TheBeadyGecko

Quirky jewellery and accessories

Liverpool, England
1,028 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Thank you for visiting my shop, I'm having a few days break, but don't worry, I will be back before you know it, my shop will be reopening as soon as possible. Maria

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Last updated on 03 Jun, 2021

Thank you for visiting my shop, I'm having a few days break, but don't worry, I will be back before you know it, my shop will be reopening as soon as possible. Maria

Maria Murray

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About TheBeadyGecko

Sales 1,028
On Etsy since 2013

The Beady Gecko, Beady Mogs, Beady Dogs and Me

For years I dabbled making things for myself, I love vibrant, bright colours and I love pairing things together that might otherwise not seem to 'match', I have eclectic tastes, much to the disappointment of our girls, and I love geckos. The first pair of earrings I made for myself were silver geckos with purple beads - they're still hanging on my rack here, when we needed a company name, it seemed perfectly logical to us for me to put together two things that I really liked.

And so, in a dull moment, eight summers ago, The Beady Gecko came into being. Most of my inspiration comes from nature and the world around us, I love playing with colour, seeing a picture and making something different and permanent from it, capturing it using glass beads and charms. Most of my ideas come to me when I'm out and about, playing on beaches or walking through leaves, and this is why most of my work captures nature at its brightest, and the hidden stuff you might not usually see or think to look for.

I work with glass beads because they give a clarity and depth of colour, lucite (frosted acrylic) leaves and flowers, with metal alloy or enamelled charms to add interest and detail. I like to use a selection of metal finishes, though my favourites, and the ones you'll see most often are copper and silver plated finishes. I use plated finishes as they keep my costs affordable and reasonable, where I can, I offer an upgrade to sterling silver.

I love working with semi precious stones, I love the associations they have and the benefits they are believed to bring, I love the colour and variety that they have and that no two things I ever make will be exactly the same. I've recently completed my Reiki one training, and I'm keen to build on this and bring it into my work.

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you'll know The Beady Gecko lives in Gecko Villa (which is a Victorian terrace in Mossley Hill, Liverpool), life here is never dull, and I am never lonely. There's me (Maria), married to Ian (aka Pontious) and our girls (also known as the younger Geckos).

Gecko Villa is also home to the Beady Mogs and Beady Dogs. There's four Mogs, all are adept at chasing beads and picking seed beads up with their paws. Beady Dog is a scrumptious black Labrador and Beady Pup is a rather handsome Goldador - they are much given to early morning walks and watching the sun rise with me (we especially like walking in the rain).

So now you know all about everyone else, you'll need to know that I was born in Liverpool, left in the mid 80's to study Marketing (well, Business and Finance too) at College, and came back in the early 1990's with Pontious. We weren't staying long, but 30 years later, seem to have settled pretty well. I have worked in some pretty interesting jobs over the years, including the music industry, and for a local environmental charity. I am happiest when I am surrounded by the residents of Gecko Villa and my beads or walking barefoot on a beach. Or skipping in the leaves, annoying my girls. My one burning ambition is to meet the Art teacher who told me I was no good at Art.

Shop members

  • Maria Murray

    Owner, Creator

    The Beady Gecko herself, initially trained in Business and Finance, with a very big emphasis on marketing, but could never get the hang of not making things or surrounding everyone in the house with colour, so has put all of those skills to good use.

  • Beady Dog

    Marketer

    Beady Dog (Robbie) is Head of Marketing here at The Beady Gecko. Extrememly photogenic, he's always happy to share his exploits with our followers, he's very often spotted on Facebook and Instagram pages promoting special offers.

  • Beady Mogs

    Quality Control

    The Beady Mog team (Fred, Mabel, Matilda and Luna) are very pleased to check the quality of tiger tail, seed beads and packaging that I use on a day to day basis. Beady Middle Mog (Matilda) offers a bespoke paper shredding service.

Production partners

  • Printer

    United Kingdom

    My production partner has enabled production of this calendar, printing and binding it for me. The Calendar contains 48 original pictures (which are copyright Maria Murray, The Beady Gecko).

Shop policies

Last updated on 06 November, 2020
My jewellery and accessories are made to the highest standards (if I'm not happy with them, they don't find their way to you), but due to the very nature of them being handcrafted, will all be different and none of them uniform. It is also more fragile than mass produced jewellery, and glass beads can shatter if dropped on a hard surface.

Each item you buy from my shop will be accompanied by a care guide.

I use good, high quality materials, and will tell you in the item description what they are. Unless specified otherwise, my bracelets/bag charms and key guardians are on gold or silver plated chain and the metal alloy charms that I use is lead/nickel safe. Any findings used are gold and silver plated too, though a sterling silver option is available for ear wires. All ear wires are sourced from a reputable, UK based supplier. Tiger tail, which is used in some semi precious stone bracelets is made from plastic coated stainless steel.

Approximate sizes are given on our descriptions, please note our jewellery/accessories are not intended for use youngsters over 14 years of age.

None of my treasures are suitable for children under 3 years of age due to small parts and functional sharp points.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Apple Pay Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch 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 personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, please contact me as soon as possible and I will be happy to deal with any queries you have.

If you do have a query regarding an item you have received, you need to let me know within 14 days of receiving it, if you are returning an item to us because you have changed your mind, then return postage is payable by the customer. Refunds will be happily given when the item is safely back with us, so please do obtain a certificate of posting, we will email you to let you know when it has reached us safely. For hygiene reasons, I am sorry I'm unable to accept returns on earrings unless they are faulty.

