It always pains me to mention a rise in shipping costs, but in this case I must. A package was either lost of held in customs and it was a one-of-a-kind with a stone that pains me to think of as vanished.
I will be shipping via registered mail to Canada from now on: it is 11.oo USD on top of the regular shipping cost, but I will be charging a flat rate of 8.00 USD to my Canadian neighbors.
This will be through the Metal Shop: the leather can always be made again and the stones are not near-precious remarkable gems in the Leather Shop - they are often focal beads of high quality that I buy in strings, making them replaceable.
I want my customers to have the highest quality product and shipping service. I will be declaring the full value of the pieces going through customs, no exceptions.
I am sorry if this sounds terse, I have always been concerned about the possibilities of something going missing, and since something has it means a price increase as a trade for more security.