"Thank you everyone for your kind words of support" - Cathie Merkel

Dear Cathie,

I wanted to sincerely thank you for all of the time and great effort you put into my necklace. It is everything I imagined... even more beautiful than I pictured. The chain is sparkly and the perfect choice for the size of the diamonds and their settings.

You can tell you put a lot of thought into everything about the necklace... the size of the bezels, the scale of the setting for the cross, the chain style and diameter... the length is perfect... the placement of the cross and diamonds allows all three to be seen easily. I wear it almost every day and not a day goes by that I don't get a compliment and the when I explain the sentimental feelings that are behind it, they love it even more.

I will always be thankful for your artistry and enthusiasm, and I am in awe of your skill. I am happy I found you and that you were able to breath new life into a few forgotten and special pieces so I can enjoy them again.


Donna G.
Petaluma, CA

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my dog. I can honestly say he has been the most faithful, constant and intimate presence in my life for the past 13 years. The myriad of cute photos I have of my Tibetan Terrier are fun, but when Cathie gave me the metal pet portrait she had sculpted from of one of my favorite photos of him the tears welled up in my eyes. She had totally captured the look of him and his sweet personality right there in that metal portrait! My dear doggie has lived an amazing life so far, and now he has been the inspiration for a work of art!

I had no idea of just what it would mean to me to have such a permanent keepsake of his likeness; like a piece of art that will always celebrate his life and who he is ? very much like the way that bronze statues of people do. What an incredibly heartfelt and touching idea. Thank you Cathie for creating this, it is a gift to all of us who love our pets so dearly. I absolutely cherish the unique metal portrait you have crafted of the creature I adore - I keep it on my desk, and it will never deteriorate or fade, just like my love for him.

Robert A. Revel
Owner, GO Divorce Clinic
Author, "Razing Men"