Cynthia Eion

For the Love of Pets
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Chicago, Illinois

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
My inspiration began with medical alert jewelry; it is so hard to find a nice piece of jewelry that also doubles as an alert for your particular medical condition. I have dilated cardiomyopathy, never heard of it until I was informed I had it! During my recuperation period I began playing with jewelry and making different styles from wire. I learned to crochet wire, created many necklaces, bracelets and body jewelry.

Lately I have been creating memorials honoring favorite pets. I have partnered with a friend who works with animal shelters and with each necklace or bracelet sold a donation goes to the shelter to help animals in need.

I would love to be able to do this for a cardiomyopathy group, unfortunately none exist in US. If I find one I will do the same with them if at all possible.

What medium do you work with mostly?
Silver-plated chains, links for chain maille and beads, I especially love lampwork beads. I also work with epoxy/resin for photos in bezel cups. I wish to be able to work more with gemstones, sterling silver and stainless steel. Gold is just a dream at this time.

Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
It makes many people who love and have lost a pet feel so very special to have a memento/keepsake of their pet. I have many interests and many styles I work with; when it strikes me I make it.

Where and How do you sell your jewelry?

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
For the Love of Pets

What inspired this design?
The loss of a beloved pet in August 2013, Queen was 9 when she was diagnosed with cancer. It took her away in two weeks’ time.

How did it come together?
I defined it as I was working on it. Each piece I make comes together as I construct it; no two pieces are the same.