Who are you?
Hello! I’m Libby. I currently reside in Missouri and originally hail from Indiana. I design the jewelry for Monark, created this website, take all the photos for this website, and design my own marketing materials.
How was Monark born?
Monark was born out of my love for jewelry, surface/pattern design, and technology. I’ve made jewelry in some fashion most of my life. Beaded, metal, and paper jewelry being the most common. My B.F.A is in Textile Design. Originally I was going to major in fashion design. That changed because my fashion design teacher encouraged me to pursue textile design. She noticed I was more interested in drawing patterns on the clothing and was not drawing in seams. When I was kid I took to gaming systems and computers very quickly. More recently I worked for 6 years at Apple. That experience helped me grow immensely and taught me a lot about technology.
How are your pieces designed?
It starts with a source of inspiration. Then I hand draw, with pen and paper, shapes and patterns. Once the drawings are done, I scan them in to the computer. I convert them to digital shapes and figure out how to position the images and patterns within the jewelry shapes. The final designs are then sent to be laser cut.
Who laser cuts your jewelry?
Detroit Laser Company. I’m supporting a small business that does high quality work and has terrific people.
How do you get that amazing metallic finish?
I mix very finely ground, non-precious metal powders with a water resistant medium. The powders are a mix of real aluminum, copper, and brass. Gunmetal is an exception. It’s a blend of two mediums that are not metal powders.
What are the earring, necklace, and ring pieces made out of?
Earring and necklace cutouts are made of a very lightweight wood. Rings are made of acrylic.
What metal do you use?
All metal used is sterling silver. Earwires are cut to length, filed to a satin finish, shaped by hand, and then oxidized. All the metal is oxidized by me. Oxidization is a chemical process that turns sterling silver dark gray. Once oxidized, the metal is rinsed to get rid of the chemical.
How do I care for my jewelry?
Earrings and necklaces will be fine if they get damp. Dry them off as soon as possible. Avoid showers or submerging in water. Rings are completely waterproof.
Do you do custom designs?
Absolutely! Please contact me with the details. You will receive a response within 48 hours.
Are you open to collaborating?
Yes! Please contact me with the details. You will receive a response within 48 hours.
Where do you ship?
Worldwide. For all orders outside the U.S., please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery. International recipients are responsible for any taxes, duties, or other fees associated with their order(s). Delivery confirmation is not available for international shipments.
How long will it take to receive my jewelry?
Once shipped, it will arrive within 2-5 business days via USPS Priority mail. You will receive an email with a delivery confirmation number. If your jewelry is in stock it will ship within 48 hours. If it is not in stock, it will ship in 2-4 weeks. If you need it faster, please contact me before ordering. Rush fees may be applied to your order.
Each order ships to one address only.
If you are buying more than one item and want each item shipped to a different address, you will need to create a separate order for each item. Shipping will be applied to each order.
What is your return policy?
In the event that you are not 100% happy with your purchase, please contact me within 14 days of receiving it. A refund or exchange can be arranged. Return shipping costs/fees will not be reimbursed.
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My question is not answered here, who do I contact?
Please contact me (Libby) with your questions. I will respond within 48 hours.