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Blue Zircon Is A Rocking Gemstone - We Love It October 06, 2017 15:37

Blue Zircon is a natural gemstone - most folks immediately think of the man made cubic zirconia or "CZ" when you mention blue zircon. NO NO NO!

Blue Zircon is the traditional birthstone for December. 

One of the main reasons we LOVE it is the way it sparkles because of the high refractive index and strong dispersion characteristics. What all the mumbo jumbo means is that blue zircon sparkles and winks like crazy! 

It is our belief that blue zircon is waaaay underappreciated as an accent gem or even as the Main Event! Here is an engagement ring we just did for a couple. She stopped in the other day to tell me she had been getting a ton of compliments:

10kt White Gold Vintage Ring With Blue Zircon Center

Another recent ring we did involved using blue zircon to accent the center stone:

White gold engagement ring with blue zircon accent gems

 

One last example for you - we made this rose gold bracelet for a couple - blue zircon is her birthstone and we alternated them with diamonds. Suh-weet!

Custom rose gold bracelet with diamonds and blue zircon.

One closing statement - NONE of these pictures capture the sparkle and fire of blue zircon. You really need to see it in person to fully appreciate the POW! this gem will bring to your jewelry.


Chimera Design Has The Solution For Curved Engagement Rings July 15, 2017 10:22

The Loving Embrace curved bands will fit 95% of all engagement rings.

 


We are getting feedback from readers of Cliff's book "Otter Was A Beagle-ish Dog" June 04, 2017 12:18

Cliff's book, "Otter Was A Beagle-ish Dog And Other Mostly True Tales" is selling in our store and here on our website. Whoo-hooo! People are getting back to us with some feed back and we really appreciate it.

Ruth W. wrote a 100 word review of it for Schuler Books:

"Otter Was a Beagle-ish Dog is an entertaining collection of musings, from the author's younger days hitchhiking the deserts of Arizona, to an intimate and moving chronicle of the ordeal he underwent fighting throat cancer. Throughout the pages, Cliff's reminiscences of the abiding presence of his beloved dog Otter, and Otter's innate ability to sense what Cliff needs, overlay the book with humor and personal reflection. He writes frankly and humbly, without a shred of self pity. His casual, homey prose makes this book a joy to read." 

Aleah, who supplies us with diamonds from her office in Chicago had some fun reading it to her son and was nice enough to send along some pictures and comments:

Review of "Otter Was A Beagle-ish Dog" by Cliff Yankovich

You can read all the comments/reviews here:

Feedback on "Otter Was A Beagle-ish Dog".


"Otter Was A Beagle-ish Dog" book by Cliff Yankovich now available. May 13, 2017 11:17

Cliff has been a freelance writer since waaaay before he got into the jewelry business. He got his first story published in the 80's and has written ever since for various local, regional, and even a few national publications. 

In fact - he is an award winning writer. At the beginning of the new century, Cliff was writing a weekly column for a paper on the east side of Michigan. He touched a few nerves by writing about driving while on the cell phone and about parents who sell cookies and candies for their children. The two pieces generated enough response to earn this coveted award:

Award Winning Writer Cliff Yankovich

Otter was the shop dog here at Chimera for over a decade until her death in 2016. She made a lot of friends and provided the inspiration for Cliff's new book which features her as well as some other "mostly true tales" from his adventurous life. Chapter titles include: "Camping In A Crapper - More Than Once", "Six Angels In The Panhandle", "Cancer Boot Camp" and others.

Cliff published the book with the help of Pierre and his crew at Chapbook Press, a division of Schuler Books in Grand Rapids. The book in available in the store, on our website, and at Schuler Books. Cliff's promises a minimum of 4 chuckles, 9 smiles, and more!

Cover of Otter Was A Beagle-ish Dog by Cliff Yankovich

Back cover of Otter Was A Beagle-ish Dog by Cliff Yankovich


Vintage Turquoise Jewelry at Chimera Design May 06, 2017 11:47

One of our customers has been collecting turquoise for decades. She recently decided that she wanted to sell some of her collection and she was nice enough to bring some pieces into our store on consignment.

Vintage turquoise jewelry at Chimera Design

There are some signed pieces - the big bracelet below (which weighs about 7 ounces - was made by Gary Reeves.

