Tag Archives: custom jewelry

Value, Price and Peppers

Peppers provide value in my cooking!
We all want value for our hard-earned dollars. But just what is value?  I think many people equate price alone with value.  I’d like you to consider that those things are not always the same. Low Price Good Value Low price and value can exist together.  I shop at a small community market where I know I can trust the food.  They stock mostly organic and they label conspicuously.  One of the first places .

Jim Harrison, Pride, and Lasciviousness

Smith River in California
As I lay inside the bathroom vanity I watch intently as the first gallon or two of water flow into and out of the newly installed sink through Ikea-designed plumbing.  I smile as I observe myself taking a lot of pride in seeing no leaks and immediately wonder if Jim Harrison ever had prideful moments like that. Did Harrison, one of my favorite authors, ever install an Ikea sink?  And if he did, did .

Sole Authorship ~ Soul Authorship

sole authorship means doing all the work!
Throughout my entire 43 years as a jewelry designer and manufacturer, I’ve practiced a process called sole authorship.  This means that for nearly every piece of jewelry that I make, I solely perform every aspect of its creation, from concept to final finish.  In today’s world, this is mostly an anachronism. Even most handmade jewelry items are created in a collaborative process these days.  One person does the design, another person or another shop .

A Time for Reflection, the Bench Alter

Bench Alter in workspace.
Sundays are a time for reflection and contemplation.  Even if one finds oneself in their workshop planning the next week of production, the tone of an otherwise lazy Sunday brings a thoughtful mood.  This past Sunday, as I was tinkering in my shop, my eyes landed on my bench alter. I’m not conventionally religious, more of an animist, or Buddhist, if anything, so I do have a small collection of things meaningful to me .

The Importance of Beauty (and Craftsmanship)

Beauty and Craftsmanship. Caitlin and Paola wearing Janus bracelets.
Happy New Year! 2018 will be a great year for Beauty and Craftsmanship at Gary Dawson Designs. There’s never a bad time to reflect on what gives meaning to our lives but the new year seems to compel us in that direction.  Serendipitously, as I was driving to my office the other day, starting my new year of design and custom work, I heard an NPR Ted Radio Hour that really set me afire .

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 .

Jewelry Customization: The Service and Practice

Recently completed jewelry customization project, a bracelet made using black druzy agate and garnets in 14K yellow gold.
I was recently referenced in an article published by “Rapaport Magazine”, a subscription service specifically for the diamond trade.  It is an honor to be considered a voice of some authority in the field of jewelry customization. Not only is it my career, it is my love.   And I take that honor as a responsibility.  Both to my clients to be true to my vision of custom jewelry design (typically a full custom .

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 .

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 .