work in progress: emerald pear solitaire

March 5th, 2020
Wax carving: Emerald pear cabochon solitaire

This is a one-of-a-kind wax carving I made for this cool emerald cabochon. I’ve been thinking about this stone for about two years now (I believe I bought it three gem shows ago now). It would be perfect in 18K yellow gold (because everything is perfect in 18K yellow gold…).

Wax carving: Emerald pear cabochon solitaire

IF this might be something you might like for yourself, and if I haven’t cast it yet (I haven’t as of this posting date), send me an email and I’ll get you a quote: cheyenneweil@gmail.com. If you would like it for yourself, I’ll adjust it to your size before casting too.

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giant opal awesomeness

March 3rd, 2020
Custom designed & hand-carved Boulder Opal Ring, Latin inscription, 18K, opal, diamonds

I can always rely on this client of mine to bring me the biggest and coolest opals to design pieces for, and this Australian boulder opal was no joke.

We decided to “go simple” on this one, you know, just a simple bezel setting, maybe a little action on the shoulders. I thought some detailing around the bezel might be cool since there was going to be so much bezel, so we decided to go with an inscription: “Astra inclinant, sed non obligant,” which means in Latin, “The stars incline us, they do not bind us.”

Custom designed & hand-carved Boulder Opal Ring, Latin inscription, 18K, opal, diamonds

Just a veerry simple piece.

Turns out it’s hard to stick to simple with such giant opal awesomeness in hand. (A frillion more pics after the click.)

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split snake ring in 22K

March 2nd, 2020
Custom designed & hand-carved snake ring with diamond head and ruby eyes, 22K gold

Split snake ring in 22K gold set with a 4.2mm rose-cut diamond in the head and little rubies eyes.

Custom designed & hand-carved snake ring with diamond head and ruby eyes, 22K gold

Love how this guy turned out.

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greyhound marquise ring

March 1st, 2020
Hand-carved Greyhound Marquise Ring, 18K and diamond

This ring was inspired by a few different things. First off, a neat terra-cotta cup in the shape of a pointy-snouted dog caught my eye at the Getty museum in LA last spring. After that, I felt like I was seeing these lanky dogs everywhere: in illustrated manuscripts, old tapestry images… Then I had this diamond I bought on a whim just because I liked it, an unusual shape for me honestly. Marquise-shaped stones always felt very ’80s to me somehow. However, turn it to its side so it’s oriented East-West across the finger rather than lengthwise, and it’s a whole new stone somehow. Now it’s one of my favorite shapes. Finally, I just really liked the idea of making a ring with dogs on it, out of the blue and for no special reason except for fun. So I did!

18K yellow gold & a sunny .66ct M/VS2 diamond.

This original ring has sold; however, I do have it in my shop as a made-to-order piece and can re-create it to size & with a stone of your choosing (though this stone has to be fairly close to original size/proportions–all these details are in the listing at this link).

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mountains solitaire

February 29th, 2020
Custom designed & hand-carved Mt. Hood & Mt. St. Helens solitaire, set with pink sapphire, 14K white gold

This was a custom solitaire made for a woman from the Portland area, but who would be moving away to be with her new fiance. We decided to carve a Mt. Hood on one side, and Mt. St. Helens on the other (two prominent mountains you can see from the city here). The stone is a really pretty, very slightly peachy pink sapphire. 14K white gold.

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wedding ring redux: snake!

February 27th, 2020
Custom designed & hand-carved Snake Eternity Band, 14K white gold, diamonds, ruby

This was a commission to re-vamp an older 5-stone wedding ring. It’s no fun to have a great set of stones in a design that you don’t care for, so I removed the stones from the original setting, then designed something a little more exciting for them. 14K white gold, diamonds & a little ruby eye.

I quite love how this turned out.

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emerald + laurel motif ring

February 26th, 2020
Custom designed & hand-carved Laurel motif Emerald Solitaire in 18K gold

This was a custom piece carved for this pretty forest-green emerald my client sent me. Laurel/Bay leaves & berries. Nice tapered shape. 18K yellow gold.

Custom designed & hand-carved Laurel motif Emerald Solitaire in 18K gold
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jade frog pendant

February 25th, 2020
Custom designed & carved Jade Frog Pendant, 14K palladium white gold

This was a custom re-design for a cool bright green jade piece my client sent me. It was to be remade into a pendant for his daughter, who was about to graduate from college.

Custom designed & carved Jade Frog Pendant, 14K palladium white gold

I carved a little tree frog on the backside. She can decide if she’s feeling jade-ish, or frog-ish, and flip the necklace accordingly.

14K palladium white gold, jade, and a platinum chain.

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pair of wedding solitaires

February 24th, 2020
Hand-carved geometric platinum solitaires 1.25ct diamonds

Flipping gorgeous pair of 1.25ct diamonds set in platinum. Off to a very lovely couple.

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forest of trees band

February 24th, 2020
Hand-carved Forest of Trees Band, 14K white gold

Forest of Trees wedding band, 14K white gold.

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