Public Service Announcement - Don't Wear Rings To The Gym January 9, 2018 15:53Do NOT wear gold/silver/platinum rings to the gym.
Yellow Diamonds - Engagement Rings That Stand Out - $2,500 and up. January 5, 2018 12:17We love Fancy Yellow Diamonds. Take a look....
Chimera Design Holiday Hours November 27, 2017 16:48
We will be open Sunday 12-4pm including Christmas Eve.
Chimera Design Is Celebrating 15 Years In Business November 14, 2017 14:29Chimera turns 15 and YOU save 15% off all NEW jewelry.
Blue Zircon Is A Rocking Gemstone - We Love It October 6, 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:
Another recent ring we did involved using blue zircon to accent the center stone:
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!
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 4, 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 1 Comment
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 6, 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.