We pride ourselves in using fine materials that wear well with your life. All of our pieces are solid silver and gold with occasional accents of solid bronze or brass. We do not carry any items that are plated or filled as we want our adornments to be as pure and durable as possible. See each item page for a complete list of materials used in each piece.
About 95% of the metals used in our pieces are recycled from post consumer materials. Then, when we have scrap material at the end of a production cycle, we sell that scrap back to our dealers to be refined and, ultimately, used again. This creates a closed loop system within the United States which means less mining, less international movement, less environmental impact, and a more sustainable product.
This is a long and nuanced discussion that we can spend hours on (stop into the shop and ask - Alexa may deliver a whole lecture if you're interested) but the short answer is yes, we are exceptionally discerning about the ethical provenance of our stones.
All diamond materials used are certified under the Kimberly Process or are reclaimed or lab grown. We have developed close relationships with our colored gem dealers who are all certified by the American Gem Trade Association. The AGTA requires strict adherence to an uncompromising code of ethics when working with miners or siteholders. We only work with dealers whose chain of custody is short and whose provenance is well documented to not incorporate practices like forced or child labor. We currently avoid newly mined materials like emerald, tanzanite, jade, coral, and lapis lazuli that regularly fund organized crime or cost an increased environmental toll.
We also provide reclaimed & post-consumer stones that have been recut and reused. There’s also the option to buy stones mined and cut within the USA which reduces environmental impact and energy usage.
Finally, there’s always the option of purchasing a cultured or lab-grown version of the stone you’re looking for. These stones are chemically and structurally the same thing as what you’d mine from the earth but are instead made in laboratories. They have the added benefits of being more budget friendly and environmentally friendly, but also cost many communities in developing countries the opportunity to profit from their natural resources - instead compounding wealth in the hands of a few wealthy corporations.
Overall, we realize that there are a lot of challenges in finding the right ethical option. Don't be afraid to tell us about your concerns and we will find a stone and a solution that fits your life and your ethos.
Most of our jewelry is made in house by owners Susan Pridham and Alexa Suess in Greenport, NY. We also stock a house line from a lovely women owned company in California as well as a few other select studios that align with our principles from across the country. No sweatshops, no slave labor.
Items denoted as "made to order" can take up to 7-10 days to process because we make those pieces just for you! Items marked as "ready to ship" will leave our shop within two business days of the purchase date.
Most domestic shipments arrive within 2-4 business days. Please note every item has a different lead time depending on if it's "ready to ship" or "made to order." See above for more info.
International orders will depend on the service selected. You will be able to see estimated international shipping times at checkout.
Yes! We currently ship to France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Canada. We're adding new shipping destinations every year.
For orders shipped within the USA, we use USPS or Fedex depending on the weight and value of the item. Every item is trackable and orders over $100 are fully insured. Orders above $500 are shipped via Fedex Express due to insurance requirements.
Orders shipped outside the USA (we currently ship to France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Canada) are shipped with UPS Worldwide. Rates vary depending on speed of service.
We love making bespoke pieces! However, due to the high volume of requests, we can only put so many people on our waiting list at a time. Similar to many popular tattoo artists, we have a books open/books closed system. When our books are OPEN, we can put you on our waiting list and give you an approximate timeline for when we can start your project (it can be up to three months) When our books are CLOSED, we unfortunately are not taking any new projects on our waiting list.
Currently, our books are CLOSED.
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We first talk about your wants, needs, desires, and a budget. We exchange ideas and photos over email and I draw up some loose sketches and even some digital renderings. If you approve them, we move forward and I require a 50% non-refundable deposit. After it's made, the remaining 50% is due upon approval and then shipment or pickup.
Totally fine! Stuff happens. We will cancel your bespoke slot.
This depends on the complexity of the project. Allow 2-3 months for moderate-complex projects.
There's no easy answer to this because it depends on the complexity and materials required for the project. Generally, sterling silver pieces start at $200 while gold pieces can go as high as $15k.
Heirloom stones are an amazing way to make what's old new again. Unfortunately, we are not taking resetting projects at this time. We suggest checking out Fitzgerald Jewelry in Brooklyn, NY.
Yes! We work with plenty of stones. We'll help you find the right stone for your needs - whether that's a diamond or an amethyst! Just note that we don't typically work with pearls.
No, we don't.
Returns + Exchanges
If you care for your jewelry, it can last lifetimes. Jewelry, like all material, is susceptible to damage and requires preventative measures and maintenance. It is important to be aware of your jewelry while wearing it and to choose pieces that are appropriate for your lifestyle.
We recommend removing all jewelry, especially rings, in situations when abnormal contact is expected (ie: going to the gym, gardening, ect.) Please do not swim in chlorinated or saltwater with any metal jewelry as it will incur damage that may not be able to be reversed.
When not in use, store your jewelry in a soft airtight container to prevent tarnish and damage.
You may clean your jewelry with clear soap and water, but never use other types of cleaners (they may destroy natural stones and remove any patina on the piece). Sometimes a soft toothbrush is helpful for gently cleaning around prongs and the stone itself. Sunshine® Polishing Cloths are great for removing unwanted oxidization and are safe to use on all of our pieces.
Silver pieces that have been intentionally oxidized (darkened) will wear to a lighter finish eventually due to the natural oils on your skin. To have it re-oxidized free of charge, contact us here.
We unfortunately do not offer returns unless the item is deemed faulty or there is a workmanship issue. We will, however, issue you a store credit within 30 days of purchase. That credit can be used towards any item in our shop as well as custom or bespoke orders. Credit never expires.
Please note that customized items and sale items are not eligible for exchange.
Orders can be returned to this address: 29 Front St. Greenport, NY 11944
Ordering the correct ring size upon placing your order is very important. Due to the materials and handmade process, some of our rings can and some cannot be resized after a purchase is made while some can. Refer to the item's description as to whether or not a ring can be resized.
If you do not know your ring size, you may visit a professional jeweler to help you obtain your correct ring size. We do not recommend online sizing guides in lieu of getting sized properly — these other "quick" methods have proven to be very unreliable. If you'd like a free ring sizer shipped to you, you can do that here: https://bit.ly/3izVEhe
You are also welcome to take your ring to a local jeweler to see if they may be able to safely resize the piece for you.
It depends on the creator and the product. All options are outlined on the product page, so look out for customization options there. Please note that customized items are not eligible for exchange.
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All prices listed are accurate to the best of our ability. In the rare case that an item is listed incorrectly, Orenda DBA Common Ground reserves the right to refuse the sale and may offer the items again at with the correct information.
Orenda DBA Common Ground does not guarantee the availability of any items listed on commongroundjewelry.com. If the item selected for purchase is not available, Orenda DBA Common Ground will make every effort to contact the customer to notify them of the cancellation.
Please note that upon placing an order, a receipt is automatically mailed confirming the purchase intent. This receipt does not constitute a contract, and orders may be cancelled at any time due to insufficient stock, inability to authorize a credit card, suspicion of fraudulent intent, discovery of an incorrect item price, or any other reason, as we see fit. Please further note that Orenda DBA Common Ground shall have the right to refuse or cancel any such order whether or not your credit card has been charged. If your credit card has already been charged and your order is canceled, Orenda DBA Common Ground shall issue a credit to your credit card account in the amount of the purchase.
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