Jewelry from Nature.
I've always wanted to be an artist, and after completing two art degrees I taught for a few years before I was able to devote myself to my jewelry full time in 2006. I live in the same area of rural upstate NY where I grew up. I've always been interested in plants, and learned the names of the local trees and wildflowers early on. When I translate a plant into a piece of jewelry, I like to use forms that make sense when worn, combining the complexity of flowers, leaves and twigs with simple geometric shapes. Water is also a source of inspiration. Like metal, it can take almost any form. My water inspired pieces are usually the most fun for me to make, since I get to watch the metal turn fluid and form a perfect droplet.
I've been fortunate to have had my work featured in magazines and blogs. A few examples are Lucky magazine, designsponge, and Southern Lady. I was excited to be Etsy's featured seller in November of 2008, and my work was seen on the Martha Stewart Show during a section on Etsy. Making a large volume of work each day is demanding, but also very rewarding. I enjoy working directly with my customers. I use ethical or created gemstones and recycled metals whenever possible and try to reduce waste by using a minimum of packaging.
The process of making my botanical designs usually starts with a hike with my studio assistant, Petal. She helps me find botanical objects that eventually become pieces of jewelry. I gather multiple twigs, leaves, seed pods and cones before finally choosing one that will become the model. I add wax to stabilize, smooth, or re-shape parts of the botanical object. After a mold is made the lost wax casting process is used. Casting is done off site. After the botanical pieces are cast I often fabricate with the raw castings, forming, soldering and adding components to them.
My water inspired pieces are completely hand fabricated, not cast. I form, solder, fuse, texture and finish the metals using hand tools. These designs include my Shoreline, River, Rain and other water-inspired designs, as well as the stamped and personalized ones.
I source my supplies whenever possible from a US company that sells certified recycled metals, meaning that all of the metal they use comes from refining, and not new mining. I do sometimes need to use use findings, tools and other parts that are not made in the US and are not recycled, depending upon availability. Gemstones are ethically sourced whenever possible, and I prefer to use created gems such as Moissanite. Most of my packaging materials are made in the US from recycled materials. I send my scrap metal for recycling.
I'm currently accepting wholesale orders on a limited basis, and I love custom work- there's something magical about turning a customer's idea into a finished piece of jewelry. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for a daily look into my studio, photos of new pieces, and work in progress.
Petal my sweet rescued pitbull and studio sidekick. Adopted from NYC ACC on 3-1-15.
A small caster in New York State
NY, United States
Raw castings are produced for me from my originals using a lost wax casting process.
Hoover and Strong
VA, United States
Metals, ring blanks and some findings and castings are sourced from Hoover and Strong. All of their products are made in the USA from certified recycled metals.
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
Frequently asked questions
When will my order ship?
Go to your order receipt, and you'll see an estimated shipping date. Keep in mind that with custom and personalized orders this is just an estimate. If your order needs to arrive by a certain date, contact me.
What shipping carrier do you use?
USPS. There are several shipping speeds to choose from.
Do you ship all over the world?
In general yes. Occasionally I may need to cancel an order because of specific customs restrictions, but this is rare. IMPORTANT: Contrary to the message you see under the item price, VAT, GST and other taxes and fees are not included in the item price. The buyer is responsible for paying any fees and taxes.
I need to return or exchange an item. How do I go about it?
Include a note with directions and ship returns/exchanges to: Elizabeth Scott, PO Box 177, Altamont NY 12009. Use original packaging or similar. Please don't try to ship jewelry in a regular envelope with stamps. (Most of the time it will end up on the floor of a mail sorting facility.) For international orders or orders over $100, contact me for the correct return shipping amount. To send the amount for shipping go to: paypal.me/esdesigns/4 (you can replace $4 with whatever the shipping amount will be) and follow directions, or send a check with your item. For orders under $100 value, the cost for shipping both ways is $6. Contact me and I'll create a pre-paid label for you to print out.
How do I figure out my ring size?
For accurate sizing of rings, either have your size measured locally or order one of my plastic ring sizers. Trying to measure with a ruler and string is very inaccurate. It's a good idea to check your size a few different times, and average them. Wider rings feel tighter, and you may need to order a quarter or half size larger.
Do you offer gift packaging? How do I request it?
Yes. You can request gift packaging (gift box with bow) in the notes area in checkout. If you're sending a gift directly to the recipient, a note letting them know who the gift is from is usually a good idea, but long messages are not possible. Orders are not shipped with receipts. Your receipt will be emailed to you.
Do your offer wholesale pricing?
Yes, but on a limited basis since I produce everything myself. See my linesheet here: https://www.etsy.com/wholesale/vendor/3160523/linesheet
Do you have care instructions?
Yes, they're too long to publish on Etsy in this space, but you can find them on my website at esdesignsjewelry.com.
Do you ever have sales or other promotions?
Very rarely. I prefer to spend my time making jewelry, so I just set reasonable prices rather than raising them and lowering them periodically.
Do you have a shop, or is your studio open to the public?
No, unfortunately I don't have a shop where you can see my work in person, and my studio is not open to the public because there are sharp and hot things that would probably hurt you if you bumped into them accidentally. (And I'm not insured for that sort of thing!) I do plan on building a larger studio, so in the future I may have a space dedicated to meeting with customers.