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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 .

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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18K and Blue Sapphire Ring inspired by the Art Nouveau period. It is comprised of fluid design elements that embrace the gem.
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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. .

Design Part 1

Around the corner from my new office there is a wine merchant, Authentica Wines, with a sign on the door that says, “Come on in, it’s only wine!”  I smile as I walk by, knowing what he’s getting at.  Like wine, custom design can seem intimidating.  Like the merchant, I know how easy and enjoyable the process can be! How does custom design happen at Gary Dawson Jewelry Design?  Well, there’s no set rule, .

To Be Human

Recent news items have challenged the very idea of what it means to be human. Apparently, it has been determined by anthropologists that several different ape species have entered, and have perhaps been for some time, in their own version of what is referred to the “stone age” in the human developmental timeline. Since tool using and tool making have long been considered the very definition of “human”, is it time to consider how .

Set Your Brain

I had to be up very early recently to make it to a bridal show in which I was displaying my jewelry designs. As I sat with my cup of coffee, enjoying the quiet of the early morning, I heard my step-son’s alarm go off. It ceased its dreadful whine for a bit and then went off again…and this cycle repeated several times until finally, his Mom went in and woke him up. I .

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 .

Stop Saying Foodie

In the Jan-Feb issue of Saveur magazine, Editor Adam Sachs makes a plea to which I can relate…”Stop Saying Foodie.” While his divergent rant about the label being both self-infantilizing and elitist may seem at odds with itself in some manner it brought to mind an epiphany I had during this last year. Alysia and I were in Cuenca, Ecuador, in an indigenous marketplace (Mercado 9 de Octubre) eating a late lunch comprised of .