stonesartisanjewelry

artisan jewelry using semi-precious gemstones

Calgary, Canada · 931 Sales

stonesartisanjewelry

artisan jewelry using semi-precious gemstones

Calgary, Canada 931 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Christina

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Note from shop owner Hello there. I will be working on some pieces over the winter so that I can have a spring pop-up. Please check in with my Facebook page for further announcements and glimpses of my new life in Calgary, Alberta. Thank you to all my regular customers over the years!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Mar 10, 2018

Hello there. I will be working on some pieces over the winter so that I can have a spring pop-up. Please check in with my Facebook page for further announcements and glimpses of my new life in Calgary, Alberta. Thank you to all my regular customers over the years!

Christina

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About

It began with a blank space...

...at least that's how people describe Saskatchewan when they drive through. Hailing from the most overlooked part of the Canadian Plains, I have surrounded myself with rocks my whole life. I touch them. I keep them in bowls. I hold them in my hands. I am thankful for them. This rocky land is my muse, and each piece of jewelry I make reminds me, in some way, of the lonely place where I feel most at home.

Well, my mother is also my muse.

She is the wild one in our family. And without her, I would never have started making jewelry. With her untamed silver hair and perfect skin, she can pull off the most dramatic pieces of stone jewelry anyone can make...and several pieces piled together. I am a minimalist by nature, so I have always lived out my jewelry fantasies through her, selecting quirky pieces on my travels and, now, designing unusual pieces she will love.

I started making jewelry during graduate school when the heady, philosophical chaos of my mental world called out for some kind of tactile balance. I was trained by a master jeweler in Florida, and have been perfecting my techniques over the last ten years. My perfectionist tendencies and love for beauty lend themselves to the detail of jewelry making. I love the detail work and the care of the stones. I favor simple designs that showcase the stones themselves... but every once and a while I'll make some wild pieces for my mother.

And she wears them all. Usually at the same time.

My small family moved from Atlanta to Calgary in 2016. When I have time, I work from home and use a very small portable space to design, build, photograph and package my jewelry. My husband figured he could have a go at stringing stones after years of watching me build my pieces, and now he strings a few pieces every season. Watch for his specialty called "The Greg"...it always flies out of the shop. A special thanks to my loyal customers who patiently wait for the seasonal pop-ups that accommodate my busy schedule. Every stone you see in my shop has been held and loved by me. Makes yourself at home here. May these stones and the stories they tell bring you joy.

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Shop members

  • Christina Conroy

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Curator

    Independent jewelry artist. Lover of good food, beauty, creatures of all kinds, stringing beads as spiritual practice, and long trips home.

  • Greg

    Occasional Stringer And Package Mailer

    Curiously, my trusty husband Greg has developed an intensity for stringing the best of my gemstones. He sometimes gives design advice (thus, my necklace named "The Greg"), and often loads up my packages on his scooter to post.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 13, 2017
If you have any questions, problems or just want to say hello, please contact me through Etsy's conversation portal. I want you to be comfortable and happy with your purchase. I have carefully listed my policies below to help you with your jewelry buying process.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept 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
Returns and exchange details
Returns
I will accept returns for refund only if the product is defective and I am notified within 7 days of receipt of your jewelry. Please contact me for a return authorization number. Items must be unworn with all original tags attached. Everything you receive is humanly constructed, so if you discover an accidental flaw, please contact me immediately...don't wait until after the 7 days.

Exchange
I will accept an item for exchange within three days of receipt of the product and if you contact me within three days of your receipt of the item according to postal tracking information. Pieces must be unworn and arrive back to me in their original condition, re-saleable and with all original packaging. I do not refund shipping charges and you will be responsible for return shipping costs.

Exceptions
Custom orders and pieces that have been adjusted (in any way) upon request are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Please be mindful of this when purchasing.

Stretch Bracelets
In the unlikely event that the elastic in your stretch bracelet breaks, I will gladly fix it for you free of charge. You will be responsible for shipping it to me with a tracking number.

Contact Me
I keep all communication with you in the Etsy "conversation" system so there is a record of our interaction.
Payment
I accept Paypal and Etsy direct checkout.
Shipping
General
Your package will be shipped via Canada Post within 7 days of purchase. I make trips to the post-office on Saturdays. I will ship your package to the address provided on your order. Kindly note that shipping from Canada is a long, slow process. Your package will likely take 2 weeks to arrive. If you haven't received your parcel in 3 weeks, please contact me directly.

