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Michigan Themed Jewelry at Chimera - Made in Michigan! February 18, 2016 17:54

We love the Mitten. Our affection for Michigan is visible in the jewelry we carry.

We have some friends just north of Traverse City who make most of our Michigan themed jewelry. They use Petoskey stones and Leeland Blue - which is actually a by-product of the copper mining industry in the Upper Peninsula.

One of their most popular items is the Sterling Mitten.

Sterling Michigan Mitten Set With Petoskey Stone

We also carry sterling silver Mitten beads, made at Terry Berry in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They make plain ones and ones engraved with the word "Michigan". These fit Pandora and other bracelets - or just wear the Mitten on a chain.

Sterling Michigan Mitten Bead

We also have sterling silver beads celebrating most of the great colleges and universities in Michigan. MSU, U of M, EMU, CMU, WMU, and GVSU. All of these are available in sterling ($49) or enamel and sterling ($59). They fit  Pandora and almost every other similar bracelet. 

University of Michigan Sterling BeadMichigan State University Sterling Silver Enamel Bead

We try to stock a wide selection of Michigan Theme jewelry at all times.
We love us some Mitten!

Valentine's Day Specials At Chimera Design February 6, 2016 14:25

We just loaded our cases back up. We put over 30 new pieces in our display from the Oliver Weber Collection. This line of fashion jewelry is made in Italy using Swarovski crystals - great look at an affordable price. 20% off all Oliver Weber for Valentine's Day.

Oliver Weber Collection at Chimera Design

We have been representing the Strellman's line of jewelry for a decade now. We have a nice display of their Lighthouse Lens rings in sterling silver with every birthstone - plus we have another dozen pieces in stock. If we don't have it - they are made just across Lake Michigan in Minnesota! We can call them up and have a piece made to your specifications. 20% off all Strellman's jewelry.

Strellman's Jewelry at Chimera Design in Lowell, Michigan

 

Another great American artist is Michael Michaud. His designs are all inspired by the timeless beauty of nature. The picture below shows his hydrangea along with some real hydrangea brought in by one of our friends. We have a nice selection - all of which is 20% off for Valentine's Day.

Michael Michaud jewelry at Chimera Design 


We can modify this ring for YOUR diamond. January 13, 2016 11:35

We had a tremendous response to this ring when we posted it on our Facebook page. It was in our Estate case. We had actually made the ring originally several years ago.

We had four people who wanted to buy it. 

Vintage style ring

With the fourth lady who came in, we explored the possibility of making the ring
for her and setting her 9x5mm marquise diamond in it.
No problem - we can do that.
Here is a CAD image of the actual ring with the marquise cut diamond "installed" in the ring. As you can imagine, we could modify the ring to accept almost any shape or size diamond - in other words - we can set YOUR diamond in this ring if you want. The ring is 8mm wide and has 14 accent diamonds that are .80 mm each. 

Same vintage ring with a CAD installed 5x9mm Marquise diamond.

 

We can also make the ring in your choice of metal -

yellow gold, rose gold, white gold

put us to work!

(Personally, I think this would look tremendous in rose gold.)

Here is an idea of what it might look like in rose. My CAD program changed all the

surrounding space to rose color, but this is an idea:

Cool vintage ring - what it might look like in rose gold.


From a sketch to a ring - we can do that! December 3, 2015 16:56

Chris had taken his drawing into a big box store - not only was our price lower, we completed the ring for him in a little over 4 weeks. They told him it would be three months to get it done. Less $$ and faster service at Chimera Design!

Diamonds in Motion - they move with your heartbeat! November 3, 2015 17:20

We have the most fun with Diamonds in Motion - we get them from our friends at Ostbye in Minnesota.

Take a look at this brief video - look how the diamond is constantly in motion thanks to the genius mounting system. The diamond is secured with 4 prongs - it is not going anywhere, but the use of the intersecting rings have such a small point of contact that the diamond moves with your pulse! 

Prices for a .10 ct diamond in a sterling silver pendant start around $250.


Colored diamonds without the million dollar price tag! October 27, 2015 14:49

A big pink diamond is coming up for auction - it is expected to sell for 15 million or more. That is great - if your bank account can handle it.

If you WANT the coolness of colored diamonds without a movie star budget, we have some beautiful examples from Lotus Color in NYC. You can learn about how Lotus uses heat and radiation to turn natural diamonds a host of colors here: Learn About Colored Diamonds.

Lotus has the process down to an art form. Look at the bright, lovely colors in these pictures. These are all colored diamonds from Lotus. The colors will not fade and because they are natural diamonds, they return light and sparkle like no other gem on earth. (They only ones you have to be really careful with are the pink ones.)

Colored diamonds at Chimera Design

 

Lotus colored diamonds at Chimera Design

 

If you like stud earrings and you already own some white diamond studs, how about your color up your life with some colored diamond studs? We have three colors in stock at a fantastic price - they are 1/2 carat total (.48ctw, .49 ctw, and .50 ctw) your choice of yellow, blue, or green color enhanced natural diamonds for only $685.00.

Colored diamond studs at Chimera Design


New Solitaire Mounting for .50 ct, .75 ct. and 1.00 ct Round Diamonds October 21, 2015 14:33

We just received a catalog with some new jewelry from one of our favorite vendors - Stuller in Louisiana. (They are the same ones we work with in providing our Online Jewelry Design App. Try it - it is a blast.)

This one caught our eye. Simple and elegant - the prongs holding the round brilliant cut diamond flow out of the shank of the ring. This setting is available for .50 ct, .75 ct, and 1.00 ct round diamonds in your choice of 14kt white or yellow gold, as well as platinum. 

As you can see from the pictures, there is a nice matching band available as well.

New solitaire mounting at Chimera Design.
Solitaire for .50 ct, .75 ct or 1.00 ct at Chimera Design

Strellman's Jewelry Has Arrived at Chimera Design October 7, 2015 14:04

Today is a great day at Chimera - our box of Strellman's jewelry arrived. Being the impatient guy he is, Cliff had to jump in and get the selection of sterling rings set with all twelve of the glorious colors Strellman's uses in their signature Lighthouse Lens cut. From the dramatic black onyx to the exotic hue of padparadschah sapphire - we have a ring in every color!

Next, he will be unpacking and pricing some great looking pieces in 14kt gold as well as combinations of sterling and 18kt yellow gold - Stay tuned for MORE Strellman's jewelry at Chimera Design.

  

 

 

 

 

 

If you are so inclined, you are welcome to shop our selection of Strellman's in our online store. Just put your cursor over the "Catalog" on our home page and scroll down to the "Strellman's Jewelry" link to click and buy.


Tungsten Bands - Made in the USA $69 with a Lifetime Warranty October 2, 2015 13:44

$69 Tungsten Bands at Chimera Design

We are really excited about our line of tungsten bands. 

  • Made in the United States.
  • $69.00
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • If it cracks, breaks or chips (or even if you gain/lose weight and you need a different size), you get a new ring for $15!
  • Did we mention they are $69.00?
  • We even have Tungsten Camo rings.
Tungsten Camo Rings $69 at Chimera Design
We have many styles and sizes that you can click and buy on our Tungsten Ring Page, but you can take a look at all the models available as well as check the sizes they are available (from as small as 4mm wide size 5 to size 15 8mm wide) by clicking this link:
If you see a style you like, then shoot Cliff and email with the Model number and the size you need and he will get it for you PRONTO!
Cliffy777@comcast.net