thebijoubabe

Artisan Gemstone Jewelry Designs

Baltimore, Maryland · 1053 Sales

thebijoubabe

Artisan Gemstone Jewelry Designs

Baltimore, Maryland 1053 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(582)

Shop owner

Susan

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Announcement   Welcome to The Bijou Babe, my Etsy boutique, where you will find artisan gemstone jewelry created with the finest materials. Each piece I create in my home studio is given the utmost attention to detail and craftsmanship, and is designed with a passion for unique, and wearable jewelry!

I use the highest quality precious and semi-precious gemstones, exquisite pearls, precious metals (sterling silver, solid 14kt gold or solid 18kt gold), as well as 14kt gold fill and 24kt vermeil. You will also find vintage and antique treasures incorporated in many of my pieces. I adore hunting for these treasures, and utilizing these enchanting pieces of history in newer, contemporary designs.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you find that special piece that you will always treasure!
~Susan

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Last updated on Apr 22, 2017

Welcome to The Bijou Babe, my Etsy boutique, where you will find artisan gemstone jewelry created with the finest materials. Each piece I create in my home studio is given the utmost attention to detail and craftsmanship, and is designed with a passion for unique, and wearable jewelry!

I use the highest quality precious and semi-precious gemstones, exquisite pearls, precious metals (sterling silver, solid 14kt gold or solid 18kt gold), as well as 14kt gold fill and 24kt vermeil. You will also find vintage and antique treasures incorporated in many of my pieces. I adore hunting for these treasures, and utilizing these enchanting pieces of history in newer, contemporary designs.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you find that special piece that you will always treasure!
~Susan

Susan

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(582)
mimipaule88

mimipaule88 on Apr 3, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Amazingly beautiful pearls! I'm very happy with this incredible necklace, much more beautiful than on the photos and video. Very kind seller. I highly recommend this shop. I'm sure I'll come again. Thank you very much!

AdoringVintage

AdoringVintage on Mar 31, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

My second utterly charming charm necklace from Susan, highlighting a 'batik' songbird pendant, painstakingly handmade in Bali by master silversmiths. As this exquisite pendant reminded me of a Victorian print, gemstone colours were kept soft and romantic. Susan is brilliant!

AdoringVintage

AdoringVintage on Mar 31, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

One of my sisters had this sweet emerald necklace sitting in a drawer, waiting for a new life to begin. Enter Susan with her marvellous suggestion of using a ruby zoisite focal, a most unusual and unexpected choice. 'Magnifique!' was my sister's reaction when she saw her finished necklace (done in solid 18k.).

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The focal stone is amazing in this delicate necklace. Beautifully faceted, and rich color.

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Pink sapphires, vesuvianite, peridot and tanzanite wire wrapped in sterling silver headpins to a lustrous baroque pearl necklace.

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Balance Due on Custom Design-For Laurie only
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About

High end materials and a love for antique pieces

My love for handcrafted artisan jewelry began while I was in college. I worked for a small business owner whose fabulous boutique carried the most amazing artisan jewelry. Working there really opened my eyes to the possibility of not only being a small business owner, but creating my own unique pieces of jewelry. It wasn't until many years later that I decided, with the support of my husband, to take the plunge and venture into the world of jewelry design and Etsy.

I source my gemstones and materials from reputable suppliers that I've been working with for a number of years. When it comes to purchasing materials, I am very particular in what I choose to use in my designs. I want to offer my clients luxury gemstones, as well as high-end findings (chains, ear wires, clasps). The materials I purchase are those you would find being sold in high-end boutiques. Besides exquisite gemstones, my other true love and passion is for antique and vintage pieces, particularly lockets. I spend a great deal of time searching for special pieces to re-invent, so that they can be worn and enjoyed by today's woman. There is something so special about mixing antique pieces that have a history and reinterpreting them for modern times.

Creating pieces that are wearable for every day is something I strive for; "casually elegant" pieces that can easily transition to formal or special occasions because they are classic in design. Although you will find some trendy pieces in the shop every now and then, (sometimes, those are just fun to do! ) I really prefer to stick to the classics. Knowing that a piece of my jewelry will always remain in style and can be worn effortlessly for years makes me proud.

Please enjoy browsing my shop. I enjoy doing custom orders, and would be thrilled to work with you on a project if you have something in mind that you do not see in my shop.

