How do I care for my glass jewelry?
I recommend storing it in a soft, protected environment as it can be scratched by other hard items. To clean, wipe with any microfiber cloth. To really make it shine, wipe with rubbing alcohol and a lint-free paper towel or cloth. Sterling silver elements can be shined with proper jewelry cleansers or silver cloth - or, in a pinch, try rubbing with a little toothpaste and water. (Go easy - you don't want toothpaste or water to find it's way down into the bolo tip!)
So this jewelry is made of glass... can it break?
In short, yes. I've dropped a few pieces and not one has broken, but it is glass. Smaller items (stud earrings) don't break as easily. Larger items (bracelets, rings) and thinner pieces (triangle drop earrings) are more at-risk.
The item I want says the piece has been sold – why can I still purchase it?
If the item you want has a "the pictured item has sold" message, then that actual item is no longer available. But fret not! It's still available for purchase because I believe I can recreate the design and offer it on a made-to-order basis. Because each piece is handmade, made-to-order items require a bit of lead time (conservatively 2-3 weeks) and your item will differ slightly from the one in the photo–in that charming "one of a kind" way, of course!
Do you take custom orders?
Yes! I'm happy to hear your custom request... Like a style, but the color you want isn't listed? Ask for it! Want to commission a personalized bolo for a gift? Tell me about it! Need 6 pairs of blush pink Dot earrings for your bridesmaids? I'm on it! Custom orders involving new glass creations require 2-3 weeks lead time.
Is your jewelry available in stores?
Kismet currently has no stockists. I'm into it, though! If you're a retail outlet interested in carrying a selection of my jewelry or wish to collaborate on an exclusive collection, let's talk. We're also excited to be "popping up" at some events soon where you can shop Kismet in person.
Those rings are really big.
That's not a question, but yes some of them are large and in charge. These are statement rings—they are made to say, "Look at me!" I do not recommend wrangling a toddler or playing volleyball in them, but hold a drink and make sparkling conversation at a cocktail party? Yes ma'am!
I have spirit, yes I do! But I'm an Aggie... Where's the maroon?!
The dark red color (such as on these earrings or this ring) is the best approximation of maroon I'm currently able to achieve. While I am a Longhorn, I promise I'm not just being spiteful. ;P I'm still playing around with color combinations to achieve a more marooney-maroon.
A Note About Finishes
All of Kismet's glass jewelry has been handcrafted by yours truly. A number of factors can affect the outcome, including particles on the glass prior to fusing and slight variations in firing intensities and schedules. I get "surprises" all the time! There may be anomalies or variations in your piece. Usually these are subtle, and every piece here for purchase has met my own high standards prior to listing. Each item is a one-of-a-kind work of wearable art!
A Note About Materials
It's my goal to develop unique, quality glass jewelry, so I've worked hard to source the metal components from reputable suppliers who know and share the metal make-ups of their wares. I use hypoallergenic metals and metal mixes and some sterling silver, avoiding nickel and lead. When relevant, this information can be found in the product's description. If you need additional information, give me a shout and I'll work to answer all your questions.
A Note About Eco-Consciousness
I'm conscious! But seriously, seeking eco-friendly solutions and striving for sustainability where possible is something I'm intentional about. When I pursue new supplies, packaging, display or product, impact on the environment is always a consideration. As a little baby business, I'm having to make some near-term compromises, but it's an evolution in the right direction. If you have a hot tip for an earth-friendly resource or supplier relevant to my business, I'm all ears!