Each keepsake you order helps save a life
Fur Pearls donates funds to provide food and medical care for displaced animals due to any number of tragedies in their lives.
Fashion your pets fur into a wonderful keepsake to cherish for years to come.
A very special story about a very special cat and his people
He made it against all odds
What is a Fur Pearl?
There are no ordinary handfuls of fur here! Each cherished handful of your pet’s fur is gently sculpted into a fine keepsake.
Wear a beautiful framed or free form pendant close to your heart or add a pendant of your pets fur to a custom portrait.
Fur Pearls are handcrafted by me, Melitta. I create these unique fur keepsakes one-by-one using fine quality materials, each sculpted by hand with hours of hand sanding and polishing. Each Fur Pearl takes on a life of its own as the fur goes through the lengthy transformation resulting in a unique finish.
A Fur Pearl is a handful or a pinch of brushed fur felted into a ball or any shape. It is hardened off and sanded by hand into most any shape you wish.
Choose between customizing a necklace, bracelet, pendant, key chain, custom pet portrait or for the reading enthusiast, a lovely bookmark.
Because you have a variety of ways to customize your keepsake, it will be like no other.
These pet memorial keepsakes also make wonderful gifts for that pet lover family member or a friend in your life.
At the age of 4 I got my first pet, a duck.
From then on I was never without a four legged friend. This lead to 30 + years assisting hundreds of animals in need, which lead to being recognized "Volunteer of the Year" at LA County Animal Care and Control and a fabulous and rewarding career as a Professional Pet Sitter and transporter of dogs (mostly Great Danes) for rescue.
Now as I reach my golden and best years of my life I have my husband, best friend and biggest fan of 33 years, Steve. Two of the finest daughters in the world, Emily and Julie, a beautiful and gifted granddaughter, Loralie.
I have had many happy moments and some gut wrenching times in my animal life. Sometimes there were not enough tears to make things right, but being a strong believer in the important role that our pets play in our lives I have stood side-by-side with my friends as they've said their last goodbye to their best friend. So many people have nothing left of their pet but ashes in a box, if that. There must be a better way to have a joyful long lasting memory and have it created before their pet goes on to their next journey.
Now I make Fur Pearls and give guidance and solace to ease people through the loss of their pets and give them the gift of their pet's spirit forever.
I still and will always protect animals and assist people in understanding the animals in their lives.
How Fur Pearls Began
From Pet Fur to Jewelry
The story about my jewelry made from dog and cat fur begins innocently enough with pet fur all over the house all the time! I would brush and brush and come away with the trash can full of fur.
One rainy, cold night sitting in front of our fireplace, warming my toes, I was brushing our cat "Bob". As I looked down there were mounds of fluffy, multi colored clouds of fur so soft I could barely feel them between my fingers. I loved the feel of his fur between my hands and started to play with it. How wonderful it would be to have something beautiful to be reminded us of our pets each day whether they are with us or not.
What happened next was a confluence of events: There were a few pets that shared their bounty of fur and me. I realize the importance of the bond between human and pet, and wish to help keep the bond strong. First came months of experimenting and trying to find a rich keepsake. Make a jewel!
Pets and I became purrfect business partners—they supply the fur, I create the Fur Pearls.
A huge thanks and shout out to my good friends, Sharon, Jim, Angie and Tom for their unwavering support. And to my family for putting up with me. Mostly to my husband Steve, for always encouraging me to push myself.
Returns, Exchanges, and Refunds
Customer satisfaction is very important to me. Although individual situations and circumstances will vary, my general policy is shown below. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
If an item is unsatisfactory, please send me a detailed e-mail within 5 days of receipt of your order. Refunds, either full or partial, will be determined upon review.
Refunds on purchases made with a credit card will be posted to the original credit card used at the time of sale.
If an item is returned to me unopened because it was refused or declared undeliverable, you have the option to re-ship and to pay the additional shipping charges.
Tracking information is provided on all packages as proof of delivery. I am not responsible for lost or stolen packages after delivery, but I will assist you with putting a tracer on the package for recovery or for a refund from the delivery carrier.
Insurance is provided on all shipped items. If a product arrives broken or damaged during shipment, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org within 5 days, and I will arrange shipping for you to repair/exchange the item at no charge to you. Please keep the original box and packaging so a claim can be filed with the delivery provider.
Delivery & Shipping
The "Fur Pearl" comes in its own gift box with ribbon and is ready for gift-giving.
During the check-out process, you may select a shipping method. You may choose from FedEx, United Parcel Service (UPS) and the United States Post Office (USPS) . Please be sure to select which service you desire under your preferred shipper that best fits your time schedule and budget. Insurance is automatically included within the shipping rate.
Ground Delivery:Allow three-to-five non-holiday business days for delivery.
Next-Day Air:Orders must be received by 1 p.m. Mountain Time.
Second-Day Air:Two non-holiday business days for delivery.
Three-Day Select:Three non-holiday business days for delivery.
First-Class Mail:2-4 business days - price based on weight, shape of package, and destination.
Priority Mail:2-3 business days (NOT GUARANTEED) - price based on weight and distance.
Express Mail:Overnight, most locations - price based on weight and distance. Orders must be received by 1 p.m. Mountain Time.
I do not include pricing information when your gift is sent to someone. The recipient will receive my shop's packing slip, which will include my shop name and address information and your name and address information.
Each piece is lovingly boxed and wrapped with a coordinating ribbon. A coordinating blank gift enclosure card is included with each piece if I am sending the item to you for you to give to someone else. If I am sending your gift to someone, I hand-write your message on the card. Please don't forget to let me know how to "sign" your name to the card after you provide your message in the Note to Seller box!
Please do not wear your jewelry to bed, while washing dishes, while taking a shower, while swimming in a lake, a pool, the ocean, during playtime/recreational activities ... Your piece will last for years to come if you treat it with kindness. Wipe with a slightly damp soft cloth. Do not allow your piece to soak in water or use any type of detergents.
All metal, except platinum and 14K gold, will tarnish. Metal will tarnish with sweat and perfume. Use a pPlease do NOT use cleaning chemicals to remove tarnish from your piece.