Archive for the ‘Misc ramblings’ Category

anchor pendant

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

22K anchor pendant w/diamond & emerald

It was inevitable that I would get around the carving an anchor pendant. Zillions of them are out there, and with good reason: they are iconic and symbolic and just flipping cool. Here’s my iteration.

Since this is not an anchor for dragging along the bottom of the sea, I made it in 22K gold and added a .11ct E-F-G VS pear diamond and a little 2mm emerald.

time machine

YAAAAARRRRRRRR!!!! That is a photo of The Sailing Jeweler, once upon a time.

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tuscon gem show 2017

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Yet another Tucson gem show in the bag. I got a bunch of things. Some I needed for current projects, some I needed only to make my monkey brain happy.

The above is some giant beautiful emerald rough. It wasn’t for sale, but rather just for show (it would then be cut into the finished stones that were for sale).

aurochs_skeleton

There was also a lot of this! This is a large proto-cow. (Aurochs maybe?) I thought he had a nice expression on his face. He may have been a she though, and she might actually have been really pissed when she died. But her fossilized skull looks quite chipper. Funny how that works.

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LAST CHANCE: Christmas 2016 + SALE!!

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

hand-carved 18K gold & pearl pendants, rings

Hi all! Just a quick note that I can still ship ready-to-wear pieces by Tuesday, Dec. 20th and have them arrive in time for Christmas. Pics above are pieces I have on hand and can ship immediately. Send me an email (cheyenneweil@gmail.com) for pricing, OR visit my Etsy page, as many of them are listed here with lots of photos.

I have a handful of studio sample pieces I’ve decided to sell (the rings above, mostly), which will be 20% off. I’ll list them separately below after the click. All are ready-to-wear and can be shipped immediately. (more…)

guatemalan bird huipil

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

guatemalan bird huipil

Some years ago, I found myself holed up in an estuary in El Salvador for several months. While I was there, I met a woman who had a collection of textiles from Central America. She had a Guatemalan huipil that was embroidered with birds and I thought it was about the coolest thing I had ever seen. I’ve been pining after this textile for years. My mom spends a lot of time in Mexico and was on her way to Oaxaca to visit some friends. While she was there, she found an importer of used textiles, and digging through them, she found my bird huipil!

guatemalan bird huipil

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tucson gem show 2016

Monday, February 8th, 2016

saguaro

Establishing Tucson shot: it was a warm dry day in the desert metropolis. The policeman directing traffic between the AGTA and GJX shows laughed at me when he realized I was taking a photo of a cactus. I think saguaro cacti are just so damned cool though. The ones in the city are in downright pristine shape too, very photogenic; I guess the critters aren’t as likely to choose the bustling city to build their homes, so the urban saguaro has few holes or gnawed-off portions. Probably gets watered more regularly too.

pile o treated sapphires

This is not the first large vat of multi-colored sapphires I ran across at the show. In previous years the vendors were kind of sketched by me taking photos of their merchandise, but now they are quite game. I guess they know it’ll just end up on some instagram or blog somewhere. Speaking of which, I had no fewer than 10 people ask me what my instagram account address was. Guess I need to get on that.

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christmas deadline!

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Hello all! As per usual, I plan to finish up all orders for a safe by-Christmas shipment around the 15th December. In order for me to have enough time to complete your rings, I’ll need to have any incoming orders finalized in the next week. I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off around Christmas to the new year, and then I’ll be back up and running.

I nearly forgot to get this posted, as it feels like Christmas is AGES away still, but yesterday afternoon I was in the local Fred Meyer grocery store, and not only did they have twinkling Christmas tree displays with spangly ornaments for sale, they had a whole section devoted to impulse buy stocking stuffers. It was a little horrifying. I noticed egg nog went on the shelves easily two weeks ago too. Didn’t that stuff never come out until mere days before Thanksgiving? I can tell I’m going to be an excellent old person, ranting about how things used to be in ye olde times.

my rings are in a bridal magazine!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

My rings in Weddings Unveiled Magazine

Ooh la la! I really need to shake my photography paradigm up a bit; I love the way the photographer staged the photo with the heart-shaped leaf.

