Made with Real Stones, Swarovski Crystal, Czech Crystal, Pearls, Glass, Bone, Wood, Shell and Ceramic beads.
I use real stones and other natural materials like Bone, Shell and Wood in all of my jewelry so there will be imperfections, small holes, slight crack marks and scratches in them from nature that I can not control. I'm very proud of my jewelry and want it to be perfect for you, so I do my best to make sure all Stones and Beads are strong and as beautiful as they can be. But, if for any reason you are not satisfied, you can return your purchase within 30 days, just pay the shipping and I will refund you the original purchase price, excluding the shipping charges, by check through the mail. I only ask that you e-mail me to let me know it's coming and the reason for the return. I will also gladly do exchanges if you'd like. For customized jewelry I will do my best to communicate with you and make sure your item is exactly what you want. Once you receive it, if you're still not happy with it please e-mail me to discuss the issue and I will take care of it for you free of charge, just pay the return shipping. I can not give refunds on custom jewelry.
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Rocks, Beads & Jewelry Info.
If you see an item that's been sold and would like something similar I will do my best to replicate it, but of course no two stones are alike so it's impossible to be exact, each piece of jewelry I make is a one of a kind and I will never exactly replicate any piece.
The Arizona Red Rocks have been collected by me and my friend Patti Polk. They may sparkle as some of the rocks around here have some kind of mineral in them that makes them sparkle like little diamonds. Another bit of info, they are very delicate and should not be dropped on hard surfaces or put somewhere that they might get broken. Also, if you get them wet they will get very dark red, let them air dry naturally before you put them away.
The Black Obsidian shards were collected in Arizona by Patti Polk. The Arrowheads I bought at a Native American store right here in Sedona. Most of the stones I use for my wire wrapped pendants I buy here in Sedona, a few I had from a long time ago. The Swarovski Crystals are all Xilion bicones, they range in size from 3mm to 5mm. The Czech Crystals I use are mostly the round style but some are rondelles or other shapes.
The Turquoise stones and beads I use are real Turquoise except for one bead that is dyed to look like turquoise, it's called Magnesite and it's a 6mm round bead that's light blue with light brown markings, if this stone is used it will be in the description. I do not use any other dyed or imitation turquoise stones. The stones I use in my wire wraps are pure chunks of Turquoise from Arizona. I buy them at local rock shops in Sedona.
Sterling Silver is great but it's gotten very expensive, so to keep my prices low I use mostly Sterling Silver Filled and Silver Plated findings. Findings are the jump rings, clasps, earring wires, head pins, bead covers, etc. that are used in making jewelry. I may use Sterling Silver beads on occasion and I will note that in the description, otherwise all silver colored beads are silver plated. I use Accu-Flex wire for my bracelets and necklaces. For the wire wrapped pendants I use silver plated copper wire, Brass wire, plastic coated copper wire, color coated copper wire and copper wire. I use different sizes for different designs ranging from 26 to 18 gauge.
All wire and metals will tarnish in time except for the expensive stuff like Gold, Platinum and the like, so to stop your jewelry from tarnishing keep it in air tight zip-lock bags. I've done this for many years and find I rarely have to clean my jewelry. If you do need to clean my jewelry you can use several methods. A Silver polishing cloth is fast and handy, soapy water and an extra soft toothbrush should get most dirt, oils and lotions off. To keep the metals shiny you can buy liquid silver cleaner at most jewelry stores, be sure to buy the cleaner for delicate stones not just sterling silver. Be careful not to keep jewelry in too long, certain beads may break down or fade. Some Silver Plated beads that have the black antique look may lose the black coloring in a sterling silver cleaner. A jeweler can steam clean most jewelry without harming it. If you're not sure how to clean it, ask a jeweler.
Some stones will fade in sunlight so when you're not wearing your jewelry you should keep it out of the sun, preferably in a zip-lock bag and in your jewelry box so it doesn't get misplaced. These stones should especially be kept out of the sun; Amethyst, Celestite, Opal, Tanzanite and Turquoise.
For those who use the stones for Spiritual reasons you may want to cleanse your new piece of jewelry. There are many ways to cleanse stones but because this is jewelry I'd suggest dry and non-salt techniques. Placing it on a Quartz Crystal Cluster for 24 hours is a fast and simple solution. You can also place it under a full moon and sun for 24 hours. Lastly, smudging it with sage or cedar works nicely and it will make the room smell great. For information on the metaphysical properties of rocks I can suggest a few different books. Love Is In The Earth, by Melody, The Book of Stones, by Robert Simmons and The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall.
Here are a few examples of toggle clasps and some of the other colors of metals that I have in Lobster Claws, they are from left to right, Antique Copper, Antique Gold, Gold and Gunmetal. This is just a very small sampling of clasps, please contact me for more information.
About the photos
I used a wonderful piece of Pipestone as the base for my photos, but I realized that not all the colors showed up as well as they should. So, I can e-mail additional photos on a white background if you wish. I did not enhance or change any colors in the photos, but I took them in sunlight on a red background so in other light and on different backgrounds they may have a slightly different hue. The Swarovski and Czech Crystals will be much more colorful and sparkly than in the pictures. Some of the stones also have a sparkle and depth to them that pictures can not show.
If anything should happen to your jewelry by accident and you'd like it repaired, just e-mail me anytime and we can discuss how I can help. Even if you lose 1 earring and need another made for you, I can do that!! E-mail and digital cameras are great inventions aren't they!!! I want to keep my customers happy and coming back so please don't hesitate to email me anytime with questions or comments.
E-mail- kim _ m _ fox @ hotmail . com ( just take out the spaces )