Everything you wanted to know!

ABOUT MY JEWELRY

What’s Papermelon jewelry made of?

Papermelon jewelry is made from the most unexpected and humble medium, paper.

Whoever thought of this?

Oh so glad you asked! Hey! I’m Devi Chand, I’m the founder and the artist behind Papermelon. Read more about my story here.

Where is your studio located? What does it look like?

I craft from my little home studio in Chennai, India. My studio space consists of my work table (dining table in its previous life), a few racks (that I managed to conquer) and our balcony (sharing space with birds and plants). My studio occasionally intrudes into the bedroom, but withdraws upon popular demand.

How do you source all this incredible variety of paper?

I obsessively collect all kinds of papers – newspapers, magazines, calendars, gift wraps, paper bags and pamphlets to name a few. I also have a network of friends, neighbours and relatives, who lovingly pass on their vibrant paper stash they collected for this offbeat jewelry maker.

How do you make jewelry from paper?

Paper is cut into strips and meticulously hand-rolled into beads using glue, love and patience. A coat of sealant is then applied to the paper beads to make them moisture resistant. The beads will rest in my balcony until they are thoroughly sun-dried. The beads are then assembled into necklaces, earrings and bracelets in intriguing designs.

How do you come up with your designs? Can you tell me about your design process?

I have these moments of inspiration when all I want to do is snuggle on the sofa and sketch, sketch and sketch some more ideas. The sketches will remain in my notebook till I find the right paper one day, and I usually know when it’s a perfect match. Then I get to work on it, make several prototypes before I’m happy with the final outcome.

The first time I’m creating a product is always an exciting time. I work with papers that have irregular patterns and colors, so it’s hard to predict the patterns the beads will decide to have. So when they are finished, I’m as surprised as anybody else. And I love that suspense.

How long does it take to create a piece?

This is a toughie because my jewelry making process is not a linear one. The process involves several stages like bead making, varnishing, assembling and packing, that it’s really tricky to figure out the exact time spend on a particular piece. However, my estimates show that smaller pieces take at least an hour, while larger pieces can take several days to complete.

I try to work as much as possible when I’m released from my motherly duties – 3 hours in the morning while she is at school and then another 2 hours in the afternoon while she takes a nap. My work is quite tedious and time consuming, however the final result always make me smile.

Most pieces take a number of hours. I don’t keep an exact track of my time, but smaller pieces usually take at least an hour, while larger pieces can take several days to complete. My little daughter is my timer – I work for 3 hours in the morning while she is at school and then another 2 hours in the afternoon while she takes a nap. My work is quite tedious and time consuming, however the final result always make me smile.

Where can I buy your jewelry?

You can buy Papermelon jewelry in my online shop here. I typically release a new collection every month. The best way to find out about new product launches and special studio happenings is by becoming a Papermelon insider here.

A few sustainable boutiques across the world currently stocks Papermelon jewelry. The stockists will have only a few chosen pieces available at a time. However, if you would like to find one near you, please let me know and I’ll be happy to guide you.

How do I care for Papermelon jewelry? What if it comes in contact with water?

Caring for Papermelon jewelry is easy as all my paper jewelry is protected using a sealant which allows them to be sweat and splash proof. However, it’s best not to immerse them in water. So remember to keep them away from the pool and bath.

If your jewelry gets wet or dirty, gently dab it with a paper towel and let it dry.
When unused, store the jewelry in its original box to keep away dirt and accidental wear and tear.
All metal components used in my jewelry are sterling silver and may tarnish over time. When this happens, gently polish the silver with a cotton or flannel cloth.
If you take care of this as you would any fine jewelry, I can guarantee that it will last for years to come. I still own a few pairs of my earrings that are as old as my shop (9 years) and they still look brand new.

Read detailed care instructions here.

Can you create a custom piece of jewelry for me?

Oh yes, I’ll try my best! Custom work kind of challenges my brain, and I love that feeling. If you’ve an idea that you would like me to execute, you should absolutely contact me here, and we can discuss!

Is Papermelon jewelry sustainable?

