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Spotlight on Fantastic ReVision, a Portland based jewelry designer and my boyfriend

Today I thought it would be nice to feature my boyfriend’s shop and some of my favorite pieces that he has made. When I started making jewelry I tried to have a little story behind each piece, but Jeff from Fantastic Revision takes it to a whole new level. He often tells elaborate stories with each listing, adds in humor, and even makes connections most would never think of. All items in his shop are vintage or handmade with found, vintage, repurposed, and/or natural materials. Everything is one of a kind. All items are made by him personally; nothing is manufactured or mass produced.


The Okavango is “the river which never finds the sea.” Twice every year, the Okavango Delta floods, allowing plants to grow and wildlife to migrate to the otherwise desolate Kalahari Desert in northwestern Botswana. Over 400 species of birds alone appear during these floods and some of the most magnificent African wildlife can be spotted. In the largest inland delta in the world, it’s either feast or famine. Buy the Okavango Delta Here.

Savage Tapestry <– (click here to buy)
They may have appeared to be savages to those civilizations who encountered them, but their way of life was far more complicated than anyone could have imagined. Everything can benefit from a closer look.
This weathered oxidized brass horn-shaped pendant is imported from India and features three sides of purple howlite stone mosiac. It hangs from a gold tone repurposed 1″ split ring on a 30″ vintage brass box chain with spring ring closure.

Rosé Harvest <– (click here to buy)
White sheets, sparkling rosé, and lush red roses- the scene was set for the perfect harvest wedding.
These 2-3/4″ earrings are made from clusters of vintage faux pearls with tiny brass leaves, filigree bead caps, and vintage gold tone rose bloom bead accents. They hang from new 18k gold plated hooks.

Yekaterina <– (click here to buy)
This necklace was directly inspired by Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. I recently saw a picture of it in a travel magazine and after many Google searches, I finally was able to identify it. Now a museum, it was once the summer home of many generations of the Russian royal family, From Catherine I to Catherine the Great. It is in itself a collection of architectural styles, most notably Rococo on the exterior but not without some golden Russian “onions” atop the roof. The azure blue walls, white columns, and gold leaf detailing are in perfect balance. It seems to both disappear into the winter snow and materialize from the summer sky. It looks quite ethereal at times. Having graduated with a degree in interior design, it would be a dream to see it inside and out.

La Catrina Azteca <– (click here to buy)
She knows the secrets of the dead. She holds your history in her dusty old bones. She knows where the ancestors buried all the silver. No, she’s not going to tell you where. She may be dead, but she’s not stupid.

These 6″ earrings feature turquoise dyed howlite carved skull beads crowned with silver plated rose beads with bead cap crowns and collars. They have turquoise howlite round bead crown accents and feature dripping vintage silver tone repurposed chains. They hang from new silver tone hooks.

And finally…..this one!!!!

The Maltese Madonna <– (click here to buy)
She’s the #1 diva of the Mediterranean. She’s a bit mysterious and not afraid to push the envelope. Just don’t get yourself involved with her- there’s more behind those eyes than you could ever imagine.
This bib necklace is created from multiple strands of repurposed vintage antiqued brass curb chain and a vintage Maltese Cross brooch hanging over them. It has a lobster closure and adjusts from 16″ to 19″ long.

So those are my favorites, but do yourself a favor and check out his shop full of fantastical creations, fun historical facts, and stories. He has a little sale running now for a limited time.

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Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, the Comic ‘verse and more

Avengers was not my first love in the Marvel Comics world. No, that honor belongs to the X-Men. I read my first issue when I was 8 or 9 years old and I instantly connected with the often feared and hated outcasts. I came to the Avengers much later while Steve Epting was pencilling. His work was so gorgeous and it was the quiet, one on one interactions he drew that really got to me.

One of my most loved issues when I started with The Avengers and the lineup that I still long for the most.

In those days the Avengers comics were filled with love, romance, betrayal, and overcoming who you no longer want to be…all of those things really intruiged me as a teen who was just beginning to understand such concepts and emotions. Over the years I would abandon the Avengers and then come back and get caught up and wonder why I had forsaken them. That pattern continues today, truthfully.

The movies brought these characters to the world and these days you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know at least a small portion of their story. Black Panther is still my absolute favorite and I can’t see it being eclipsed by anything other than maybe Black Panther 2.

MCU Zachary Pryor hand-painted creations Nick Fury, Proxima Midnight, Tony and Natasha, Killmonger, and the Black Panther heroes

That is not to say that I don’t adore the other MCU films. Infinity War, for instance had the glorious Proxima Midnight! I just had to paint her on earrings last night so she could join the ranks of my other Avengers creations. (Above)

Bonus sexy pieces:

She-Hulk was always sexy to me and Killmonger and Luke Cage have an undeniable appeal.

So there you have Zachary Pryor’s Avengers offerings. You can find them and many more geektastic things on my QuevaJewelry Etsy site. Just as a reminder, or new information for some of you- I DO take special requests!

Thanks for looking!


Deeper Meanings 

Spotlight on some noteworthy beauties and the meanings behind them:

Polished Chrysoprase and Gold

Chrysoprase helps to make conscious what is currently unconscious. The stone’s vibrations have a tranquilizing effect that seem to bring damaging subconscious thought to the foreground, where they can be assessed and dealt with properly. The gold and green beauty can be purchased HERE

Orange calcite with brass and gold chains

Doesn’t this orange calcite look good enough to eat? Orange calcite is all about awakening energies inside of us, particularly those that aid in creativity and sexuality. This creamsicle looking baby is available for purchase HERE

Selenite and Silver

I recently wore a piece similar to this on my trip back to New York and San Francisco because I wanted my grandmother close – watching over me. I know that she is always present in my life and in my head, but selenite is said to bring you even closer to the other side and more specifically – to your departed loved ones. Get this Selenite necklace HERE

Glittering gunmetal and silver skull tassel earrings

The beauties above have gunmetal glitter coated skulls. They are howlite underneath and were gifted to me last weekend. Aztecs looked at skulls more as a symbol of rebirth instead of death. Get them HERE.

Raw yellow apatite silver necklace

Yellow Apatite is all about awakening your inner self to achieve success and boost creativity. It rids you of apathy and makes you more optimistic and outgoing. It provides the courage to take risks, and the clarity to know which risks are worth taking. Yellow Apatite is particularly useful in starting new ventures. It supports creative ideas and bringing them into reality, as well as developing the business skills needed to make a living from one’s passions. Get your own HERE.

Cat ear globe necklace with blue quartz and kyanite

I get my hands on these beauties every time I visit Japan. I fill the gold and glass cat ear globes with gemstone chips. This time the chips are blue quartz and kyanite. Kyanite can make you have and remember vivid dreams. Cat ears speak to awakening our animal natures. Get your cat ear globe HERE.

The Aztec Bride

There I go mentioning the Aztecs again. I must look deeper into why they are on my mind at a later date. These glorious, long babies have contrasting hoop shapes that are ever-so flattering. Inside each delicate gold hoop sits an etched blue, green or red patina etched spirograph charm. I was really drawn to these charms because they looked like a more refined version of the little plastic and pen spirograph kits my cousin would get for Christmas and I would covet. Get these beautiful earrings HERE

And those are just a few of my recent creations that I found a deeper meaning with. Stay tuned for more.