Over the last 25 years, Myron Nix has made and sold thousands of obsidian, agate, & jasper arrowheads, knives, & tomahawks. Although he doesn't advertise online or maintain a web presence, he is will known in the flint and obsidian knapping community by collectors of fine arrowheads and obsidian knives. The most important part of his creations for him is creating perfect craftsmanship. He has created over 1,300 knives with striking and unique obsidian blades. He is known in the industry for his eye catching blades made with many different kinds and colors of obsidian. Standard knappers will customarily use a standard black obsidian but Myron's work often contains silver sheen, gold sheen, rainbow, banded, & triple flow obsidian.
He has also pioneered the use of new and varied materials and designs for his knife handles, including various types of horn, leather, semi-precious stones, wood, cactus, and other naturally-occurring materials. Regardless of the type and design of Myron's knives you will always see the highest quality craftsmanship reflected in every piece!
Did you know that obsidian knives like diamonds are graded based on 4 specific criteria? . . . To be considered top quality a knife must score high marks in each category.
Here are the 4 criteria by which they are judged:
1. Uniformity & Evenness: The first and most important criterion for judging a fine obsidian knife is the quality of the knapping or chipping. Uniformity and evenness are the marks of a high value knife, especially in larger ones. When viewing Myron's knives you will notice a unique style of parallel, oblique chips running from both knife edges to the approximate center of the blade. The parallel, oblique chips are strikingly uniform in space & width. Unlike many knives of lesser quality (and cost) his chips do not abruptly end or "hinge-fracture" on the blades surface.
2. Design & Construction: For the best knives, not only must the material be unique and eye catching, but the craftsmanship must be of the finest quality. To ensure the highest quality and appearance Myron gathers, buys and uses only the best materials. He spends many hours fabricating handles from elk, deer, antelope horns, cactus, ironwood, leather and other products.
3. Large in Size: The third characteristic that defines a collectible obsidian knife is the large size of not only the blade itself but also the handle. Myron's knives range in size from 7-24" and he sometimes manufactures blades alone that measure over 20 inches in length.
4. Type of Obsidian: The use of obsidian in different colors, patterns, stripes, translucency, and sheens can make a blade much more unique and desirable. The brilliant colors and stripes on some knives made using rainbow obsidian are particularly impressive, especially on a sunny day.
When you buy a Myron Nix knife than you can be assured that it will not only be eye catching but will also rank highly in all 4 categories!
When you shop at Park City Jewelers you know that you’re going to see unique jewelry designed and crafted by us. This gives you a chance to own jewelry that is like none other, made with the highest level of craftsmanship.
Although we make most of the jewelry we sell, we occasionally partner with a designer and sell their pieces in the store. This doesn’t happen often, but when we find a designer that blows us away with their unique pieces and quality, we proudly offer these to our customers.
Bellarri is one such designer. She is known as one of the world's finest luxury jewelry designers, and we’ve admired her award-winning pieces over the years as we’ve attended the annual JCK Jewelry Conference.
This year, we proudly announce that Bellarri is the newest designer at Park City Jewelers. Her pieces feature bold designs and vibrant colored gemstones that are simply breathtaking.
Designer - Bellarri Aldeman
Bellarri jewelry is “designed for a woman, by a woman,” and her signature style pushes the envelope to create masterpieces of design. She states, "A true artist should capture the eyes, the soul, and the heart with every creation."
The Bellarri style is delicate art combined with uniquely cut gemstones, and each design tells its own story. Bellarri jewelry is meant to stand out from the pack, and conformity is not in the vocabulary. These pieces are tailored to the individually minded who value the unique.
In her own words, “My customer is an independent thinking self-purchaser who understands we design for her lifestyle. She’s not necessarily waiting for anyone to buy for her.”
The big, bold, and beautiful pieces are sure to make an impression when you wear them, and many celebrities have worn her designs to stand out on the red carpet.
It’s no secret that we love color, and Bellarri uses some of the most beautiful colored gemstones in their pieces. As you look through the collection you’ll notice the striking combinations of bright colors from gemstones like peridot, tsavorite garnet, amethyst, blue topaz, ametrine, and iolite, to name a few.
Bellarri also has a reputation for some of the very best gemstone color matching in the jewelry industry. This can be easily seen in their gradient and rainbow designs. Light blue topaz slowly shifts to deep London blue topaz in a stunning seamless transition. The rainbow designs move through all the colors of the rainbow in breathtaking beauty.
Another hallmark of Bellari jewelry is the way the gemstones are cut and faceted. They laser cut and facet each gemstone using patented techniques not found in any other jewelry in the world. This gives the gemstones incredible brilliance and enables them to produce their unique designs.
Settings are featured in 14K and 18K gold. You’ll notice a distinct lack of prongs in most of the settings, as one of the hallmarks of Beillari design is channel set gemstones. Each gemstone is precision cut to fit each piece and placed together to create each unique design. This gives the impression that the gemstones grew organically out of the setting - that they belong together.
A great example of jewelry “made by a woman, for a woman” is the Bellarri earrings. They are designed to be worn with or without piercings. The earring post has a hinge that folds down so it can be worn as a clip-on, which is an awesome feature.
The Bellarri brand is synonymous with luxury, integrity, elegance, and cutting-edge design, and they have been family owned and operated for 42 years. We are proud to feature their collection online and in-store and hope that each piece will capture your imagination the same way it has ours.