Sometimes you can’t help but fall madly in love with something when you see it. This is exactly how I felt when I stumbled upon Glass Heart Studio on Etsy. Here’s a little bit about the shop in their own words:
“Glass Heart is located in Portland, OR. The jewelry is designed by, Annermarie Hoffman, who is dedicated to making this world a more beautiful place, one pair of earrings at a time. Currently, all the jewelry is made from Pyrex Glass, a nonporous, hypoallergenic material, perfectly suited for those with allergies to metals. The raw colors come from manufactories here in Oregon, mostly within a 15 mile radius of the studio, and all jewelry is produced in state, by highly trained and extremely skilled artisans.”
It was by pure accident that I even found GHS on Etsy as I wasn’t in the market for new plugs, but when I saw the listing for a pair of 2G Lemon Squids, my heart melted. Unfortunately they sold to someone else before my next paycheck, but it wasn’t a complete letdown because I found the same style in a color combo called “Twilight.” These babies are GORGEOUS.
So let’s get onto the review! I’m going to be judging based on the plugs themselves, the price, my experience with the seller and shipping.
Let’s start off in chronological order. This is an Etsy based shop and while you can find the plugs on Body Art Forms, there is more selection and options for customizable plugs through Etsy. The shop is also really easy to navigate in comparison to shopping for hanging styles on BAF. GHS provides categories of plugs so you can select your size range and easily see what’s available in your size. Or if you’re just browsing and find a style/color you like but it’s not in your size, you can choose a custom order and select the hanging style and what color you want in the exact size you want. It’s a little pricier than the premade plugs, but worth it if you need something specific. The shop gets an A+ in my book.
Price wise, these plugs are a little bit expensive. If you have stretched ears, you know that this is true to most high quality jewelry you can buy. And if you haven’t been stretching for long or you’re still going up in sizes, you already know how hard it is to justify any sort of expensive jewelry for a size you won’t be staying at. The plugs I bought are originally priced $88 and are a size 2G. Since I’ve only been at a 2G for a month, it was easier to let the price slide considering I will be wearing this size for a while longer before my ears are ready to stretch again. If I was at a 12 or a 10G, I wouldn’t find it hardly worth the money, unless you planned on staying that size for a while. I know there are people who stretch their ears to be only slightly larger and if that’s you, go for these. I can say that when I bought these, GHS had a coupon code for 25% of your order using SPRINGSTOCK. Since then they have removed the coupon code from their shop announcements, but it’s always worth a try to see if it still works!
Shipping. This is what annoyed me. I feel (and I believe I have a right to say this as I sell products/art for a living) that time is everything. Especially in the realms of online ordering. Which is why it irked me it took about 2 weeks to finally ship my order. After 1 weeks and not hearing anything about my order having shipped, I contacted the seller. After a few more days of silence, I sent another message. It took a full week to hear back from them and the message I got felt like an excuse for being lazy. But that’s my interpretation. I still feel that for something I paid this much money for, I should have gotten a better vibe. Thumbs down.
Now onto the actual jewelry. These are gorgeous. There are small defects in the glass which detract from them a slight bit but are probably only noticeable to the wearer. They seem to be just a result of how the glass is made and therefore an inevitability. These are super light and feel incredibly fragile, but so far have proven to be sturdy. They catch the light beautifully and look incredibly gorgeous in my ears. After posting this picture to facebook, I got a call from one of my friends in Portland just to gush about how “sexy” these plugs were.
Overally, I’m incredibly pleased. Any negative experiences I had in purchasing these are seriously outweighed by how amazing they are and how comfortable they are to wear. I would definitely give them a shot if you’re in the market for some fancy new plugs!