stonesartisanjewelry

artisan jewelry using semi-precious gemstones

Calgary, Canada 942 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars (487)

stonesartisanjewelry

artisan jewelry using semi-precious gemstones

Calgary, Canada | 942 Sales

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Note from shop owner Come on back for my winter POP-UP shop on Wednesday, November 20. Featuring dark, sparkly stones, some large and some precious and tiny. I have several of my STELLA design coming, which sells out quickly.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Nov 16, 2019

Come on back for my winter POP-UP shop on Wednesday, November 20. Featuring dark, sparkly stones, some large and some precious and tiny. I have several of my STELLA design coming, which sells out quickly.

Christina

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Christina

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About stonesartisanjewelry

Sales 942
On Etsy since 2010

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. 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. I am a minimalist by nature, so I live out my jewelry fantasies through her, selecting quirky pieces on my travels and, now, designing unusual pieces she will love.

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

And she wears them all. Often all at once.

My small family moved from Atlanta to Calgary in 2016. The rocks in Alberta are majestic and overstated, so I am not quite sure what will happen to my designs in this new bold landscape we now call home. I use a very small space to design, build, photograph and package the jewelry you see in the shop. My husband decided to have a go at stringing stones after years of watching me build my pieces, and now strings at least one piece every season. Watch for "The Greg"...it always flies out of the doors. I would like to thank my loyal customers who support my seasonal pop-ups and wait the extra time it takes to receive their packages from Canada.

Every stone you see in my shop has been held and loved by me. Make yourself at home here. May these stones and the stories they tell bring you joy in the wearing.

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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 September 4, 2019
Thank you for visiting my Etsy shop. I'd love to answer your questions about the size and fit of my hand-built jewelry. have carefully listed my policies below to help you with your jewelry buying process. Kindly note that I am shipping from Canada so please leave three weeks for your package to arrive via Canada Post.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept returns 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
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Returns
I do not accept returns unless an item 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 if you contact me within three days of receiving your item which is determined by the 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.

Return Shipping Information
When you mail an item back, please put "$10 - return of item" on the international customs form and mail via USPS, not UPS or FedEx. Do not put the original value on the customs form or I will have to pay duty and taxes on the item.

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 will ship your package to the address provided on your order. Kindly note that shipping from Canada can be a long, slow process. Your package may take 3 weeks to arrive. If you haven't received your parcel at the three week mark, please contact me. I usually ship via expedited shipping at a $24 charge that I absorb and packages still take 1-3 weeks to arrive. I do offer a discount if you buy two or more bracelets so I don't lose money on the sale because of my free shipping. Please contact me for details.

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
Since relocating to Canada, my packaging has undergone some changes, and I hope that you find my choices even more environmentally kind than before. I have sourced recycled flat mailers that fit the jewelry boxes that I use. Each mailer fits one jewelry box. Each jewelry box is secured with decorative paper and wrapped in tissue. Inside the jewelry box, your piece will be padded gently with with decorative paper shred which you will later find all over your floor. Often for days. Both necklaces and bracelets have a Stones Artisan Jewelry tag attached. I hope you enjoy this simple but lovely packaging.

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