Thank you for visiting! ~Susan

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Shop members

  • Susan

    Owner, Designer, Photographer

  • Shadie Cole

    Assistant, Master Snuggler

    Miss Shadie Cole is our rescue pit bull, and accompanies me everywhere. She can usually be found snoozing in a comfy chair or in her bed in my studio, keeping me company while I work.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 27, 2017
Welcome to The Bijou Babe! All of the pieces in my store are individually handcrafted by me in my home studio, and are created with the finest of materials: precious and semi-precious gemstones, sterling silver, gold vermeil and gold filled metals, high carat gold, , and antique and vintage pieces. Each piece I create is given the utmost attention to detail and craftsmanship. I want my customers to be as thrilled with their jewelry as I am!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept PayPal and personal checks. Kindly pay within 2 days of making your purchase.

Maryland residents will be charged 6% sales tax on their purchases.

I do accept layaway! Convo me for a plan that works for your budget.
Shipping
I ship all packages by USPS with tracking and insurance (in the US, please read on for international policies)the next day, after I receive your payment. I will notify you with the delivery confirmation details to either your personal email, or thru the "conversation" system on Etsy once your item has shipped.

*If paying by personal check, I will wait 10 business days for the check to clear before shipping your package.

For my international customers: I ship United States Postal Service first class delivery. Please contact me if you would like to add insurance to your package, as I do not include it in the shipping price. I will contact you to advise you when your package has shipped, usually within a day or two of having received payment. Please be advised that you may be charged a custom tax upon receipt of your goods from the United States.
Refunds and Exchanges
If for some reason, you are not completely delighted with your purchase, please contact me within 3 days of receiving your jewelry to make an exchange or receive a full refund. The merchandise must be unworn and in original condition in order for me to accept it as a return. Please convo me or email me at thebijoubabe [!at] gmail.com for return instructions. Shipping charges are non-refundable nor included on returns. Custom designs, or my designs that were altered per your request (lengthening or shortening, color changes, or other design alterations) are final sales. Deposits for custom designs are also non-refundable. All custom designs are photographed and sent to you for your approval prior to shipping, if something needs to be adjusted once you receive it, I'll be happy to re-work it to your satisfaction.
Additional policies and FAQs
I welcome custom orders! Please send me an Etsy 'conversation' to let me know what you had in mind and I will be thrilled to work with you. A minimum 50% deposit is required to begin all custom orders, which is non-refundable. Please allow more time for completion and shipping of custom orders, as some materials may need to be special ordered for you. All custom orders are provided with photographs and conversations along the design process. The order is not complete until the client (you!) have approved of the final design. Balance is due once you are completely satisfied with the finished piece.

WHOLESALE INQUIRIES:

I offer wholesale discounts to licensed, retail businesses. If you are interested in carrying my jewelry in your boutique, please contact me at thebijoubabe [!at] gmail.com to discuss.

More information

Last updated on Jan 27, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I love to work with clients on custom orders! A minimum 50% deposit is required to begin work, and the balance is due upon completion and client's approval . Photos are sent for the client to select materials (if applicable) and once completed, photos are sent for client's approval.

Is vermeil the same as "gold plate"?

Many people have misconceptions about vermeil, because they confuse it with "gold plate". However, they are vastly different! Vermeil must meet the FTC standard of 100 millionths of an inch (2 ½ microns) of fine gold layered over sterling silver. In order for a piece to be labeled legally as "vermeil", the item must not be less than 10 karat gold and have a substantial thickness, with a minimum thickness of 2 ½ microns. In contrast, "gold plating" is a miniscule layer of solid gold applied to a brass base. The plating does not compose any measurable proportion of the product’s total weight, and is estimated to be 0.05% or less of the metal product. Gold plating will wear off rather quickly and expose the brass base product.

Is "Gold Filled" the same as "gold plated"?

No! Gold-filled is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. The gold alloy is then bonded to one or both surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure. The bonded raw material is then sold as sheet or wire to jewelry manufacturers for use in designs. Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is then described by the karatage of the gold alloy. Most gold-filled is 12kt or 14kt gold-filled. All of the gold-filled used in my designs is 14kt. It is a beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold.

Care instructions

Artisan jewelry is not mass produced, and needs to be cared for properly. Please do not wear your jewelry to sleep, bathe, or swim in. A great rule of thumb is to accessorize with your jewelry last! Be sure to apply perfume and hair products before putting on your precious jewels. Vermeil and sterling silver jewelry will tarnish, so to help keep that to a minimum, please store your jewelry in the box provided when not worn. While gold fill jewelry does not tarnish in the same way, it is a good idea to also protect it in a box, to help prevent scratching or damaging of any wire wrapped pieces. To clean, you can use a mild jeweler's cleaner that is safe for gemstones and gold. Please do NOT dip pearls, opals, or any other porous stone.