Signed Gary Reeves Turquoise bracelet at Chimera Design

Speaking of bracelets - this one was made at a time when the economy was bad, so the artisans used German silver (which is not silver) instead of sterling - but look at the beauty of the gemstones.

Vintage turquoise bracelet at Chimera Design
The turquoise in this bolo is pretty amazing - can you see the pyrite?
Vintage turquoise bolo tie at Chimera Design
Vintage Turquoise Jewelry at Chimera Design

Estate Jewelry Sale At Chimera Design in Lowell 4/27/17 March 03, 2017 16:12


Fantastic Estate Jewelry Sale - One Day Event at Chimera March 02, 2017 14:47

One Day Estate Jewelry Sale At Chimera Design
Julie and I are really excited to Welcome the Singer Collection
to our store for a One Day Event.
The Singer Collection is a traveling Estate Jewelry show that will blow your mind! They have jewelry from every time period - including jewelry once owned by celebrities like:
Joan River, Elvis, Ringo Starr/Barbara Bach, Jerry Lee Lewis, Liz Taylor, Greta Garbo, Farrah Fawcett, Betty Hutton, and many more.
If you are interested, here is the link to

Fantastic Deals on Chocolate Diamonds February 28, 2017 11:36

Chocolate Diamonds At Chimera Design
We have some great deals on chocolate diamonds.
We brought some in for Todd & Brenda - they picked one.
These are left.
The big 2.30 ct radiant $2,315.00
1.02 ct trilliant $1,150.00
1.07 ct heart shape $1,195.00

1, 2, 3, Sale at Chimera Design February 1-14th January 31, 2017 10:09

Jewelry Sale At Chimera Design in Lowell

Attention Hair Stylists and Seamstresses - Scissors Ring & Earrings January 13, 2017 16:48

We have made a new friend, Cavallo Fine Jewelry in Red Hook, NY -and look what they make - these cool scissors pinky rings and earrings.

A pair of scissors for your pinky - scissors ring and earrings.

The ring is available in 14kt gold or sterling silver. They were designed with the pinky in mind, but sizing it is no problem. You can order it with or without the .03 ct diamond.

14kt yellow gold scissor earrings

The earrings are ONLY available in gold - the sharp ends of the scissors bend too easily when they were made of sterling. $275.

Our friends in New York, who designed and make these, need about 10 days or so to make one in your size (they usually have size 5.25 in stock.)

Scissor rings and earrings in 14kt gold and sterling silver.


Chimera Design Powered By Wind Energy September 21, 2016 13:51

Cliff is pretty excited. We just got our first statement from Arcadia Power which means that we are officially a Clean Energy Partner - we can claim our building is powered by renewable energy. 

I we had our way, we would have solar panels or a couple wind generators on the roof of our building, but that is not something we can do right now. However, we have found the next best thing: partnering with Arcadia Power. They took a look at our electric usage for the last 12 months and then came up with a monthly average to calculate how much extra we would pay for clean energy and then they bill us for that amount - for us it is $10 a month. Bingo - we are now helping to move ahead with clean, renewable energy.

This is how the program works.

We are paying the difference in cost to have clean energy by matching up the RECs to our energy usage. How cool is that? The best part is that ANYONE can do this. The more of us who do, the more DEMAND there will be for clean energy which will encourage more people to invest in and produce electricity from solar and wind power.

If we can do it, you can do it to. Learn more at Arcadia Power.

Just so you know, this is part of our effort to be green at Chimera.

  • We recycle ALL of our mail, newspapers, magazines, and cardboard shipping containers.
  • We recycle all plastic and glass from beverages we drink at work.
  • Cliff has a container he throws all metal watch parts into - and we recycle ALL the watch batteries we change.

Our Cases Are Filled Once Again July 26, 2016 09:55

Earlier this year we started a relationship with a great company located in Tucson, Arizona. Pan American scours the planet for the coolest gemstone beads, glass beads, and pearls. Then their artists in Tucson design and create some fantastic looking jewelry.

One of the reasons we love the jewelry from Pan American is because is similar to what Julie used to make when we first opened - great mixtures of color and textures. These days Julie is so busy with her metal work that she has no time to devote to gems, beads, and pearls - so the work of the people in Tucson is welcomed.

We just received a new shipment. The designs are eye catching and the prices are great. Earrings from $18 - Murano glass bead necklaces are $88.

Gemstone Beads, pearls and all around Funky, Fun jewelry.