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Monday, January 1, 2007

About / Contact

Contact info:
(707) 599-2951

Hi, I'm Tamara - wife, mom, jewelry artisan, and vegan cooking enthusiast.

My jewelry business, McFarland Designs, is based in Humboldt County, California. I am continually inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds us in this beautiful part of the world, where the redwoods meet the Pacific ocean.

The idea for this business was born while my husband and I were waiting to bring home our son from Guatemala. I was looking for a career change - something tactile and creative, that would also allow me to work at home after I became a mom. During the long months spent waiting for our adoption paperwork to be completed, we received photographs monthly of our son-to-be, Carlos. Of course, I thought he was the most beautiful baby ever, and I longed to have him with us forever. One of the things that helped me feel close to him while we waited was to wear his photograph in a necklace. It kept him close to my heart, and of course it also gave me lots of opportunities to show off my little cutie.

What began with an idea for a photo jewelry business soon blossomed into something more, as my creativity and excitement grew about learning new jewelry making techniques. Of course I still love making photo jewelry, but now I've added many other styles to my collection - something to suit just about anyone.

As in other areas of my life, it is important to me not to use any animal products in my jewelry making. I practice a vegan lifestyle, and I am committed to not using silk, leather, or pearls in any of my designs. Instead of pearls derived from oysters, I use top quality simulated pearls with a lovely and durable pearlized coating. (Read more here about pearl cultivation and its effects on animals and the environment.)

I am grateful for this work that gives me the opportunity to work from home, in the presence of my family (including my dogs!), while creating jewelry that is not only beautiful, but also meaningful for each person who wears it. I hope you will love your jewelry as much as I love making it for you. It is my goal to create for you a truly unique and heartfelt piece that you will treasure for years to come.

Please e-mail me if you have any questions or comments. I would love to hear from you.

What my customers are saying...

The workmanship is awesome...the necklace is absolutely stunning!! The stones used are of the best's an heirloom...I am so pleased....thank you so much!
~ Annette

I cannot describe how thrilled I am with this totally cool, beautiful, unique ring... You will definitely see me again in your store!
~ Denise

I received the pendant and it is wonderful - my sister will love it - thanks so much!
~ Julie

Thank you so much for the fast turn around on my purchase. I am very satisfied and pleased with the quality and the work done on my photo charm bracelet. I will always have my dad with me in my heart and on the piece of work you've created for me.
~ Monica

I wanted to let you know that I just received my necklace. I am more than pleased at this beautiful piece that you have created for me. We just found out that we are expecting twins, so I will definitely be ordering another piece soon. Thank you so much!
~ Renee

I got the necklace over the weekend, and I just wanted to thank you, I love it, it came out really cute and I already got a lot of compliments on it. Thanks again.
~ Tammy

Thanks for your excellent communication and the wonderful necklace - I love it! I am sure I will be shopping with you again for gifts for people!
~ Jo

Several weeks ago, I ordered a necklace for my grandson to give his mom on Mother's Day. I love it so much I want to order one for myself.
~ Carol


Anonymous said...

I LOVE the stone wraps!!! Your jewelry is gorgeous. I hope you and your family have been enjoying the beautiful spring weather we are having.-KELLY E

Cindy said...

I got a new computer. Now I can finally see your website. It looks great and I am very proud of you.

Anonymous said...


i love your you have a newer pic ? i want to see it in white.....

greetings Nicole ;)

Anonymous said...

I love your jewellery, amazing. Were do you pick up recycled sterling silver from. I love the idea of starting with existing materials but have no idea where to start. Any ideas would be fab. Cheers

Tamara said...

Thanks Mel. :-) I get my recycled metal components from Hoover & Strong.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tamara,
Your jewellery is to die for, really :). I was interested in buying one of your big labradorite rings, but I was just wondering (and this may sound like a stupid question) whether they're suitable for men to wear? I'd like a square one, but I just wanted to make sure that they're not meant exclusively for women :P. Keep up the great work, your etsy site is a feast for the eyes!

Tamara said...


In fact, I have an order in right now for a men's ring using a 12mm square labradorite. I have made several labradorite rings for men, and would be happy to make more! Let me know if you'd like to place an order.