelry including fine/sterling silver, 14kt yellow gold fill, and 14kt rose gold fill are sourced within the USA are made of recycled/reclaimed precious metals and are nickel free.

~What is gold fill? Gold Fill is made from solid "gold" and "filled" with other alloys. Gold Filled wears like solid gold because its outer surface is solid gold. Electroplating is NOT a part of this process. Gold fill is considered a lifetime wear item and not costume or fashion jewelry!

~How do I know your gemstones are real? Every gemstone is handpicked by me from honest reputable sources. The raw/rough diamonds I purchase do not come with a certificate of authenticity because they have been deemed uncuttable. Every Moissanite will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

~What does conflict free mean? Gemstones originating from ethical and environmentally responsible sources. My gemstones are sourced from the USA, Russia, Canada, Spain, and other ethically responsible countries!

Can I send you my diamond(s) or other gemstone(s) to set or add to a piece of jewelry? I apaologize for any inconvenience, however because of liability I do not work with customers gemstones.

~What does reclaimed/recycled precious metal mean? Precious metal (gold, gold fill, sterling and fine silver) supplies that come entirely from scrap purchased from jewelers, electronics manufacturers, and other sources processed into back into reusable forms. Precious metals are mined from the earth in much the same way as gemstones and many valuable resources are and mining is a very destructive and dirty business which produces environmental waste, contaminating water and lands and endangering the health and lives of humans and animals and plants. To do my part, I use only recycled/reclaimed precious metals! ♻

~What is the difference between .999 fine silver and .925 sterling silver? Fine silver is pure silver and designated .999. Fine silver is softer and lacks the alloys (namely copper) that make up sterling silver designated .925. These alloys make sterling silver harder than fine silver and a better choice for rings. Fine silver being a bit softer is better suited to charms and items less likely to receive a lot of abuse.


✤Caring For Your New Jewelry:
My jewelry is created from the finest materials and workmanship! To preserve the life of your special piece it should not be worn during strenuous impact activities!

~My jewelry designs are meant to be lasting treasures...
Sterling silver and gold patina naturally overtime. If this patina’d look is not your preference, then a quick dip in liquid “Tarn-X” with a liberal rinse and drying with a soft cloth should keep tarnish at bay. *Never put pearls in “Tarn-X”, it will destroy the luster! If your jewelry contains gemstones or glass, wiping gently with a polishing cloth is recommended to prevent scratches.

~ Your “Shake Necklace” is sealed, however not 100% waterproof, therefore I do not recommend swimming, bathing, or otherwise immersing in any liquid! Please DO NOT try to open the pendant, the diamonds/gemstones/sand within are loose and will spill out and possibly be lost if opened!!!


❈More Info.:

SSMDesign ~ Jewelry Personified makes the perfect addition to boutiques and small shops! Wholesale inquiries are always welcome and I do not require a minimum order per item! Please convo me about wholesale pricing.

Old Florida Gallery and Outdoor Center ~ Englewood, Florida

❥Loyalty Perks Program ~ After your fifth purchase from SSMDesign Jewelry Personified you'll receive a Loyalty Perks Card containing a code for 10% off of each and every purchase, even sale items!!! This card can be used on Etsy, my website, and at art/craft shows. Simply enter the code during checkout, mention the code on my website during checkout, or flash the card at a show and the discount is yours! This is my way of saying THANK YOU for loving my art : D