Handmade Custom Jewelry by The Cutshalls

Custom Jewelry, Handmade, Original Designs by The Cutshalls

Left to Right: Claire, Ed, Carolyn, and Logan Cutshall

Hey there!  We’re The Cutshalls and we are the multi generational family behind Hunt Country Jewelers and the creators of custom handmade jewelry.  I thought I’d take a moment to introduce ourselves for all our new readers, followers, and fans- thank for stopping by!

Ed Cutshall; Founder, President, International Award Winning Designer, Master Metalsmith, Lapidary, GIA GG, Chemist, and General Encylopedia of All Things Jewelry.

If you have been a friend of Hunt Country since the Hillsboro Days (or the Great Falls Days!), you know Ed; he is our creative tour de force, our engineering mastermind, and our rock of knowledge and skill.  Ed is rarely in the Purcellville store; he is busy at the bench in his workshop creating custom handmade jewelry, cutting gemstones, refining gold, casting, carving, and innovating.  He does make rare appearances at our events, like The Jewelry Detective, so if you’d like a chance to chat with the master keep an eye out for our in store events and be sure to make your RSVP!

Claire Cutshall; Founder, Lapidary, Appraiser, and Mama Matriarch

If Ed is our Rock, Claire is the wind in our sails.  Out front with customers for almost 40 years now, Claire has seen everything.  She is a wealth of gemstone and jewelry knowledge and she has led us from Great Falls to Hillsboro to Purcellville with her management of the showroom, her astounding knack for remembering which ring went to which client and for what occasion (seriously, she remembers almost every piece we’ve ever made!), and her precision cut gemstones (she’s up to a few thousand gemstones- she’s just getting started!).  Ed and Claire’s talents at the bench and the lapidary wheel compliment each other so well and together they achieve the unique heirloom jewelry that is our focus!

Logan Cutshall; Second Generation, Metalsmith, Lapidary, GIA GG, Designer, Gemstone Rough Importer, Gem Photographer, and Jewelry Lighting Expert

Logan has been working at Ed’s knee since he was a small child.  He started creating his own work in his teens and went on the earn degrees in both geology and gemology.  Logan still learns from Ed, working next to his father in the shop most days carving, refining, casting, setting.  When he’s not in the shop creating for Hunt Country, he is often working with parcels of gemstone rough that he imports from all over the world and working with other lapidaries to get more precision cut gemstones to market.  He is not often in the Purcellville store, but he can be persuaded to visit with cookies.

Carolyn Cutshall; The Daughter in Law, erstwhile actor and stuntwoman, marketer, and Decoration Diva

Carolyn found her home in more ways than one when she married Logan and joined The Cutshalls, both in name and in the shop.  Carolyn is often found in the Purcellville store working with clients on original designs, or building crazy things out of chicken wire for our front window displays.  She is the voice of our social media, and the engineer of our events.  Not officially trained in anything jewelry related, Carolyn spent/spends a lot of time listening and asking questions to better serve Hunt Country clients!

Rosemary Blanding; Repair Organizer and Post Office Expert

Rosie has been with Hunt Country for almost 3 years now and she can’t ever leave because she keeps track of all our repairs and knows all of our local Post Office workers personally at this point and we don’t ever want to have to do it without her again!

Meredith Wilson; our very own Mary Poppins

Meredith is the newest member of our team and everywhere she goes things magically pop into place behind her, so we’ve put her on the photography, website, and front of house team to keep us up to date and on schedule!

Loudoun Chamber of Commerce Awards

We love visitors, so stop in the store for chat and a gander at the sparklies!

More Handmade Jewelry in 2017!

More Handmade Custom Jewelry: Our 2017 Goals

 

So I feel like we spend a lot of time around this time every year discussing what went well, what did not go well, and what we would like to happen as we move forward in our business.  And since this blog is my focus right now, it seems like a I should put our 2017 goals out there to the world, because we have big plans and big dreams for Hunt Country’s handmade jewelry and we want you to be excited with us about what’s in store.

So here they are:

  • MORE INVENTORY: Christmas just about cleaned us out this year; our poor beryl case is looking particularly naked. We’ve taken this as a sign that we need to produce more, more, more pieces for our inventory that will be ready to size, ready to ship, and ready to wear!  We’re calling 2017 The Year of the Bench because that’s where Ed and Logan plan on spending all their time!  You can see what we currently have in stock on our Original 18K and Platinum page– and find our new pieces here as the roll in this year!
  • ENGRAVING: We’re in the midst of researching in hopes of purchasing our very own engraving machine. Our engraving options have become more and more limited as the old world hand engravers retire but requests for custom one of a kind engraving have increased.  If you are going to all the trouble to produce handmade custom jewelry you ought to be able to add custom engraving!  We don’t have a hard timeline for this addition yet, and I’m sure there will be a learning curve, but we feel this is going to be an important addition to our business and the services we can offer on site!
  • THE BLOG: This is my personal goal for the business. We have this great space available to communicate with all of you lovely people, to answer questions, or get more in detail than an Instagram caption allows for.  I want to use it- I’m going to use it!  So keep me accountable and keep in touch!

