WKNDLA by Cindy Hsu Zell

July 13th, 2015

Wall hangings are a thing right now and a thing that I am very PRO about. I am pro this thing.

These by WKNDLA are beautiful in their simplicity.

WKNDLA Dusk Wall Hanging

WKNDLA Morning Wall Hanging

Wall Hangings // photos from www.WKND.LA

So balanced, so perfecto! I want to wear them, they are so gosh darn pretty. It’s a good thing she also makes necklaces.

Necklace Sizing Guide

July 8th, 2015

We’re going to talk about necklace sizing today. (I don’t normally begin with an intro, but I thought I would start us off easy because it’s about to get intimate in this space.)

But first, lets take a look at the necklace guide I made for you all to help with the sizing process!




Wait, there’s more.

I know that it’s super frustrating for someone who is petite/plus sized to figure out what chain length suits best, based on a specific model size. Most guides out there like to tell you that a 14″ chain is a choker, but what if you’re 4 sizes smaller or larger than the fit model that they are using?

There are so many variables to consider besides dress size. There is also the neck size and which neckline you’d like to wear the necklace with. Is it winter? Are you wearing a THICK COAT?? And- moving into the realm of inappropriate questions to ask your customers if you are not selling lingerie- what is your chest size?


It gets complicated.

I wish I could tell you that there is an easy formula to figure this out, but the truth is this: we are all special snowflakes.

So, if you’d like to order a necklace that isn’t offered in the size you need, shoot me a quick note and we will figure out the right size, no problem.

I’ll even go a step further, because how incredibly frustrating is this issue?! I’ve definitely been there. Maybe we purchased the necklace using the company’s “average” size and found that it wasn’t our size. Or we received it as a gift and it just didn’t fit quite right or maybe we moved to California and were newly married and wallowing in the all the wonderful cheeses and wines and avocados, and we doubled in size and now NOTHING FITS.

(This place ISN’T for personal venting? Okay, okay. Wrapping it up.)

Send that necklace to me and for the cost of shipping, I will take care of it.*

*Not an empty promise. Email me here to tell me your necklace sizing woes and to get the process started.



You Could Use A Little Sunshine

July 1st, 2015

Samantha of Could I Have That? did another lovely post a few months back. She styled the Collect U Necklace with her other gold and diamond pieces.



Collect U Necklace
Photos from Could I Have That?, taken by Arna Bee.


It got me thinking about how my designs are meant to be worn with other precious pieces in your own collection, exactly the way Samantha wore them. But then that led me to another thought- what if they began to develop a bit of patina over time?

When the designs are textured and have an antique feel, that sort of patina is perfectly fine, desired even. But when an item starts out with a high shine, like many of the new Prismera pieces, you’ll want them to keep that bright polish.

I’ve always used a large Sunshine polishing cloth when dealing with castings, prototypes, and samples. Now that my newer pieces have a polished finish, it seems like it’s time to make sure you all have the option of having one of them on hand, when the finish on your pieces start to look a little less than perfect.

(The Sunshine cloth is now available for purchase in every jewelry listing. And if you just want to pick up a cloth without buying jewelry, not a problem! They’ll ship for free.)





Brunch On Chestnut

April 28th, 2015

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Some of the sweetest words ever uttered about my jewelry- it means the world, Ashley.

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These stunning photos taken from Brunch On Chestnut.

Waiting For Spring

April 4th, 2015

For most people, it’s been all about the ringstack but let’s talk necklaces a bit. Little ones, with the lightest gold chains, perfect for bare decolletage as the weather warms up. Or for those of us who are still in the planning stages of our spring outfits because the lamb forgot to show up at the end of March.



Prism Necklace // Collect U Necklace
Photos from Could I Have That?, taken by Arna Bee.


Samantha of Could I Have That? created the loveliest look with these necklaces. All that gauzy white material against a sea of blush almost makes me want to unpack all my sundresses, until I am reminded of the windchill.




In the meantime, let’s just daydream about the sun hitting our legs while listening to this new to me song: Eliza Doolittle’s Pack Up.






March 4th, 2015


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Adding and removing color can change the way a piece looks so much! I remade the Prism Collection in inky black stones and the style is a touch edgier, a few even look a bit more vintage. I’m loving the subtle shift, especially since black goes with ev-er-y-thing.

As with all the other new Prismera pieces, mix + match. Wear them with your own things, your grandmother’s things, and those earrings you stole from your sister.

(Are you signed up for the email list? It’s going out by the end of the week and will have exclusive goodies, here’s the heads up!)

Cute girl outtakes and behind the scenes photos below.



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Precious Little Things

January 14th, 2015

prismera ruby jewelry 14k gold plated brass

I’m so excited about these new pieces! The classic Prism designs are updated with tiny sparkling rubies, set against black prongs, and the look is a bit Victorian.

And these chic little baguette rings in lovely, soft neutral shades. Milky moonstone, smoky topaz, speckled labradorite.

14k gold vermeil modern baguette cut ring

So romantic, don’t you think? It’s almost like they were made for Valentine’s Day.

Holiday Vacation

December 24th, 2014

Sylvia Hommert, Gold Dust, 2012

Thanks for helping make this an amazing year!

I’ll be closing the studio from now until January 1, to spend some quality time with loved ones.

Have a wonderful holiday season!


Magical December

December 17th, 2014


Ryan McGinley, Fireworks

Layering Delicate Necklaces

December 11th, 2014


Prism Necklace, Tiny Golden Bee Necklace

I love this holiday outfit (and that dreamy mermaid hair!) on Jackie and the way she layers two of my delicate gold necklaces.