MoonsnailDesigns

Moonsnail Design Studio ~ Rare Exotic Inspired Jewels

Vancouver, Canada · 39 Sales

MoonsnailDesigns

Moonsnail Design Studio ~ Rare Exotic Inspired Jewels

Vancouver, Canada 39 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Note from shop owner ~ Welcome to Moonsnail on Etsy! ~ ♥ Welcome to Moonsnail ♥ Happy and Luminous Summer Everyone! ♥ We Are Taking Time Off To Restore, Dream, Design & Create The New Moonsnail Collections for Autumn-Winter Listing Soon ~ Please Visit Often for New Designs & Remember to Add Moonsnail to Your Favorites ~ Enjoy & Be Inspired, Sara ~

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Last updated on Jul 25, 2016

~ Welcome to Moonsnail on Etsy! ~ ♥ Welcome to Moonsnail ♥ Happy and Luminous Summer Everyone! ♥ We Are Taking Time Off To Restore, Dream, Design & Create The New Moonsnail Collections for Autumn-Winter Listing Soon ~ Please Visit Often for New Designs & Remember to Add Moonsnail to Your Favorites ~ Enjoy & Be Inspired, Sara ~

Sara Moonsnail Design Studio

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Sara Moonsnail Design Studio

About

"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

" I was mesmerized from the first time I saw a moonsnail shell on the beach. It whispered soft songs of magic and promise to me when I pressed it to my ear and I knew instinctively the round spiral shape and the environment it was created in was to give me inspiration...."

Moonsnail Design Studio was Established in 2001. I'm a Professional Jewelry Designer (former Interior Designer!) with a Blazing (downright obsessive) Passion for Nature & Gemstones.

My name is Sara and I am a certified interior designer and jewelry designer. I have been designing for over 12 years now and find great happiness in it. I have been so blessed to travel to & live in many continents and countries (including Africa, Europe, North/South America and Asia) spending months in their museums & galleries, cities & villages studying, working & simply enjoying... I have grown and learned from the many cultures and people I have been so fortunate to have met and lived with.

The natural environments I've been immersed in globally have shaped me as a person, enriching my life. I studied fine art and English literature at university and have a diploma in interior design. Each of these experiences have had an enormous influence on both my sensibilities as an artist and my design work. It is my hope that I can bring this inspiration, beauty, quality and great pleasure to those who find my designs inspiring and love to wear!

Moonsnail Design Studio ~ Rare, Exotic, Inspired Jewels.

The Hue & Form of My Work is Deeply Inspired by Natural Environments.

I've Been Selling My Designs Online Here on Etsy & On eBay for a Combined 10+ Years Now. I Enjoy Selling Globally Online and also Live, in Person, and at Various Galleries and Boutiques.

Perhaps oddly for a luxury jewelry designer I do take the greatest, purest pleasure in the simplest things in life. A hot bath, long swim in the ocean, walking my neurotic yet gorgeous Scottish border collies through forest trails, the sounds, smells, feel of nature in general. My little niece's laughter as she is enchanted by a walk on the beach. The feel of both sun and rain on my skin, the first bulb peeking up in my garden or heritage rose unfurling before me perfuming the warm air to name a few.

To me these are more precious than any material thing, as are the love of family & good friends. Despite this I do love my jewels, travel, bubbly, fashion and occasional fine dining moment too...;)

"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


I'm Excited About Being a Part of This Amazingly Creative, Like-Minded, Diverse & Positive Community!

Moonsnail Design Studio's eBay Shop Currently Has Over 1050 Positive Feedbacks (100%). If You Would Like To Learn More About Me, My Personal & Artistic Background & The Moonsnail Story, Please Browse Our Etsy Shop Policy Page is Full of Info Too:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonsnailDesigns/policy

1/1 Designs Bearing Artistic Sensibility.

The Hue & Form of My Work is Deeply & Integrally Inspired by Natural Environments.

Custom Design Work is A Passion & Specialty! If You Would Like To Discuss A Custom Order or Make Changes to a Design Please Message Me.

Genuine Natural Rarest Gemstones, Pearls & Precious Metals.

I Love My Customers SO Very, Very Much, You Bring Me Ceaseless Joy & Inspiration ~ Thank You ~ Sara

♥ We Do Offer Layaway Plans Please Message for More Information ♥

1% Of Each Sale on Etsy Will Be Donated to The World Wildlife Federation to Preserve & Protect The Flora & Fauna of Our Planet & Oceans.

