Matias Salvador on Oct 21, 2014
very disappointed, the product received was very different to the purchased . The seller is away and could not get a satisfactory answer :-/
Kevin Harper on Oct 9, 2014
Very nice, exactly as ordered.
Keeping History Alive
What stories many of these antique wax seals must have to tell!
Wax seals are art, craft, and history.
The history of the wax seal is long and romantic. They have served many purposes over centuries. They have been used to identify a sender, authenticate documents, and to insure privacy. Seals of one form or another were used by royalty, government officials, religious entities and military officers.
Long before sticky envelopes and today's modern conveniences, they were used to seal handwritten letters which were the only form of correspondence available to express one's deepest true feelings and thoughts. I am sure many a parent cracked the seal of a letter from a suitor to an anxiously awaiting daughter.
Seals have been around since biblical times, with cylindrical seals being found in southern Mesopotamia in 3500BC. Mine are not that old! However, many of my seals are hundreds of years old. And I use some as young as from the 1950's
They were meaningful and personal when they were created, and I am proud to reflect their history in my jewelry which proves meaningful and personal still today. My silver and bronze wax seal jewelry is helping to keep a small bit of history alive.
My blog is where I share the many stories and facts I have learned as I delve deeper into collecting wax seals and glass intaglios and learning about heraldry and family crests
I am also a physical therapist. As a PT, I worked mostly with adult patients who have had catastrophic illness or accident, and children with severe neurological issues. It never felt like work because I always felt I received so much more than I gave. And I gave my patients all I could muster.
Once my own health failed, I began making jewelry and never even dreamed I could find meaning in it, the way I had in my work as a PT. I had always been creative and used my creative endeavors as hobbies. Suddenly, I was faced with needing to make a living in a whole new way.
Well, jump to today. I consider myself blessed and lucky to feel fulfilled while making a living doing something I absolutely love… twice!
Just like finding the perfect gift for someone you love can make you happy, I find creating jewelry that my customer falls in love with very fulfilling.
I especially enjoy making personalized gift items like my Initials and Monograms in this shop, because the buyer is thrilled to have found something unique, special and meaningful for their loved one. When I hear back that their gift was a hit...well, this is what it is all about for me.
Most of my orders are custom I am very happy to work closely with my customer to design a dream piece of jewelry for them.
People often ask me what my style is. Honestly. I can't give it a name, can you? Let me know! My style has certainly evolved from the days of early, self-taught, roughly honed techniques. I have held on to these, and added formal jewelry training to develop a style that reflects who I am and makes me really happy!
I take my time with each piece, paying great attention to detail; steeping each piece with love and care. This ain't Macy's!
Each and everything is made by hand, by me alone, in my small home studio in horse country in rural NJ. I do purchase certain types of clasps, ear wires, gemstones, ribbon, and bulk chain from jewelry supply companies in the United States. Most from suppliers right here on Etsy. However, when I do, these "findings" are a mere building block in an meticulously handmade piece of jewelry.
I became a true “artisan” when I joined the Etsy community. I am so thankful I found Etsy three years ago, where I have met generous friends with amazing minds and hands. Although virtual, it is a true community, without which I would not be the jewelry designer and maker I am today.
I am proud to be a team leader of the JETs, (Jewelry on Etsy Team). The members from all around the world, are like family to me. The team of Etsy's most prominent jewelers inspire me to grow as an artist daily. You can search team products using the tag: JETTEAM.
Right now, when I am not making jewelry for you, I am learning to draw. Wow, am I bad.! But I am getting better. I don't see a new Etsy artwork shop opening anytime soon, however!
My mind is always creating something. Slowly I am getting to all of my projects.
Please return to shopping here:
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Package Wrapper, Shipper, Dreamer
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Obsessive Hunter, Shopper, Finder, Collector
Click here to return to shopping
Ask me anything. I will answer quickly.
Check back often because I am always listing new things.
I love working together on custom orders and would be happy to make something special for you. Please contact me through Etsy's "Convo" system for quick answers, or for quotes and turn around time on CUSTOM work.
