Category Archives: Design

Sustainable and Ethical Bling, Moissanite

Loose Moissanite in a 7.0 mm cushion cut
We have recently fielded many recent requests about, and have completed several projects using Moissanite, a white gem that is both sustainable and ethical. Accordingly, we are now proud to announce our affiliation with the Supernova Moissanite brand and our dealership status. What is Moissanite? Moissanite is a variety of silicon carbide, the second hardest natural mineral.  As a gemstone it is an exceptionally brilliant alternative to diamond that does not involve destructive extractive .

Thanksgiving in June? You Bet!

Is that a Gary Dawson Ring? Yes it is! Called Matrix and available by order here!
The 7 prolific Blueberry bushes at the Gary Dawson Designs studio are just beginning to ripen.  If these were wine grapes we’d call it veraison, but for our blueberries we call it Thanksgiving in June! We’ll be eating these for the next couple of months, first in handfuls right from the bush, and later in cobblers hot from the stove.  And there will be enough to freeze for eating in pies for Thanksgiving, and .

Passion for All Projects and Being Passionate

Art Nouveau Drop earrings with Kyanite
I’m a screamer.  Well, maybe yeller is more accurate.  But I have passion about every project that I do and sometimes it comes out in the process! This past weekend, we (mostly I but with critical intermittent help) installed the last major component in a bathroom remodel that has taken about three months of Sundays to complete, maybe more.  Not that all that time was spent working.  I think it took most of a month after .

Gary Speaks With Confidence about Design

Gary Speaks very clearly with this unique, custom pin made of 14K rose and yellow gold, diamond and sapphires.
Superstition? Nope, not me! Great.  If I were superstitious, I might be worried. Maybe I am a little.  Of course I am, really.  Gary speaks very soon…presenting my latest research paper at the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology on the day targeted in the chart below, May 21st, next Sunday. Looks like the cards are stacked against me.  Wait, I’ll be at a spiritual high on that day…Yay!  Wait, I’m speaking to .

Gary Writes: Santa Fe Symposium 2017

Gary Writes at the 2013 Santa Fe Symposium.
In 2 weeks from today I leave for St. Louis, the first leg in my journey to present my latest paper for the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology (SFS).  I’m leaving a couple days early to visit with my sister and family who happen to live in St. Louis and then will rendezvous with the rest of the speakers slated to present at the SFS.  The 3-day junket prior to symposium is designed .

Custom Confidential: Beginnings

Gary Dawson begins to reveal the stories of over 40 years of custom design...Custom Confidential!
I didn’t know it at the time but Custom Confidential was born on a hot summer day, long ago… Maybe I was a little drunk. I had been fabricating silver jewelry for a few years and decided to try my hand at fabrication in 14K gold.  Saving up, I finally had enough money to buy 6 inches of gold wire.   Using my best garnet, and putting extra effort into making it perfect, I made .

Get Your Fresh Custom Jewelry Today!

Fresh Jewelry!,” he yells to the street like a vegetable hawker in a residential Bangkok suburb as he turns the new ring with a cushion cut purple sapphire and diamond accents. Custom Jewelry a specialty, we welcome new clients!

This Trellis style ring was designed in Rhinoceros3D, printed and cast in 14K yellow gold.  Get with us to start your Custom Jewelry Design project today!

Custom Jewelry Design & Meaning

Platinum, Diamond and Ruby Custom Jewelry Design
Working on Custom Jewelry Design using big, important gemstones and setting them in high-end precious metals is a thrill.  I love the challenge of making the most of this type if material and a well-executed finished project of this type certainly makes a great addition to any portfolio.  I also love any project to which my client can bring meaning, no matter the intrinsic value of the materials.  I was recently working on just such .

Speak Up: Finding Your Voice As A Custom Jewelry Designer

Custom Jewelry Designer: Platinum Love Knot Ring
For me, specializing as a custom jewelry designer has presented an interesting challenge with regard to finding a voice. As a custom jewelry designer, my style has always been necessarily eclectic. One client wants something floral and busy, while another wants something clean, simple, and bold. Yet another wants a ‘futuristic’ design, which is in contrast to the client who prefers something that looks antique or timeless. Finding a voice within the cacophony of .

Travel, Textures, 3DPrinting and Custom Design

Texture for Custom Design
I find inspiration for Custom Design everywhere.  Recently, while visiting Cuenca, Ecuador I became somewhat fascinated with the textures I began noticing.  Cobblestone streets, mud walls, lines in plaster and floral patterns.  It makes sense that I’m noticing these things since I’m continuing to perfect the creation of textures in my CAD designs.  CAD, and Rhino in particular are known to be a little challenging when it comes to the creation of organic forms and textures. .