Papermelon jewelry is made from paper, which is one of the most truly sustainable products. That’s because paper is made from wood, a natural renewable resource, which has the capacity to be produced in an endless cycle. And the happy news is – paper is one of the most recycled products on the planet.

I also follow sustainable practices during the jewelry making process in my studio. All materials are ethically sourced.

ABOUT ONLINE SHOPPING: PAYMENT, SHIPPING, AND POLICIES

How do I pay for my order?

I accept payment through PAYPAL. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can still pay at the PayPal site with your credit or debit card. For this, click on “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” below the Payal login button. If you have questions about how this works I’ll be happy to assist you.
Once you have completed your purchase, you will receive an email confirmation from Papermelon.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes, I ship worldwide!

How much does shipping cost?
The shipping cost is dependent on your location and chosen mode of shipment. The best way to get an accurate quote is by adding items to your cart, and click on ‘Estimate Shipping’ button below the cart.

Hurray! Standard Shipping is always free for Papermelon Insiders. Make sure you become one here!

How long will it take to reach me?

The time it takes to reach will depend on the shipping mode you choose at checkout. The options are: 

a) STANDARD SHIPPING : Delivers in 7 – 20 business days. (Free for Papermelon Insiders)
b) SPEED POST : Delivers in 5 – 10 business days.
c) UPS : Delivers in 2 – 3 business days.

The shipping rates are FLAT RATES, the shipping cost remains the same how-many-ever items you buy.

The shipping times are estimates based on my experience, and can’t be guaranteed. Buyers are responsible for any customs fees.

When will you ship my order?

All orders are shipped within 1-3 working days.

How will you pack my order? Will it have a safe journey?

The jewelry is packed beautiful and safe in eco friendly handcrafted boxes, so that it feels snug and secure during its cross-border journey. The box will have a lovely cloth ribbon bow, so it’s ready for gift giving (even when it’s a gift for yourself).

I don’t see a shipping option to my country at checkout?

Thankfully, India post ships to almost any country in the globe. In case you don’t get a shipping option at checkout, please contact me. We’ll figure it out.

Do you accept returns? Who pays for return shipping?

I offer a 100% Excitement Guarantee.

I make and pack the jewelry with so much love and attention, that I know you will squeal with joy when you receive the package. If you are not happy for any reason, I promise to fix it, at no extra cost to you. Just let me know within 15 days of delivery of your item. I will consider your case as constructive feedback, and issue a refund/return, whichever is your choice. If the item needs to be shipped back, I’ll pay for return shipping.

What if my package does not turn up or arrives damaged?

In this highly unlikely event, I’ll replace or refund any item that should be broken or lost in transit.

If the package has not arrived in a timely manner, please let me know. A delivery may have been already attempted when nobody was around. Often times, contacting the local post office is the best solution to this situation, as the package is probably waiting for you there, longing to be in your hands.

STAY IN TOUCH

How do I keep in touch with you?

The best way to keep in touch with me is by becoming a Papermelon Insider here. This way, you’ll be the first to hear about my new product launches and special studio happenings, by email. You can expect to hear from me about once a month.

What’s the best way to find out when you release new pieces?

Sign up for the Papermelon Insider newsletter and follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Where can I follow you in social media?

For occasional and awesome social updates, here is where to find me :
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/paper_melon
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/papermelon
Pinterest : https://www.pinterest.com/papermelon

Can I share your work on blog, website or instagram feed?
If you are a journalist or blogger and would like access to Dropbox folders of low and high resolution images for easy download, please don’t hesitate to contact me with your request at devi@papermelon.com.

I always appreciate you reaching out to me first to request permission to share my images on social media channels. I do ask that you provide proper credit and tagging and link back to me. If you post about my work on your blog, please send along a link to the post – I’d love to see what you write!

WHOLESALE

Can I sell your products in my store? Will you be interested in wholesale?
Yes, I sell wholesale. Papermelon jewelry is currently available in a few selected sustainable boutiques across the world. If you would like to become a stockist, please contact me here.