FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO YOU MAKE CUSTOM DESIGNS?
Yes! Working with a client to make her perfect piece is one of my favorite design projects.
Examples of past custom design projects:
- I worked with a bride who wanted a custom piece for herself as well as each of her attendants. Her wedding was an elegant autumn affair featuring burgundy and gold. Each bridesmaid had the same color long dress, but chose her own dress design, so I designed each piece to coordinate with the various necklines, body types, and preferences of each woman all in burgundy and gold with the basic elements of the bride's ivory necklace.
- I've worked with a client who wanted to remake her mom's old broken string faux pearl necklace and art deco clasp into a modern Swarovski pearl design featuring the same clasp.
- I designed several pieces for a MIss America state finalist contestant to wear with different outfits throughout the pageant. She went on to the Miss America pageant!
- I often design for men and women who have no clue what gift to give their loved one(s). I ask about what she typically wears, her favorite colors, her typical occasions for wearing jewelry and her personality. I also ask for a photo of his special woman. Can't get more custom than that!
What's your dream design?
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A PIECE?
It takes about three days to make any fused glass and silver jewelry. Strung and/or wire wrapped pieces take several hours to two days depending on the complexity of the design. Chain maille also takes a couple of days -in addition to the time it takes to make the pendant or bracelet - depending on the complexity of the weave.
Of course, you have to add 15+ years to know how. ;)
WHAT IS SRAJD?
Dreamstonz is proud to have been certified by SRAJD, an international organization of Self-Representing Artists in Jewelry Design. When you purchase from an SRAJD member, you are buying directly from and supporting an artist whose work has reached the creative and quality standards demanded by this certification.
DREAMSTONZ GIFT PACKAGING
How is the jewelry packaged? Every purchase comes ready for gifting in a modern design gift box with a card describing the materials used and the artistic inspiration. No price is included in the box or the card, your invoice is emailed separately.
MAY I MAKE DESIGN CHANGES?
"It depends" (this is the standard lawyer’s response for which I won’t bill you this time). Earring changes are the easiest to accommodate and can usually be made at no charge. The earrings can usually be changed to non pierced, post, french hook, lever back, or threads. Most can usually be made longer or shorter.
Small adjustments to lengths of necklaces or bracelets, can usually be made at no charge. Changing the clasps is usually possible too, but there may be a small charge if the clasp you select is more expensive than the original .
If you want to make major design changes that involve remaking or restringing the components, adding or subtracting components, there may be a charge but I will let you know that up front.
Of course custom designs are always available, so let's chat!
WILL THE ART GLASS IN DREAMSTONZ JEWELRY BREAK?
Once the art glass bead or focal is finished it is annealed overnight in a kiln at high temperatures specific to the type of glass the artist used then slowly cooled. The annealing process hardens the glass so that it becomes virtually unbreakable.
“Virtually” here means it will last for years when it is used as intended. Throw it across a room, drop it on a stone floor, run over it in your driveway and, well, you might have to start singing “Dust in the Wind”.