Mario Chavez Designer Jewelry

Mario Chavez Designer Jewelry


Happy birthday Mario! From Jake and myself!
Have anything purple for sale? I have a friend that is retiring at the end of May.

MCDJ is geared towards custom, fabrication, repairs, inlay, & casting jewelry. Mainly high karat gold, alongside platinum, silver, & other precious metals.

Operating as usual

This is a reversible bracelet hand fabricated in 22K yellow gold and features MCDJ-cast sterling silver replica coins of an ancient (450BCE - 100AD) Greek Bee and Stag drachma. Available on our website.

One of Mario’s Stardust rings — featuring Red Mountain turquoise in oxidized sterling silver and dusted with 24K pure gold.

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Celebrate the Holidays With Mario Chavez Designer Jewelry

We're offering 20% off our online inventory for the rest of 2020. Let's send this year out in STYLE! Just enter the code: MCDJ2020 at checkout 😉

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As we enter a two week lockdown, we want to let our clients know that we will be working behind the scenes to continue fulfilling orders. We are offering contactless service; curbside drop-off/pickup and shipping are our options during this time. You can reach us by phone at (505)982-9455 or by email at [email protected]
Our website is the best place to see new inventory - look at old custom pieces we have built - and to learn more about us.
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Since we cannot have a fully staffed studio due to COVID-19, repair and custom work may take longer than usual. Thank you for your patience during these unusual times, we look forward to seeing you in person again soon!
Stay safe,
-The crew at MCDJ

Amethyst Stardust ring.
The Stardust series has been one of Mario’s signature styles since the 1980s. Oxidized sterling silver covered in 24K pure gold dust. Each stone is carefully chosen before the band is created, giving each ring its own unique look. Available on
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This Jewel Beetle (a cousin of the Scarab) was collected after its natural departure from this world, and the process of microtaxidermy was performed. This is the beetle’s natural color and texture! The now-immortalized creature is as hard as an emerald, pearl, or opal and represents renewal, regeneration, and hard work. Built in 18K yellow gold and accented with a trillion cut green tourmaline.

Microtaxidermy: Richard Morrow

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Stardust ring 💫
Carico Lake turquoise
The stardust series has been a signature style of Mario’s since the 1980s. Sterling silver and 24K pure gold. Each stone for this series is chosen by hand, and the band is built specifically for the unique stone — giving a distinct look to each and every Stardust ring.
👀Available at (link in bio)
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Come check out our new website!
Follow the link in our bio to see our inventory, find our shop, and hear our story. You can also check out some of the pieces we have designed and built for customers in the past 💍
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Mario Chavez Designer Jewelry

Lucky Lady.

Hello DIAMOND! This beautiful conflict-free Round Brilliant cut 3.01 carat H VS2 diamond is set in 22K gold. The outer bands of this ring have a different texture than the middle, giving this wedding ring a signature Mario flair.
-Thanks G.S. & A.S. for another fun build!
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This Charles Loloma ring, with inlay completely encompassing the band, came in to be sized. This was no easy task! Mario opened up the band, laser welded in a sizing bar, carved a channel, and inlayed a new piece of turquoise. This way the original integrity of the ring is intact, and our customer is able to continue wearing this beautiful piece!
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We’ve always been a fan of stacker rings! The choices, combinations, and colors make self-expression as unique and you are. Featured here we have a Ruby and two Diamond stackers amongst 18K gold bands.
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Hot off the bench! Just finished this 18K gold ring featuring a gorgeous green tourmaline with square accent diamonds (0.3ctw). Had a blast designing and building this piece!
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Custom Stardust wedding set – 24K Gold and Sterling Silver featuring 1.5ct VS diamond.

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[03/17/20]   Due to health concerns for our staff, clients, and community, Mario Chavez Designer Jewelry will be operating on an appointment-only basis until the week of March 30th. Contact us directly in our messages to stay in touch or make an appointment. Stay safe and healthy 💚

22K yellow gold with black diamond feature stone and oxidized sterling silver with accent diamonds. We just love the way the richness of the high-carat gold and oxidized silver look next to each other! Wedding set for Her.