So yeah! I got an email from a couple I made some rings for and their friend put together a wedding spread for the magazine Weddings Unveiled and she put my rings in it! I’m in the current (Winter 2013) issue, pages 90-93. I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t bother to credit the brilliant genius who made the rings (cough cough) but I suppose it’s made up for by the fact that that the rings are at least in a tasteful, nay, downright awesome spread.

Victorian solitaire & wedding band

You can see the full set of photos from the shoot here. Pretty gorgeous; I rather love the raw edges of the wedding dress.

u.s. border stories

Monday, October 31st, 2011

virgin of guadalupe with potatoes

Virgin with potatoes

I know this is a departure from the usual fare, but I wanted to post a quick plug for my mom’s new blog. She’s been volunteering in a tiny medical clinic across the border in Nogales, Mexico for the past several months. She was sending us the most interesting stories of her days there and now you can read them too: arroya.org.

I live 5 miles from the Mexican border in Arizona on a ranch in a remote part of the Sonoran desert. Migrants passing through our desert seeking economic relief and work—any work— die within a few short miles of my home. I have been an RN for 45 years, and am retired—I was so through with health care. And then I read of the numbers of deaths so close to home. So I’m back—doing the most profound nursing care I’ve ever done.

more cool first lady jewels

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Michelle Obama's jewelry

I like the entire ensemble here: Ralph Lauren dress, Tom Binns necklace and bracelet, but most of all, I like the ring. It’s by Yewn and has a jade center stone with a distinctive squared silhouette and a pave lattice motif. Like this:

Yewn jade lattice ring

I do like this ring. The necklace is pretty cool too.

Tom Binns necklace

This isn’t the exact one but it has a similar look. It is made from silver, and crystal stones possibly? The asymmetrical tangle look is nice and makes the dress a little more rock and roll.

Tom Binns necklace

Here she is on another occasion wearing a necklace by the same designer.

Michelle Obama's kick-ass earrings

And I included a pic of Michelle Obama’s outfit at a state dinner at Buckingham palace. Tom Ford dress and supercool dangle drop earrings. I can’t find any information on the designer of these but I like the thorny-looking motif and the large briolette drop. Possibly diamond? I’d like that. Maybe not though; it could also be rock crystal or aquamarine..

first jewels

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Oh my poor, poor neglected blog. Sorry folks for the dramatic pause in pretty pictures.. I have actually been very busy and have not had enough function left in my brain to keep my blog populated. I bought a “fixer” house, moved, had a nasty bout of colds/flues that rampaged through the household, tore apart and remodeled the bathroom, and now am working on the kitchen. And we had family visiting. And I got way behind in my orders doing all of this.. (But I’m caught up now!) Whew. Onward.

I have a number of custom pieces I have made over the past few months and I will get them posted here over the next week. For now, I just wanted to point out how amazingly cool Michelle Obama’s jewelry was at the recent Correspondent’s Dinner. I usually think her formal ensembles are pretty great and whatnot but this time her jewelry picks were completely AWESOME AWESOME and AWESOME!!!

Michelle Obama's jewelry ensemble for the 2011 Correspondent's Dinner

The three layered necklaces. The pewter color scheme here is really nice and unusual and goes well with the dusty purple color of her dress. All pieces are pretty sweet: the chain lariat choker that hangs over the lower necklace of interesting metal beads.. But what really makes this for me though is the heavy cable chain on top. Too cool.

Michelle Obama's jewelry ensemble for the 2011 Correspondent's Dinner

Here’s a close up of the bracelet stack. Snakes! I love it when people wear snake jewelry.

(I have no idea who designed any of this; if anyone does, please mention it in the comments for me? Thanks!)

Michelle Obama's jewelry ensemble for the 2011 Correspondent's Dinner

The entire ensemble. Did I mention how awesome I think this is? Check out her snake ring too. The earrings are whatevs; I don’t have anything to say about them.

Anyway, I was super impressed with her jewelry choices (her stylist’s jewelry choices? Does she select her own clothing/jewelry for functions like these? I really have no idea how these things work) and I think she looked flipping gorgeous.

EDITED: I found out who the jewelry designer was: Irit Design for all pieces, including the earrings. Sterling silver and diamonds! LOVE it all!