More Information About WWF:

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  • Sara Moonsnail Design Studio

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    " I was mesmerized from the first time I saw a moon snail shell on the beach. It whispered soft songs of magic and promise to me when I pressed it to my ear and I knew instinctively the round spiral shape was to give me inspiration...."

Shop policies

Last updated on October 12, 2015
~ Welcome to Moonsnail Design Studio! ~

Ideology:

We believe strongly in creativity, inspiration, quality, value, integrity and honesty in each piece we create and in all our business practices. We also believe in "win-win" from ground level up, for the planet, our clients, our suppliers & their employees, essentially from source to your hands...

The Designer:

My name is Sara and I am a certified interior designer and jewelry designer. I have been designing for over 12 years now and find great happiness in it. I have been so blessed to travel to & live in many continents and countries (including Africa, Europe, North/South America and Asia) spending months in their museums & galleries, cities & villages studying, working & simply enjoying... I have grown and learned from the many cultures and people I have been so fortunate to have met and lived with.

The natural environments I've been immersed in globally have shaped me as a person, enriching my life. I studied fine art and English literature at university and have a diploma in interior design. Each of these experiences have had an enormous influence on both my sensibilities as an artist and my design work. It is my hope that I can bring this inspiration, beauty, quality and great pleasure to those who find my designs inspiring and love to wear!

Perhaps strangely for a jewelry designer, I do take the greatest, purest pleasure in the simplest things in life. A hot bath, long swim in the ocean, walking my neurotic yet gorgeous Scottish border collies through forest trails, the sounds, smells, textures, feel of nature in general. The sensation of both sun and rain on my skin, sand under my feet, the first bulb peeking up in my garden or heritage rose unfurling before me perfuming the warm, soft air to name a few. To me these are more precious than any material thing, as are the love of family & good friends.

Despite this I do love my jewels, travel, bubbly, fashion and occasional foodie dining moment too...;)

Moonsnail Design Studio ~ The Story:

The story behind the name is simple, like most of the best things life offers... I spent childhood summers on an serpentine sandy island in the Pacific Northwest and was mesmerized from the first time I saw a moonsnail shell on the beach. It whispered soft songs of magic and promise to me when I pressed it to my ear and I knew instinctively the round spiral shape was to give me inspiration. It was my first treasure and to this day it is still my most precious. It is the symbol of my interior design company and the namesake of my jewelry design company Moonsnail Design Studio for good reason!

The beauty, inspiration and healing power of the natural environment are my greatest sources of inspiration, healing & bliss in both life and my jewelry collections.

My Interior Design repertoire is extensive and award winning and my Jewelry Designs have been shown in various galleries & boutiques, adorning a few celebrities, used by several fashion designers and most importantly worn by wonderful women (and some men!) internationally.

The Jewels:

Please enjoy Moonsnail Design Studio. Each piece is a work of art, professionally designed and then exquisitely hand crafted by Sara. It is gift wrapped with its “Bio” in a beautiful ivory, silver or sapphire chiffon jewelry pouch and uniquely packaged with great care for shipment. No piece is ever exactly reproduced as it is uniquely inspired and hand crafted. You are purchasing a 1/1 titled piece of art as well as a beautiful piece of jewelry you will wear and cherish for generations to come.

We can usually adjust our jewelry to fit your specifications free of charge. Please click “Request Custom Item" on the lower left sidebar of our shop to discuss a custom order (Moonsnail Design Studio’s Specialty!)

The designer, Sara has a BAH in political science & English literature, is educated in interior design, art history and the healing properties of color and gems. She carries this into her design work.

Moonsnail and Sara Designs sells in select boutiques and galleries around the world while remaining a small, intimate, unique, quality oriented artist’s studio. We always have you, our valued client, in mind in everything we do.

Sara Designs Signature Collection is jewelry signed by the designer by way of a stamped 970 fine Karen Hilltribe Silver Coin Disc Charm or a 24k/970 Balinese gold vermeil heart charm (where appropriate) and/or. a card signed by the designer 1/1.

Moonsnail Design Studio Gemstones & Pearls ~ Naturally:

We use only the very finest top graded genuine natural gemstones & pearls, the way mother nature created them, no lab can ever hold a candle...Be careful out there, there are more and more lab created "gemstones", radiation/laser treated gemstones & pearls and even colored glass being sold and used with absolutely no remarks by the dealers and designers about being lab created or treated.

