About Chimera - Location, Hours, etc.
Hours of Operation
Tues - Wed 10 am to 6pm
Thur - Fri 10 am to 7pm
Sat 10 am to 4 pm
CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAY
Chimera is owned and operated by the husband and wife team
of Julie Claire DeVoe and Cliff Yankovich.
Julie is the benchie (bench jeweler) and she makes a lot of what is sold at the store and does almost all of the repairs. She started making beaded jewelry as a teenager. Julie studied at Kendall School of Art and Design and with Blaine Lewis at New Approach School for Jewelers prior to opening the store. She has earned certificates in Pearls, Jewelry Essentials, and Pearl and Bead Stringing from GIA (Gemological Institute of America).
Here is a video sample of her work:
Cliff handles the front end of the store and he is the Official Watch Battery Installation Manager - OWBIM. He got his start in the jewelry business in the middle 1990's working for a small manufacturer with a trade shop. He traveled the Midwest and earned his Diamonds Graduate certification from GIA in 1998. He designs CAD/CAM jewelry with our associate Jere Keyes. Cliff's education with CAD/CAM jump started with 4 days of intensive training at GemVision in 1999.
Chimera Design opened on Main Street in Historic Downtown Lowell, Michigan, in November of 2002. It was originally more of an art gallery and at one time featured the work of over 30 artists in addition to the jewelry made by Julie. Cliff and Julie love Lowell - Cliff has served on the Board for the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce as well as the Marketing Committee and the Downtown Development Authority. He was elected to a four year term on the Lowell City Council in 2019. Chimera supports many of the wonderful things that make Lowell a special community: The Pink Arrow Pride, Flat River Outreach Ministries food pantry, Lowell Arts!, the Kent County Youth Fair, and a number of clubs and teams at the Lowell Area Schools.
This good looking guy is Jere Keyes - he has been an official member of the Chimera Design team for almost a decade. Jere is a 3rd generation jewelry professional. He still uses some of the tools his grandfather used. He is a GIA Graduate Gemologist (which means he knows way more about colored gemstones than Cliff!) and a great stone setter.
Jere also works with Cliff on the CAD/CAM jewelry design - they make jewelry that looks like the pictures below. The first is the CAD image of what our customer wanted based on a couple of designs she had seen on the web. Below it is the finished ring that used elements from her original ring and incorporated a new (larger) center diamond:
NOTE: Thanks to the City of Lowell, Chimera Design, is very much Electric Vehicle friendly. There are two FREE Chargepoint Charging Stations on Main Street in Lowell and one of them is right behind Chimera Design:
If you are looking for an engagement ring that is a little (or a LOT) outside of the box, we are the place for you: