Friday, February 2, 2018

Jewelry Repair Service Q+A

Hi All!

Did you know I offer jewelry repair? Yes, I do! Many customers have either delivered their cherished jewelry to me over the years or mailed it in to me for repair. I can help with both options!

To help streamline this process, or if you're just thinking about having me repair something for you, I created a FAQ below. If you have any questions that haven't been answered below, feel free to email me

Q. What kind of jewelry repair do you offer?
A. Restringing, wire wrapping, re-glueing, changing a clasp, adding a clasp, adding charms, changing an elastic band to a regular cord, re-knotting pearls, malas, repurposing old jewelry and I am open to work with you to create a custom design from something that was broken, damaged, etc.
I restring semi-precious gemstones, pearls, metal beads, glass, wood beads, plastic, etc. I repair earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and ankle bracelets. I also offer a polishing, cleaning and detangling service. Although, please be forewarned, detangling can get quite expensive as I charge by the hour for this one! If you want more information on how to prevent chains from tangling, check out this blog post that I wrote a while back or this short video
**Also a quick note about polishing; certain metals should not be polished professionally such as silver plated, gold plated, or gold filled. Why, you ask? Because the top layer(s) can quickly erode or be polished right off, leaving the base metal exposed and ruining your gorgeous jewelry. Instead, I suggest a light gentle polish with a soft cloth at home and proper storage to prevent these specific metals from tarnishing. More info about that is available here in this short video I made recently. :)

Q. What kinds of jewelry repair do you NOT offer?
A.  I  do not solder metal or work with fine gemstones such as diamonds, rubies, emeralds, etc. in prong or band settings. Generally speaking, I usually do not repair or re-size rings, as this usually requires cutting and soldering (metalsmithing). If you have a thicker chain like a snake chain or wheat chain where the chain is soldered directly and the clasp needs to be re-soldered, I cannot repair it for you.

Q. I lost an earring and am wondering if you can make the other half, even though you didn't design these earrings. Can you help me?
A. Hmmm... thats a tricky one, but definitely email me and I'll see if I can help :) It will depend on how it was made and if I carry the materials in my inventory or have access to them. Unique hand cut gemstones will be extremely difficult for me to try and match. Be ready to send a clear picture taken in natural daylight of the 1/2 you have on hand.

Q. Where are you located?
A. I live in the US, in Coastal North Carolina on a small island, called Topsail Island.

Q. How can I get my jewelry to you?
A. If you live in the area, we can arrange for drop off and pickup, however if you live farther away, you can mail your jewelry to me and once I repair it, I will mail it back. You will need to pay for return shipping including insurance in addition to the cost of the repair.

Q. How much do you charge?
A. Restringing for small jobs starts at $5 and up.
Q. Seriously?
A. Yes, seriously!! :) However, this is not including the cost of the cord or elastic, string or wire I will use. Thats a very modest estimate, btw. :) Email me, for more info about your specific piece or project. Re-designing, re-knotting and other custom jobs are more expensive and I can give you a more detailed estimate once we've talked a bit more about your specific project.

Q. Can you re-create something that another designer made?
A. Out of artistic integrity, I try not to copy another designers work, however, if you have 1/2 of a lost pair of earrings or something else thats incomplete because you lost part of it, I am open to working with you to complete a project or re-create that missing half.

Q. How can we streamline the process so its super easy for you to quickly repair something for me?
A. Please have access to email, be able to check email regularly and have access to a camera or camera phone if you have something specific you would like me to repair. Please be aware that once we have agreed that you will send me items to be repaired, I will expect payment to be made online via PayPal, VenMo or Cash App. I cannot accept cash or checks in the mail as we will finalize the cost once the item(s) have arrived and are in my possession. Payments will be expected before work has begun.

Q. Do you offer refunds?
A. Once I have started working on your repair or re-design, I cannot offer a refund. If however I have not begun working on it, I can definitely issue a refund. If you decide that you no longer want something repaired after you have sent it to me and before I have started working on it, I can send it back to you and you will not be responsible for any cost except return shipping which will always be via USPS Priority Mail unless you prefer UPS, Fed Ex, or a similar insured carrier.
Q. What if I get the item you repaired back in the mail and hate it?
A. I'm sorry, I still cannot offer a refund.

Q. What if I still want to get something repaired but I'm not sure I want to mail it to you? Or if I live internationally, can you still help me.
A. Feel free to do a google search for a local jeweler in your area that can help you :) International packages take longer to be delivered unless you use an international shipping service like UPS, FedEx or DHL and I require insurance be added onto your package in case anything happens to it during transit. However, if you live outside of the US, I strongly recommend you find a local jeweler to help with your jewelry repair to save cost, time and efficiency.