If you can't believe the price of a gemstone piece you need to know its very likely from a lab or been treated by radiation so intense it's properties are barely recognizable as organic...get your gemstones tested from time to time by a gemologist or certified jeweler. Ask about gemstone and pearl treatment and origin! The old adage of "if it appears to good to be true, it probably is.." holds very true for gemstones & fine jewelry.

I guarantee my gemstones & pearls to be genuine & natural with a money back guarantee. Also, in my listings I take great care to note if gemstones & pearls are natural or cultured, treated or untreated etc. You can rest assured and know you have all the details.

Besides, in my mind, nature created and formed these incredibly beautiful gems & pearls and I have such deep respect for each and every one I am fortunate enough to hold in my hand...the dealers I work with are precious as family to me in my work for their integrity and knowledge.

Moonsnail Precious Metals:

Moonsnail Designs use 925 Sterling Silver or (most often) 970-999 Fine Sterling Silver, 14 Karat Solid Gold, 18-24k Solid Gold, 24k/22k/970-999 Sterling Gold Vermeil and 14k Quality Gold-filled precious metals. Many of the sterling & gold parts I use are old, limited stock of the most exquisite quality. I also use many limited edition/one of a kind pieces and even some I have had custom artisan crafted for Moonsnail exclusively.

These are painstakingly sourced from the very best artisans & small, quality suppliers around the globe in our quest for the very best rare, exotic treasures to design and craft our Moonsnail jewelry. Many of the parts, gems & pearls are one of a kind and will never be seen anywhere else in quite the same quality, shape & cut. I do spend almost as much time sourcing rare exotic materials as I do designing!

I absolutely love this part of my work very much. I am going on over 12 years strong with my knowledge of these materials, global networking & sourcing. Many of my sources have become as dear as family and this inevitably shines through in the materials I use in my designs.

We have been able to negotiate exceptional quality, source extremely rare finds from the farthest corners of the globe and right next door and good pricing from credited gem dealers globally which in turn is passed on to you! Your jewelry usually has an appraised value much higher than you will purchase it for. I truly feel good about this!

Please see below for our Questions Answered (FAQ) section regarding the materials we use at Moonsnail Design Studio.

Thank you so much for your interest and we hope you enjoy our one of a kind handcrafted designer jewelry. Please contact us for more on Moonsnail Design Studio & Sara Designs.

Please feel free to Visit Us on eBay to See More Listings, View Our Over 1050 Positive Feedbacks (100%) & View The About Me Page With Our Wonderful Client Testimonials:

♥ Thank You For Visiting, Sara ~ Moonsnail Design Studio ♥

Accepted payment methods

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Payment
Snoozy But Very Important Things:

♥ We Do Offer Layaway Plans, Please Message Me for More Information ♥

Payment:

Payment may be made by Paypal. Credit card payments may be made via Paypal checkout even if you don't have a Paypal account! Simply select the pay with a credit card option on the second page of the paypal checkout process.

My local private customers may pay me in person if they prefer (will be wonderful to see or hear from you!).
Shipping
More Snoozy But Very Important Things:

Shipping & Handling:

I do not ever profit from shipping fees, Never ever, ever!

I normally ship within 24 hours of purchase, often the same day and at most 48 hours. If you are in a rush please let me know! If I am away for a few days my shop will be set to vacation mode with my return date so you will always know ;)

** You May Upgrade Your Airmail Shipment to Xpresspost by purchasing one from my shop for your specific country (link below)**

Expedited Xpresspost Shipping Upgrades to Purchase Here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonsnailDesigns?section_id=17300729

[Canada & International: You May Also Upgrade Your Airmail Shipment to Xpresspost by selecting the Shipping Upgrade at Checkout.]

Please message me for rates and details if you would like your order expedited with Fedex or Purolator. I will make you a custom shipment upgrade listing for you.

US & Canada:

Airmail Shipping is Free and By Canada Post Airmail.

Canadian Orders Over $150: Xpresspost (Fully Insured, Trackable)

US Orders Over $300: Ship with Xpresspost (Fully Insured & Trackable).

XpressPost Shipping Upgrade to Purchase to Canada:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/251653167

XpressPost Shipping Upgrade to Purchase to USA:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/251653387


International:

Airmail Shipping is Free and By Canada Post Airmail.

UK & Europe: International Orders Over $600 Ship with Xpresspost (Fully Insured & Trackable).

