Design and Lifestyle Blog

A Selection of Interesting Projects…and a new “Available Now”!

Hello Friends! It’s been a whirlwind of activity since the launch of Gary Dawson Designs last June.  With not quite 10 months under the belt of this business model, I think we’ve managed to attract and execute some of the most interesting projects of my 37 years of designing meaningful jewelry for my exceptional clients.  Here’s one that presented an interesting challenge; a ring with a rotating top which features the client’s initial on .

Jewelry, Popular Culture…and The Hunger Games!

Well, we didn’t win the recent Mega-Millions lottery.  Mike, the fellow responsible for this awesome web site bought each of us one ticket and neither won anything.  Oh well, we agree that we’ve got too much to offer the world to languish in abject wealth! 😉 And ahh…The Hunger Games. As the people around me were absorbed into this trilogy by Suzanne Collins I stayed aloof…for a while.  I finally gave in so I could .


I love my semi-rural life and sometimes it provides for some interesting juxtapositions; particularly since I’ve started this internet-only business! So I went to bed early last night with the idea of getting up full of piss and vinegar and plowing through the final stages of an exciting project that I’ve been working on for some time now.  I woke up before daylight wondering why the heck it was so light outside…snow.  Not just .

Gary Dawson Designs…in the news!

  We are extending a hearty thanks to Michelle Graff (senior editor) and National Jeweler for taking an interest in Gary Dawson Designs!  About a week ago I had a very pleasant phone conversation with Ms. Graff and was aware that she planned a mention of my relatively new business model.  I was not aware that it would occupy such a prominent position on the National Jeweler website nor did I anticipate how well .

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show…arrival!

At some point, long after the inertial pressure of rapid acceleration has subsided and you have felt the familiar bump of wheels retracting into the fuselage below you…sometime after electronic devices everywhere around you are employed with various movies, games , novels and music, you begin to get the sense that you aren’t going to die on this particular flight.  It happens at different times on different flights, but a comfort sets in.  It’s .

Tucson Show…what a gem!

Tucson 2012 is Coming Up Soon! – The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is more than “a” show. This year it is 31 separate venues and remains the largest annual conclave of gem and mineral dealers in the world. I wrote the book on the event… well, wrote the article anyway. Published in the January, 2003 issue of AJM Magazine (Now MJSA Journal) “The Tucson Survival Guide” is still used by industry professionals to .

The Best Projects *Make* Stories Too!

Welcome to the New Year!  Launched in early June of 2011, Gary Dawson Designs has made some amazing friends while working on incredible projects these past months.  With only a few months active marketing of this site under our  belt we have already shipped to three continents and have developed clients in almost every state ofthe USA.  It was a leap of faith to launch this site after some 36 years of traditional brick-and-mortar .

The Best Projects Have Stories…addendum

We’ve been as busy as the late summer bees at Gary Dawson Designs.  Responding to all of your inquiries, processing orders and then settling down into my studio, with the fireplace roaring in the ever colder days is such a pleasure, and it has allowed little time to keep up with this blog. However, the best stories, like the best projects, have happy endings and I want to share this one with you. In .

Spotlight on Toys! Ah…I mean Tools, Yeah that’s it…Tools!

Boys need their toys. I’m sure girls do to, but since I’m a boy and have worked with my hands (and my head and heart) for my entire adult life, I must grin at the old saying about boys.  This post will highlight three interesting tools in the Gary Dawson Designs studio. Laser Welder: I bought my first laser welder (which stayed with my old company when I sold it) quite a few years .

New Consignment Page (and a culinary adventure, of course!)

Saturday afternoon…Weather Underground forecasts rain after midnight and a look at rapidly approaching “change-o-weather” clouds confirms.  This scrubs climb of Mt. Washington tentatively planned for the weekend.  I’m an adventurer, but heck, I’m still working on my tan so don’t have a huge desire to go climb crumbly rock in a rain/show shower.  After taking down the tipi and getting it stored for the winter, I impulsively decide that a longer ride is in .

Some moments are meant to be perfect: Golden Orb and Silver Shadow

It didn’t take me long to realize that the fuel attendant was clueless, but after a couple of minutes of prodding I was able to gain the sense that I was, indeed, on the right track.  And sure enough, at the highpoint of the overpass he mentioned as  he directed me to another restaurant, I looked over my right shoulder and there it was, almost as I had remembered.  The clam strips weren’t super, .

Past, Present, and Future!

Gary Dawson Designs is very pleased to announce the launch of two new products, both now in production and sitting pretty in the available now page on the site. The development of the Janus charm is detailed my last blog post. The Greek God Janus, brought into contemporary consciousness via the movie “The Tourist” with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie has come to have special meaning to me personally as the God of new .