Irene's Jewelry, Etc.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for Irene's Jewelry, Etc.!

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What methods of payment do you accept?

I accept PayPal and the following credit/debit cards:

Transaction Type Credit/Debit Cards PayPal Personal Check Cash
Online (ETSY Shop) Yes Yes No No
Phone/US Mail Yes No Yes* No
In Person Yes No Yes Yes
I only use the personal/business information you supply to process your orders. I do not share, sell or in any way pass on information you give me.
* Unless you are a "known custormer", I will ship after check clears.
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What is your return and repair policy?

In person sales are generally final but I will work with you if there are any issues with your purchase.
Internet purchases may be returned within 30 days for exchange or refund (minus a $3.00 restocking fee.)
I will happily repair (for no charge) any piece of jewelry that breaks with reasonable wear
If you lose an earring, bring me the remaining earring back. If I still have the matching beads, I will make you another earring for half price of the pair.

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What is Dichroic Glass?

Dichroic Glass is made in a special way so it reflects more than one color depending on the angle. It is hard to describe but you know it when you see it. It is that glass that makes you go "WOW". It is quite expensive. The old bead shop joke goes: Owner 1: We were robbed. Owner 2: How much money did they get?" Owner 1: None, it is much worse; they took the dichroic glass. The items and tile above are dichroic glass made by fusing.

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About the Artist, Irene Beattie.

Despite, being drawn to jewelry, colored rocks and shiny objects since childhood; I didn't make jewelry until 1994. Christmas of 1993, a friend gave me a pair of seed bead earrings she had made. I was so excited, that I found instructions, and learned to make similar earrings. I was out searching the Austin bead shops, when I happened upon an Austin Bead Show. Oh my, oh my! As they say, the rest is history. I am largely self-taught, from failed experiments, books, other beaders and the internet. Addionally, I have completed informal classes in silver fabrication and stone setting at Austin Community College. As a glass kiln owner, I enjoy making fused glass beads, pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings. Dichroic glass is beautiful. It is way fun!

My first career was in high tech as an electrical engineer. Treatment for breast cancer in 2003, (which thankfully is in remission) and the resulting health impact of my treatment, made me rethink my priorities. Although engineering had treated me well; it was time for a change. In fall 2004, Irene's Jewelry, Etc. was born. Life is too short, to not to spend it doing things you love, like jewelry and being more active in my church and serving as a Stephen Minister. (Stephen Ministers provide listening and care for people going through a crisis or change.) My husband Ed, is also retired, and we took some dream trips (Israel, and we drove to Alaska in 2007) Retirement and travel were a good choices, because at the end of 2008 I was diagnosed with an agressive leukemia (AML). 2009 was spent getting bone marrow transplant. Things are now pretty good. I have returned to church activities, and to jewelry. Other interests: cooking, baking, books, photography, knitting and rubber stamping/paper crafts. Ed & I are amateur (ham) radio operators, N5KZW & KA5DYF respectively. We have a adult son, Ben, and a sweet medium sized, mixed breed, rescue dog named Rosie.

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