Announcement Welcome to my spring pop-up. My inventory is very low, but I will keep the shop open for a few more days. I craft designs that are minimal and clean, and add a touch of color for spring and shine for the holidays. I give details about my high quality stones and components in each listing, but please contact me if you have further questions or styling advice. I am known to be quite candid...I want you to be happy. Yes, all my gemstones are real and my large and small components are sterling (or higher grade) silver or vermeil unless noted. I make everything here myself under the close watch of my two rescue dogs. Please do not use my photos, designs or descriptions without permission. Thanks for supporting small, sustainably minded shops.
Welcome to my spring pop-up. My inventory is very low, but I will keep the shop open for a few more days. I craft designs that are minimal and clean, and add a touch of color for spring and shine for the holidays. I give details about my high quality stones and components in each listing, but please contact me if you have further questions or styling advice. I am known to be quite candid...I want you to be happy. Yes, all my gemstones are real and my large and small components are sterling (or higher grade) silver or vermeil unless noted. I make everything here myself under the close watch of my two rescue dogs. Please do not use my photos, designs or descriptions without permission. Thanks for supporting small, sustainably minded shops.
kmclare on May 4, 2016
Christina's pieces are stunning. This is my third necklace of hers, and it's another winner. I know it's going to get so much use. And I look forward to future purchases. This great purchase should remind me not to hesitate on any future purchases from her because I know I will always be impressed and pleased. I've missed out on several other necklaces, and I hope to avoid missing out in the future!
lmpitter02 on Apr 28, 2016
Such lovely stones. The prettiest Rose quartz I've ever seen. The bracelet fits perfectly. Such a delightful piece made by a gifted Etsy artisan.
Jennifer Frye on Apr 24, 2016
Gorgeous bracelet, striking combination, another fantastic creation! Thanks so much!
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 five 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.
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.
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.
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.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
Your package will be shipped via USPS first class mail (if it is under 13oz) or priority mail (over 13oz) within 3 business days of cleared payment. All packages sent through the Etsy shipping system will have a tracking number. Please contact me if you would like to pay for a further shipping upgrade or buy insurance, which I recommend on expensive pieces. Unless you request otherwise, I will ship to the address that appears on your order.
All international orders under 20oz are shipped via USPS first class international mail. Kindly note that international delivery time takes at least two weeks and up to six weeks, even to Canada. A package I sent to Canada last December took 4 weeks to arrive and was stuck in Miami's international customs processing for most of it. Ug! You will receive a tracking number which you can track in the USPS site until it clears customs. After that, try entering the tracking number in your own national postal system to track it to your door. 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.
I'm pleased to offer environmental packaging. Both my external box, internal jewelry box and tissue paper are 100% post-consumer waste products. Your jewelry box or bracelet bag will be seasonally adorned, with a "Stones Artisan Jewelry" tucked into the front. This package is 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. Consider sliding the tie off the box and removing some of the wrap before giving your Stones Artisan Jewelry as a gift. For earrings, bracelets and very large pieces or if you request waterproof packaging, I may eliminate the internal jewelry box and place your piece in a plastic jewelry bag and surround it with tissue inside the mailer.
I'm happy to include a gift enclosure upon request. I really enjoy sending covert presents and can "disguise" your gift upon request.
Refunds and Exchanges
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.
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.
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.
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.
I keep all communication with you in the Etsy "conversation" system so there is a record of our interaction.
Additional policies and FAQs
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 still, 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. I recommend taking of 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. I don't recommend leaving semi-precious gemstones in direct sunlight, though they love spending time in moonlight. You may cleanse your stones by laying them on hematite or wrapping them in leather. There are a few stones that react to salt, a common stone cleanser, so I recommend doing some further research before you try that. 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.
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.
The bigger the stone, the more difficult it is to get 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 larger than 12mm. This does not detract from the appearance or the quality of the bracelet, but may go against your preference. There are trade secrets when it comes to working with jeweler's elastic for stretch bracelets. When I trim the jewelers elastic on a finished piece, I will leave a small "stem" of elastic past the knot which may prevent the knot from slipping out from inside large holed stones. This will be invisible to the eye, unless you yank it. I am very good at knotting, and your bracelet will look beautiful.
I am committed to making sustainable choices that make sense for my small shop even when they incur an extra cost on my end. Here's what I have been able to do so far:
- I choose to purchase jewelry boxes, mailers and tissue with 100% recycled content.
- I am buying many of my small genuine silver components from a company in the U.S. who use reclaimed 'argentium' silver that tarnishes at a slower rate than sterling. These are my silver finishing beads and the crimps for smaller necklaces.
- I interact directly with the families from whom I buy stones and beads...some from China (living in Georgia), others directly from Indonesia and Thailand.
- I decrease the size of my shipping labels to save paper and ink
- I reuse the silk used to string gemstones and use them to hang my tags.
- I order directly from overseas suppliers when possible. This eliminates an in between shipping process, and helps support women's artisan initiatives in Thailand.
- I repair broken jewelers elastic if your bracelet falls apart (hasn't happened yet)
- 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