Everywhere Else: Orders Over $1000 Ship with Xpresspost (Fully Insured & Trackable).

Xpresspost Shipping Upgrade to Purchase: Inernational (Worlwide) Destinations:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/251761750


Please message me for rates and details if you would like your order expedited with Fedex or Purolator. I will make you a custom shipment upgrade listing.

You may upgrade shipping to CP Xpresspost for orders under $250 Canada/US, $350 International. If you need your jewels very quickly or want to be able to track your package this is for you. Please convo me if you are uncertain or wish to upgrade.

If you would like to use FedEx or UPS please convo me and I will provide you with options, delivery times, costs and update your invoice. These services offer guaranteed next day/2 day delivery for most destinations.

Additional Shipping & Handling Rates Where Requested:

TO CANADA:

Xpresspost, Fedex or Purolator: Rates Vary Please Contact Me

TO THE USA:

Xpresspost, Fedex or Purolator: Rates Vary Please Contact Me

TO THE UK & EUROPE:

Xpresspost, Fedex or Purolator: Rates Vary Please Contact Me

To Everywhere Else:

Xpresspost, Fedex or Purolator: Rates Vary Please Contact Me


CPS Delivery Time Estimates:

Most sellers will not give out delivery time estimates, particularly to International destinations for fear of losing sales.

My philosophy is different. I believe the more informed my clients are the better! Honesty is always the best policy, as is knowledge in my mind. As a buyer I like to know this information myself! Peace of mind is a good thing.

That said it truly is very difficult to estimate delivery times, particularly with the increased International Security Measures for package delivery.

CPS, USPS and Global mail delivery services provide only very loose guidelines for airmail package delivery. However, due to my over 12 years experience with the mail & courier services of the world I am able to provide the following estimates & information for you! :)

Normal Canada Post (CPS) Delivery Times:

CPS to Canada :

1-3 Business Days GUARANTEED Delivery Time for Xpresspost (Trackable).
1-7 Business Days for Airmail (Normally within 7 days).

CPS to USA:

2-6 Business Days GUARANTEED Delivery Time for Xpresspost (Trackable).
1-17 Business Days Normally for Airmail (Normally within 10 days).

*NB*: Packages must pass through US Customs which very occasionally might cause a brief delivery delay. In addition, the recent International Aviation Security Measures may, under very unusual circumstances, cause delays for all inbound mail to the US. In these circumstances airmail delays may be up to 30 days for delivery. Xpresspost , UPS and FedEx are unaffected by these delays and provide guaranteed delivery times to the US.

Canada Post to International Destinations:

Delivery times vary by country. If you would like a better idea for your exact country please convo me.

UK & Europe: 4-10 Business Days GUARANTEED Delivery Time for Xpresspost. (Trackable).
UK & Europe: 10-17 Business Days Normally for Airmail.

Australia: 7-14 Business Days GUARANTEED Delivery Time for Xpresspost. (Trackable).
Australia:10-28 Business Days Normally for Airmail.

*NB*: Packages must pass through International European Countries Customs which very occasionally might cause a brief delivery delay. In addition, the recent International Aviation Security Measures may, under very unusual circumstances, cause delays for all inbound mail to the UK & Europe. In these circumstances airmail delays may be up to 35 days for delivery. Xpresspost, UPS & FedEx are
unaffected by these delays and provide guaranteed delivery times to International destinations.

If you reside in another country and need help with an estimated delivery time for any of the above services please convo me.

~ If You Have Read This Far You Are a STAR ~ Thank You!
Refunds and Exchanges
Even More Snoozy But Very Important Things:

Your satisfaction is, of course, paramount always!

We want happy customers, returns will be accepted on items providing they are returned to us within seven days of receipt in original condition.

I will Issue a Full Refund or a Store Credit (whichever you prefer) as soon as I receive the item(s) in original condition.

I can also replace items if they are lost by the postal system for you and repair or adjust your jewelry by request at no additional cost to you.

Thank You, Sara
Additional policies and FAQs
QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Sales Tax?

Sales tax is currently built into the price structure of all jewels at Moonsnail Design Studio.

What is Gold Vermeil?

The Gold Vermeil used at Moonsnail is Fine 970-999 Silver or 925 Sterling that has been heavily electroplated with 24k or 22k gold. I use only the finest Balinese, Thai and Karen Hill Tribe 2-3 microns Vermeil. The marriage of the two metals, because of chemical compatibility, makes for an extraordinary tactical and visual effect. It will take on a valued deep, rich patina with time.