[12/21/18]   Seasons Greetings! These are our store hours for the holiday season:
CLOSED - December 24-26
OPEN - Thursday and Friday December 27 & 28
CLOSED - New Years Day


Custom 18K rose gold opal pendant with white/champagne accent diamonds. We had to take a picture of the pendant on the bench pin because the light-box just does not do this opal justice!

A new set of stackable "candy" rings fresh off the bench and ready to be worn! Find these delicious little accoutrements at our showcase located in Malouf on the Plaza

Custom PHILIP III Spanish coin from circa 1607-1621 A.D. set in 18K and 22K yellow gold featuring a ring of pearls and diamonds/sapphires reverse sides.

Custom platinum and turquoise inlay wedding bands. Featuring 1.01ct. transitional cut diamond on 'Hers', and Morenci turquoise hand-cut from our client's personal collection. It was an honor to build these pieces, thank you.

Custom 18K and 22K gold two-sided eternity ring featuring a 2ct. diamond, 4ctw. diamonds, and a 0.5ct. pink sapphire.

Custom moonstones, 1.77cts ea., and hand-carved ebony pendants in 18K yellow gold. A build for our lovely friends at The Golden Eye, Santa Fe.

'Tis the season for turquoise! Sterling bracelets featuring the southwest's favorite mineral, from left to right:

30.16ct. Candelaria, 31.68ct. Carico Lake (this one is a beautiful older specimen), and 11.65ct. Carico Lake

Available at Malouf on the Plaza

Custom scarab beetle built in 18K yellow gold with fluorite, citrine, and peridot.

Introducing the Cheshire series: Now available at Malouf on the Plaza

Smile big and show off that grin!

White Diamond Feature - 1.12ct. center stone, 1.5ctw., VVS2, G color

Champagne Diamond Feature - 1.14ct. center stone, 1.52ctw.

Custom Lone Star State belt buckle built in solid 18K yellow gold. Weighing just under 4 ounces, this is one of the heaviest gold pieces to come out of this studio for some time.


2.48ct. Tsavorite garnet in hammered texture 18K and 22K yellow gold ring. Simple and sweet.

Five new pieces have been added to our Stardust collection. In the first photo: Sunstone (left), pink sapphire (top), Ethiopian opal (below), and blue zircon (right). Featured in the second picture is a fantasy cut amethyst.


In Roman mythology, Juno is the wife of Jupiter, the king and father of the gods. Juno is the protector not only of the nation, but especially of women; she is often depicted wearing goatskin armor, and wielding a spear and shield. Frequently referred to as the Roman version of Hera, the Greek goddess of love and marriage.

This ring is going to the sister of the owner of our 'Jupiter' piece! Had a blast building this, and feel very honored. Thanks, Annette.

25ct. Morenci turquoise (cut from rough ore shown below) in 17.2g of 22K yellow gold with 0.36ctw. accent diamonds.

Soul del Sol

44.19ct South Sea coral ring with accent diamonds set into gold stamped beads and braided wire.
Diamonds total weight is 0.35ct, set in 27g of 18K and 22K yellow gold.


We are invariably intrigued when new ideas involve jewelry from important, inherited natures. This particular ring carries a wonderful story. Our client's grandfather, born in Poland 97 years ago, mined this opal himself about 70 years ago. The diamonds come from the grandmother-in-law's ring which was made in 1940. Our beloved friend and collector decided she wanted to combine both sides of the family into one ring to commemorate her 40th wedding anniversary. She had also given us the privilege of creating her 30th and 25th anniversary rings. It's an honor to be a part of such a meaningful history. Thank you, Nancy.

2ct. opal feature stone
1.6ct tw diamonds
Built into 20g platinum ring

Custom 22K gold and green diamonds ring for Karen Melfi Collection

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