    Wearing some sparklies to keep me motivated! | Sapphire in 18K rose gold; 18K rose gold midi ring; Tanzanite and diamonds in platinum by Hunt Country Jewelers

  • EVENTS: We had a blast last year with our first ever Jewelry Detective event, we’re going to be doing a few of those throughout this year. And we always love our Western Loudoun Studio Artists Tour weekend, and the festival days in Purcellville.  We’d like to add one more kind of event- it’s still in the fledgling stages, but we’ll keep you posted; think party and a chance to wear all your fancy jewelry that you never get to wear out anymore 😉

    Gem Identification and Jewelry History at The Jewelry Detective | Hunt Country Jewelers

  • COLLABORATION: A high tide raises all ships! Who’s out there and wants to collaborate? Let’s do a photo shoot together, or create an Instagram pod, or create some fun displays.  If there is anything I learned in 2016 is it the power of creative entrepreneurs to get things done!  Let’s get together and make more magic happen!

    Pink Tourmaline pendant in 18k yellow gold; Pink Tourmaline in 18k yellow gold ring; Black Opal in 18k yellow gold ring by Hunt Country Jewelers | Wedding Dress by The Valley Bride | Image by Leila Marie Photography

 

What are your jewelry goals in 2017? Do you have a stone you are hunting for? Are you looking to add a right hand ring?  More handmade custom jewelry is always a good goal!

Handmade Custom Jewelry: How to Buy It!

Handmade and Original Custom Jewelry: How to Shop Our Site

 

Custom?  Commissioned? In stock?  So…you want a piece of handmade Hunt Country jewelry, there are many avenues!

Avenue One: Original Handmade 18K and Platinum Jewelry

This is our in stock inventory; these pieces are all Hunt Country designs– handmade by us right here in Virginia.  Many will feature gemstones cut by our very own Claire; we try to note which stones are cut by us or have our patterns in the product descriptions.  These pieces are one of a kind-ish; design elements and combinations we use in our work, but unique in their gemstones, sizes, metals colors.  We can sometimes recreate a similar look, but no two pieces are exactly the same.  These babies are in stock, ready to be sized and shipped/picked up.  They can be purchased via the site, in our store, or over the phone.  We create about 100 new pieces of handmade original jewelry in 18k gold and platinum every year.

 

Avenue Two: Custom Commissioned Jewelry

Custom commissioned jewelry doesn’t exist yet; except maybe in your mind’s eye!  These pieces are created in collaboration with you from start to finish.  So we start with a design consultation, choose stones (yours or ours or both!), develop design details, work up an estimate, carve your wax, get your approval, cast, set, and finish your piece of handmade custom jewelry!  This process takes between 8-12 weeks to complete, so plan early!  We can collaborate throughout the process via email and phone conversations, FaceTime or in store and in person.  In store and in person is by far the smoothest and quickest way, but we’re well experienced in long distance design too.  Plan for about an hour for the design consultation and be prepared to answer about 17 thousand questions!

 

Avenue Three: Hunt Country Silver

Available only in our store (or via phone, if something catches your eye over on the ‘gram!), Hunt Country Silver is, as the name implies, a collection of some of our most popular designs in sterling silver.  These are all our original designs and they feature genuine gemstones in a variety of colors.  Someday these will be available through the site, but that day is not today.  Sometimes we can customize the gemstone colors or the earring tops or the chains, sometimes we can’t.  You can see the start of our efforts to organize and upload our sterling pieces under the Jewelry Collections tab in the menu- these are collections and suites that are made to order in your choice of metal and stones.  These pieces are produced in 10-14 days.

 

But what are all those other pictures and sections on the site?  Our Galleries are examples of our work from over the years, both inventory and commissioned work.  With over 3,000 molds of original pieces not everything we’ve made is up, but it’s a great place to start to look around at design elements and see what catches your fancy!  2017 Goal: Actually use the negative scanner we own to digitize the thousands of deep dark pre digital photos we have a get them up here for your enjoyment!

And, how, exactly do you find the details for all these lovely photos- it’s not a dumb question, it took me a minute and some serious clicking around to figure it out!  Hover over the photo and click on the little link icon- it will take you to the page for that piece and allow you to add it to your Wish List, add it to your cart, etc.  We’ve tried to update this- we can’t, but it’s not difficult once you know where it is!

 

So now you know and there is nothing to impede adding a piece of handmade custom Hunt Country Jewelry to your collection!