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Why Is My Ring Turning My Finger Black? May 1, 2018 13:25

We get this question from time to time. Mostly from women, but also from men once in a while. The answer can be quite complicated (sorry). It can be as simple as taking the ring off at night, but it can be very complex and involve medications or hand lotions.

Why does my ring turn my finger black?

The answer below was copied from one of our favorite trade magazines, InStore. This was in the April 2018 edition. It is an excellent summary of areas to investigate if your ring is causing a reaction:

"Here is some helpful information: What do you do with a customer who claims their rings are turning their finger black?

Ask her if she’s recently changed her choice of hand lotion or make-up. This is the most common cause of such smudging, as cosmetics often contain chemical compounds, which — astonishingly — are harder than the jewelry itself. When these hard compounds come in contact with jewelry metals, abrasion occurs, causing tiny particles of metal to break off as a black dust. When mixed with perspiration or other liquids, it results in the alarming black stain.

It’s also possible that a change in diet or even a new course of medication is resulting in a chemical reaction where perspiration and metal meet. If she is going swimming with her jewelry on, chlorine is another possible suspect. To prevent the smudging, suggest she avoid cosmetics that contain zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, ferric oxide and calamine.

Also, tell her to try removing the rings while applying cosmetics and cleaning her fingers with soap and water in areas that will be in contact with her jewelry. Finally, if the problem persists, suggest she consider having the inside of the bands coated with rhodium to prevent such a reaction."
InStore Magazine "Ask InStore" April 2018 edition


New Jewelry Partner For Us - Rego Designs Has Gorgeous Jewelry March 9, 2018 14:53

We have partnered with Rego Designs to bring some of their wonderful jewelry to our store.

New Jewelry Partner For Us - Rego Designs Has Gorgeous Jewelry March 9, 2018 14:53

We have partnered with Rego Designs to bring some of their wonderful jewelry to our store.

Public Service Announcement - Don't Wear Rings To The Gym January 9, 2018 15:53

Do NOT wear gold/silver/platinum rings to the gym.

Yellow Diamonds - Engagement Rings That Stand Out - $2,500 and up. January 5, 2018 12:17

We 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 14:29

Chimera 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:

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 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:

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 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:

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 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.

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