Q. You did an AMAZING job repairing my jewelry and I want to leave a tip? How can I?
A. You can tip me via this link: oh and a Big THANK YOU in advance!

Any other questions, please email me here :)


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Birthstones, their Properties and New Fall Jewelry

Hello Fall! This year for Fall, I'm featuring more subtle and warmer toned gemstones.
This month I'm featuring Citrine, one of November's most beautiful birthstones; with new earrings and bracelets pictured below.

Citrine is said to bring abundance and open the higher mind to bring joy into one's life. And if you've ever wondered what the metaphysical properties of other gemstones and birthstones are as well, keep reading to the bottom of the page where I've detailed the birthstones I carry in my shop and their meaning...

Besides Citrine, check out other new Fall cozy colored gemstone earrings and necklaces like these watermelon tourmaline earrings and necklaces:

The list below is of some traditional and alternative birthstones that I carry in my shop and their properties: 

In addition, some of my jewelry combines many gemstones together. Combining the gemstones, as you can see in the round gold gemstone hoops above, amplifies their power.

A few of these rainbow hoops, other earrings, necklaces and bracelets are below:

Happy Fall! 
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Peridot for August

Happy August! Peridot is the official birthstone for August and what a beauty it is! The lime green gemstone is said to promote joy, renewal and love. It is also said to help you move forward and release the past. 

Check out the newest peridot bracelets, necklaces and bracelet sets pieces I have just added to the shop below...

Sterling silver wine goblet with peridot grapes cluster necklace

Peridot bar necklace

and of course theres a few others to check out over at: 

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Aziza Jewelry Retail Stores List for 2017

Aziza Jewelry is now located in Wilmington, NC!!

If you would like to find out where to purchase at local shows please be sure to follow this blog or join my mailing list for an update on local shows here:

The following is an updated Retail Stores list for Summer 2017 where you can purchase Aziza Jewelry locally here in Wilmington, NC, throughout the US and now in Melbourne, Australia:

Domaine South, 110 Cleveland Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35801

Folio Press and Paperie, 301 Motor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Haven A Boutique, 414 First St, Woodland, CA 95695
Pigment, 3801 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

The Dresser, 152 S Penn St, Oberlin, KS 67749

Cork & Barrel Bourbon Store, located inside Blue Grass Airport, 4000 Terminal Dr. Ste. 206, Lexington, KY 40510

New York
Brooklyn Historical Society, Dumbo Annex, 55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

North Carolina
Crescent Moon, 24 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401

South Carolina
Four Green Fields Gallery and Gifts, 117-A Central Ave, Summerville, SC 29483

Little Eclectic House, 15507 Mueschke Rd, Cypress, TX 77433

Stone Tower Winery, 19925 Hogback Mtn Rd, Leesburg, VA 20175

Questions? Email me here

Monday, May 22, 2017

5 Gift Ideas for Brooklyn Mamas

1. Matching mom and baby no sleep til Brooklyn Tee and Onesie:

2. Brooklyn Mama necklace available for sale at: The Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn, NY, in gold and rose gold. The gold, rose gold AND sterling silver Brooklyn Mama necklace can be ordered here:

3. A date trip to brooklyn winery or homemade cocktails made from brooklyn winery rosé

4. Perfect for the mom with younger kids- stroller and buggy board companion- lascal buggy board maxi. Moms little helper can ride on the back of the stroller and make moving through the bustling city a bit easier for mom. Plus its fun for your growing tot!

5. For the creative mom, a glass blowing class at Urban Glass. You can purchase a gift certificate in any amount for any type of glass class, whether its mosaic, glass blowing or bead making. Its an awesome facility with lots of options for classes- I should know- I used to teach glass bead making there many moons ago there, so definitely tell them I sent you!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Aziza Jewelry in Retail Stores for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is coming up in just a few weeks! Are you ready?
Here are a few new pieces in my shop just in time for Mom's special day on May 14th, 2017:

All of the above pieces are available at:
If you'd like to shop my collection in person, check it out at these retail stores in the US:

Pigment3801 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104 
Folio Press and Paperie301 Motor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The Dresser, located at: 152 S. Penn, Oberlin, KS 67749

New York
Brooklyn Historical Society128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
hip-kid: 77 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua, NY, 10514

North Carolina
Crescent Moon: 24 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401

South Carolina
Four Green Fields Gallery: 117 Central Ave, Summerville, SC 29483 

Little Eclectic House: 15507 Mueschke Rd, Cypress, TX 77433

Stone Tower Winery: 19925 Hogback Mountain Rd, Leesburg, VA 20175

my pieces on display at Folio Press and Paperie in Santa Barbara, CA

If you have a favorite local retailer that you would like to see Aziza Jewelry sold at, please let me know! I'd love to make that happen!

Happy Shopping! And please be sure and tell them I sent you!