Announcement   THE DEADLINE FOR HOLIDAY ORDERS IS MONDAY DECEMBER 17, 2018. Orders placed after December 17th are not guaranteed to reach you in time for the holidays. Thank you for understanding!

Designed on paper, crafted by hand, and built to last, Tiny Erica Jewelry is a collection of sleek, architectural, handmade jewelry featuring heirloom quality pieces that empower creativity and self expression within the wearer. Celebrate your individuality by layering and combining your favorite unique pieces from the collection, or reach out to inquire about one of a kind custom work.

If you have an idea for a custom-designed gift for yourself or someone you love — engagement and wedding jewelry, mother’s rings, gents accessories, you name it — please reach out! I'd love to work with you.

The majority of my Made To Order items can also be made in 14k gold upon request, so please reach out to learn more about custom 14k pricing.

•••Additionally, when contacting me about custom work be sure to include any need-by dates upfront, as custom pieces typically take a MINIMUM of 4 weeks to create from initial correspondence to finished piece. Be sure to thoroughly read through my shop policies for more information regarding turn around times, sizing, returns, etc. Thank you so much! I'm excited to work with you! •••

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EMAIL: hello [!at] tinyerica.com
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Announcement

Last updated on Dec 11, 2018

THE DEADLINE FOR HOLIDAY ORDERS IS MONDAY DECEMBER 17, 2018. Orders placed after December 17th are not guaranteed to reach you in time for the holidays. Thank you for understanding!

Designed on paper, crafted by hand, and built to last, Tiny Erica Jewelry is a collection of sleek, architectural, handmade jewelry featuring heirloom quality pieces that empower creativity and self expression within the wearer. Celebrate your individuality by layering and combining your favorite unique pieces from the collection, or reach out to inquire about one of a kind custom work.

If you have an idea for a custom-designed gift for yourself or someone you love — engagement and wedding jewelry, mother’s rings, gents accessories, you name it — please reach out! I'd love to work with you.

The majority of my Made To Order items can also be made in 14k gold upon request, so please reach out to learn more about custom 14k pricing.

•••Additionally, when contacting me about custom work be sure to include any need-by dates upfront, as custom pieces typically take a MINIMUM of 4 weeks to create from initial correspondence to finished piece. Be sure to thoroughly read through my shop policies for more information regarding turn around times, sizing, returns, etc. Thank you so much! I'm excited to work with you! •••

WEBSITE: http://tinyerica.com
EMAIL: hello [!at] tinyerica.com
_________________________________________

Follow Tiny Erica Jewelry for exclusive offers, sales, behind the scenes sneak peeks, and events:
https://tinyerica.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/tinyerica
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Polishing compound for daaaays! A throwback to a pair of handcrafted sterling silver wedding bands that shipped out last month. sparkles
Two more Venus symbol charms are headed out into the world today! A portion of the proceeds from every single Venus charm sale is donated to charity.
These little guys are always camera ready! Finishing a few orders, including these Dimpled Band Rings, to ship out this weekend!
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About

Tiny Erica Jewelry is a collection of fresh architectural jewelry featuring heirloom quality pieces that empower creativity and self expression within the wearer.

Hello, and welcome to Tiny Erica Jewelry. Each piece of jewelry you see in my collection is carefully and lovingly handcrafted utilizing high quality and ethically sourced sterling silver, gold, and gemstones.

T H E W O R K.

From a gratifying process of play and exploration, the earliest iteration of Tiny Erica Jewelry was first born in 2012 as a playful examination of various aesthetics and design principles that were of great interest to me after obtaining my BFA in college in 2009. Over time the collection metamorphosed into something refined and playful, combining sleek clean lines with just the right amount of rough-and-tumbled texture to create a collection of jewelry that is minimal, durable, versatile, and incredibly expressive and fun to wear.

The design principles utilized in my work are informed by my educational background in graphic design as well as my current surroundings and experiences. Shapes and textures found in nature are often recontexualized and reduced to simple linear patterns and lightweight architectural structures that first find their way into sketchbooks and onto scraps of paper, and finally become small scale wearable sculptures and heirloom-quality pieces of jewelry.

I do my best to ensure that the work is created using best practices, ethically sourcing and recycling as much material as possible. I often melt down my scraps of silver and gold to reuse them, and my tools, stones, and any additional materials are sourced from fair and sustainable companies that I trust.

T H E A R T I S T.

For me personally, metalsmithing has always been an incredibly gratifying process of play and exploration: the ideas that strike at a moment's notice (or after many long hours of brainstorming), the numerous sketches made to work out the logistics of successfully constructing a piece, carefully choosing materials that work best with each design, and finally working with my own two hands to see to it that my ideas come to fruition -- forging, soldering, shaping, filing, sanding, polishing, and stone setting. It's challenging and cathartic, and with each new piece of jewelry that I create I learn something new about both the process and myself.

