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The best of late June, by Zachary Pryor Jewelry (etsy)

Aquamarine and Solar Quartz sterling necklace
Solar Quartz is a natural agatized quartz that is sliced from stalactites in clear, white or gray, with mossy inclusions. As with all quartz it is an energy enhancer, connecting to spirit and harmony.
Solar Quartz is said to bring emotional strength and uplifting with great power and energy.
The stone at the center is a gorgeous blue solar quartz set with sterling overlay. Natural and color treated faceted aquamarine rounds are wire wrapped with small sterling chain accents. This piece fastens in the front with a gorgeous vintage sterling toggle clasp. The necklace measures 17 inches in length.

Fun Fandom necklaces! – oxidized brass Loki necklace and Rhinestone R2D2 chain bib necklace. Geeky heart, stylish body.

To honor a beloved animal – they are coy, they are sly, cunning, they are adorable. And now they shine bright like a diamond. Emerald and White rhinestone gold fox charm earrings – with moving tails!

This beauty is named ‘Sky Blue and Black’ after a Jackson Browne song. I read a portion of the lyrics at my best friend’s funeral many years ago because we always sent lyrics to each other while I was in college. I miss her every day, but honoring her with a necklace once every so often gets me thinking about her and how much I loved and learned with her. This particular one is a Gunmetal and blue crystal druzy crystal cluster.


Hometown Inspired creations: Portland, Oregon

I first moved to Portland, Oregon after a messy breakup almost ten years ago. I healed, but I was not dialed in and did not enjoy the city as much as I should have. I settled in stumptown for good 6 years ago after a brief re-visit of NYC. This time around I fell in love, with a man and with this fair city. One of the biggest reasons I love it here is because I have hiking buddies and I get to see beautiful waterfalls regularly like WahkeenaWahclellaMultnomah, and Latourell

Clockwise, from top left – Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Wahclella Falls, and Latourell Falls

Staring into the roaring beauty that is Wahclella

I also like the look of my current hometown, with gorgeous glass and concrete structures against the backdrop of lush Forest Park and alive with beautiful bridges like FremontSteel, and my favorite – St Johns. And welcoming you to this wonderland is the famous Portland, Oregon White Stag sign! Such a beauty.

Hand-painted pdx bridge earrings, Clockwise from top left st johns 1, st johns 2, steel bridge blossoms, freemont bridge, steel bridge

White Stag Portland, Oregon sign in earrings, greeting card and giclee print

Another reason to celebrate living in the Pacific Northwest is the birds! I see them in the city, floating above me, crows cawingchickens clucking in neighboring yards, I see them in Forest Park at the Audobon Society, I see owls and auks and gulls and eagles and osprey and hawks on my hikes, and I see them as paintings and earrings and cuffs in my workstation at least once a week. That vile show that has contributed to messing with the vibe here in Portland joked about putting birds on things and I willingly live up to the silly stereotype.

ZP Paintings and Earrings, clockwise from top left: ode to a crow, finnegan falcon, crow earrings, crow portrait, glitter owls, steampunk rooster

Neighborhood Crow

Osprey soaring above Quarry Island

When I visit my favorite county, Skamania, on the Washington side of the Columbia River gorge I often see deer and elk, and once – a terrifying cougar.

The Bitter Elk cuff, daisy doe and buck earrings, and Cosmic Teal Elk earrings

I would be a fool if I didn’t mention the crown jewel of Portland, Mt Hood! The mountain is ever-present looming behind the city to the east, inspiring and beckoning all who see it’s granduer. One of my favorite views of the mountain is from Mirror Lake, a popular hike in my area.

An assortment of my Mt Hood earrings

Honorable mention goes out to the vibrant bike culture of Portland. And also the trees. My two favorite trees here are the Douglas Fir and the Ponderosa Pine! These things I have mentioned and many, many more keep me inspired and creations based on them take up permanent residence in my Etsy shop

My Multnomah print, bicycle earrings, Ponderosa Pine earrings and Steel Bridge print

Who knows where my adventures will take me this year? I know the area still has gems to reveal and with my new hiking buddies and my dearest, frequent hiking companion Seasons ready to discover them with me I am sure to be inspired to create all year long. Stay tuned!

Life on the edge at Spirit Falls overlook


My earliest Muse, the Masters of the Universe and the Great Rebellion  

The moment I discovered He-Man and the Masters of the Universe I was hooked. The world and characters were like nothing I had ever seen and it had my synapses firing at full speed.  She-Ra came along soon after and I could really identify with this woman who was way more bad ass than Barbie. She seemed more like the fighting spirit I could see inside my own momma and grandmother. The world of He-Man and She-Ra led me to comic books and the heroes of Marvel and DC and thus, my art style was born. 

My latest painting was inspired by He-Man’s most trusted companion Cringer and the internet sensation lolcats. I CAN HAS A POWER Is available now

I sketched these characters day and night for many years, I begged for the toys, I rushed home after school to watch the cartoons and now they are still a huge part of my world. 

  My “No Fat Chicks” Skeletor is new, updated and now listed! A chubby Sorceress makes an appearance on his graphic tee. 

 Fisto, She-Ra, King Grayskull and King Randor dressed in their finest Viking garb and joined me on a recent trip to Latourell Falls. (fisto was and still is my favorite figure in the original and new toy line)

Just a few years ago Mattel and the Four Horsemen began releasing a re-vamped line of He-Man and She-Ra figures and they are stunning. I have quite a few of them and they often come with me on my hikes for photoshoots. Most of these make it to the Zachary Pryor Instagram page. 

  

These simple, striking beauties remind me of something She-Ra would wear, so I named them ADORA VS DESPARA Despara was the name Hordak have She-Ra when she was his pawn. 

   Twinsies at Ponytail Falls He-Man and Faker 

I don’t quite play with the action figures, but I do travel and hike with them and just that act reminds me of the cherished memories I created with the original line of figures on the banks of the Aroostook river in Northern Maine. 

  A statement necklace worthy of the ladies in the Great Rebellion! The eagle bib with Egytian influences is ready for you!  

 The He-Man and Skeletor graphic Tee diptych is also in my Etsy shop. 

  Double sided earring goodness

So there you have it – a peek into one of my oldest, longest running creative influences and some of the new pieces in my world inspired by it. I would be very interested in hearing from you if you have any special memories that stem from the worlds of Etheria and Eternia! Reach out and let me know!