Welcome to Near & Yonder! Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:
How can I purchase a piece of Near & Yonder jewelry?
I sell my jewelry exclusively online at the moment — pretty irregularly, I might add! You can find out more about upcoming sales and preview what will be available on my Instagram @nearandyonderstudio — follow me there, as sometimes I announce flash sales and a few surprises.
Can you reserve a piece for me?
I'm sorry! Because I get so many requests for this and want to keep things fair, I don't reserve jewelry (except for my mom...hi, mom!). However, I do my best to announce each collection with at least a week's notice and to schedule them on different dates and times to give everyone a chance to buy a piece. Items can go quickly and I can't always guarantee what you have your eye on will be available. I suggest putting the time and date in your calendar and having your payment information ready to go. Also, don't fret if you miss out on a sale — I'll have more on the way soon. If there's something you missed out on and want to see in the shop again, please send me a message on Instagram.
How do I pay for my jewelry?
I accept most major credit cards.
When will my item ship?
Please allow for 3-7 days from purchase date to process and send. All orders ship via USPS.
Shipping may currently take longer due to COVID-19
How do I care for my jewelry?
Most of my jewelry is made with sterling silver, hand colored and polished to come with a slightly worn look — however, there will also be natural wear and tear over time. To preserve the jewelry, remove it before showering, swimming, rock climbing, working in the dirt, or other adventures. To restore shine, I suggest using a clean, soft microfiber cloth to gently remove smudges and oil. Chemical cleaners may damage your stone or remove some of the patina (the oxidation process that gives most pieces their slightly antiqued look).
Why did my stone change color?
Natural stones are susceptible to changing color over time. Why? They are porous, which means they could absorb oils, soaps, etc. Sometimes just water or air can change the color of your stone — not all stones will change (especially those that have been treated), but some blue stones could look green or even brown over time. Some people like it, some don't. Just keep in mind that exposing natural stones and metals to heat, water, perfume and lotions could possibly change the look of your jewelry.
Where are your materials from?
I use majority recycled sterling silver and do my best to carefully source my stones from American mines and small family-run or female stone cutters. This is certainly a learning process as some vintage or estate sale pieces, while more eco-friendly, could have been unethically taken from families (or even graves) — I'll repurpose stones but only ones I can reasonably trace. My packaging is eco-friendly, featuring recycled and biodegradable materials and I'm always on the search for how to reduce our impact as both buyer and seller in the hopes you can rest assured your jewelry won't cause unnecessary harm to people or planet.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Silversmithing and goldsmithing are ancient arts practiced all over the world! In some places, certain stones carry a lot of cultural significance (turquoise, for example, is found in mines in the American Southwest, China, Egypt, Chile and Mexico and is sometimes used in a ceremonial or religious manner). In the U.S., the first known Diné metalsmith was a Navajo man known as Atsidi Sani (Old Smith) who learned from a Mexican silversmith living in the New Mexico territory around 1850. There are beautiful ornamental works of silver and stone all around the world and you can trace some back centuries in royal halls and Egyptian tombs.
Because silver and goldsmithing have been around since antiquity, I try to make sure my designs come from my own imagination and never directly or intentionally borrow from anyone else's ideas or designs. Of course, there are always going to be motifs in jewelry making, but I take great care to make sure Near & Yonder pieces are recognizable, unique and from the heart. That's why I carry a notebook around with me to sketch what I see, everything from seed pods to shells to mountain silhouettes (I mean, I can't draw for shit but I'm working on it).
What if I want a refund or my item is damaged?
If your jewelry is damaged during shipping, send a photo and I will happily asses any repair options on a case-by-case basis. Inquires must be made within a week of delivery — you pay to ship to me and I'll send back to you at no cost. Because of the nature of natural stones and handmade jewelry, keep in mind there will be irregularities and imperfections. That's what makes these pieces special! All sales are FINAL...however, if you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, please email me and I'll do my best to make it right.
What if my ring doesn't fit?
All sales are FINAL, so shop accordingly! All rings are measured via ring mandrel at the thickest part of the band and are listed as accurately as possible. If you are unsure of your ring size, the best way to check is to visit a jewelry store. Keep in mind that your knuckles may be larger than the part of your finger where the ring sits, so measure accordingly. Wider bands tend to fit more snugly, so if you are between sizes, size up. There are some at-home ring sizers available here for just one dollar.
Can I commission a custom design?
I sincerely apologize but, as a one-woman show, I can't accommodate custom orders at this time.
Why are your pieces so expensive?
It's all relative, right? I try to factor in the high material costs of gold & silver and work with the highest-quality stones I can find, most of which come from small family-run lapidaries. I attend auctions and flash sales instead of buying in bulk overseas, and I almost exclusively use hand tools. Then there are the more eco-friendly shipping supplies and personal touches I include — I try to price my pieces as fairly as I can. I also think we've lost touch with what items truly cost in a culture of fast fashion and instant gratification, so I hope you see your investment as a way to value art, craft and small business. Thank you.
Why is your logo a rabbit?
I discovered all the most meaningful things in my life but following curiosity — kind of like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. The skeleton is a nod to honoring the past through traditions and heirlooms (and the little white rabbit buried behind my parents house named Mishap).