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tucson gem show 2018

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Another year’s gem show is in the bag. I managed to break out of my usual AGTA/GJX “rut” and see some new venues. I spent close to three solid days on my feet from open to close, running on manic fumes the entire time, dismissing lunch (that’s for amateurs!), and sustaining myself with furtive bites of Lara bars. By the end of each day I would be a glazy-eyed dehydrated spazz. YAY! Man, I love this show.

The above lovelies are from a Holidome vendor. That is a vast and confusing venue with 5-ish ginormous football field-sized tents filled to overstuffed with largely gem beads and costume jewelry, though there were some good loose stone vendors for sure. I’ll make a post of what I DID actually buy soon. (Spoiler: I got one of those emeralds!)

Natural color Japanese Akoya pearl strands. I typically ignore Akoyas because I find the classic white “Mikimoto” style pearls a bit of a yawn, but these silvery blue-ish baroque guys were totally my speed. Please someone, give me a reason to call this guy up and order one of these strands!

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snake cocktail ring with different stones

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Hand-carved snake cocktail ring with a smoky black opal and OEC diamond, 14K gold

It has been really fun to see how this ring transforms with each new and totally different stone I make it with. I’ve been lucky enough to get to try it with the original boulder opal of course, this glossy and awesome smoky semi-black Lightning Ridge opal, an insanely gorgeous carnelian that looked like jelly candy, and a gorgeous white opal with a flash of turquoise running through it. I love the different vibes each stone lends this ring. I’m ready to make more!

Hand-carved snake cocktail ring with Carnelian and OEC diamond, 14K gold

This is the nicest carnelian I’ve ever seen; it is all natural color and actually the original stone was larger and I had it cut down to fit this setting. The diamonds in this and the smoky black opal above are both antique Old European Cut diamonds.

Hand-carved snake cocktail ring with opal and paraiba tourmaline, 14K gold

Pairing a bright green-blue paraiba tourmaline with this opal was a brilliant idea. It looked so good against the yellow gold and really brought the blue and green flashes out of the opal.

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tanzanite and poppy solitaire

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Hand-carved Tanzanite solitaire with poppy motif, 18K

Giant oval Tanzanite set in an 18K white gold bezel solitaire carved with poppies! I gave this solitaire a nice prominent height, and carved poppies all the way around the bezel. I’m always up for carving my favorite flower, and this ring turned out so nicely.

Hand-carved Tanzanite solitaire with poppy motif, 18K

Hand-carved Tanzanite solitaire with poppy motif, 18K

Tanzanite is a cool stone: it shows slightly different body colors depending upon the type of light you view it in; sometimes more purplish violet, sometimes more blue. When it comes out of the ground, it shows three distinct body colors depending upon the axis from which you view it: blue, purple, and a reddish brown. The rough crystals are then heated to remove the reddish/brown color and you are left with a blue/purple stone that is what you typically see in jewelry.

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ATTN: Custom Design Clients!

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Custom-carved jewelry

Hello!

I’m headed *very* soon to the Tucson Gem Show, where I will have the opportunity to purchase special and unusual stones for custom pieces. I have a number of you on my to-shop-for list, but I feel like I am forgetting someone! Please check in with me if you have not corresponded with me very recently regarding shopping @ the gem show for your piece.

If you are a new client and are interested in having a piece made using something unusual (unique rose-cut diamonds, colored stones, pearl, etc.), now is a really good time to get things cooking. I do have a lot of contacts for many of the stones I use, but nothing beats me being able to see everything at once in person and pick individual stones out of thousands.

Contact me at my email address: cheyenneweil@gmail.com and we’ll talk!