Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Unique Custom Pendant made in 14 Karat Yellow Gold and set with a Designer Cut Fossilized Dinosaur Coprolite (Poop) Stone

This unique custom pendant is done in 14 karat yellow gold and is set with a designer cut fossilized dinosaur coprolite (poop) stone. This designer pendant is 42 mm, or 1.6 inches, tall from the top of the bail. This is a true conversation piece for someone who wants unique jewelry to wear.
This coprolite stone comes from Utah from material that is over 150 million years old. It was carefully selected and hand cut by me and measures 32 by 12 mm. This unusual pendant is on sale for only $299. Send an email to me at if you would like to purchase this for yourself or someone special for Christmas. If you need a gold chain to go with it just let me know what style and length and I'll send a quote.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Pictures from an Afternoon on the Pearl River

I took a short boat trip up the Pearl River this afternoon north of Madison, Mississippi. The landing where I put my boat in is 20 minutes from my home. The temperature was in the mid 70s with a light south breeze. I didn't see any alligators this trip but there were many types of water birds including the heron above and the large group of coots below.

I did a little fishing and caught one bass which I released. I went primarily to enjoy the boat ride and take a few pictures. The leaves on the trees were almost past peak color but still very beautiful.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Custom Jewelry - Unique Championship Ring in 14 Karat Yellow Gold with Diamonds and Rubies

This ring is a recent custom jewelry creation I did for an Internet customer of mine. It is a unique custom designed championship ring done in 14 karat yellow gold with genuine diamonds and rubies. If you would like a custom designed championship ring done to your specifications contact me at and let me know the design details. Your ring can be done in either yellow or white gold or sterling silver. I give free price quotes on all custom jewelry projects.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Unique Dolphin Engagement Ring Made by Payne's Custom Jewelry

This is a custom designed 14 karat gold dolphin engagement ring. My customer supplied the diamond and I created his ring design in yellow and white gold. There are two round genuine sapphires in this unique engagement ring design. I can make unique engagement rings and wedding bands in the design and metal of your choice. Send me an email at and I'll send a price quote based on your custom jewelry needs. I work in silver or gold and can supply any gemstones you need.

Unique Custom Made Sterling Silver Bracelet

This is a unique sterling silver custom cuff style bracetlet I recently did for an Internet customer of mine. The three stones are 4mm round genuine pink tourmaline, diamond and emerald.

If you have ever wanted a custom bracelet, ring or pendant created from your design, I can make it for you. All my custom jewelry estimates are free. Email me at and I will be glad to create for you the jewelry piece you've always wanted but couldn't find.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Handmade Designer Python Skin Handbags from Baixada

A good friend and customer of mine, Lisa Zawacki, has a unique designer handbag company called Baixada. It specializes in genuine python and alligator skin handbags. She has recently updated her complete line and you can check it out at the designer handbag collection.

Lisa contacted me two years ago and asked me to produce the zipper pulls for her new line of designer purses. She sent me a design that was in the form of a styleized monkey with genuine gemstone eyes. I have been producing them for her ever since. The color of the gemstone eyes match the colors of the handbags. The sterling silver monkey pulls are a signature of her unique handbag designs.

Lisa also has the monkey design in a custom necklace and cufflinks. The Baixada line also includes unique handmade alligator skin belts. If you have ever wanted a luxury designer handbag, Baixada is the place to find what you are looking for. All the purses are unique and expertly handmade in Spain.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Custom Made Dog Ring in 14 Karat Rose Gold with Black Diamonds

I recently made this unique custom dog ring for a good Internet customer of mine. The ring is done in 14 karat rose gold and the dog has black diamonds for his eyes and a black onyx nose. I rhodium plated the top of the nose white to look like my customer's collie dog. Animal or pet custom jewerly in gold or sterling silver is a specialty of mine. Send me an email if you would like a free custom jewelry price quote.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Handcrafted Heart and Cross Pendant by Jewelry Designer Tony Payne

This heart and cross pendant is a recent custom jewelry creation for an Internet customer of mine. This unique pendant is handmade in 14 karat yellow gold with a genuine ruby and peridot stone in the design. I've been taking a lot of custom orders for heart jewelry lately.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Handmade Sterling Silver Pendant by Jewelry Designer Tony Payne

Pictured is a new jewelry creation I recently handmade in sterling silver. It is a fairly large pendant I made for a customer this month.

If you can't find a piece of jewelry you would like, send me an email with your design ideas. All my custom jewelry price quotes are free. I can make your jewelry design in either sterling silver, gold or platinum. Gemstones can be included in the design if you like. If you already have the gold and stones I can use those in your ring or pendant. Yes, you can own unique handcrafted jewelry you design yourself. I look forward to hearing from you.

Monday, May 22, 2006

"United We Stand" Handmade Sterling Silver Commerative Pendant

Pictured above is my limited edition handmade "United We Stand" commerative pendant. This custom pendant is made out of sterling silver and is just over 1-1/2 inches tall and weighs 6.5 grams. I designed this pendant and made a rubber mold using the original so I could make multiple copies. I am selling this designer pendant done in sterling silver for only $35 each. Standard postage is $5. Email me at if you would like to own one of these 9/11 commerative pendants. A sterling silver 2mm rope chain to go with it will cost $25 for a total of $65.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Saltwater Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico South of Mobile, Alabama

Saturday I went saltwater fishing in the Gulf of Mexico with my buddy captain Ed. We launched late in the morning from Dauphin Island near the southwest tip of Mobile Bay. The weather was ideal and the seas were between one and three feet. We fished about 15 miles south of Mobile Bay at some underwater structures in around 100 feet of water. These were structures sunk to enhance the fishing in the Gulf and include everything from concrete piramids to old army tanks. The structure we caught most of our fish on was an old barge.

Our first two spots were unproductive so we moved north toward land. The water was exceptionally clear for this time of year. Our third spot was a honey. We anchored and caught fish until almost sunset. Many were too small to keep or some fish were too big and got off. We were fishing primarily for red snapper and grouper and were blessed with a good catch of both. We ended up with four keeper snapper and two nice grouper. We headed back in near dark thankful for a great day of fishing in the Gulf.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Unique Custom Made African Pietersite and 10 Karat Yellow Gold Pendant

This unique custom made pendant is done in 10 karat yellow gold and is set with a designer cut African pietersite stone and five round spessartite (orange) garnets. This pendant is 71mm or 2-5/8 inches tall and the gold weighs 16 grams, so it is a substantial piece. The garnets are 3mm in diameter and the pietersite stone is hand cut by me. Pietersite is a rare form of tigereye and jasper generally found in Africa and China.

Most jewelry that I design is commissioned by, and goes directly to, my customers. However, I do design some unique pieces that are available for sale. As long as gold prices don't climb much higher the price for this pendant is $1,275 without the chain. Contact me at if you are interested in owning this unique custom jewelry creation.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Alligator Pictures from the Pearl River near Jackson, Mississippi

Yesterday I went up the Pearl River near Jackson to do a little afternoon bass fishing. It was a beautiful afternoon with light winds and temperatures in the upper 70s. I was fortunate enough to get several good alligator pictures while I was there. I always take my digital camera on my fishing trips because this is a beautiful area and you never know what you will see.

Generally the alligators will keep their distance and tolerate some photography. Of the two animals I saw the larger one was about eight to ten feet long. That's the one on the bank. The one swimming in the water is around five feet long. They are quite plentiful on the Pearl River on the upper end of the Ross Barnette Reservoir which is northeast of Jackson, Mississippi. I did catch one nice bass that I released.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Custom Designed "The Gospel in a Nutshell" Sterling Silver Pendant

I recently designed and made this "Gospel in a Nutshell" peanut pendant in sterling silver. It weighs 17 grams and is 40mm tall (1 and 5/8 inches). On the back is John 3:16.

This custom created pendant is available for sale with the 20 inch sterling silver chain as shown for $99. The peanut pendant by itself is $75. Standard shipping is $15. I also plan on making a slightly smaller version in both sterling silver and gold. Just send me an email if you are interested in this hand made custom designed Christian jewelry pendant.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Custom Made White Gold and Diamond Logo Pendant

This is a custom designed 14 karat white gold and diamond logo pendant. It is 3 inches tall and contains 37 round diamonds. This was created recently for an Internet customer of mine.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Unique Custom Designed Gold Logo Pendant

This is a recent piece of custom jewelry I did for a customer of mine in the Netherlands. It is a 10 karat yellow gold logo pendant. This large piece is an example of the custom pendants I can create for my Internet customers. If you would like your own custom logo jewelry just send me an email at I will be glad to give you a free price quote on your custom jewelry needs.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Scrimshaw Dragon on Mastodon Ivory for Custom Jewelry

This is a 36X22mm scrimshaw dragon done on mastodon ivory. This ivory comes from the Siberian tundra and is frozen in the permafrost for thousands of years. It is the tusks of animals that lived during the last Ice Age over 1,200 years ago. After they died their bodies were sometimes frozen in the ground and preserved. I have seen mastodon tusks that have been found as far south as central Mississippi. However, these are not as well preserved as those found in the frozen tundra of Siberia.

As you can see this material makes a beautiful scrimshaw piece. Any drawing can be put on this ivory and the design scratched into the surface. Ink is applied and let to dry. The surface ink is removed leaving only the ink in the lines of the drawing. This art form goes back thousands of years. If you would like a piece of custom jewelry done using your design in scrimshaw on mastodon ivory just send me an email. You will not only have a unique custom piece, but also a slice of history in the jewelry you wear.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Unique Custom Championship Ring

This is a unique custom designed championship ring that was done by me recently for a client of mine in Chicago. It is made out of 10 karat white gold.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Custom Designed Wolf and Tiger Pendant

This is a unique custom designed 10 karat yellow gold wolf and tiger pendant I recently made for one of my Internet customers.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Fossilized Dinosaur Dung or Coprolite Designer Cut Gemstones

I recently bought some fossilized dinosaur coprolite (dung) rough off of Ebay and cut these two designer stones from it today. The piece on the rignt is just over 30mm tall. I had cut two slabs from the rough earlier. This lapidary material is from Utah and is over 150 million years old. It has a nice red and white color pattern with some translucent parts with a little yellow as well. It is fully agatized and very hard. I plan on using it in my custom jewelry designs in the future. I think it adds to custom gemstone jewelry to have a conversation piece stone included in the design. It is not only unique and beautiful jewelry but your own piece of prehistory.

On the left is a picture of some uncut rough from the same batch of material. I bought three pieces which weighed 5 1/2 pounds total. I had been waiting for some really good fossilized coprolite rough to show up on Ebay. I bought it from a person I had bought dinosaur material from before.

I enjoy cutting fossilized dinosaur bone as well. I have some examples pictured below. It also is from Utah and comes in many color variations. Dinosaur bone is characterized by the fossilized cell structure visible in the stone. Some types are translucent like the one on the far right and is called "spiderweb" because you can hold it up to the light and see through it.

If you are interested in any of these, or other gemstones, let me know. They can all be set in the unique custom jewelry design of your choice.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Custom made Baseball Glove Tietack

This is a unique 14 karat yellow gold baseball glove tietack with a round pearl. It was created for a good customer of mine in Japan.