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A lizard grows from a Chinese fingernail cover, one bead at a time.


Photos: Esperanza Zane


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About Virgo Moon


Virgo Moon offers one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry and accessories for lovers of beads and stones.

Virgo Moon was established in 1990. As you might guess, the name of my company refers to the astrological observation that my moon is in Virgo. According to some, this accounts for my delight in arranging "little fiddly bits." A piece pleases me if it looks nice from a distance, and continues to surprise as you get closer to see the detail in it. I love the profusion of nature, and you will see this reflected in my work.

I have loved beads and done beadwork since a child. I have taken classes from many, many wonderful teachers and artists in order to develop a rich vocabulary. My gratitude to them for their generosity in sharing their knowledge is enormous.

How many do you make of each piece?

Each item is one of a kind. You can see from my on-line Gallery that pieces vary widely in style. When some object intrigues me, I try to find other objects and beads that feel happy with it. The resulting piece honors each component, and has a unique look.

How can you sell this jewelry when you spend so many hours making it?

I often have the strange sense that a particular object belongs to someone, and that it is my job to place it in a context that will appeal to its rightful owner, draw them to it, delight them with its return. I hope you will find something which speaks to you, please know that was made just for you.

Exactly what is the length measurement you give?

By "length" I mean the necklace length itself-- just to the top of the centerpiece. If the necklace has a large central element or fringe, additional dimensions are given. See the drawing below.

Why don't you make more earrings?

I'm happy to make earrings! I don't feature earrings with most necklaces because sure as I make the "perfect" earnings, the customer wants something entirely different! So let me know if you would like earnings to go with your necklace and I'll make them to suit YOU. See: sample earring styles

Why do some pages show items that are already sold?

These items are still awaiting customer approval. I have a 7-day return policy, during which time the item remains in place on the web site. After the customer accepts it, it is moved to the Virgo Moon Gallery. If you are interested in an item which is marked "sold," please contact me to be placed on a waiting list should it be returned.

What about the photos?

I have taken all the photos where credit is not otherwise given. PLEASE NOTE: Each photo has been adjusted for viewing on my (PC) screen. I've tried to make the screen images look as much like the actual piece as I can. However, different monitors render the images differently. If something looks really yucky on your screen, please ask me about it. I will send you a printed photo for a nominal charge, refundable on purchase. Because I've adjusted the color for viewing, if you print the images yourself, they may not look like the actual piece.

What is your mailing list?

I maintain a CanSpam compliant e-mail mailing list. As a courtesy, every 3 or 4 weeks, I send a short email to let you know there is new work on my site. I never make your email address or other information available to anyone else. The company which maintains my email database also has strict privacy policies which protect your email address and is CanSpam compliant. Please click on "add me to mailing list" to add your name. To remove your name, follow the instructions in every email.

Credit Cards?

For US customers, I accept Visa and MasterCard. As I'm sure you are aware, unencrypted email is not safe for credit card information. That's why I use shopping cart software from VirtualCart (see next paragraph). International customers, please contact me to make payment arrangements.

Credit Card Security

The shopping cart service used on these pages is VirtualCart. Click on the link to read about their service. Virgo Moon uses their "highest security" service wherein they send me your name and address via email, but encrypt your credit card number and store it on their server, and I use an SSL connection to pick it up. I process the transaction off line and delete the order information from their server immediately. I do not store your credit card information in an electronic form on any of my computers. I do retain the paper credit card receipt for 60 days as the bank requires, after which I shred it. I have done my best to choose a company with good services and a good reputation, but Virgo Moon cannot be responsible for any loss incurred from using the VirtualCart services. If you have any concerns about entering your credit card information on line, simply contact me by phone. As you know it is not safe to give your card number to someone who calls you (caller ID spoofing has been demonstrated recently according to W2KNews), so it is best if you call me.

Shipping

The shipping charges are calculated automatically using the UPS shipping calculator and my guessed shipping weight, and insurance charges are estimated. I will charge the actual shipping and insurance charges, not to exceed the calculated total. UPS is easiest for me, so that's the only option given. If you have special shipping requirements, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate them.

What if I don't like it?

There is a 7-day return policy. Just return the piece, insured, with the tags attached and I will promptly refund the purchase price. I do not refund the shipping costs.

It's hard to be sure what you're getting from the photos.

Check out the testimonials. And please contribute your own comments! I very much appreciate your feedback!

Has your work been published?

My work is included in several books. There was a recent article about me in Ornament Magazine. It has also been featured in Cowboys and Indians Magazine. You will find references on the testimonials page.

What's all this about the fire?

On October 26, 2003 I awoke at 5AM to see the massive Cedar fire on a ridge line about 5 miles from my home. In less than 10 minutes there was a huge wall of flame all around my house thanks to the 60-80 mph Santa Ana winds. I escaped without injury for which I am very thankful. I lost my home and all my work. More here. I'm finally back in my new home!
 


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