ABOUT ME I have been designing jewelry since 1995 when I started with a small box of glass beads, some inexpensive tools, and a spot to work in my sewing room that became, you guessed it, the beading room. I was still teaching high school English then, so I worked in my spare time. My first business name was "To Bead or Not to Bead" (clever, huh?), and I began doing small shows around the Portland OR/Vancouver WA area where I live. Well, things changed. I retired from teaching, converted the basement rec room into my studio, and chose a new business name ("BeadWares") which stuck till 2005 when my friend Liz Plam and I decided to form "Beads & Threads" and do shows together. We teamed up on several shows through 2013, but through 2018 I was solo on the show tour under that name. In the summer of 2019 I decided to design an on-line store website, and this is it: Toni McCarthy Designs www.tonimccarthy.com I still work at my home studio and make every single piece myself, design my advertising materials, and manage my website. Please see my former website www.beadsandthreads.com for my blog and a slide-show of jewelry through earlier years.
ABOUT THE JEWELRY Each piece is OOAK--one of a kind, handmade by me, one bead and wire loop at a time. I pride myself on choosing only the most interesting materials to work with.
ABOUT PAYMENT & SHIPPING Payments are through PayPal. I ship USPS Priority (insurance and tracking) only to the United States at this time. If you need international shipping or want expedited shipping, please contact me first. Washington residents pay sales tax.
ABOUT CUSTOM JEWELRY . . . a change . . . I will no longer be making custom designs. Occasionally I may agree to make earrings to coordinate with another piece of my jewelry, but they will be my design and need to be paid for upfront. (Sorry . . . some recent experiences have precipitated this decision.)
TAKING CARE OF AND ENJOYING YOUR JEWELRY I take pride in making every piece carefully, professionally, and with the nicest materials I can find.
I guarantee my work for a year with normal wear (just don't sleep, bathe, do dishes, exercise or swim while wearing it though please). And always use the clasp on your bracelet! Anything that is knotted with waxed linen cord should NEVER get wet. It weakens the cord till it eventually breaks.
Things happen, of course . . . All Sales Are Final . . . but If you need to return something, contact me to work out the details. Returns or exchanges are accepted within 10 days of your purchase date. The customer is responsible for return shipping and insurance (for full purchase price) of the item in its original, unworn condition.