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:
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:
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!
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.
There are some signed pieces - the big bracelet below (which weighs about 7 ounces - was made by Gary Reeves.
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.
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
Fantastic Deals on Chocolate Diamonds February 28, 2017 11:36
1, 2, 3, Sale at Chimera Design February 1-14th January 31, 2017 10:09
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Taking Care of Your Pearl Jewelry May 25, 2016 11:38
Shout out to our favorite Californian, Elizabeth, for suggesting we put more "How to take care of your jewelry" information up here. Your wish is our command!
Good rule of thumb for pearl jewelry - especially necklaces, earrings, and bracelets: "Last On and First Off."
The nacre of the pearl is the outside part of the pearl we see and love. It is what gives the luster to pearls and provides the depth of color - think of the term pearlescence. Well, you want to put your pearls on AFTER you put on any make-up, hair treatment, and even perfume. That kind of material can build up on the pearls and a) ruin the luster or b) in extreme cases even damage the nacre by eating away at it.
At the end of the day, you want to remove your pearls BEFORE you start your ablutions for the same reasons. You don't want soap or some other cleaning product that may be harsh to come into contact with your pearls.
We often tell people to do the dishes with their wedding rings on - the hot soapy water disolves the oily residue that makes diamonds lose their sparkle.
If you have a pearl ring - NEVER do the dishes with it on. They way the vast majority of pearls are attached to rings (like the one above), and many earrings and pendants for that matter, is when the pearl is half-drilled and then attached to a post using expoxy. Even the best epoxy will loosen after exposure to water.
I cannot tell you the number of pearl rings I have seen over the years where there is nothing left of pearl's nacre. The seed pearl is still on the ring, but the good part with the luster and shine has been eaten completely away.
So - please keep ALL of your pearl jewelry our of water - even showers or baths. And because of chlorine in pools and even WORSE chemicals in hot tubs - never, ever, ever ever go in a pool or hot tub with your pearl jewelry on.
New At Chimera Design - Copper Bracelets from Sergio Lub in California. April 02, 2016 15:13
Sergio Lub has been handcrafting these beautiful bracelets in California since 1969. We just put a nice selection in our showroom. These days his efforts are helped along by his daughter Sonia. We love the creativity expressed in their work and we really appreciate the fact that they are made in the US.
Their bracelets are made from solid metals with no casting or plating. Metals used:
- Pure Copper - 100% jewelers grade copper.
- Jeweler's Brass - 85% copper/15% zinc
- German Silver - 65% copper w/zinc, nickel, and silver.
- Sterling Silver
We have 20 of their most popular styles in stock - at great prices. They range from $25 to $69. The Lubs recognize the positive properties of copper and magnets - many of their bracelets include magnets.
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