SUSTAINABLE | ARTISAN | UPCYCLED | MINIMAL WASTE
With an intimate focus on craftsmanship, every item in the Sofia Maria collection is slowly handmade by Sofia herself in her Manly Studio.
BORGA was one of the first pieces Sofia carved after her time in Japan. The Japanese artisans and their philosophy inspired her to create natural and imperfect pieces. She let go of the fear of not being perfect.
BORJA, a solid piece designed to be elegant but substantial. A faceted statement ring with a smooth finish. Hard but soft, strong and intimate. Wabi sabi meets soft minimalism.
This ring and its facets represent the different sides of our cyclic nature as women, our own contrasts. On one hand the softness and flow and on the other hand, our power and strength. Not perfect but all beautiful in our own unique way.
Each piece is handmade to order to please chose carefully. Please allow one to two weeks for processing.
Handcarved in wax and cast in Australian 925 sterling silver.
Please specify your custom ring size in the notes section of your order or email us.
Story behind the piece:
Borja was one of the first pieces Sofia carved after her time in Japan. The Japanese artisans and their philosophy inspired her to create natural and imperfect pieces. She let go of the fear of not being perfect. Why should she be seeking perfection? When these makers were showing her these beautiful creations that were far from perfect but way more interesting and appealing. Sofia had a hunger to create, to make and explore with this new metalsmithing world. She was anxious to come back home and delve deep into it.
Shipping + Returns
Ships from: Australia.
Ships to: Australia and New Zealand.
Australian Shipping: Nash + Banks charges a Flat Rate of $10 per Order Australia-wide. Free Australian Shipping is available for orders over $150.
Standard International Shipping: $24 to New Zealand.
Standard Delivery Time Frames: 1-4 working days within Australia,
3-10 working days to New Zealand.
Express International Shipping: $28 to New Zealand.
Express Delivery Time Frames: 2-3 working days to New Zealand.
Sofia Maria pieces are Made-to-Order and therefore we are not able to offer refunds if you simply change your mind.
Goods sold are non-refundable. Sales are final once the job has been accepted. However, if you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason and would like to request an exchange, please notify us within 14 days of you receiving the goods. Exchange requests are subject to the availability and at the discretion of Sofia Maria.
Important: Resizing and repairs are assessed case-by-case and may incur a fee.
Sofia Maria only accepts returns if the piece you receive is faulty. Item must be sent back unworn and in its original packaging and with receipt of purchase. Normal wear and tear on jewellery items is not considered a fault - this includes gold plating that has faded, surface scratches, oxidisation or tarnishing.
Items returned without prior notification will not be accepted.
For more information regarding our Returns Policy - please read here.
Sofia Maria believes in conscious buying and making. All the materials she uses to handcraft her pieces are selected with special care and consideration.
A local approach means that all materials have been sourced locally in Australia and any job that she needs assistance with - like some stone settings - is practised by local Sydney jewellers. The gold plating service that she uses is not in Sydney, yet it is located in NSW.
All of her suppliers and helpers are located in Australia and she predominantly supports smaller female-owned businesses.
All pieces by Sofia Maria are custom-designed one piece at a time. Sofia doesn’t feel comfortable designing a whole collection and then adding lots of pieces to her store but rather slowly handmakes each piece to order.
Sofia sources all materials locally in Australia and makes every piece by hand in her studio located in Manly Beach.
MINIMAL WASTE + UPCYCLED
All Sofia Maria pieces are handcrafted out of 100% recycled metals. All the scrap metal that Sofia has at the end of the day is re-used for new designs.
Jewellery should be kept away from water and humid environments. Please store in a secure, dry place between wears.
Gold vermeil jewellery is gold plated sterling silver. As any plated piece, it is especially delicate, please keep away from perfume and any abrasive surfaces. Do not use jewellery cleaner on plated items, you can polish these pieces with a damp cloth. Add a mild soap only if necessary. Please be gentle.
Slight variances in colour or marks of age may be present in your jewellery. Please expect the colour, texture and tone of your piece to vary slightly from the items depicted in photographs. Every piece is unique.
Sterling silver requires less care, although it tarnishes when exposed to salty air, chlorine, household chemicals and products containing sulphur. To remove tarnish, Sofia Maria recommends a non-abrasive silver polish. Silver is a soft metal and may build character marks with wear.
Soft imperfections may occur in the final finish of Sofia Maria's items which is a characteristic of these handmade pieces.
Repairs (including re-plating) are accepted and are subject to a fee depending on the nature of the damage.
For further information on caring for your jewellery or repairs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.