What is 970-999 Fine Silver?

This Silver is an exceptionally high grade (97-99.9% Pure Silver) – much higher and more valuable than even the finest quality 925 (92.5%) Sterling Silver! It is 45-74% purer than even 925. It is the Purest Silver used for Jewelry and is becoming rarer & rarer. I use only Pure 925-999 Silver Parts in my work. It wears beautifully for many generations.

What is 14k Gold Filled?

Gold Filled is hundreds of times thicker than gold plate, (and more valuable by far), so it won't wear off over time. I use 14/20 gold filled parts unless otherwise stated. This means that the top 5% is solid 14 karat gold vs. gold plated (often .05% or less). The result is the look and feel of Solid 14 Karat Gold with generations of wear.

What is Karen Hilltribe?

The Karen Hilltribe people have been settled in and farmed the lush green valleys of Northern Thailand (known as the Golden Triangle) for over 2000 years. They were originally a nomadic tribe and their origins remain shrouded in mystery and debate but are possibly Sino-Tibetan. Through their magnificently crafted, and now fairly traded, silver the Karen Hilltribe is retaining some of its rich and mystical tribal heritage and independence. These highly skilled artists’ silver craft is second to none. I am honored to be able to use Karen Hilltribe fine 970-999 silver and the tradition it carries in my work.

Are Your Gemstones and Pearls Genuine/Natural/Untreated?

Yes. We only use genuine natural gemstones and pearls. Almost All of Our Gems & Pearls are Untreated. If any have been treated they will be noted as such in the listing.

Care and Cleaning?

Regularly clean and polish gently with a fine, soft dry cloth, or occasionally rinse with untreated water and dry immediately. Silver, 14k Gold and 14K Gold-filled Pieces can be cleaned with very mild diluted soap and untreated water and dried with a soft clean cloth for rare heavier cleanings. Gold Vermeil should be cloth cleaned and gently taken care of for best wear. Please consider professional cleanings by your jeweler for the very best care of your jewelry.

Always keep precious metals and gems away from abrasion, treated water, salt, soap, perfume, oils and chemicals for its longest beauty and wear as well as the most minimal damage/depreciation to fine natural gemstones & pearls.

Professional jewelry cleanings are a good and reasonable option every few years or as needed. They will often also re-appraise your jewelry for you! You can purchase professional jewelry polishing cloths/cleaning solutions online or from your jeweler. These quickly and easily remove tarnish when used as instructed. Special caution should always be taken when handling, storing & cleaning opal. They need some humidity, no extreme temperatures and gentle handling. The cleaning of these is best left to a professional!

Other Questions?

Please convo us and we will happily answer them!

♥ Thank You For Visiting, Sara ~ Moonsnail Design Studio ♥

More information

Last updated on Apr 2, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

Moonsnail Offers Layaway. Custom Design Work is A Passion & Specialty! If You Would Like To Discuss A Custom Order, Make Changes to a Design or Set Up Layaway Please Message Me.

Sizing details

Moonsnail Offers Layaway. Custom Design Work is A Passion & Specialty! If You Would Like To Discuss A Custom Order, Make Changes to a Design or Set Up Layaway Please Message Me.

Care instructions

Regularly clean and polish gently with a fine, soft dry cloth, or occasionally rinse with untreated water and dry immediately with a soft cloth. Silver, 14k Gold and 14K Gold-filled Pieces can be cleaned with very mild diluted soap and untreated water and dried with a soft clean cloth for rare heavier cleanings. Gold Vermeil should be cloth cleaned and gently taken care of for best wear. Pearls require extra gentle care, please consider professional cleanings by your jeweler for the very best care of your pearl jewelry.

Gift wrapping and packaging

At Moonsnail We Gift Wrap All Our Jewels In A Chiffon Pouch and Moonsnail Gift Box. If You Would Like a Special Note Added For Gift Giving Please Message Us After Purchasing.

Wholesale availability

Wholesale Orders Are Welcome, Please Message Us to Inquire.

Layaway Financing Plans

Moonsnail is Happy to Offer Layaway Plans for Orders Over $200. Please Message Us to Set Up a Custom Layaway Order.

Custom and personalized orders

Moonsnail Offers Something Very Special & One of a Kind For Every Bride & Bridesmaid in Every Budget. Please Message Us to Inquire.