We are active outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy exploring the mountains and deserts of the western United States and finding beauty in overlooked or unexpected places. CopperCholla™ is our family owned business that gives us the opportunity to share our love of the Mojave Desert and the beauty of copper artwork through our unique handcrafted jewelry. We hope you enjoy our site and our jewelry. - Leslie & Jeff Parisse
In early 2020 while traveling through the Mojave Desert, I decided to collect Cholla cactus wood for garden decorations. The copper hued sunset over the desert caused me to think of how beautiful the dried Cholla (pronounced "choy-ya") branches would be if they were made of copper. So I decided to learn the science of copperplating organic material. Leslie and I spent the next eight months developing CopperCholla™.