ArranGems

Jewellery and Art by Assja Solveiga Baumgärtner-Gaile

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Announcement    For portfolio visit the photo albums on my facebook page Arran Gems - Jewellery and Art by Assja Solveiga Baumgärtner-Gaile - Step into my shop where you'll find some of the pieces I have created in my studio on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. Nature is my biggest inspiration. I have yet to encounter a day on which I haven't discovered a new pattern, texture, shape or colour when I look at the plants, the trees and the wildlife; the waves, the ripples in the sand and the rock formations or our endless and ever changing skies. While Arran is my greatest inspiration, the impressions from travelling across the British Isles and abroad come a close second. The world is just full of wonders for a creative mind.

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Last updated on 19 May, 2020

For portfolio visit the photo albums on my facebook page Arran Gems - Jewellery and Art by Assja Solveiga Baumgärtner-Gaile - Step into my shop where you'll find some of the pieces I have created in my studio on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. Nature is my biggest inspiration. I have yet to encounter a day on which I haven't discovered a new pattern, texture, shape or colour when I look at the plants, the trees and the wildlife; the waves, the ripples in the sand and the rock formations or our endless and ever changing skies. While Arran is my greatest inspiration, the impressions from travelling across the British Isles and abroad come a close second. The world is just full of wonders for a creative mind.

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About ArranGems

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Open Your Eyes - Inspiration is Everywhere.

Already as a child I was fascinated by the shapes, patterns, textures and colours of the world around me. Being the child of parents who were young during WW2, I was urged to learn something "sensible" and "solid". So I ended up wanting to become a minister or historian but then worked as a journalist, editor and finally marketing and PR director. Needless to say, it didn't satisfy me the way it should have. Eventually I moved with my husband to the west of Scotland to have a child and a guesthouse. Being a chef was creative. At least for a while but there was still something more to explore. I started out, flexing my creative muscles.

If you asked my husband, he would tell you there was the year of quilting, the year of cow and chicken painting, the year of textile art and the year of paper crafts. And then I discovered the beauty of beads, and sea glass. Which eventually lead to the desire of being able to set some bits into silver. And so my work developed. Sketching new designs for jewellery lead finally to re-discover my original love for drawing and painting that had been lying dormant for a few decades.

The Isle of Arran had finally managed to unite my artistic search with my deep interest in history, although it took me almost two decades to find my unique way of expression.

Shape, texture and patterns are the basis of my metalwork. I love to work in silver and copper. The inspiration for my work can come from basalt rock formations, the bark patterns of a birch tree or the way old black houses were built. Since I have always admired the skills of our ancestors hundreds and even thousands of years back in history, I decided for myself to use as few machines as possible to produce and finish my metal jewellery. Therefore, all I have on my workbench are a blow torch, hammers (a lot of them!), saws, files and a small hand held rotary drill which is mainly used to drill holes. I enjoy feeling how the metal changes when I treat it with fire and water, seeing it transform under my blowing hammer and taking on its final look while I file at it for hours and polish it with sanding paper. For me it is an almost archaic experience which brings to life the old myths in which whole worlds would be forged by fire and water and then shaped into being.

I still love to play with colours too. My range of fashion jewellery lives of vibrant beads and is based on colourful moments in my life. The inspiration for it comes from the nature around me and from years of travelling to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

Last but certainly not least, I love to play with things that can have a second life by reshaping them into a new meaning: sea glass and ceramic shards from Arran's and Scotland's beaches, pebbles and rocks on the shore, copper cables and tubes that have been discarded by electricians and plumbers and other finds that can be turned into jewellery. And no, I don't have any inhibitions to mix thrift with sterling silver either.

For pictures of my work, check out my facebook page
Arran Gems - Jewellery and Art by Assja Solveiga Baumgärtner-Gaile

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  • Assja Baumgärtner

    Owner, Creator, Artist / Maker

    I wanted to become a historian, worked as a journalist, editor, marketing and public relations director, became a guest house owner and chef and finally ended up making jewellery, painting, drawing and being absolutely happy.I still do write though.

Shop policies

Last updated on 29 January, 2020
All my jewellery pieces are handmade by myself and therefore are unique. Sometimes I produce a very limited number of identical or very similar objects. Since I produce all objects by myself, I can easily customise an article for you or design a jewellery piece to your liking.

If you have a shop or boutique, I am certainly prepared to produce unique pieces or even a collection for you.

Anything on etsy can be dispatched within two working days. Custom made articles and bridal jewellery will take longer, depending on the kind and number of pieces. Please, contact me.

Please, note that no items are shipped until payment is received. All payments are due upon placing of order. After completing the Checkout, please remember to proceed to pay for your purchase by clicking PayPal/Payment button.

If the order is not paid for within 5 working days the purchase will be cancelled.

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: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days 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 personalised 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
Each case is individual. As a general rule, returns are accepted on all unworn items, except pierced ear earrings (for hygiene reasons). Postage costs are non-refundable. Of course, there are exceptions. I don't want to be too rigid with this rule as I want you to be happy with your purchase and with shopping with me. If you are dissatisfied with the item for any reason, please contact me first. Items can be returned only in their original (unworn) condition and packaging within 14 days of receipt. Refunds will be issued upon safe return of the item(s). It is your responsibility to obtain proof of posting when returning items.

