Unique Handcrafted Jewelry

San Diego, California On Etsy since 2009

2,720 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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Unique Handcrafted Jewelry

San Diego, California | 2,720 Sales


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Trudy James

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Trudy James


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About TrudyJames

Sales 2,720
On Etsy since 2009

Coming Full Circle

I was fortunate enough to grow up in Southern California at a time when the public schools offered a myriad of art classes including Metalsmithing (rest in peace Mrs. Tupper). Although I loved (and still do) participating in many creative endeavors, jewelry design became my biggest passion. I continued to explore it in college, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art from the California State University at Long Beach.

For awhile I ventured into Interior Design, working for several companies specializing in model home design (a big business in California in the 80's).

As is commonly the case in life, I took a total detour from my creative pursuits for many years and concentrated on having a family, devoting my time to them and helping them find THEIR passion in life.

In 2001, around the time I became an empty nester with more time on my hands, a random trip to a bead store re-piqued my interest in jewelry design. I took a few metal smithing and jewelry classes at the local college to brush up my skills and started designing and creating jewelry again. I also started selling jewelry at local arts & crafts shows. By 2009, my business was growing and I acquired several wholesale accounts including the global online and print catalog retailer, Uncommon Goods. 2009 was also the year I started selling jewelry on Etsy. I love their philosophy of supporting handmade goods.

My biggest inspiration comes from nature. I love the detail and asymmetry that can be found in even the simplest object. My designs and materials vary as new creative ideas emerge. My design sense is geared toward traditional and classic styles but I have been know to add a little 'edge' and 'whimsy' just to keep things interesting.

I'm so grateful to be able to make a living doing something I love and have a passion for. It's taken a long time to get here with detours along the way but I finally have come full circle and continue to be inspired everyday to create new and different jewelry pieces!

Shop members

  • Trudy James

    Owner, Designer

  • Layla

    Partner In Crime & Office Assistant

Shop policies

Last updated on December 25, 2019
Thank you for visiting my shop.

Please make sure you read ALL the information about an item before you purchase it. This includes type of materials and size specifications. Please convo me prior to ordering and I would be happy to clarify any details and answer any questions.

**All stamped items are made to order and vary slightly from photos due to their hand crafted nature. Production times vary but items will generally be shipped within 5 working days.

Any personalization or metal finish specifications should be included in the message to seller box on your order. Please convo me with any questions prior to ordering. PLEASE BE SURE YOU INCLUDE ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION ON YOUR ORDER. For example, if you do not have a preference on a type of finish (brushed or polished) on a stamped item, I will use my best judgement.

All jewelry (except Add On's) will come gift wrapped. If you are sending a gift, please include the shipping address and any brief information you want written on the gift tag.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 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
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Except for custom or personalized items, you may return your purchase within 30 days if you are not completely satisfied. RETURN SHIPPING CHARGES ARE AT BUYERS EXPENSE. The item must be in its original condition upon return. Please contact me prior to returning anything so we can work out either an exchange or refund. IF A REFUND IS REQUESTED, $5.00 WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM ORIGINAL INVOICE TOTAL TO COVER ORIGINAL SHIPPING/PACKAGING CHARGES.

I'm sorry but I cannot be held responsible for lost (including charms) or damaged items due to normal wear and tear.

I pride myself on craftsmanship and attention to detail and I want you to be 100% happy with your purchase. If there is any defect in materials or workmanship, I will repair or replace the item free of charge for a period of 60 days from date of purchase. After this time period, if there is a problem with your jewelry, I will do my best to repair or replace it for reasonable material, labor and shipping costs. Please contact me BEFORE shipping any item back to me to be repaired or replaced so we can work out the appropriate solution.
I accept payments through Paypal and Etsy Direct Payment.

California residents will be charged sales tax.
All domestic orders will be sent out via USPS First Class Mail. DELIVERY CONFIRMATION and tracking # will be provided on all items shipped within the U.S.
Priority Mail is an upgraded service available for quicker delivery.

Please allow 3-5 business days for processing of all orders.

I CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DELAYS OR DAMAGE AFTER YOUR ITEM HAS BEEN SHIPPED. If your package was insured, a claim can be made after 30 days (insurance company guideline) should your package be lost.
Additional policies and FAQs
Caring For your Jewelry:
Sterling silver, copper & bronze naturally oxidize over time when exposed to air and other corrosive chemicals, including but not limited to, lotions, perfumes, chlorinated or salted water. In addition, wearing your jewelry while bathing is not recommended as the water vapor and chemicals in the water will speed up tarnishing.

Each piece of jewelry should be stored separately in an airtight container such as a plastic bag. This will discourage the oxidation process (will not stop it).

Should your jewelry require cleaning, you may use a liquid soap (such as Dawn dishwashing liquid) mixed with water. Rub gently and pat your jewelry dry with a soft cloth. Jewelry should be completely dry prior to storage. To maintain a highly polished surface on your metals, use an approved jewelers cloth (available at jewelry and department stores).

If your jewelry has a brushed matte finish, you may use a special abrasive cloth to remove oxidation or small scratches (a small abrasive pad is included with my jewelry designs that are ordered with a brushed matte surface). The abrasive pads are also available to purchase separately.

If your jewelry is wire wrapped or has intricate details and cleaning/polishing is difficult, it is advisable to seek professional cleaning (such as steam cleaning) at your local jewelry store if required.

Following these simple instructions will help keep your jewelry looking fresh and new.