MBZmetalsmithing

Expressive Art and Jewelry by Maureen Brusa Zappellini

Tucson, Arizona · 27 Sales

MBZmetalsmithing

Expressive Art and Jewelry by Maureen Brusa Zappellini

Tucson, Arizona 27 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Jewelery and Objects by Arizona artist Maureen Brusa Zappellini. Expressive, creative, evocative and lighthearted- Artistic compositions of mixed materials that you can wear as Fine Art. Become your own gallery, collector and curator of an art collection that won't make you eat Ramen noodles the rest of your life!
Each piece is crafted by hand in my garden studio in Tucson Arizona.

please note:
I also have another Etsy Shop- one devoted to all my other jewelry items- earrings, pendants, necklaces rings and more http://cosmosmoon.etsy.com

Announcement

Jewelery and Objects by Arizona artist Maureen Brusa Zappellini. Expressive, creative, evocative and lighthearted- Artistic compositions of mixed materials that you can wear as Fine Art. Become your own gallery, collector and curator of an art collection that won't make you eat Ramen noodles the rest of your life!
Each piece is crafted by hand in my garden studio in Tucson Arizona.

please note:
I also have another Etsy Shop- one devoted to all my other jewelry items- earrings, pendants, necklaces rings and more http://cosmosmoon.etsy.com

maureen BZ

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Reviews

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Anonymous on May 18, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

What a well-made component that has incredible detail. I can't wait to purchase more components from this seller in the future. Thank you again!

Anonymous on May 18, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Super comfortable bracelet & I love that it's waterproof! The items I ordered were delivered quickly & the seller was polite as well as professional.

Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Received my components today and love everything! Quick shipping too! I'll definitely return to your shop for it's unique, handmade offerings. Thanks!

Anonymous on Jan 26, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Mahalo Maureen! I've always admired your work & bracelets and this cool buckle. I look forward to making one myself now! Love your shops, love your work, love your blog!

About

Maureen BZ's fabulous Art jewelery and sculpture: from where the sun shines and the coyotes howl

Hello there- My name is Maureen Brusa Zappellini- I am an artist and a metalsmith.
I consider these one of a kind pieces I sell in this store to be wearable painterly sculpture.
I have a lot of fun creating them, and I know that you will enjoy all of the compliments you will get when you wear them- They are real show stoppers (if I do say so myself) :-)

How I got my start:
My origins are in fine arts- I went to school in Boston in the 80's as a painter- My family was then based in southern New Hampshire- and I spent my summers at home, trying to earn some money for books and supplies.
I was hired as an apprentice for 2 summers, taught strong silver and goldsmithing basics, and really gave me the kind of start essential to a craftsperson- LOTS of practice!

As my works developed:
My paining ended up being less interesting to me than my metalwork, so I gave it a rest and continued my artistic discovery through metals. Now close to 30 years later my metalwork is at it's strongest point yet- It has come full circle from jewelry store jewelry to becoming artwork that also happens to be jewelry.

The fact that many of my works are wearable as jewelery is a bonus that arose from originally making my works in large scale (feet, not inches) and then trying to figure out how to store them when they weren't being shown. Not very easy!

No storage problems now- and my favorite gallery is very dynamic: the body. As a wall we have a lapel, or hanging works become earrings- sculptural rings, bracelets and brooches are out and about too- The wearer becomes the collector, curator (when composing an outfit) and gallery. How do you like to wear your art?

Where I am now-
in 1992 I got sick of the brutal cold of the Boston winters and made the decision to road trip with my then boyfriend out to Arizona. It's the kind of thing that only someone with nothing to lose can really do- I simply had to make a change, and I ended up (after a year in rural Bisbee AZ) in the funky dusty old pueblo- Tucson AZ.
for a metalsmith it's kind of a paradise.... the largest Gem show in the world happens here once a year in February! Plus Tucson has gorgeous landscapes all around, from saguaro cactus strewn desert to cool piney mountains.

My Family:
I met my husband Guido at the cafe where I used to work - it was close to the University, where he was on temporary Visa to do some work developing one of the giant land based telescopes we have here in Southern AZ. He now works at the U full time (as a scientist) and we have a beautiful son who is very active and into Kung Fu, swim team and music. (he studies jazz piano)
We have two "Dog-ters" = Daisy and Pie- both wonderful rescue dogs who we love very much. They keep me company in my studio- which is on our property, in the back garden, where we cultivate fruits and veggies year round.

