Is copper going to give me an allergic reaction?
People occasionally confused copper with nickel. Nickel is a metal that is used in cheaper costume jewelry and causes allergic reactions for many people. I use only nickel-free metals. Sometimes those who wear copper jewelry notice their skin turns green. Copper will react to acidic environments, particularly sweat. Some people are naturally more acidic than others, or their acidity can depend on what they eat on a particular day, etc. These reactions might look weird, but they are normal and not harmful. True copper allergies are rather rare.
All my earrings have a clear coating that preserves the appearance of the patina and also creates a barrier between the skin and metal. If your ears become irritated, it is likely just a reaction to having something new or differently sized in your piercing, not the metal itself. This happens when people are not used to wearing larger earrings, and usually is just a brief inflammatory response that resolves itself.
Can you create a custom piece?
I don’t accept all custom work. It is best to contact me directly. I require a 50% non-refundable deposit for all custom work.
I really like this pair of earrings, but wish it were made out of [insert material] instead of [insert material]. Can you do that?
Some pieces are one of a kind because of stones or materials, and other pieces can be replicated. If you would like to see if one of my designs can be altered to include different materials, please contact me.
What do I do if a piece breaks?
I stand behind everything I sell. Please contact me, and I’ll do what I can within reason to repair or replace the piece. If the item appears broken due to personal wear vs a craftsmanship issue, I reserve the right not to repair or replace.
Do you accept refunds?
No. All sales are final. I only give refunds with return if there is an issue with craftsmanship and only within a year of purchase.
Where do you source your materials?
All over the world! I obtain materials from many places I love having a story behind something. Whenever I travel in the U.S. or abroad, I am always scouring markets, beaches, forests, local artisan stands, and hidden shops, on the look out for unique materials and found objects I can use in my work.
I really believe what people most value in a piece is an emotional connection. Jewelry is something that tells a story, a possession that reflects who we are and what we value. I try to create pieces that give their wearer something to talk about.