Frequently Asked Questions
Custom and Special Orders
Do you accept rush orders?
While the typical turn-around time on orders is 2-3 weeks, I can often accommodate a rush order. There is a $25 rush order fee per item. Please get in touch with your request before placing an order, so that I can confirm the details with you.
I am interested in an older design from your Portfolio that is no longer in stock. Can you recreate it?
Most of the time I can recreate a past design, provided that I have access to the same supplies. I often use unusual stones and vintage beads that are in a limited quantity, so I sometimes am not able to recreate designs exactly more than once. However, usually a satisfactory substitution can be made. Please contact me to find out availability.
I love this design, but need it in a different color scheme. Can you create one to match my wedding colors?
Yes, please contact me with the a link to the design you are interested in having recreated in a different color palette, as well as images of the colors you want, and I will be happy to work with you to match the designs.
What sort of threads are used in your designs?
Many of my designs are created with high-quality metallic foil embroidery threads that contain 24k, 18k gold and 99.99% pure silver in the foil. The threads are crafted in Japan using a process that applies gold and silver leaf to a thin foil which is then wrapped around an internal fiber core. My designs also feature precious metal threads. Not to be confused with metal wire, these hard-to-find fibers are composed of a core of thread tightly wrapped in a thin sheet of 24k gold over a layer over silver-plated metal alloy, or 90% silver. Used for centuries and reaching their zenith of popularity in the textiles of the Renaissance and Rococo eras, metal threads combine the softness of fiber with the sheen and richness of gold and silver.
In addition to the precious metal threads, some of my designs incorporate fine 100% silk threads for a luxurious burst of color and rich texture.
Are there any special care instructions for your jewelry?
When not in use, it is important to store your jewelry in the pouch provided to prevent snagging on other items in your jewelry box, to protect silk fibers from fading, and to slow down the naturally occurring tarnishing process of the silver and gold-filled elements. Each design comes with a small anti-tarnish strip inside the storage pouch. These absorb tarnish-producing gases and if kept inside the pouch, will greatly reduce the need to polish your jewelry and will protect the delicate metal threads. The sterling silver or gold-filled findings can be polished with a soft jewelry polishing cloth as needed. Designs of real metal thread may develop a patina over time and may also be gently buffed with a soft polishing cloth. Pieces made from silk or cotton threads may be carefully spot-cleaned, but it is best to avoid contact with hairspray, perfume and other toiletries.
Do you use vintage or machine-made lace?
I craft all of the lace motifs entirely by hand in my studio using my signature lacemaking techniques and original patterns. The designs are crafted with real metal and silk threads.