nightskylinda on Feb 8, 2017
Very happy with this purchase. Trudy James was so helpful and courteous in helping me with this order. I intend to definitely buy from this shop again. Quality workmanship from a kind and patient seller.
nagylany on Jan 23, 2017
Nice item! Will enjoy wearing!
kasshawley on Jan 3, 2017
Looks exactly like the picture. Dainty and beautiful, my mother loves it. Shipping was incredibly fast and the necklace arrived in beautiful packaging. Will be purchasing from TrudyJames again.
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!
Owner, Creator, Designer
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 tag.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
California residents will be charged sales tax.
Please allow 3-5 business days for processing of all orders. All items (except Add Ons) will come gift wrapped.
International orders are shipped via USPS First Class Mail with Insurance.
If you prefer a different type of mail service(Priority, Express, etc), please contact me to arrange it prior to placing your order. There is an additional charge.
***PLEASE BE AWARE, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS AND FEES VARY FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY. ANY CUSTOMS/IMPORT FEES, ETC. ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE RECEIVING PARTY. PLEASE BE AWARE OF YOUR COUNTRIES POLICIES PRIOR TO ORDERING.
TRACKING #'S ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR USPS FIRST CLASS INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING.
I CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DELAYS OR DAMAGE AFTER YOUR ITEM HAS BEEN SHIPPED. Insurance is provided should your package be damaged or lost in transit. Claims cannot be made until 30 days after mailing (per insurance company regulation).
Refunds and Exchanges
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 best solution.
Additional policies and FAQs
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.