Q: What materials do you use?
A: Most of Erica’s designs are in sterling silver or gold fill unless otherwise noted. All gemstones are genuine precious or semi-precious stones.
Q: What is gold fill?
A: Gold fill is an actual layer of gold which is pressure bonded to another metal. It is not gold plated and contains more gold than gold plated. Gold fill does not rub off or turn colors and can be worn by anyone who can wear gold without worry of allergic reaction. It will last as long as 14kt gold.
Q: How thick are your discs?
A: With the exception of the long rectangle charms, all discs are 24 gauge (.025", .635 mm). The long rectangle charms are 20 gauge (.0375", .953 mm). My jewelry is designed to be dainty and lightweight. If chunky thick jewelry is your thing, my designs might not be right for you.
Q: Is 14kt gold available?
A: Absolutely! Erica would be happy to create select designs in 14kt gold as a custom order. Please contact us if you are interested in beginning this design process. Pricing is based on current market value of gold as well as design details.
The best way to preserve the luster of your jewelry is to store it in a cloth jewelry pag or plastic bag. We do not recommend swimming in the jewelry. Avoid contact with lotion, chemicals, etc.
Q: How do I care for my sterling silver jewelry?
A: All sterling silver will eventually oxidize and tarnish but can be restored to luster with proper polishing. The easiest way to clean smooth or polished silver is with a clean soft cloth. Silver is a very soft metal so never use a tissue to polish as it can leave tiny scratches on the surface. A 100% cotton cloth or flannel cloth is recommend.
To clean brushed sterling silver pieces, scrub gently with a toothbrush dipped in a little baking soda and water, rinse, and blot dry with a soft towel or cloth.
You can also prevent tarnish by storing your jewelry when you aren’t wearing it to protect it from air and light. Chlorine can damage sterling silver so don’t forget to remove when swimming.
Q: How do I care for my gold fill jewelry?
A: To clean gold filled jewelry, simply use a 100% cotton cloth or flannel cloth and gently polish the surface.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express for all orders.
Q: Is it safe to use my credit card on your site?
A: Absolutely! We use a 128 bit SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate to ensure all transactions are securely processed.
Shipping & Returns
Q. Where are you shipping from?
A. We ship from our studio near Charlotte, North Carolina.
Q. How quickly will my order ship?
A. Because all of Erica Sara’s jewelry (except those marked In Stock) is made to order, orders can take up to 2 weeks to ship.
Q. What shipping options are available?
A. The following domestic shipping options are available:
- USPS Priority, $6
Production time: Up to 2 weeks
Expected delivery after production: 3–4 business days
- USPS Priority Express, $24
Production time: Up to 2 weeks
Expected delivery after production: 1–2 business days
Q. Do you ship internationally?
A. We do! International shipping costs are based on quotes from USPS for their Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express service.
Please understand that while we follow protocol to ensure that your package does not get held in customs unnecessarily, we have no control over it once it’s delivered to the post office.
Import duties, taxes and custom fees are not included in the shipping charges and are the sole responsibility of the customer. These charges are normally collected by the shipping company. Please be aware if you refuse a shipment from ESD, you are responsible for the original shipping charges and any incurred import fees or taxes. This amount will be deducted from your merchandise refund.
Once your package leaves the United States, it can only be tracked electronically on the USPS website for the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, and Switzerland. For all other countries, you will need to contact your local post office to track your package once it enters your country.
Q: Are shipments insured?
A: Yes, all shipments are insured for up to $100 by USPS. To purchase more insurance please contact us.
Q. Will I know when my order ships?
A. Yes, of course. You will receive automated emails when your order has been completed and is awaiting shipment, and when your order is on it’s way. Once shipped, your email will include tracking information.
Q: My package is delayed or lost, what do I do?
A: Please understand that once we deliver your package to USPS, we have no control over it. If your package appears to be delayed, please contact USPS with your tracking information. If your package is confirmed to be lost and you selected a shipping option that includes insurance, please contact us with your order information and we will replace your order for you.
Q: Do you accept returns or exchanges?
A: We do not accept returns on personalized or custom items. Please be sure to read the detailed description of the item you are purchasing as it gives information about the types of pieces we create and what you can expect.
For all other items, we accept returns or exchanges of unworn pieces within 7 days of receipt. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact us for a return authorization and be sure to include the reason for your return.
Shipping charges cannot be refunded. Returns must be in unused condition, in the state you received them, in the original box. The customer is responsible for return shipping charges.
Q: What if there is an error or defect with my piece?
A: If there is an error with your order, and the error was created by Erica Sara Designs, we are happy to remake your piece. We must be notified via email at our contact form within seven days of delivery and the original piece must be returned so that we can verify the error.
Q. What is your product warranty and repair policy?
A. Quality and craftsmanship is my utmost concern. However, please understand that jewelry is delicate by nature. Every Erica Sara Designs piece comes with a 6 month limited warranty from the date of purchase. This warranty covers breakage, but does not cover damages related to normal wear and tear, such as surface scratches. The warranty also does not cover damage deemed to be caused by misuse (examples: it was caught in your zipper, your child yanked it off your neck). Repairs that are needed after the 6 month warranty expires or that are deemed to be caused by misuse will incur a repair charge at the customer’s expense as well as shipping charges.
Q. My item was received but was lost or stolen once received. What can I do?
A. We’re sorry but we are not responsible for any items lost or stolen once they’re received.