Handmade Jewelry • Antique keys & tokens

Santa Monica, California

TheKeyHistoric is currently not selling on Etsy We’re here if you need help with an order from this shop. Have questions? Visit our Help Center.

TheKeyHistoric is currently not selling on Etsy

We’re here if you need help with an order from this shop. Have questions? Visit our Help Center.

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Last updated on November 21, 2018

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Welcome to The Key Historic! We find the most unique, beautifully aged antique keys and hand-hammer them into one-of-a-kind rings that are both fashionable and full of history. Each ring is absolutely different so be sure to look at them all. Enjoy!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 12 hours of purchase
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
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Ring doesn't fit quite right? Not a problem! If you are unhappy with your purchase for this or any other reason, you are welcome to return your order in its original form and packaging within 5 days from delivery date. Refunds will be issued for the original price of the item (not including shipping & Etsy fees).
Payment for purchases can be made using a Credit Card or PayPal.
After you make your purchase your item(s) will be carefully nestled into beautiful packaging and shipped via First Class USPS Mail. Priority shipping upgrades are also available for a small fee. Etsy will send you a tracking number and a shipping notification email as soon as your item is on its way.

Unless otherwise noted, shipping within the United States is FREE! Shipping to Canada is $10. Anywhere else in the world is just $15. Please be aware that shipping internationally sometimes incurs extra fees or taxes based on the customs policies or your specific country and the value of the item purchased. These charges are the responsibility of you, the buyer.

If you buy more than one item in one transaction, there will be no additional shipping charge as long as they can be combined in the same package (to the same address).

Additional policies and FAQs
We know it's hard to buy jewelry, especially a ring, without trying it on. Because of this, we do our best to measure the size of each ring so you can find one that fits you. If you aren't sure what size you are, please take a look at this PDF that has the "string" method instructions and a chart for finding your ring size on any finger: We do not "officially" recommend trying to resize rings since there is a chance resizing could damage the powder-coated layer or crack the metal - but it is possible for small adjustments. Attempted re-sizing will make a ring non-returnable / exchangable.

If you like a certain style in our shop, but we don't have one in your exact size, just send us a message and we'll work with you to pick out a similar style of key (or the closest available). Once we decide on your perfect key, we'll make it especially for you, in your preferred size, for no additional charge!

We can hand stamp anything you like on any custom order (not on already shaped rings). How does it work? Send us a message with the size you'd like, a style of key you'd prefer (if there is one) and what you'd like it to say (capital letters, numbers 0-9, and the & sign are available). We'll then send you a picture of the keys that would work for you to choose from. All engraving (unlimited characters) is just $5 extra.

These keys are old! Many of them were at least partially covered in rust before we polished and fired them, leaving beautiful pitting that can only come with real age. Though the rust and dirt have been vanquished, the signs of their past existence remain. Do remember, however, that our pictures are taken at extremely close-up angles to show you the details of the product. Some of the tiny details you might see (dust particles, scratches, pitting, patina, etc) in the pictures may not be visible to the naked eye.

Because we want them to last a long time, all of our antique key rings are powder-coated! This is an environmentally friendly, electrostratically applied, professional grade, extremely durable polymer clear-coat that uniformly covers the whole ring! Along with protection from scratches, elements, and wear, it gives each ring a smooth feel and a slightly glossy finish. They will NOT turn your finger weird colors!

Even if you know you are sensitive to metals or if you've had problems with jewelry on your skin in the past, our rings will be just fine! All of our rings are either steel or brass, but since each one of our rings is powder-coated, your skin never actually comes into contact with the metal itself. Sensitive skinned people can wear our rings with no problems.

In addition to selling here on Etsy, I also do 4-5 markets per month. This means the rings listed here do move quickly, so if you see one you want it is very likely that it won't be around in the shop for long. Each one is one-of-a-kind, so be sure to purchase your favorites today!