StudioSweetwater

Lake Superior Inspired Jewelry, Hand Made in Duluth, MN

Duluth, Minnesota
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Announcement    A note from April:
I had planned to return to jewelry making after taking 2019 off to focus on my other business (Aunty's Child Care Center, Duluth MN). The pandemic of 2020 quickly derailed those plans! Two of the Duluth galleries I sell in have permanently closed, and the others simply aren't ordering due to low sales with the closures. It is a tough time all around. To be real, I have also personally been procrastinating in regards to listing items online. I did some soul searching and found the reason to be that I when I do something, I give it my all. I found that I was afraid to give jewelry my all again because creating art, while good for the soul, is a tough business to be in. That combined with the stress of the pandemic on my other business (a daycare center) caused me to hesitate. I have made the decision to move forward now, with some parameters and personal boundaries so that I am not forced to take on more than I can handle.

These are:
I will not be taking in others' sea glass to make custom orders. I will ship all order in order to keep myself safe, even if it is a local order.
I will only commit to a custom order if it is a simple change like a charm or word. I cannot commit to the design of a new piece at this time, even with my own sea glass stock.
I will ship within 2 business days of ordering so orders cannot pile up.
I do not guarantee shipping times.
I will put my shop on vacation mode if I feel overwhelmed.

I have found this year that my mental health is vitally important. I will not sacrifice it. I create art simply for the love of creating, and selling it allows me to make more art! Although I need money to live and pay bills, I am not here to sell all I can and 'increase profit margins'. I am simply here to sell the work I have made with the hope that it will bring someone else joy!

Thank you for taking the time to read this note and I hope you find yourself well this year ♥️

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 6, 2020

A note from April:
I had planned to return to jewelry making after taking 2019 off to focus on my other business (Aunty's Child Care Center, Duluth MN). The pandemic of 2020 quickly derailed those plans! Two of the Duluth galleries I sell in have permanently closed, and the others simply aren't ordering due to low sales with the closures. It is a tough time all around. To be real, I have also personally been procrastinating in regards to listing items online. I did some soul searching and found the reason to be that I when I do something, I give it my all. I found that I was afraid to give jewelry my all again because creating art, while good for the soul, is a tough business to be in. That combined with the stress of the pandemic on my other business (a daycare center) caused me to hesitate. I have made the decision to move forward now, with some parameters and personal boundaries so that I am not forced to take on more than I can handle.

These are:
I will not be taking in others' sea glass to make custom orders. I will ship all order in order to keep myself safe, even if it is a local order.
I will only commit to a custom order if it is a simple change like a charm or word. I cannot commit to the design of a new piece at this time, even with my own sea glass stock.
I will ship within 2 business days of ordering so orders cannot pile up.
I do not guarantee shipping times.
I will put my shop on vacation mode if I feel overwhelmed.

I have found this year that my mental health is vitally important. I will not sacrifice it. I create art simply for the love of creating, and selling it allows me to make more art! Although I need money to live and pay bills, I am not here to sell all I can and 'increase profit margins'. I am simply here to sell the work I have made with the hope that it will bring someone else joy!

Thank you for taking the time to read this note and I hope you find yourself well this year ♥️

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About StudioSweetwater

Sales 1,545
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All Things Lake Superior

With Lake Superior as my muse, I create jewelry that connects the soul to these great waters.

Materials are very important to me in my creations. While stones and glass are ignite my curiosity and creativity, I also use high quality metals, handmade porcelain beads and pendants, and authentic pearls and gemstones to achieve the symphony that is each piece of jewelry.

As a naive young girl, I moved to Southern California in search of my happiness. I was focused on a career in the financial industry, forever trekking the endless trail to success. After succumbing to reality from the loss of my job, I realized that I was out of touch with my soul. I was unhappy in a place filled with sunshine, beautiful people, and endless beaches. I was missing creativity in my life, something I had always relied on for strength and clarity, and I was out of balance.

My heart called me back home to Duluth, Minnesota where I have found my passion in beach glass jewelry making. I walk the beaches of Lake Superior, looking for lake tumbled beach glass and smooth stones. As I seek, I also clean, removing the trash that has washed up on shore in an attempt to give back to the Lake that gives me so much.

I get so much joy out of creating, it is a huge part of my everyday life. Besides creating jewelry, I refinish furniture, work on upcycled art, and am a newlywed! I have two fun furry dogs that I adore, Bandit and Nola, a sweet kitty named Neptune who loves to spend time in my studio with me while I create, and an amazing husband that treats me like a queen.

I cannot imagine my life away from this place of wonder, the Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota.

I believe in being eco-friendly in every way that I can, in my home, personal life, and in my business. 100% of my boxes and packing materials are reused. Please take the time to recycle or reuse them again if you can. Styrofoam packing peanuts never break down, and should be reused instead of thrown away. Most cities have a recycling facility that accepts packing peanuts for reshipment.

Thank you for shopping with Sweetwater Jewelry Designs and allowing me to stay independent and hard working :) I am fully self employed and I work really hard to make sure I stay that way until I depart our wonderful Earth. Enjoy your time while you browse the website. Whether you are a bride-to-be looking for that perfect piece of jewelry for your special day, searching for a special unique gift for a friend or relative, seeking for some unique one-of-a-kind locally made Lake Superior Beach Glass jewelry, or requesting a custom piece, you will find exactly what you want here at Sweetwater Jewelry Designs, where custom orders are welcome. Happy shopping :)

❤April

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  • April Westman

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I create jewelry that connects the soul to the great waters of Lake Superior. I walk the beaches looking for lake tumbled beach glass and smooth stones. I also remove trash from the beach in an attempt to give back to the Lake that gives me so much.

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Last updated on May 7, 2016

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Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I am able to do slight customizations, such as swapping out a color of sea glass or a charm. I am not able to create a custom piece from scratch at this time.

Sizing details

Size adjustments need to be made through the listing prior to checkout. I ship items exactly as they are ordered as the price increases are built in. If you receive an item that needs resizing, you are responsible for shipping both ways to have it resized. Please take special care to ensure ring sizes are correct as they absolutely cannot be made smaller and only some designs can be made larger by stretching the band.

Care instructions

As with all jewelry, please remove before showering, swimming, applying lotions or sunscreens, and while sleeping to preserve it's beauty and shine.

Do you make children's jewelry?

Jewelry is not recommended for children, and we do not knowingly sell jewelry that will be given to children.

I found a rock or piece of beach glass. Can you make me a piece of jewelry with it?

Please note that I am not taking custom drilling orders at this time. When I do, the answer to this depends on the thickness, shape, size and density of the stone.

Do you accept returns?

I do not accept returns on jewelry purchases. Please ensure you ask all questions prior to purchase as there are not exceptions to this policy.

Wholesale availability

Please contact me privately to discuss any wholesale needs you may have. I offer wholesale to a limited number of galleries and gift shops.