I am dedicated to finding new ways to reduce waste and keep shipping costs low. Multiple items will be packaged together and may arrive in re-used Jiffy packs. I recycle packing materials that come in to me and encourage you to pass them on, too! I use reusable muslin sacks in lieu of tissue paper.
Your purchase will be packed in a pretty, reusable muslin pouch.
If you require your purchase lovingly packaged in a recycled Kraft box, paper flower and bow for gift giving, please tell me. If you'd like separate boxes or have other special shipping requests, please tell me. Also, along these lines, I will not include a packing slip because all of your info. is stored on Etsy/PayPal.
F E E D B A C K
I have 100% positive feedback and I always work hard to keep this rating. I want you to be 100% in love with your purchase. Since this is a NEW shop, please read feedback from customers of one of my OTHER, LARGER ETSY SHOP. For lots of color bursting gemstone designs, please take a look there too!
Read their feedback here:
Join my FACEBOOK page up and you may be the periodic winner of jewelry and you will find out about special promotions and coupon codes offered several times a year.
PROMO / COUPON CODES CANNOT BE USED ON SALE ITEMS
COUPONS CANNOT BE COMBINED
Visit my BLOG for more about me and my new jewelry and life in general. I also do giveaways and promos on my blog periodically.
SIGN UP - for my E-Newsletter! You will receive coupons, promos and giveaway info. I won't stuff your inbox - I promise!
Did you know?
I have TWO OTHER JEWELRY STORES on Etsy!
My biggest shop:
YOUR DAILY JEWELS
and my original shop:
RUSTIC ROCK JEWELRY
I N T E R N A T I O N A L C U S T O M E R S
please read SHIPPING POLICY
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
If you need some help making your first Etsy purchase, please take a look at this easy and helpful guide: http://www.etsy.com/help/article/339
I accept all major credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal, which is a 100% secure online payment system. You DO NOT NEED A PAYPAL ACCOUNT to make your credit or debit card payment. Here's a really helpful link, complete with images to show you exactly how easy it is: http://www.etsy.com/help/article/361
When you use your credit card, it is processed by Etsy. I never see it, nor take possession of it at any time.
I also except Etsy Gift Cards and my own shop Gift Certificates.
Click here to return to shopping
Your feedback is important to me and to my future customers. Please leave feedback after your purchase. There is a link on the upper right corner, under a drop down menu, on your sign in page.
I ship twice a week.
I email you shipping info as soon as I can
I ship with Delivery confirmation.
I use USPS, First Class or Priority Mail
I CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR USPS SHIPPING DELAY
If an item is marked as "delivered" in the USPS computer system, I cannot be responsible for loss or theft.
At Holiday times I get very busy and do get backed up. During these times it may 7-12 business days for me to get your order in the mail.
Non-holiday times: Please plan ahead if you are intending to give your item as a gift. If there is a time issue, please contact me to discuss this. I will do my best to accommodate you and we can discuss upgraded shipping options if necessary.
W O R L D W I D E S H I P P I N G
☼ ☼ ☼ 2013 INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING CHANGE ☼ ☼ ☼
I CAN NO LONGER ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY OR RISK FOR ANY PACKAGE SHIPPED INTERNATIONALLY, DUE TO THE NEW RESTRICTIONS AND INCREASED PRICES IMPOSED BY THE USPS IN 2013
I will provide proof of shipping, but once mailed, unless you purchase TRACKING AND INSURANCE, lost or destroyed packages will be your expense.
IT IS EXTREMELY RARE FOR ITEMS TO BE LOST IN THE MAIL. I will provide proof of shipment and help as much as possible to locate the missing item. I cannot be responsible for items if they have been entered as "delivered" in the USPS computer system, or due to obvious USPS error.
--I CAN NO LONGER BE RESPONSIBLE FOR INTERNATIONAL ITEMS LOST BEYOND USPS TRACKING IF YOU HAVE NOT PURCHASED TRACKING
Prior to purchasing:
CONTACT me for shipping upgrade at your cost, for adding the protection of Registered Mail (+$13.00) I charge actual shipping costs only.
☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼
I.N.T.E.R.N.A.T.I.O.N.A.L. ***** P.U.R.C.H.A.S.E.R.S.
☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼
International Tracking requires REGISTERING a package and this cost now starts at 13.00 US. to many countries.
Insurance and tracking is $45 and up.
Express Mail® International Flat Rate Envelope with shipping, tracking and insurance is $45.00 to most countries
Cyprus, Mexico, Central America, Italy, Turkey, Malaysia, and Africa:
NOW REQUIRE REGISTERED mail at an ADDITIONAL $13.00 after standard shipping fees. I apologize for this, it is not my rule; it is a result of the high postal theft rates in these areas.
Contact me PRIOR to purchasing to change the listing to include tracking, registration, and your specific insurance charge. If you do not do this and a package does not arrive, the loss incurred will be yours alone.
BY PURCHASING WITHOUT THIS ADDED PROTECTION YOU ARE INDICATING THAT YOU ARE IN AGREEMENT WITH THIS POLICY.
Attention: INTERNATIONAL***** PURCHASERS (MORE)
You must read THIS POLICY section prior to making your purchase. I will proceed with the transaction assuming you have read and agree with it.
INTERNATIONAL ITEMS CAN TAKE ONE TO FIVE WEEKS (in rare event) TO ARRIVE, (depending on which country)
I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SHIPPING DELAY
INTERNATIONAL buyers are responsible for any and all duties, taxes and customs charges that may be incurred. I cannot falsify documents in regard to this.
Need it faster? Express Mail® International Flat Rate Envelope with shipping, tracking and insurance is $45.00 to most countries
To reduce waste and shipping costs, multiple items will be packaged together. If you would like separate boxes or have other special shipping requests, please contact me.
Click here to return to shopping
Refunds and Exchanges
Otherwise, NO-HASSLE RETURNS are accepted:
If you are not 100% pleased with your purchase you must contact me prior to returning your jewelry. They must be shipped back within a week of your receipt for full refund. Please return unworn jewelry in the same condition as when it was shipped to you.
If there is ever a problem. please give me the opportunity to make things right. Your satisfaction is my first priority.
☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼
I have 100% positive feedback and I will always work hard to keep this rating. Please read some of my reviews from customers here:
And reviews from my larger, long standing Etsy shop:
☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼
CUSTOM Orders are always welcome!
Hand made jewelry that is made with care should also be worn with care.
I have made a quick and easy care guide for you here:
Additional policies and FAQs
************************CARE GUIDE for HAND CRAFTED JEWELRY********************
Store sterling and fine silver and gold filled items in an air tight bag, (ziplock) (to prevent oxidation), and wash them with jewelry cleaner to prevent or remove tarnish and dirt.
For Base metals, (anything not sterling or gold filled), use mild dish washing soap and hot water. Polish with soft cloth.
DO NOT use jewelry cleaner on pearls, opals, coral, dyed stone, or swarovski crystal. If you do so you may diminish the sparkle and color. Use plain water and a soft cloth for polishing these items. Paper Towels can scratch your stones!
MORE CARE TIPS:
-Do not sleep in your jewelry! I learned this the hard way
-Remove jewelry before taking shower, swimming, exercise or cleaning.
-Chlorine can permanently damage and discolor your jewelry.
-Put your jewelry on AFTER applying make-up, hair spray and perfume to prevent chemical damage. (ESPECIALLY PEARLS)
-Don't leave jewelry with colored gems, Swarovski crystals, or pearls exposed to sunlight for extended periods. They will fade.
-Store jewels in boxes, pouches, soft cloth wraps or airtight plastic bags.
Inspect your handmade jewelry more often than machine made jewels.
It is simple to tighten most things up with needle nose pliers.
In a nutshell, Please wear with care.
If your jewelry needs help, Contact me though Etsy's "convo" system . You can mail it to me and I will fix it.
MY OTHER ETSY SHOPS: