Cindy Ryder



About Abalone Jewelry Making By Cindy Ryder

“When I tell people I work with abalone shells I usually get a response: I know someone who used to dive for abalone.

Very few people know what an abalone is or the process involved in creating jewelry from the shells.

So, here is a brief description: Abalone are marine mollusks.

I work with West Coast red abalone. There is a size limit for harvesting abalone depending on local regulations. I am very careful to follow all rules and regulations.

The dust created by grinding and cutting abalone shells is dangerous. Appropriate safeguards are taken to be protected from inhaling these particles. I use a respirator and a vacuum and/or water system in the jewelry making process. Once a design has been decided upon, a power saw with a diamond saw blade is used to disassemble the whole shells.

I mark out the design with templates I have created, and cut the pieces apart with a handheld saw with a smaller diamond saw blade. Bench grinders with varying grit wheels are used to grind off the back of the shell and shape the pieces. Once the desired shape is achieved, I use a drill press with a diamond drill bit to drill holes.

These pieces are taken to the indoor studio where I pair them with complimentary beads and sterling silver components to create earrings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets and anklets.

So there you have it, a little lesson on abalone and abalone jewelry making.”–Cindy Ryder


Introducing jewelry designer Cindy Ryder. 

“Power Tool Junkie”. These are the words that Cindy Ryder uses to describe herself.  If you can plug it in, power it with gas or a battery and make something using she will spend hours, days, months, or even years perfecting the way to use it to create something beautiful.

Cindy loves to work with Abalone shells that she cuts, shapes, drills and polishes, then pairs with the perfect combination of sterling silver and Swarovski crystals to create lovely art to wear. Abalones are marine mollusks, which is a fancy way of saying ocean snails.  Bench grinders are used to shape the cut pieces and  it’s onto the drill press.

Another of Cindy’s passions is being a self-taught lampwork bead artist. Lampworking is a process in which a torch is used to melt rods to glass to a molten state where it can be shaped into a bead.  She uses the beads to decorate a wide range of beautiful desk items and stainless steel kitchenware.  The beads are also incorporated into her jewelry. 

Cindy’s work has been selection and exhibited in several juried art shows in Reno Nevada, Lake Tahoe and Mendocino, California. Her beads have recently appeared in the The Flow Magazine and she looks forward to finding more creative outlets for her work.  She has recently relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


Nevada Museum of Art Annual Fundraiser

Power of Purse Exhibition Reno Nevada

Art Exhibit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada




“It is my mission to give customers exclusive, quality jewelry at reasonable pricing and providing them with a variety of our finest selections. By using resources from the natural materials on planet earth—abalone shells, sea glass, gemstones, crystal and silver—these exquisite “one-of-a-kind” necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and pendants are all hand-picked and polished to perfection.” –Cindy Ryder




New sterling silver cuff bracelets, wrapped in suede, beaded with seed pearls and each with  semi precious gem stone focal by jeweler Elaine Sawyer.


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