How do you make your jewelry?
As a trained silversmith I use a torch, hammers, jeweler's saw, pliers, mandrels, a flex shaft, and many other tools to silver-solder, texture, shape, cut out, sand, etc. sterling silver, brass, and copper. This process is referred to as fabricating.
Do you make this in X size?
All of my works, other than made-to-order items, are one of a kind and cannot be custom ordered (see below). However, all of my made-to-order items, such as stacking rings, can be ordered in almost any size!
Do you do custom work?
No. I have tried custom work in the past and it is not a good fit for me. Thank you for thinking of me, however.
Do you do repairs?
No, unless it is my own work. If you own a piece of my jewelry and it has been damaged, please reach out and I'll see what I can do! This may or may not be at cost to you, depending on the circumstances.
How long do made-to-order items take to make?
Made-to-order items may take up to three weeks. If in the event it will take longer, I will keep you updated on the estimated completion date.
How do I figure out my ring size?
This can be done in a few ways. You can go to a jewelry store and have your fingers measured, buy an inexpensive ring sizer online, or check out this printable guide from Zales.
What metal are your ear wires made from?
I use .925 sterling silver for all of my ear wires. If you prefer stainless steel, just let me know and I may be able to switch to a pre-made ear hook, depending on the earrings' design.
How do I care for my jewelry?
Take your jewelry off to shower or swim and store in a dry place. Wear your silver often! It will tarnish less this way. When tarnishing does occur, gently buff with a soft polishing cloth.
And never, ever feed it after midnight.
Will it tarnish?
Yes, eventually all metals tarnish. It is the way of nature. As copper and brass tarnish much more quickly than silver, I coat all of my base metal pieces in ProtectaClear to drastically slow this process. Pieces I coated in ProtectaClear several years ago still look great.
I do not give my sterling silver jewelry any type of sealing treatment as typically it doesn't need it and honestly, I love the way silver patinas as you wear it.
How do you source your materials?
My sterling silver, copper and brass all come from a reputable company in the US that many jewelers use. My stones are sourced from various places including my mom, who cuts cabs for me, and online from independent sellers who either cut cabs or sell estate pieces. My resin cabs are made by me using foraged, wind fallen lichen and moss.
Is wholesale or consignment available?
Not at this time. However, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and I will add you to my list.
Where can I find you in person?
At the moment I don’t have any work in shops and have no markets on the horizon, sorry. Watch my instagram for updates!