What does Calypte mean and how is it pronounced?

Calypte (ka-lip-tay) is the latin name of Carol's favorite hummingbird. Hummingbirds are so special because of their inquisitive nature, the gorgeous iridescent colors of their feathers, amazing aerial displays and buzzing of their wings. Hummingbirds are often unafraid to approach people and some enter into relationships with us. Hummingbirds are like living rainbows!

What makes your leather special?

All the leather used in Calypte designs are of the finest quality; incredibly supple, durable, and eco-friendly. The leather is FREE of lead, AZO's, PCP, Mercury, Formaldehyde, Chromium VI and Cadmium. In other words, this is the best leather available! 

Do you offer coupons, discounts, and sales?

Yes! We hold sales a few times per year and our newsletter subscribers are always the first to know. You can join the Calypte community for free by entering your e-mail address at the bottom of the page. 

We also post flash sales and special coupon codes on Instagram. Be sure to follow us so you don’t miss them!

What if I am buying a gift? Do you offer gift certificates?

If you are ordering a gift, we are happy to include a message. Just leave your note during checkout and we will include it with your purchase. If you would like to purchase a gift certificate please Contact Us for information.

Can you make custom designs?

We would love to work with you to create a special piece. Please Contact Us for details.

Do you offer wholesale?

Wholesale accounts are available with a valid re-sale license/ID. A minimum order amount is required. If you’re interested in setting up a wholesale account, please Contact Us for details. 

How should I take care of my Calypte Collection jewelry?

Only high-quality materials, including leather, metals and stones, are used in our designs. Exposing leather or metals to humidity, water, and extreme heat can cause tarnishing and change the shape of your jewelry. To extend the life of your jewelry, avoid wearing it in the shower, at the beach, at the pool and during exercising.

Leather Care:

We recommend using a natural leather care product to protect against scuffing and to repel water. We love Obenauf's leather care because they are an all-natural product, made in the U.S.A.

Wrap bracelets should never be worn in or exposed to water. If the leather or stones on your wrap bracelet need cleaning, simply spot clean where needed with a damp cloth.

Silver Care:

Sterling silver and silver plated pieces will naturally tarnish over time and the more they are exposed to air. Easily clean your jewelry with a sterling silver polishing cloth and store in a cool, dry place, in an air-tight plastic bag. 



If you have a question that hasn't been answered here, please Contact Us or e-mail us directly at calyptecollection@gmail.com and we will be happy to get back to you.


All of our jewelry is handcrafted in the U.S.A. in our California studio.