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About NOEL Fine Jewelry - Noel Cheney

Noel Cheney's fascination with jewelry and gemstones began early on, collecting crystals as a child during hikes in her native Switzerland, and deepened after spending several summers in her early 20s apprenticing with a jeweler and lapidary cutter in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. In 1994 Noel moved to the United States to pursue her studies at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) where she graduated and joined the staff (and fell in love with her next door neighbor, now her husband). She continued her career in the jewelry industry, working as a jewelry designer, then for Jewelers of America, and later, becoming the executive director of the California Jewelers Association. She finally branched out on her own in 2003 and launched NOEL Fine Jewelry.


Awards and Accolades

  • February 2004 – Honored by the California Jewelers Association for her service and commitment to the Jewelry Industry

  • 2004 & 2005 – Nominated by Colored Stone Magazine’s Designer of the Year Poll

  • September 2004 – Interviewed by ABC’s “20/20”

  • 2005 – 1st place winner of Colored Stone Magazine’s Designer of the Year Poll


Noel's life is her inspiration: the love and passion she has for her husband, their son, the puppy, her family and friends, the nature that surrounds her in her home in the Bay Area (or where ever many fun travels around the world take her), and the way in which she is able to artfully and gracefully combine past experiences with a wonderful present and a very exciting future. 



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