Multi Gemstone Tassel Earrings

$119.00

The "Secret Garden" earrings feature exquisite AAA beer quartz briolettes in a warm honey brown, and they are enhanced by a tumble of gemstones filled with color and texture. Carved leaves of apple green peridot, "dew" drop briolettes of rhodolite garnet, rondelles of rhodolite garnet, pale green prehnite, beer quartz, and sky blue topaz provide a lovely bouquet of color from which the honey brown beer quartz briolettes dangle beneath.

All metal used is gold filled or 24kt gold *vermeil (gold over sterling silver). The ear wires are 14kt *gold filled.

Approximately 2 3/8"

Your "Secret Garden" earrings will ship USPS Priority Mail with tracking in the US, and will be packaged in a lovely keepsake gift box tied with ribbon.

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*What is vermeil? Vermeil must meet the FTC standard of 100 millionths of an inch (2 ½ microns) of fine gold layered over sterling silver. In order for a piece to be labeled legally as "vermeil", the item must not be less than 10 karat gold and have a substantial thickness, with a minimum thickness of 2 ½ microns. A Vermeil piece of jewelry is made entirely of precious metals, which gives the piece an intrinsic value.


*Is "vermeil" the same as "gold plate"? Absolutely not! In contrast to vermeil, which is a regulated layer of gold (a minimum of 2 ½ microns) over a precious metal…sterling silver, "gold plating" is a miniscule layer of solid gold applied to a brass base. The plating does not compose any measurable proportion of the product’s total weight, and is estimated to be 0.05% or less of the metal product. Gold plating will wear off rather quickly and expose the brass base product.

*How to care for vermeil jewelry: While vermeil jewelry may tarnish (the base is sterling silver, a precious metal that tarnishes!), it is easily cleaned and will remain beautiful, if cared for properly. For starters, I recommend storing your artisan jewelry in the box provided to you when you purchased your jewelry, or you can store it in an airtight bag, such as a Ziploc. This is a trick I learned years ago while being employed at a hand crafted jewelry boutique, where I got my start! Exposure to the elements (including humidity, pollution, dust, etc) will dull ALL jewelry, so keep your treasures looking beautiful by wiping gently with a dry, soft jeweler's cloth. Please, NO harsh chemicals, as it may not only damage the vermeil, but some gemstones, as well. In addition, perfume and hair spray should be applied PRIOR to putting on your jewelry (again, this goes for ALL jewelry, not just vermeil!). Finally, never, ever bathe or swim while wearing your jewelry.

*What is gold-filled? Gold-filled is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. Single clad gold-filled has all the gold content in a single layer on one side. Double clad gold-filled splits the gold content into surface layers on both sides of the material. The gold alloy is then bonded to one or both surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure. The bonded raw material is then sold as sheet or wire to jewelry manufacturers for use in designs.

Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is then described by the karatage of the gold alloy. Most gold-filled is 12kt or 14kt gold-filled, all of my designs listed as gold filled are 14kt gold filled.

Vermeil and gold filled are beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold, and will retain its beauty, if cared for properly. However, if solid gold is your preference, please contact me for a custom order and pricing!

Payments

I accept PayPal and personal checks. Kindly pay within 2 days of making your purchase.

Maryland residents will be charged 6% sales tax on their purchases.

I do accept layaway! Convo me for a plan that works for your budget.

Shipping from United States

I ship all packages by USPS with tracking and insurance (in the US, please read on for international policies)the next day, after I receive your payment. I will notify you with the delivery confirmation details to either your personal email, or thru the "conversation" system on Etsy once your item has shipped.

For my international customers: I ship United States Postal Service first class delivery. Please contact me if you would like to add insurance to your package, as I do not include it in the shipping price. I will contact you to advise you when your package has shipped, usually within a day or two of having received payment. Please be advised that you may be charged a custom tax upon receipt of your goods from the United States.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 7 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 personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Returns and exchange details

If for some reason, you are not completely delighted with your purchase, please contact me within 3 days of receiving your jewelry to make an exchange or receive a full refund. The merchandise must be unworn and in original condition in order for me to accept it as a return. Please convo me or email me at thebijoubabe [!at] gmail.com for return instructions. Shipping charges are non-refundable nor included on returns. Custom designs, or my designs that were altered per your request (lengthening or shortening, color changes, or other design alterations) are final sales. Deposits for custom designs are also non-refundable. All custom designs are photographed and sent to you for your approval prior to shipping, if something needs to be adjusted once you receive it, I'll be happy to re-work it to your satisfaction.

Additional

I welcome custom orders! Please send me an Etsy 'conversation' to let me know what you had in mind and I will be thrilled to work with you. A minimum 50% deposit is required to begin all custom orders, which is non-refundable. Please allow more time for completion and shipping of custom orders, as some materials may need to be special ordered for you. All custom orders are provided with photographs and conversations along the design process. The order is not complete until the client (you!) have approved of the final design. Balance is due once you are completely satisfied with the finished piece.

WHOLESALE INQUIRIES:

I offer wholesale discounts to licensed, retail businesses. If you are interested in carrying my jewelry in your boutique, please contact me at thebijoubabe [!at] gmail.com to discuss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

I love to work with clients on custom orders! A minimum 50% deposit is required to begin work, and the balance is due upon completion and client's approval . Photos are sent for the client to select materials (if applicable) and once completed, photos are sent for client's approval.

Is vermeil the same as "gold plate"?

Many people have misconceptions about vermeil, because they confuse it with "gold plate". However, they are vastly different! Vermeil must meet the FTC standard of 100 millionths of an inch (2 ½ microns) of fine gold layered over sterling silver. In order for a piece to be labeled legally as "vermeil", the item must not be less than 10 karat gold and have a substantial thickness, with a minimum thickness of 2 ½ microns. In contrast, "gold plating" is a miniscule layer of solid gold applied to a brass base. The plating does not compose any measurable proportion of the product’s total weight, and is estimated to be 0.05% or less of the metal product. Gold plating will wear off rather quickly and expose the brass base product.

Is "Gold Filled" the same as "gold plated"?

No! Gold-filled is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. The gold alloy is then bonded to one or both surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure. The bonded raw material is then sold as sheet or wire to jewelry manufacturers for use in designs. Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is then described by the karatage of the gold alloy. Most gold-filled is 12kt or 14kt gold-filled. All of the gold-filled used in my designs is 14kt. It is a beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold.

Care instructions

Artisan jewelry is not mass produced, and needs to be cared for properly. Please do not wear your jewelry to sleep, bathe, or swim in. A great rule of thumb is to accessorize with your jewelry last! Be sure to apply perfume and hair products before putting on your precious jewels. Vermeil and sterling silver jewelry will tarnish, so to help keep that to a minimum, please store your jewelry in the box provided when not worn. While gold fill jewelry does not tarnish in the same way, it is a good idea to also protect it in a box, to help prevent scratching or damaging of any wire wrapped pieces. To clean, you can use a mild jeweler's cleaner that is safe for gemstones and gold. Please do NOT dip pearls, opals, or any other porous stone.

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