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A Sample Of New Jewelry Made Here At Chimera Design June 28, 2019 13:34

90 second video of some of the latest handmade jewelry at Chimera Design from the bench of Julie Claire DeVoe.

 


Just What She Had In Mind - New Jewelry From Old June 27, 2019 17:51

Sue had three rings containing nine diamonds that she was not wearing any longer. She had an idea in her head for all the gold and diamonds to be combined into a single ring.

She wanted it to be 10-11mm wide at the top and taper down. She wanted the diamonds to be set as low as possible. We can do that! We sent a quick sketch to Jere (at first she had 7 diamonds, then found a pair of earrings so the sketch shows 7).

Early sketch of custom ring design

 

Jere took my lovely (!) sketch and sent me back several CAD images for Sue to look at. 

CAD image of a custom ring at Chimera Design

Sue approved the CAD image, so we cut the wax. Sue took at look at it and said, "That is exactly what I had in mind." Next step was melting down her old gold, casting the ring, setting all the diamonds and polishing everything up. The result was this:

Custom ring made from old rings and diamonds from them at Chimera Design.

 

Well, Sue was beside herself when she picked up the ring. One of the things we love about our "job" is helping people bring a piece of jewelry from thought to reality. Sue let me get my phone and capture some of her happiness:


Chimera Design Crafts Custom Jewelry Using Elk Ivory April 12, 2019 13:05

Chimera Design has crafted many pieces of custom jewelry featuring elk ivory over the years.

Elk Ivory Jewelry at Chimera Design


In Which Cliff Changes His Mind About Moissanite March 16, 2019 17:52

Cliff was never a big fan of Moissanite. That all changed in 2015 and he explains why in this blog post.


We Can Help You With Inherited Jewelry February 20, 2019 15:44

Inherit some jewelry and not sure what is or is not valuable? Chimera Design can help you.

Chimera Design Now Offers Pocket Watch Repair & Service August 8, 2018 10:50 1 Comment

We now offer service, repair, and restoration of pocket watches. 

 

 


Learn To Be A Bench Jeweler - Get a Job Anywhere in The Country July 10, 2018 13:27

The jewelry industry has a need for skilled workers. There is a demand for trained bench jewelers all over the country.

Cliff Explains Karats, Carats, and Carrots June 29, 2018 15:53

Ever wonder about karat, carat, and carrot? Three words that sound the same but have nothing to do with each other.

$50 Coupon For Fantastic One Day Estate Jewelry Sale - June 23rd May 16, 2018 16:42

Here is a $50 off coupon for YOU to attend a Fantastic One Day Estate Jewelry Sale Saturday June 23rd

Why Is My Ring Turning My Finger Black? May 1, 2018 13:25

We get this question from time to time. Mostly from women, but also from men once in a while. The answer can be quite complicated (sorry). It can be as simple as taking the ring off at night, but it can be very complex and involve medications or hand lotions.

Why does my ring turn my finger black?

The answer below was copied from one of our favorite trade magazines, InStore. This was in the April 2018 edition. It is an excellent summary of areas to investigate if your ring is causing a reaction:

"Here is some helpful information: What do you do with a customer who claims their rings are turning their finger black?

Ask her if she’s recently changed her choice of hand lotion or make-up. This is the most common cause of such smudging, as cosmetics often contain chemical compounds, which — astonishingly — are harder than the jewelry itself. When these hard compounds come in contact with jewelry metals, abrasion occurs, causing tiny particles of metal to break off as a black dust. When mixed with perspiration or other liquids, it results in the alarming black stain.

It’s also possible that a change in diet or even a new course of medication is resulting in a chemical reaction where perspiration and metal meet. If she is going swimming with her jewelry on, chlorine is another possible suspect. To prevent the smudging, suggest she avoid cosmetics that contain zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, ferric oxide and calamine.

Also, tell her to try removing the rings while applying cosmetics and cleaning her fingers with soap and water in areas that will be in contact with her jewelry. Finally, if the problem persists, suggest she consider having the inside of the bands coated with rhodium to prevent such a reaction."
InStore Magazine "Ask InStore" April 2018 edition


New Jewelry Partner For Us - Rego Designs Has Gorgeous Jewelry March 9, 2018 14:53

We have partnered with Rego Designs to bring some of their wonderful jewelry to our store.

New Jewelry Partner For Us - Rego Designs Has Gorgeous Jewelry March 9, 2018 14:53

We have partnered with Rego Designs to bring some of their wonderful jewelry to our store.