About Earthly Adornments
Playing “dress-up” may be pretty common for a couple of sisters, but our mother had an uncommonly good stash. As the beautiful wife of an attorney in 1960′s Los Angeles — whose Depression-era childhood and artistic sensibilities had given her a passion for beautiful things — our mom loved jewelry.
She was addicted to treasure-hunting at the thrift stores where glamorous Hollywood stars cast off their outdated fashions, in the days when nobody paid any attention to thrift stores. Nobody except, it seemed, our mom. We spent countless afternoons tagging along as she sifted through fifty-cent boxes of “junk” jewelry that was already decades old, and we threw tantrums as she insisted she’d be “just another minute.”
Not that she could actually wear all the jewelry she owned. It’s true that she was fashionable, and she designed and made her own snappy wardrobe, but given the sheer volume of the collection, it was clear to our family that she was simply hoarding her treasures.
Her eccentricity was surely a factor in our parents’ divorce, which forced Mom to transform her treasure-hunting into a means of supporting herself. So she became an antique dealer, specializing in jewelry and Asian collectibles, initiating a more than 30-year career as a fixture in West Coast antique shows and a frequent traveler to China and Japan. Los Angeles Times, April 1972
Although we’d long since outgrown our dress-up days, at times even detesting those gaudy old baubles, something rubbed off on us. Maybe it was because we excelled at history, or because so many of our relatives were also antique dealers. We began to develop our own tastes in antique and vintage jewelry, such as the sentimental mourning wear inspired by Queen Victoria’s fashion after the untimely death of Prince Albert. And the beautiful — if kitschy — Egyptian revival jewelry inspired by the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1920.
So as our mother gradually faded out of this world, leaving several of her bedrooms filled to the ceilings with her jewelry, beads and collectibles, we couldn’t bear to turn them over to a dealer. Instead, we formed Earthly Adornments as a way of passing on our mother’s treasures to those who share her eye for the beautiful and unique.
And — though we never imagined it in all the time at those thrift stores — we’ve been treasure-hunting on our own.
Now, our mother’s legacy is far more to us than the objects she left behind — it’s the magic of holding a bracelet that may have once graced the wrist of a movie star. It’s the feel of an exquisitely carved bead that is so rare that it can only be found on a necklace with one or two beads missing. It’s a glimmer of insight into the details that defined strange and wonderful cultures and individual lives — including our mother’s, and our own.
Earthly Adornments Vintage Beads
Accepted payment methods
International Orders must be paid with Paypal or direct checkout. We do not accept money orders or checks for international orders.
We will combine shipping for multiple items purchased to save on postage costs.
Although we most often ship the same day orders are received, we guarantee shipment with 48 hours of receipt of order and/or payment. We ship during business hours 9am to 5pm Pacific Standard Time Monday through Friday. We do not ship on weekends.
By default, all international packages are shipped First Class which does not include insurance or a tracking number. If you would like your package shipped REGISTERED or using another method such as Priority or Express Mail, please contact me prior to paying to make arrangements. These additional fees will be paid by the BUYER.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR UNINSURED PARCELS SENT INTERNATIONALLY THAT ARE LOST IN TRANSIT. We have no way to track those shipments if sent First Class. Priority mail international flat rate small box cannot be insured. We require our buyers to purchase insurance for international orders in excess of $150.
We normally process and ship orders in the order received. If your package cannot wait 48 hours to ship and needs to get out immediately, please email or telephone us for expedited shipping and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Returns and exchanges
Therefore, if you are not satisfied with your purchase, we will gladly refund your purchase price provided that you contact within three days of receipt and that you ship the merchandise back to us within one week in the same condition in which you received it. For your own protection, we suggest that you purchase shipping insurance. We cannot accept returns of jewelry damaged after your receipt. You are responsible for return shipping and insurance. Your refund will be transacted within 3 days in the same manner of your remittance, i.e. credit card or PayPal.
A re-stocking fee of 15% will be charged for goods returned after the above mentioned timeline.
If you have questions or concerns about an item you’re interested in, please email us at sales [!at] earthlyadornments.com with your questions and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours, or call us at 707-823-8978.
Additional policies and FAQs
We are glad to take overseas orders to most countries. We accept PayPal, Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Customs declarations will be filled out accurately as required by U.S. law. It is up to you to check with your country's customs rules and other fees. Please don't ask us to falsify any customs information or values. We value our international customers and will work with you to get the best possible safe shipping rates.
Import duties, taxes, and related charges are not included in the price. These charges, whatever they may be, are the RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BUYER.