After obtaining my BFA in 2009 with dual degrees in graphic design and metalsmithing I completely immersed myself in the world of bench jewelry and goldsmithing. First, I worked for several years as the bench jeweler of an independently owned jewelry store in my hometown of Erie, PA, and later as a metalsmith for a company in my current city, Cleveland, OH. It has always been a dream of mine to become an independent business owner who designs and hand makes her own collection of work, so in August 2016 I made the decision to dedicate myself fully to Tiny Erica Jewelry, and while it feels as though I've only just begun, this journey has proven to be an incredibly fruitful experience so far.

In addition to hand fabricating my own production line, I love collaborating with clients and customers to create beautiful one-of-a-kind heirlooms that will be loved and cherished for generations to come, and as of Fall 2018 a one of a kind wedding jewelry line as unique and lovely as the couples who choose Tiny Erica Jewelry is officially underway, so stay tuned... I cannot wait to share what I've been up to with you.

So thank you for visiting the shop today. Please keep in touch, as I would love to work with you.

Shop members

  • Erica Montejo

    Owner, Creator, Metalsmith

    Metalsmith behind Tiny Erica Jewelry. Lover of good design, good company, good ideas, and cups of tea. Based in Cleveland, OH.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 6, 2018
Please be sure to carefully read listing descriptions before making a purchase, as they include detailed measurements and additional info about each piece in the line. I also recommend knowing your ring size before completing a ring purchase. If you're unsure of your sizing, I recommend stopping by a local jewelry store to have your finger sized by a professional. It's a free service, and it's the most reliable way to size your fingers. Alternatively, I do have adjustable plastic sizers available for purchase in my shop (Follow the link here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/554801227/reusable-plastic-finger-sizing-gauge-for?ref=shop_home_active_1).

If you need any assistance or have questions regarding pieces in the shop, personalizations, customizations, or even your very own one of a kind custom piece designed just for you, feel free to reach out to me here! I'd love to collaborate with you!

Turn around/Production Times are as follows:
Ready to Ship orders: 3 - 5 business days
Made to Order orders: 1 - 2 weeks
Custom orders: Minimum 4 weeks; Exact timeline information is determined on a case by case basis and largely depend on the nature and complexity of the custom design.

Lastly, if you enjoy exclusive offers, behind the scenes photos, and want to be in the know about upcoming projects and sales, follow along and say hi on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest, or visit my website:

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Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept 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
IMPORTANT RETURN INFORMATION:
** ALL items being Returned or Exchanged MUST be returned in their original unworn condition with tags affixed, and with all of their original packaging to prevent damage in transit.
- Returns will incur a 20% restocking fee.
- Exchanges may be subject to a restocking fee. Restocking fees for exchanges will be assessed on a case by case basis.
- Custom Orders (pieces designed and hand fabricated specifically for you) are NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-RETURNABLE due to the specific and personalized nature of the custom-made piece.
- Sale Items are NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-RETURNABLE.
- Items that have been altered in any way also do not qualify for refund, return, or exchange.
- Refunds and exchanges do not include shipping charges to or from your address. Buyer is responsible for all associated postage fees.

Please be aware that Turn Around/Production Times are separate from -- and do not include -- Shipping Times.
Turn around/Production Times are as follows:
Ready to Ship orders: 3 - 5 business days
Made to Order orders: 1 - 2 weeks
Custom orders: Minimum 4 weeks; custom timelines are determined on a case by case basis and largely depend on the nature and complexity of the design.

Made To Order items may differ slightly from original images in a listing due to the nuanced nature of the materials being used, namely the natural subtleties and anomalies present in the stones and textures being hand-applied to the metals.

Tiny Erica Jewelry is not responsible for any additional shipping charges incurred for sizings and exchanges. For this reason, I now sell reusable plastic ring sizers to help you find your ring size:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/554801227/reusable-plastic-finger-sizing-gauge-for?ref=shop_home_active_1

Most importantly, don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have before making a purchase. I want you to make your purchase with total confidence!
Payment
Payments are due before any item can be made (in the case of made-to-order and custom pieces) or shipped (in the case of ready-to ship pieces) to the customer. Please contact me if you are interested in a payment plan.
Shipping
◾️ TURN AROUND/PRODUCTION TIMES ◾️(this is separate from ship times):
Ready to Ship items: 3 - 5 business days
Made to Order items: 1 - 2 weeks
Custom orders: minimum 4 weeks, varies from project to project

▪️ Tiny Erica Jewelry is not responsible for delays in shipping caused by your mail carrier. Please contact your local mail carrier for information regarding tracking information and expected delivery dates.

▪️ The default shipping method is USPS First Class Mail unless otherwise noted or requested.

▪️ If you need an item sooner than a date described in a listing, please contact me before placing your order so that I can make arrangements to ensure a timely delivery. Rush fees may apply.

Once orders are shipped, Tiny Erica Jewelry is not responsible for delivery times, as mail carriers may face unforeseen events and circumstances that could cause delays in delivery.

