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About us

Founded in 2012, Sandpiper Imports is a fair trade company that offers a unique & classic collection of high quality .925 sterling silver jewelry designed and handcrafted by artisans in Bali, Indonesia.

As a member of The Fair Trade Federation, we follow nine established fair trade principles and work directly with a small silversmith artisan community in a village an hour outside of Ubud, a city well-regarded as the cultural and artistic heart of Bali.

The high level of craftsmanship has been passed on from generation to generation. Sandpiper Imports honors the cultural creativity of our artisans by selecting pieces that were designed by them. Whether you fall in love with a traditional Balinese filigree style or a design with a more contemporary flair, your purchase of their gorgeous and timeless jewelry fosters economic sustainability for this community and helps to keep this craft alive.

Our Mission

Offer a unique & classic collection of .925 sterling silver jewelry that reflects the traditional craftsmanship and rich creativity of Balinese artisans while fully supporting fair trade principles.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is fair trade and how do fair trade practices help artisans in Bali?

Fair trade is a movement which helps artisans in developing countries move toward economic self-sufficiency by establishing equitable long term relationships between trading partners. Fair trade principles include: Ensure workers receive fair wages and are provided safe and empowering working conditions, a focus on cultivating environmental stewardship, and respect for cultural identity. By working directly with a smaller group of artisans that work together in a community, we ensure that all artisans (men and women) are paid an equal and fair wage for their work, that all of the artisans children attend school, and that our ongoing orders create a stream of consistent and reliable income for their living expenses. For more information about fair trade please visit: www.fairtradefederation.org or www.wfto.com

What is .925 sterling silver?

.925 silver is an alloy of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. Since pure silver is a very soft metal, adding more durable materials ensures that jewelry pieces will last longer in addition to slowing down the tarnishing process. We were shown by experts in the silversmith community how to tell the difference between true .925 silver and plated alpaca silver. Alpaca silver is an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc and contains no actual silver unless it is plated. Do not just look for the 925 stamp. You can tell alpaca apart from sterling silver by its lighter weight and appearance of oxidization as black paint.

How can I purchase items?

Sandpiper Imports is a wholesale company; you can request wholesaler access to view our prices and place an order for your retail establishment.  For inquiries on how to purchase any items at retail cost please contact us at sandpiper@sandpiperimports.com.  You can also find out which events we will be attending by clicking on our events tab and by following us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandpiperimports  Please click on the store locator tab to find a store carrying Sandpiper Imports jewelry near you.

Do you offer expedited shipping?

All orders are shipped USPS Priority Mail domestically and UPS Ground to Canada.  If you require expedited shipping, please contact us at sandpiper@sandpiperimports.com and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Do you ship outside the United States?

We currently ship throughout the United States and to Canada. For shipping wholesale orders only to other countries, please contact us at sandpiper@sandpiperimports.com for information.

How can I contact you?

You can email us at sandpiper@sandpiperimports.com and send us your question and/or contact information. We will get back to you within two business days.

What are the wholesale terms and conditions?

Orders: We require a $150 minimum opening order; there are no minimums for product quantities. There is no minimum re-order requirement for established wholesale customers. Orders can be placed online after registering for a wholesale account or by calling 773-598-9840.

All first-time customers are required to prepay at time of ship with credit card. Net 30 terms may be requested for re-orders at our discretion and only Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or checks are accepted. Checks should be made out to Sandpiper Imports, Inc. and mailed to: P.O. Box 476722, Chicago, IL 60647.

Shipping: All orders are shipped from Chicago, IL. We typically ship USPS Priority Mail unless requested otherwise at a flat rate of $8.00 in the United States and UPS Ground at a flat rate of $28.00 to Canada. Cost of shipping is billed to invoice at time of ship.

Return Policy: We are proud to work directly with our artisans in Bali, Indonesia and stand by the quality of the products they make. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the products you receive you may return them within 14 days of receipt, in original condition, for a refund. Shipping costs will not be refunded.