Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can you make (this pendant) in (this colour)?
A. Most likely! I try to keep a wide variety of colours on hand, and if I don't have it I can probably find it. Check out the Gemstones page, and if you don't see what you want drop me a line!
Q. I would like to get pendants for my whole wedding party. Can you accomodate me?
A. I'd love to. Contact me as soon as possible to talk about colours and timeframe!
Q. I need my jewelry right away. Can you help?
A. Depending on where you are and what kind of jewelry, possibly. It's a lot easier if the jewelry is ready-made, but some pieces can be made on short notice. Email me with your location and I will find out the express options available to your area. Remember that I'm in Canada, so shipping to anywhere will take some time!
Q. Do you ship internationally?
A. For sure! You need to make sure that you are able to receive jewelry to your country through the mail, and you are responsible for any import duties, but I would love to know that my trees are on the other side of the world! Contact me for a shipping quote.
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Gemstones & Wire
All pieces have the materials used listed in their descriptions, however I primarily use solid copper wire, sterling silver-filled wire, and semi-precious gemstone chips in my work.
Much of my copper wire is recycled electrical wire, which I'm pleased to say is not only better for the environment, it makes the prices lower as well. It's a win-win situation!
If you're looking at the term 'silver-filled' and thinking, "what the heck is that?", you're not alone. I get the question often. Silver-filled is similar to gold-filled, if you've heard of that. What it means, is that there is a layer of pure sterling silver, permanently bonded to a solid copper core. This coating is countless times tougher than plating, gives you the same look and feel as sterling, but is only a fraction of the cost.
*Please note, the silver-filled wire I use has been discontinued by the manufacturer. Product listings will be updated as new wire is phased in.*
The gemstones I use are primarily beautiful semi-precious gemstone chips, with gorgeous colours and a variety of sizes. On occasion I find some gorgeous man-made gemstones that I just have to use. All pieces are marked with the stones and materials used to create them listed in the description. See the Gemstones page to get an idea of what I have in stock.
The simplest way to keep your jewelry from tarnishing?
It's amazing how much tarnish and discoloration is avoided when silver jewelry is worn regularly. If your piece is tarnished and you would like to make it brighter again, there are a couple of options I'd recommend for most of the pieces I make.
The easiest option is to polish the metals carefully with a soft jewelry polishing cloth, which you can find in most major department stores fairly easily. There are many that have anti-tarnish agent built into the fabric to help prevent future tarnishing, as well. It can be difficult to get into crevices with this method, however, and the wires can be slightly misshapen if enough force is used. So be gentle, and your tree will thank you! If your piece still isn't sparkling like you want, make a paste with small amount of baking soda and water and scrub the metals gently with a toothbrush, then rinse and pat dry gently.
I don't recommend commercial jewelry polishes for my pieces, as many have harsh chemicals that may damage the gemstones or even the wires themselves. Many commercial cleaners actually take off a fine layer of metal when used to remove tarnish...
Of course, you don't have to remove the tarnish at all if you don't want to! I personally love the earthy, antique look my trees get after a few years. My favourite tree is one that I'll likely never clean.
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