Silver Woven Knot Style Magnetic Earrings

Magnetic Woven Knot Earrings

These classic woven knot earrings are have a light silver color plate or 14 karat gold (not shown) on solid brass. They are 18 mm in size and are held on the ear with two painted ceramic magnets for complete comfort all day long.
Sold as a pair.
Handmade in the USA by Laura Wilson


One Star Review on Etsy

I wasn’t going to respond and then I remembered I have a WordPress site

Here’s the review:



Here’s what happened. A customer in the UK ordered a pair of $22 earrings with express shipping. I shipped it out the same day I received the order. The customer refused to pay his customs fee. He opened a case against me. It’s not even about the money, it’s only a total of $34.83.  It’s the principal of the thing. I’m always willing to work with customers if they are polite and until everyone is happy. This just felt like a scam to either get the money back from me and then pay the customs fee and pick up the package, or the customer really thought he could intimidate me into paying for his ignorance of custom fees. Really, how could you live in the UK and NOT know there are custom fees, or even think they are included in the shipping fees?

If he had just asked me nicely I might have refunded the $22 for the cost of the earrings instead of waiting for the USPS to return it. He didn’t. He chose to attack me by opening a case against me. If he had even bothered to find out what his customs fees were, I might have offered him a discount on his next order. He actually escalated the case for review on November 6th, and I am grateful that he did, because it was resolved quickly.

So, a big THANK YOU to Etsy for resolving the case quickly, and standing by the policy.

I’ll still refund his $22 when the USPS finally returns the package, because I’m an honest reputable businesswoman. However, I will not cave to threats and intimidation. As of today, the package is still being held for fees. I’m sure the USPS will eventually return it to me…

Case tracking

Here is an edited version of what happened. I left out the customers name and address, along with any other names:

“Etsy resolved the case in my favor because Sellers are not responsible for customs fees.


An item did not arrive.

The case was resolved on November 7, 2017.

The case was closed by Etsy Trust and Safety.

The item cost £17.34 and the customer paid £10.11 For UPS First Class International Package Service. The customer erroneously presumed that this would cover any custom fees.
I sent this letter to the customer:

Who pays for customs fees?

Generally, buyers pay the additional costs such as duties, taxes, and customs clearance fees. Import charges can vary widely but are most commonly based on the price and type of item, package weight and dimensions, origin country, and the taxes, duties, and fees of the destination country.
Most sellers on Etsy are unable to predict which of these fees, if any, will be applied, and Etsy does not expect sellers to calculate or collect these fees or taxes.
I wish I could help, but I cannot afford to pay custom fees into other countries.
Sincerely yours,
Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson from LauraWilsonGalleryNovember 3, 2017

The customer refuses to pay his custom fees and pick up his package.
I have contacted Etsy help to resolve this problem.

Laura Wilson from LauraWilsonGalleryNovember 3, 2017

I’m happy to ship anywhere in the World, though I am not responsible for VAT or other import taxes and fees you may incur via your local customs office.
You will likely be required to pay this upon receipt of your package. This hefty tax is imposed by your government. I have absolutely nothing to do with it, nor am I responsible for paying it. I am also not able to mark your item as “gift” or mark it at a lower value, as that would be considered fraud. Please take this into consideration when making your purchase.

Laura Wilson from LauraWilsonGalleryNovember 4, 2017

According to my research this case against me is an invalid claim because it is a shipping problem.
Ineligible transactions
Some transactions on Etsy will not qualify for the case system. Some may violate Etsy’s policies. Others may not be covered by Etsy’s case system. Some examples:
• Items that are purchased in person
• Intangible items, including services
• Prohibited items on Etsy
• Transactions where payment is not made via Etsy’s checkout system
• Items that are returned without a return agreement
• Items that have been used, worn or washed after receiving
• Physical or tangible items that are not available for return
• Items that are received after the agreed-upon delivery date due to shipping delays
Cost of shipping disputes

Laura Wilson from LauraWilsonGalleryNovember 4, 2017

Still waiting for the customer to pay the custom fees and close the case.
Package is still in UK.

November 6, 2017

Laura Wilson from LauraWilsonGalleryNovember 6, 2017

My shipping policy is listed right on my front page stating that custom fees are paid by the customer and that I am not responsible.
BUYERS pay the additional costs such as duties, taxes, and customs clearance fees.
More info here:
I’m happy to ship anywhere in the World, though I am not responsible for VAT or other import taxes and fees you may incur via your local customs office.
You will likely be required to pay this upon receipt of your package.
I believe this is an invalid claim against my business.
I shipped in good faith the same day I received the order.
Hoping this can be resolved quickly.