We often go to Florence Italy, where my husband grew up, to visit friends and family. I was lucky enough to live there with G. when we were first married- and I studied traditional as well as contemporary metalsmithing at some of the excellent studios in Florence.

This Shop:
I'm going to be listing my most expressive avant garde works in this shop, and will be adding new works often. In keeping the listing time short I have decided to keep my descriptions very basic on my works. If you are interested in having more back story to a piece I will be happy to fill you in- just send me a convo- I try to be quick in my responses, and I love to hear from my fans!!

Thank you for your interest in my work- I hope that I hear from you soon!
ciao- Maureen BZ

ps- this shop, "MBZ metalsmithing" is my one of a kind shop- I also have another shop here on Etsy called "Cosmo's Moon Jewelry" which is stocked with my Jewelery line of mixed metals organic shapes and earthy finishes (my more "tame" side) see it here: http://cosmosmoonjewelry.etsy.com

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Shop policies

Last updated on August 22, 2013
I take great care in the design, craftsmanship and quality of each piece- from the initial sketch to the final finish each creation has been refined to create whimsical, edgy, cool and wearable piece of jewelry that is a unique expression of your individual creativity and style.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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Payment
Are you new to ETSY? Welcome! If you are having problems with check out, please send me a message via the "contact" feature (located under my profile on the main page of my shop) and I will be happy to help you with check out.

I accept paypal and certified Money orders for payment.

Non-paying orders are canceled after 2 days. (I will attempt to contact you via email and Etsy convo if your payment doesn't show up on my account. If I do not receive an answer the order will be canceled at the end of the 2 day grace period.)

Arizona-
Fellow Arizona residents- in accordance with AZ state laws I am obligated to charge 6.1% sales tax on all Arizona orders.(this will be added to your order before shipping charges)
Shipping
I ship via US postal service, First class mail without insurance (unless specified in item's description- as with custom orders and orders over $100)

I pride myself with my fast delivery- in fact, I usually get a piece in the mail the day after it is ordered. (Please note my feedback in my shop "Cosmo's Moon" http://cosmosmoon.etsy.com )However, my OFFICIAL POLICY ON SHIPPING is this: Items in stock and will ship via United States Postal Service within 5 days of receipt of payment. Custom pieces please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.


***As I said, I usually get the work out much faster then that. if you are in a rush, and need an asap delivery please let me know and I will do what I can to get it in the mail super fast :-)**

Orders of more than one item are mailed together in a box or padded mailer (depending on size of pieces)
Refunds and Exchanges
Returns:
Hey, it happens- something you thought would be perfect for you turns out to not work after all- I certainly understand- and want to assure you that if you open up your package and simply don't like the piece and want to return it, that's OK.
(I request that you please contact me Via Etsy "contact"and tell me if you plan on sending it back.)

Requirements for return:

1)The item is required to be returned in it's original UNWORN condition,
2) in it's original packaging (box or pouch) packed with ample padding to protect the item during shipping
3)the piece needs to be shipped back within one week( your package Postmarked within 1 week of your receipt of the order.)

PLEASE NOTE:
**Returns after 1 week of receipt of goods will be for store credit only.
**I cannot accept returns on jewelry that has been obviously worn.


Repairs-
While I build each piece to last, sometimes life can get in the way and bump things up a bit- I do repair my work when needed (in 25 years I'm happy to say I've needed to do very few repairs on my pieces)

Repair charges:
As all repairs are different , the repair charges are quoted on a case by case basis.

Ring sizing:
depending on the ring's metal and any design details I would have to re-create ring sizing charges can range from $10-50. (it's usually around 15-20)

Refinishing:
Yes, I would be happy to re-finish your piece- after being worn constantly some pieces can use a little touch up now and then. Refinish charges are similar to repair charges- they very from piece to piece- For my more complex pieces like the strap bracelets I charge $45 for a complete re-strap and re-finish (polished metal, new patina) I can make a piece satin finish, tumbled (dull glow) or high polish.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am proud of my 100% positive feedback rating- as seen at my other Etsy shop-

I have been selling on Etsy for almost 5 years now- if you have questions about my performance as an independent Etsy seller please note my feedback in my shop "Cosmo's Moon" http://cosmosmoon.etsy.com . Thanks!