If you're buying for someone else as a present, please let me know at the time of purchasing and I'll extend that guarantee for up to a month.
Payment
Please, note that I prefer PayPal.
You can pay by credit card without having a PayPal account. Here's a link with instructions on how to do it (copy & paste):
http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/how-to-pay-with-a-credit-card-and-create-a-paypal-account-746/

Non Paypal-payments:
You can either pay by money order or through direct bank transfer.Please, inform me by e-mail so I can let you have my BIC and IBAN numbers. All bank costs will be added to your bill. Ordered items will only be sent out after the money has arrived in my bank account.
Delivery
I ship to all major countries. If you don't see your country in the listing, please contact me for the postage fee.

Proof of posting is always obtained.

As a rule, I ship to your PayPal address. Please make sure that your Etsy and PayPal addresses are correct. I do not ship to a country other than that in your PayPal address. In some circumstances I might wave this rule, but it is your responsibility to contact me about it first before purchasing.

You pay only one postage fee. No charge for any additional items. Items packed/gift-wrapped at my own discretion, so if you're particular on the subject (as when it's a gift for someone else) and you want something special, just let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Orders within the UK will be sent out by the next day after receiving your payment and should be with you within 3 working days at the very latest.

Deliveries within Europe should arrive within a week.

Orders to USA & Canada take from 5 working days (according to the Royal Mail website). Experience shows that they can take up to 15 days. If you live in the Far East, Australia or New Zealand, allow 1 - 3 weeks.

Please, note that I am living on a Scottish Island. Although our infrastructure works usually the same way like anywhere else in the UK, it occasionally happens that adverse weather conditions delay a shipment for a day or two which would mostly concern British and European destinations.
Additional policies and FAQs
Important note on gemstones, stones, and beads used#
I try to provide as accurate information about materials I use as I can.
However, sometimes, in the cases of (semi-)precious stones, sellers and/or the manufacturers do not fully disclose the exact origin or manufacture of stones. As a general rule, I avoid those sources, particularly when it comes to precious stones or should I ever use diamonds. There are also a lot of misleading yet accepted names for stones which sometimes also change from country to country.
My main priority is the design and the look of the piece. If you are very particular about the exact nature of the stone, please do not hesitate to ask me & I'll try to answer to the best of my knowledge.

Any semiprecious stones or crystals labelled as AAA, AA, AB etc. carry this label only when the suppliers fully disclose origin and nature of their products.

Disclaimer:
All my jewellery pieces quality pieces. They are not meant to be played with by small children. As jewellery is delicate and often utilizing precious metals and stones, it is important that it is looked after carefully.

I cannot guarantee that colors will be rendered correctly on different computer monitors. Any product dimensions supplied are for guide purposes only and are intended to give an approximate indication of size. Some of the natural materials like stones, sea glass,raw crystals or some semi-precious stones will have natural indentations and discolourations which are not a fault but a characteristic of the piece itself.

We recommend you contact us prior to placing an order on the Website if you have any questions about our products.

Some people may develop allergy, a rash or itchy reaction (especially to the Gold Plating), even if a piece of jewellery has been made with non-nickel-plated silver, with surgical steel, sterling silver, copper or even gold, and some people don't even know that they might be allergic to certain materials, so we are not to be held accountable or liable for any occurring allergies or skin reactions.

MANUFACTURING FAULTS: In the event of a manufacturing fault I will take back the item in question; in most cases I will be able to provide a repair or replacement. Refunds will not be given if the goods have been damaged by you, this includes damage caused by inadequate packaging when returning goods. 


Manufacturing faults DO NOT include:
1. Chipped, cracked or broken gemstones and inclusions.
2. Broken chains.
3. General wear and tear including jewellery that has bent out of shape or oxidized (tarnished).
4. Plating or oxidized 'antique' finish that has worn off
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Plating is a metal coating that is bonded electronically or chemically to a base metal to give a different colour or finish. In any case, please be aware that plating will eventually wear down over time, depending on use etc.
 Against a small charge, I'd love to re-plate and re-plate your piece of jewellery should it become necessary.

Oxidizing is a chemical process often used to give a darker 'antique' or 'vintage' effect to metal. This finish may also wear or rub off over time.

CARE & CLEANING Respect your jewels and they will respect you! Please note that wear and tear in the course of normal use is not considered a manufacturing fault.

Jewellery is precious and you are responsible for its care.
Jewellery and crystal items are delicate and should be handled carefully. Protect it from chemicals (hair spray, perfume, nail polish remover, chlorine, detergents, lotions etc.) direct sunlight and objects that may damage or cause scratches or dents. Jewellery that is plated or with certain finishes applied may age or wear back over time. Stones and inclusions are delicate and may chip if not carefully worn. Rings and pendants may break or bend out of shape if mishandled. Crystal stones breaking from mishandling is not considered a manufacturing fault.

Sterling silver is best cleaned with a professional jewellery cleanser, read manufacturers instructions before use.

Clean plated jewellery, surgical steel and delicate gemstones with a soft cloth or mild jewellery cleanser (check before use), do not use silver polish or strong metal cleaners.

Do not swim or shower while wearing gold-plated or silver jewellery, and remove rings when washing your hands. Chlorine, salt water and fresh water can damage precious metals and gemstones by dulling or eroding them. Gold and silver are particularly susceptible to damage from chlorine, which can permanently damage or discolour them. Soapy water when bathing and showering can also leave a thin film, which makes the metal seem dull.

Do not keep jewellery in direct sunlight as prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause many gemstones to fade and lose their colour. Amethyst, rose quartz, chalcedony and smoky quartz are just some of the gemstones that can become paler from exposure to sunlight.

Keep your jewellery out of reach of children and pets, to keep your kids and animals and your jewellery safe.