November 7, 2017


November 7, 2017

From Etsy’s Dispute Resolution team.

Non-delivery can only occur when a seller receives payment and fails to ship the buyer’s items. After reviewing this case, it seems that this purchase has, in fact, been shipped by the seller. Etsy is unable to hold sellers responsible for items lost or delayed in the mail, as long as they have shipped the item to the address on the Etsy transaction receipt. For this reason, we must close this case.”



Oatman, Arizona, An Old Ghost Town

Oatman, Arizona, An Old Ghost Town

Or Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves on Old Route 66


We wanted to see some old ghost towns while we are staying in Kingman, Arizona so we took off yesterday to see Oatman and hopefully get some interesting photographs.

When we got there, we were extremely disappointed to see that it was entirely commercial, with the board walks filled with cheap T-shirts, wind spinners, and other imported knick-knacks.

The only reason we stopped was to see the burros, and they are everywhere in the street.

The babies are incredibly cute, but the locals actually have to put stickers on their foreheads that say “do not feed me” since they are still nursing.

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You can buy little compressed chunks of hay for $1.00 but watch out.  They got us with one of the oldest Carney tricks there is, giving you change for a twenty with the two fives folded to look like three fives.

Of course my husband just stuffed it in his pocket, and we found out when we got back. He also noticed a guy that offers to clean your sun glasses for free and then another guy picks your pocket. It’s just so sad to see a historical site turned into such a sad, run down junkyard of abandoned houses and unhappy citizens.

One of the locals said they have over 200 mules in town that are descendents from the original abandoned miners’ pack animals.

Oatman is in the Black Mountains with an elevation of 2,710 feet. It started as a small mining camp soon after two prospectors struck a $10 million gold find in 1915.

“Prospectors imported burros to Arizona in the 1860’s, then abandoned them after a mining bust. Having evolved in the deserts of North Africa, the burros did just fine in the arid Southwest, and their population in Arizona is now about 4,800.”-Washington Post 2016

The road on Old Route 66 is winding with some breathtaking views of the hills and mountains so I did get a couple of nice shots.


I did see a mountain goat on the way back.

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We saw a couple of girls parked here on the way up, so we stopped to see what we thought was an old mine and this is what we found:



It’s pretty dry now, so it looks like the spring is either dry or there is a leak…

“During the WPA construction of the “Gold Road Section” from Gold Road Mine to Kingman, sources of water for animals, cars and humans alike were hard to find.

A man named Shaffer found water seeping from cliff walls and built a basin made of indigenous rock and concrete. He set it where the springs could drain into it.

Locals kept gold-fish, snails and plants in it to help keep the water fresh and algae free. Many local residents call it the Gold Fish Bowl.

The spring has frozen over or gone dry, but someone always restocks it with fish. The only hint of its presence is a column of stone stairs built up the cliff wall to the basin.”-Route 66 News


My Opal Jewelry, Real and Faux

Opal is the birthstone for the month of October, along with pink tourmaline. It is also the stone given to celebrate the 14th year of marriage. The name opal is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit upala, meaning “precious stone,” and later the Greek derivative “Opallios,” meaning “to see a change of color.”-Jewels for Me

“In fact, in Roman times, the gem was carried as a good luck charm of talisman, as it was believed that the gem, like the rainbow, brought its owner good fortune. To the Romans, it was considered to be a token of hope and purity.  It was also referred to as the “Cupid Stone” because it suggested the clear complexion of the god of love. The early Greeks believed the opal bestowed powers of foresight and prophecy upon its owner, while in Arabian folklore, it is said that the stone fell from heaven in flashes of lightning. The Oriental traditions referred to them as “the anchor of hope”. Lucky opal – the stone of hope, the birthstone of October.”-Opals Down Under

Opals are beautiful and I really don’t know who started the nonsense about opals being bad luck…Some people still believe the superstition today…I don’t…

Here is a sampling of my opal jewelry:

Magnetic Opal Brooch

Opal Magnetic Earrings

Black Opal Magnetic Earrings

Oval Opal Earrings

Triangle Opal Earrings

Black Opal Earrings

I Finally Made It To Mount Rushmore

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It is impressive. This was my first view as we were driving up the hill on a Sunday.  Don’t try to go and see it before 12 noon on Sunday, because the traffic was horrible. When we came back down, there was no traffic at all.

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This guy was next to us. He went to sleep…

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It was an enjoyable experience, and I got a lot of nice photos. You can order everything from framed prints to Yoga mats from my shop on