KMS Designs Art and Jewelry Information
How do I purchase your jewelry?
Jewelry may be purchased through the Paypal shopping cart system on this website, phone orders, or fax orders. Please visit the KMS Designs purchase jewelry page to read details of all the available options to purchase Katherine Swift's jewelry.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept personal check, money order, MasterCard, Visa, or payment through Paypal . Orders paid by personal checks are held until funds have cleared. To pay by check or money order, simply select your products and click 'View Cart'. Select your location on the 'View Cart' page and then print the page. Send the print out with your check or money order to the address below.
5200 NW 43rd St.
Gainesville, FL 32606
What if I don't like a piece I purchased?
Returns for a full refund, minus shipping, are accepted within fifteen days of receipt. Items between 15 and 30 days of purchase may be returned for an exchange or store credit, minus shipping charges.
When will my order be shipped?
All in stock jewelry pieces almost always ship within 1 business day of the order being placed. In the event that the jewelry piece you ordered is not in stock, I will contact you with an expected ship date. Pieces not in stock may require up to one additional week to be made and completely cured before shipping.
How is my jewelry purchase shipped?
Jewelry is shipped via first class postal mail with a package tracking number for U.S. shipments. For domestic packages, shipping charges range from $2.75 to $3.75 per package and international orders shipping charges range from $4.00 to $5.00 per package. Orders over $50 ship postal mail for free. Packages can be shipped by UPS or FedEx for an additional shipping charge.
Are your items available for purchase through any retail stores or galleries?
I do several shows a year as my schedule allows. Please view my purchase jewelry page to see my current art show schedule and gallery locations.
Are your items available forwholesale purchase?
Businesses with valid resale licenses can contact me for wholesale purchase availability. I also maintain a portfolio available for wholesale purchase on wholesalecrafts.com. Read here on how I package my artisan jewelry for sale to galleries and boutiques.
Are all of your pieces on your website?
I do my best to keep my online gallery updated as regularly as possible. Since all my pieces are handmade, slight variations may occur with the pieces in a collection. Not all variations are shown.
Do you ever teach?
I do teach classes as time allows at Gifts of Avalon in Gainesville. If you want to be notifiied of upcoming classes I'm teaching, please sign up for my newsletter (to the top left of this page) and check the option, "class and teaching schedules."
Where did you receive your training?
I have studied at the Penland School of Craft, University of Florida, William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and studied with two Florida artists. I also have a passion for reading about jewelry making techniques; I subscribe to several magazines and pick up books whenever possible. I also experiment with the materials to find the best way to create my jewelry designs.
How are your pieces made?
This collection of jewelry requires several different processes to me made. Metal pieces involve fabrication. This requires the metal to be sawed, filed, soldered, and polished before the resin and acrylic enhancements can be added. The resins are purchased as individual ingredients and hand mixed in my studio. Pigments or found objects are added at the time of the pouring into the molds. Some of my molds are purchased while others are also handmade by me using silicone. More in depth information, including pictures, of my jewelry making processes and techniques can be found on the KMS Designs jewelry blog.
How do you get your ideas?
I have read and studied books on designing jewelry, but I find my designs mostly come from what I experience on a daily basis. I have sketch pads with me almost all the time to jot down that idea I just got from seeing something. Colors are a lot the same way.
Where do you get your supplies?
I have different metal wholesale operations that I purchase my metal from. One of these wholesale suppliers allows me to recycle my scrap metal to them to allow sustainable metalsmith practices. The plastics and resins also come from commercial suppliers that specifically deal in these products. Several of these companies also market their products to the television and movie entertainment industries.
What is your warranty?
I extend a one year warranty on pieces under normal circumstances. If a piece malfunctions under no fault of yours, please send it back to me and explain the problem. I will get it fixed and back to you as soon as possible. I will also fix pieces that have been made by me but are no longer under their one year warranty.
Can I custom order pieces?
At this time, I am unable to do custom orders outside the basic jewelry pieces I have created here.