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS may be responsible for additional customs fees depending on your location, so please be aware of your local postal service policies before completing a purchase. Tiny Erica Jewelry is not responsible for any additional fees incurred in addition to shipping costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are unsure of your ring size, I recommend popping over to your favorite local jewelry store, as most establishments will size you for free! This is the most accurate and reliable way to determine your ring size and ensure a proper fit. Alternatively, I now sell reusable plastic ring sizers in my shop to help you find your proper ring size.
Here's the link for more information : https://www.etsy.com/listing/554801227/reusable-plastic-ring-sizing-gauge-for?ref=shop_home_active_1

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INFO ABOUT THE METALS I USE:

I personally hand make every piece you see in my jewelry line using only solid sterling silver or solid 14k gold. Nothing is ever plated, and everything is nickel-free. I also recycle my scrap metal by melting it into ingots that I then hand-forge to create the free-form organic pieces in the line (geo stacking rings, geo stud earrings, etc).

Components and findings such as earring backs and chain clasps are also either solid sterling silver or solid 14k gold, unless otherwise mentioned (lapel pins and broaches typically include stainless steel butterfly clutches, for instance).

- Upon request, rubber earring backs are available for free with any earring purchase in my shop. Please let me know if you'd like a pair, and I'm happy to include them in your order.
- All 14k gold earring purchases automatically include a set of rubber earring backs in addition to the 14k earring backs.
- All hook-back earring purchases also automatically include snug-fitting rubber backs for free. Keep those little guys firmly in place when you wear them!

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MORE INFO ABOUT CUSTOM ORDERS:
Custom orders (pieces designed specifically for you) are non-returnable and nonrefundable due to the specific and personalized nature of these pieces. That being said, I love working with customers to design & create personal and meaningful jewelry that will be worn and loved for years to come! I work closely with each customer, answering questions and sending photos & sketches as the process unfolds to ensure that you will love the finished piece of jewelry when it reaches you!

Allow approximately 4-6 weeks fabrication time for custom orders after payment in full is received. Each custom made piece is carefully hand crafted with you, the customer, in mind, and depending on the complexity of a design it may require more time to complete than a typical made-to-order item.

More information

Last updated on Oct 4, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

Custom orders (pieces designed specifically for you) are non-returnable and nonrefundable due to the specific and personalized nature of these pieces. That being said, I love working with customers to design & create personal and meaningful jewelry that will be worn and loved for years to come! I will work closely with you, answering questions and sending photos & sketches as the process unfolds to ensure that you will love the finished piece of jewelry when it reaches you!

Allow approximately 4-6 weeks fabrication time for custom orders after payment in full is received. Each custom made piece is carefully hand crafted with you, the customer, in mind, and depending on the complexity of a design it may take more time to complete.

How To Clean Your Jewelry

Most precious metals, especially bronze and sterling silver, will tarnish with time -- it's just the nature of the material -- but by handling your jewelry with care and following best practices, you can prolong the life and finish of your pieces.

BE MINDFUL that commercial jewelry cleaners WILL remove antique and darkened finishes from pieces and can be too harsh for use on softer stones like pearls and opals, so proceed with extreme caution.

A soft cloth or an old soft bristled toothbrush work really well for cleaning jewelry. Warm water & a mild liquid dish soap may be used to gently clean pieces with stones. Dipping your jewelry in warm white vinegar works really well to remove particularly finicky tarnish from sterling silver.

How To Prevent Tarnish

Tarnish is caused by moisture. Avoid storing jewelry in the open air, especially in humid climates such as in the bathroom or on the kitchen sink.
- Store jewelry in an airtight container when not being worn.
- Perspiration, perfume, & lotion can all cause tarnish, so keep both skin & jewelry clean and dry. Remove jewelry before using lotion & perfume, & make sure skin is dry before putting your jewelry back on. This helps prevent buildup on your pieces & maintains their shine & luster.
- Avoid the use of chemicals while wearing your pieces. This includes chlorinated pool water & harsh household chemical cleaners. These things may be damaging to the metal but are especially harmful to soft stones like opals and pearls, AND leather & wood.

My Favorite Tip For Preventing Tarnish!

Keep those tiny silica packets you often find in newly purchased handbags, wallets, or shoes, as they are used to absorb moisture in the air and may be used in jewelry boxes to reduce tarnish when your jewelry is not in use.

Gift Wrapping and Packaging

If you wish to have an item gift wrapped or would like to include a special handwritten note inside the packaging of an item please let me know in the "Notes" section as you check out and I would be happy to oblige!

Is your sterling silver jewelry SOLID sterling silver?

Yes! From chains, clasps, earring hooks and posts to earring backs, every piece of sterling silver jewelry is solid silver; nothing is ever plated.

Is you gold jewelry plated or is it solid gold?

All of my gold jewelry is handmade utilizing solid 14k gold.