International
All international orders are shipped via Canada Post. The tracking number you receive with your package should be trackable in your home country's mail tracking portal. Etsy customs labels indicate that your purchase is "merchandise", and you will be responsible for any charges (customs, duty tax and/or VAT) this incurs on the receiving end. Please check your country's customs policies in advance of purchase.

Packaging
I'm in transition so my packaging is less consistent and polished than it used to be. Here is my previous statement and I am hoping to find a supplier nearby who can help me with my environmental commitments: I pleased to offer beautiful environmentally friendly packaging. Both my external box, internal jewelry box and tissue paper are 100% post-consumer waste products. Your necklace or bracelet will have a Stones Artisan Jewelry tag attached that lists the stones in your piece. If your necklace is placed in a box, it will have paper ribbon and business tag. Bracelets arrive in a cellophane gift bag. Your jewelry is then placed inside a sturdy mailer to keep your package safe from the threats of the postal system. Due to the fragility of some of my components, I may have to put a ridiculous amount of bubble wrap around the piece inside the jewelry box. For large pieces or if you request waterproof packaging, I forego an internal jewelry box and wrap your piece with tissue directly in the mailer.

Gifts
I'm happy to include a gift enclosure upon request. I really enjoy sending covert presents and can "disguise" your gift upon request.
Additional policies and FAQs
Care for your Stones Artisan Jewelry
Your Stones Artisan Jewelry should be stored flat and either straight or gently curved. This will prevent your necklace and components from receiving unnecessary wear. This is especially important for heavy necklaces. The jeweler's wire I use is made of 49 pieces of stainless steel wound into a coated 'rope'. Even so, large stones forced into an angle can snap the hefty wire in half. Many of my pieces contain Sterling Silver which will need to be polished regularly. I use Argentium silver (935) when I can which tarnishes at a much slower rate. If you need to polish your silver, I recommend using a treated jewelers cloth designed for such a purpose. If you would like to clean your stones, I recommend you using a basic microfiber cloth to 'massage' the stones gently, which will pick up any debris or oils. I suggest that you take off your jewelry while showering and while sleeping. If you do get your piece wet, lay it out overnight on a soft towel and in a warm place to make sure the water evaporates from inside the drilled holes. Some stones (such as amethyst) are photosensitive, so I don't leave your semi-precious gemstones in direct sunlight. They do, however, love spending time in moonlight. You may cleanse the energy of your stones by laying them on hematite, on dirt (!), or wrapping them in leather. I store my own jewelry in a drawer with moisture wicking packets that help to slow oxidization. The only time I will hang a necklace on a hook is if it weighs less than 3 ounces.

Necklaces
I string necklaces so they can be gently curved around...depending on the shape of the gemstone. This means that when straight, there may be some slack in the stringing material. This is normal. Refrain from squeezing your necklace together in your hands, which puts strain on the wire. I use very high quality components, and finish my pieces tightly and neatly without ornamental crimp covers.

Bracelets
The bigger the stone, the more difficult it is to achieve a precise fit. Large stones will naturally leave gaps when curved around small things like wrists (you can experiment with this yourself) and so you may see a bit of jewelers elastic between stones if you choose a stone with a diameter larger than 12mm. Working with jeweler's elastic for stretch bracelets is a honed skill. I use a special knot which I try to tuck inside a stone that I have drilled to hold it. If the knot will go inside a large holed or hollow focal bead, I leave a "stem" of elastic past the knot which keeps the knot from slipping out the hole. Unless you yank it. I am very good at knotting, and hope that my skills prove useful in a survival situation some day.

Environmental Commitments
I am committed to choosing as many sustainable choices as I can even when they incur an extra cost on my end.
- I choose to purchase jewelry boxes, mailers and tissue with 100% recycled content.
- I am buying as much of my sterling silver and argentium silver components from a company in the U.S. who uses reclaimed metals as much as possible.
- I decrease the size of my shipping labels to save paper and ink
- I reuse silk bead striking material as my tag holders.
- I order directly from makers when possible. I am able to support women's artisan initiatives in Thailand and Bali.
- I repair broken jewelers elastic in the unlikely event that your bracelet breaks.
- I create pieces worth keeping, and give you tips on how to make them last.

We can all work to make these pieces heirlooms.

Here's to a more beautiful and sustainable world! -- Christina