Welcome to Elksong Jewelry's world...sit back, relax & let us tell you our story.
Elksong Jewelry is a husband/wife team of artisan jewelers. We’ve been creating beauty & magic together for 40+ years. Our lives center around our off-grid, hand-built home & studio in the beautiful high desert lands of southeastern Arizona. We’ve been “out in the sticks”, building our home, creating jewelry, cooking sumptuous plant-based meals, doing gardening & walking this land for nearly 20 years. The desert, in all her moods & seasons, is where so much of our inspiration comes from!
Creating original, one of a kind jewelry pieces is what we do, all we do......
We don't make jewelry as a "side line", something extra to have in addition to our main work. Creating one of a kind jewelry pieces is all we do & we put our hearts and souls into it, let it sing to you! It is our complete focus, so when you purchase an Elksong Jewelry design, you know you own a piece that is created with total dedication to detail & design, skill & high quality material.
In addition to our own original, eclectic creations, we are absolutely open to working with you on custom designs. Whether it's as simple as adjusting the length of a necklace or bracelet, or changing out a style of ear wire....or creating a custom design from scratch, please don't hesitate to communicate with us, we'd be delighted to work with you on your perfect piece of jewelry!
Some commonly asked questions.....
Yes! Not only is every piece of Elksong Jewelry created in our studio, it's us & only us from conception to finish! We (Cherie & Scott) do our own metal smithing, stone cutting & lapidary work, make our own lampwork glass beads & sculptures and even create much of our own findings (i.e. clasps, ear wires). Everything is made "in house", nothing is shipped out to manufacturers elsewhere to be created in cheap, sweatshop type conditions. So, you can be assured that your purchase from Elksong Jewelry will be for a unique piece of jewelry that we take 100% responsibility for.
We create many of our own findings, including ear wires, which are predominantly sterling. Occasionally, a pair of earrings calls for 14kt gold filled ear wires, also made by us & even less often, hand formed surgical steel ear wires will be on a pair. All of the product listings state what kind of ear wires each particular pair of earrings has. *Note--our flower earrings have lever back & kidney ear wires, which we do not make. These ear wires are made of a non-reactive metal base (lead free & nickel free) finished with a safe coating. If you have ear/metal sensitivities, please contact us, we'd be happy to change this type of ear wire for hand made surgical steel hooks.
We started creating lines of zodiac jewelry back in 1990. During the development of our first styles, we researched numerous sources for metaphysical & astrological info on the various signs. That is, stones (besides month stones), colors, metals, etc. and compiled the similarities. Every Zodiac sign is in two months, so each Zodiac necklace features both month stones (i.e. citrine/topaz (Nov) & turquoise (Dec) for a Sagittarius), Plus other "support" stones that are connected to the ruling planet & element for each sign, beads that represent the element of the sign (i.e. wood or clay beads for fire signs) and finally, Glass color beads for each sign.
The silver chain used in our Zodiac necklaces is rhodium plated over brass or copper base. Rhodium is in the same metal family as platinum and makes a durable, long lasting finish for chain. Also, the chain is created with soldered links, so no being easily broken by links just pulling apart. If metal sensitivities are of concern, please take a look at our cord style Zodiac necklaces, made with durable, heavy duty woven cotton cord. This cord has the look of leather cord, but is much tougher & more forgiving of getting wet.
Glad you asked! Elksong Jewelry is an off-grid studio, so all of our creations are fabricated & assembled in a solar-powered, sustainable energy environment. Also, our water supply is 100% rainwater catchment, which is then recycled to water trees & the cactus garden! We recycle as much as we possibly can, including metal (sterling & copper scrap), old vintage & ethnic jewelry pieces (broken down for materials), sea glass, hand gathered gifts from the Ocean, and even packaging material.
Your order from Elksong Jewelry will be on it's way to you within 1-3 business days after payment verification.
All of our orders are shipped USPS. If your ship-to address is in the United States, you can choose the either USPS First Class shipping or USPS Priority shipping option. All international ship-to addresses will be shipped USPS First Class International. When your order ships, you will receive an email with your tracking information, for either U.S. or international addresses.
Absolutely! All orders are packaged with content security in mind, but if something were to be damaged (or lost), your expenses, including shipping, will be reimbursed.
And now, a bit about us...
Cherie has been creating jewelry from an early age. An avid collector of ornament, she started making her own jewelry at about age 10. Mostly self taught, she has gathered techniques like bits & pieces in a gypsy’s backpack. She learned seed bead weaving from an Iroquios lady named Nettie at 15….learned so much about the history of beads & jewelry while working at the historic (and sadly, now closed) Piney Hollow in Tucson, AZ….was apprenticed in lampwork glass by Kate Drew-Wilkinson….and much more. The passion for creating art in jewelry form is deep & constant and channeling the creative energy that goes into bringing a piece into being is rich & satisfying!
Scott has been an artistic & eclectic soul all his life. Travels around the country have exposed him to so many different cultures & expressions. He’s lived his own personal “Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe”! He learned basic metal smithing techniques from the lovely Mimi Haggerty (of Piney Hollow in Tucson) and elaborated on those techniques at the Randolph Center in Tucson. He studied rustic, organic stone carving with another world traveler. Now, he creates hand cut stone “tabbies”, beads & carvings for Cherie to use in her jewelry designs.
Finally, we hope you enjoy this photographic visit to our life & world!
We hoped you've enjoyed what we've shared & we'd love to hear from you with any questions, requests or comments!