pearl party!

November 13th, 2016

Tahitian and South Sea pearl drop pendants, 18K

I made a new batch of pieces for the shop in downtown Portland: these lovelies are 18K yellow gold with Tahitian pearls (the giant gunmetal drop & the pistachio drop), and 14K white gold with a lovely white South Sea baroque pearl. I want to keep each new thing that I make. It’s so hard letting go!

18K floral pearl drop pendant w-Tahitian pistachio pearl

Here is another shot of the pistachio drop. I wanted to keep it.

18K snake S-hook strand of pearls

Multi-color peachy and pink freshwater pearls! These awesome jobbers are knotted on silk and attached to a carved snake S-hook because that’s just how I roll around here. AAAHHH! Can I keep them already?!

18K snake S-hook strand of pearls

** PSA: These guys are going really fast. If you are looking for a custom pearl piece, please send me an email. I’ll be stocking up on new pearls/raw materials in early February and before I go would be a VERY good time to get your custom order requests in. **

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ouroboros pendant

November 1st, 2016

Hand-carved ouroboros pendant in 14K

New in the Etsy shop! Hand-carved ouroboros pendant in 14K gold. Comes with a solid 14K gold cable chain w/lobster clasp. I put this on to photograph and have been wearing it around all day. I love how he turned out!

Hand-carved ouroboros pendant in 14K

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ooak pearl drop earrings

October 28th, 2016

OOAK rose-cut diamond & baroque pearl drop earrings, 18K

I don’t make earrings very often, but pearl drops are so perfect for them, and I love pearl drops. Also I love translucent colored diamonds and 18K gold. So, I made these earrings, and I love them! They are one-off carved pieces with a 6mm+ 1.23ct black high-domed rose-cut diamond in one, a peachy-golden 1.38ct rose-cut in the other, also just over 6mm with a nice high dome. The black diamond has a baroque golden pearl drop, and the golden diamond has an awesome Tahitian black pearl. The ear wires secure in the back of the earring behind a hook for security. These are located downtown PDX at French Quarter.

ooak 18K rose & baroque pearl drop earrings

Once I broke the mind-barrier with the above earrings, I went to town with these ginormous white Chinese freshwater baroque drops. I carved two little roses (they are both just free-handed, so each a tiny bit different) for these in 18K. I have a photo further down of the backs of the earrings so you can see the ear wire hooks. These pearls measure approx 18mm in length by 13.6mm width.

18K floral black & white pearl drop earrings

These little black & white pearl drops are dangled from little floral carved cups. Also 18K.

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Announcement: Christmas 2016 deadline!

October 25th, 2016

Custom carved pile of 18K diamond Tahitian pearl rings

Hi all! That time of the year has crept up once more and I want to let everyone know that I’ll be accepting new orders up to the second week of November (Nov. 9th) IF you would like a by-Christmas delivery. Otherwise, I’ll be taking the usual couple of weeks off from mid/late December to after the new year and if you are not particular about when your rings are ready, new orders may be accepted at any time. Just allow a little extra time for me to complete your pieces. My email address is: cheyenneweil@gmail.com if you have any questions about a piece, and if you would really like to do your research, here’s the FAQ!

Thanks again for an excellent year filled with interesting and amazing custom pieces!

coiled snake drop pendant + tahitian pearl

October 24th, 2016

Coiled snake pendant + Tahitian pearl 18K

More pearl drops! This time a ginormous perfect drop-shaped Tahitian black pearl with a hint of green and bronze to it. It’s held by a tiny coiled snake in 18K gold with an 18K gold chain. This pearl, the Art Nouveau snake below, and a few other pieces have actually been placed in a shop in Downtown Portland! First time for me to have my things in a shop. I’m a little nervous to see how they do, so here’s hoping it works out.

Coiled snake pendant + Tahitian pearl 18K

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art nouveau snake pendant + pearl

October 18th, 2016

art nouveau snake pendant + Cortez pearl 18K

I just finished this one and I love it! I went full-on art nouveau inspired on this one and added a rainbow pearl drop from the Sea of Cortez. This one is 18K gold, and I’ll be listing it in my shop soon. (But send me an email if you don’t yet see it and would like pricing info.)

art nouveau snake pendant + Cortez pearl 18K

The amazing thing about these pearls is the variety of color in each pearl. Generally with Tahitians, you see one dominant overtone color, like green, or magenta. With pearls from the Sea of Cortez (a completely different species of saltwater oyster—different genus, in fact), you tend to see a variety of rainbowy colors: pink, green, lavender, blue all on the same pearl. Colors change depending upon the light, the background color they are next to, etc. They tend to also have a lighter bodycolor as well. I absolutely love them.

art nouveau snake pendant + Tahitian pearl 14K

I also made a version in 14K gold with a Tahitian black pearl drop. Yum!

I’ll be offering this pendant in 14K or 18K white or yellow gold, with your choice of pearl drop. The above two are ready-to-wear as is.

art nouveau snake pendant + Tahitian pearl 14K

Me wearing the 14K/Tahitian pearl version, to give you a sense of scale. Many more pics after the click: Read the rest of this entry »

baroque pearl drop + snake

October 5th, 2016

OOAK baroque Tahitian pearl w/carved 18K snake pendant

This giant baroque pearl from Tahiti was just so damned cool there was no way it wasn’t coming home with me. Because if its unique shape and overall spectacular coolness, I had to create something custom for it and only it, as it wouldn’t fit in any of my more “normal” sorts of pearl cup mountings, nor would a simple bail do it any sort of justice. Not surprisingly, I decided to go with a snake, as a means of feeding my several years’ long snake obsession, and because they are cool, but also because snakes are very forgiving motifs—you can drape and position them whichever way you please. Perfect for this blobular pearly awesomeness.

OOAK baroque Tahitian pearl w/carved 18K snake pendant

This baroque Tahitian drop measures an insane 17.5mm x 12.7mm. I really love this pearl; it has a gorgeous lustre and an incredible silvery oatmeal color. I have a particular affinity towards the lighter toned pearls—silvers and golden colors—over the more classic black Tahitians, and this one just kills me. The snake & chain are 18K gold.

This guy is for sale, by the way. Send me an email or check my Etsy shop for details. Thanks!!

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angel ring

September 21st, 2016

18K custom angel ring

Angel ring! This one was a lot of fun, but very frustrating at times to carve. I probably cut her nose off 5 times in the process of shaping her teeny face, and had to reposition and rebuild a lot of body parts (toes, boobs, etc.) that were originally just a little… off. I’m really happy with how she turned out. I had fun wearing her around my studio while taking photos and getting the packaging ready, and then I was sad to see her go.

She is 18K gold and is holding an antique 3mm Old European Cut diamond.

18K custom angel ring

18K custom angel ring

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guatemalan bird huipil

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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poppy pendant

July 15th, 2016

18K carved poppy pendant

18K yellow gold carved poppy pendant! I love it! More photos after the click: Read the rest of this entry »