Please ensure that you have given us the right postal address, we cannot be responsible if items are posted to an address provided by you, that is incorrect.

Please contact me first before leaving negative feedback, as I will do all I can to resolve any dissatisfaction.
Payment
I accept payment through Paypal, or Debit Cards. I accept Etsy gift cards.

For bespoke items, payment must be made in full though the appropriate shop listing before it will be made/despatched to you.

If you wish to cancel your order, please let me know as soon as possible. if your order has been despatched, I'm sorry I can only refund when you have returned it to me, unused, in it's original packaging. I'm sorry I cannot accept returns on earrings for hygiene reasons, unless they are faulty.
Delivery
Please check the FAQ section for latest information on processing times, postage dates and delivery dates.

Your order will be posted to you using Royal Mail, second class post within the time scale shown (unless you've chosen an upgrade). There are delays within the postal service at the moment as Royal Mail do their very best to move our mail around the country, but please do contact me if it doesn’t reach you as quickly as you think it should, again, more information is included in the FAQ section.

Postal upgrades are available, please see the details on each listing.

Please ensure that you have given me the right postal address, I cannot be responsible if items are posted to an address provided by you, that is incorrect. This is especially important if you are sending an order directly as a gift. Please note if you are paying by Paypal it will sometimes default to your address, so please double check if you are sending a gift.

I always send an email to advise when I have posted your order. If for any reason your order is dealyed or cancelled, I will always let you know.

Sometimes things do go wrong with delivery which are out of my control... if you have not received your item within 10 working days (UK) of me posting it then please get in touch. In the rare case of non-delivery please contact me within 30 days of ordering so that I can look into this for you.

Any customs charges incurred are the sole responsibility of the customer, and the onus is on the customer to check any relevant customs charges, tax or duty, which may be payable in their own country before placing an order. By placing an order you are agreeing to this policy.
Additional policies and FAQs
I take your privacy seriously. I do not collect or collate any information about you when you visit our Etsy store or pages on Facebook/Instagram. If you purchase items from me, I will not disclose your personal details and will never sell your details on to a third party.

Please note - My jewellery is made to be worn by youngsters over 14 years of age. I'm sorry but none of my treasures are suitable for children under 3 years of age due to small parts and functional sharp points.

As everyones skin is different, sometimes people can react to the metals used in my products, if this happens, please discontinue use immediately.

Packaging - I constantly review my packaging to ensure it is as environmentally friendly as possible. I'm currently in the process of changing my packaging to make it as environmentally friendly as possible. Your order will be packaged in a pretty paper bag, sealed with a paper sticker (all recyclable). The padded envelopes I use are carbon neutral - please reuse wherever possible. I also use small letter box size cardboard boxes where appropriate, and as part of my gift packaging, these are fully recyclable and lined with tissue paper. They are enclosed in a recycled postal packet for protection, which is biodegradable.
Privacy
I take your privacy seriously. I do not collect or collate any information about you when you visit our Etsy store or pages on Facebook or Instagram. If you purchase items from me, I will not disclose your personal details and will never sell your details on to a third party.

More information

Last updated on 17 Dec, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Ordering advice/Postage - Covid19 and Coronavirus (advice as at Dec 2020)

The Beady Gecko will be remaining open for orders - I am lucky to be working from home; my order processing times will be clearly indicated so you know they are accurate, and I'll send you an email to let you know when your order has been despatched. Please do note, that delivery within the UK is taking a longer due to any unavoidable delays within the postal service. If anyone in our house/family becomes ill or has a positive test result, then your order will be cancelled and refunded in full immediately. Please check Christmas delivery dates below.

I am very happy to include a gift message with your order - this will be printed and included with your order. Gift wrapping is available for special occasions.

Gift wrapping and packaging

My orders are carefully packaged in a pretty printed paper bag, and contain a care sheet. They are wrapped, where appropriate, in plain tissue paper with a paper sticker. I am very happy to include a printed, personalised message for you with any order you send. This is free of charge and standard for all orders. No prices are marked on your items, so they are perfect to give as they are.

I offer a gift wrapping service at an additional charge - your order can be mailed in a tissue lined, letterbox sized postal box. This will be wrapped carefully in good quality wrapping paper, with a matching ribbon and gift tag, your message included and then posted to you or your chosen recipient, in a plain, environmentally friendly package.

Custom and personalised orders

I am very happy to include a gift message with your order, please see individual listings for more information on this. I'm sorry I'm not able to include symbols, emoji's and emoticons as part of your message as they don't print.

Rude or offensive messages will not be included, they will be replaced with a standard sheet saying 'a gift for you - enjoy' with the senders name at the bottom. If this applies to your order, then I will email you to advise.

Christmas Order Dates 2020

My last order dates for guaranteed despatch for Christmas 2020 have now passed, and while I am happy to continue to process orders, sadly I cannot guarantee their delivery in time for Christmas. Orders will be processed and posted as soon as possible, and posted to you before the Royal Mail final posting dates, at your chosen rate of postage. At this point, I strongly recommend adding Tracking at the checkout.

Sadly once your order has left me, and unless it is tracked, I have no way of knowing how long it will take to reach you, as increased mail volumes are resulting in seasonal delays in these uncertain times, this is out of my control, and very much dependant on regional variations.

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