Category Archives: Technology

Jewelry Repair and Restoration

Jewelry Repair & Restoration
Ask any jeweler what their “least” favorite thing to do is and I bet most will say, “jewelry repair and restoration.”  I sort of agree…   Thankfully, I rarely need to repair or restore my own stuff.  I believe strongly in both design and structural integrity for the things I make.  But my clients often have pieces from other sources, some that are very meaningful for them. And honestly, even some things I didn’t .

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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!

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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. .

Evolution to What?

Evolution.  Does it mean abandonment of tradition? I think both yes and no, and sometimes that duality leads to clarity and sometimes conflict. World politics cry out for radical change. If you don’t believe it then you must either be one of the 1% or live under a rock. In that change begins with yourself, reevaluating personal priorities seems quite appropriate these days, it probably always did. These ideas formed and churned inside me .

CES2016 The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

With apologies to Charles Dickens, I sum up my experience at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES2016) in Las Vegas with the impression that it fully represents the reality of the quote from the opening of “A Tale of Two Cities”. This occurs both on a personal and a broader level. On a personal level, I deplore Las Vegas, and all of the exploitation that it represents, all of the time. And yet I .

Finding a Voice, Evolution

If you search this blog using the term “Finding a Voice” you will see that I’ve written a lot lately under that title.  I’ve spoken to the challenge of re-finding a voice with new tools, (specifically CAD), the idea of expressing one’s voice while doing custom work, and explored helpful tools in finding a voice in the “beginner’s mind.” Then, finally, I made a challenge to those seeking a voice in a recent post, .

Work in Progress Aquamarine

I have for you today a work in progress at Gary Dawson Jewelry Design…An Aquamarine cabochon set! Since so much of my time is spent on custom work, this project represents a rare opportunity for me to take some time to indulge in making something that will be offered for sale from my accumulation of hand-selected fine gems and my personal perspective on designs to enhance them. I have always really liked the velvety .

Jewelry Technique: Cast or Fabricated?

Recent decades have brought much new technology to jewelry technique in both design and manufacturing. Still, it is probably safe to say that one traditional distinction holds on the manufacturing side…that of cast vs. fabricated metal jewelry. Sometimes these techniques are combined in a single piece of jewelry, but let’s examine each separately. In the simplest terms, fabricated jewelry is formed from sheet and wire by cutting, bending, forging and joining metal into a .

Finding a Voice, The Beginner’s Mind

Have you ever tried to broach a topic with someone in which they considered themselves “expert”? Probably. And you may have experienced some frustration in that conversation…am I right? And how about the frustration that you sometimes experience with yourself when you try to learn something new, especially if it is not entirely new, but is an extension of something you already know. Is there any connection between these two experiences? Maybe. That thread .