I think I mentioned this before but I really love my job. Lots of great projects going on and there’s been an interesting focus lately on projects with specific meaningful themes. This cross was completed as a Christmas present for one of our clients in Canada. The back plate is Sterling Silver, the black metal is zirconium enhanced titanium, heat-stained black, and the front of the cross is 14K yellow gold. Gems include bloodstone, rubies, aquamarine and diamond. The materials, both metallic and gems, have specific meaning to my client and in fact the design was given to me by the client to execute. I am honored to have been able to work on such a meaningful project.
This Masonic ring was commissioned by a lodge member with some fairly specific requirements as to the execution of the design but I was able to make some recommendations that we both feel made the ring even better. Raising the Compass and Square off of a recessed area rather than a top surface will make it wear more durably and will preserve the detail achieved in this design. This sort of project would simply not have been possible to execute with this precision or detail, by the way, without my B9 Creator, a 3D printer.
And one more interesting project, which will become part of our Available Now page are these Gingko earrings, done in this case in 14K yellow gold. Since I use actual dried leaves to create this style of object, each pair (and each earring within the pair) will be unique. These can be done in any precious metal alloy!
Thanks so much to the wonderful clients of Gary Dawson Designs. We like making meaningful jewelry, and you all mean the world to us! And finally, a last reminder that we will be at the Tucson Gem and Mineral show very soon. If there’s any gem material that you are craving, we can likely source it there for you!
For those of you that ever visited my old business in downtown Eugene or ever came out to my house, this will likely be sad news. Kai Hasso passed away while in my arms this past Sunday. He died of natural age-related causes, had a wonderful and full life as both the “Downtown Dog” that started the doggie-in-stores trend on Broadway, and my ever-present companion on my little property outside of Eugene. He was healthy and alert right up to the last few days and he barked out a last “Thank You” to everybody that ever rubbed his head or gave him a treat…He is missed and always loved!
Life does go on…There’s lots of news and some very neat new stuff…will update with another post early next week. Have to dry my eyes a bit now…
Greetings to my friends, family and everyone in my business networks! 2012 was an amazing year and I’m grateful for all of the people who made this past year possible for Gary Dawson Designs.
The site was launched in June of 2011 and began 2012 with only a half year of business activity under its belt and yet made huge strides throughout 2012. In February, National Jewelerrecognized Gary Dawson Designs with a feature article “About Retail: Selling the Store and Going Online”, and in June another publication, InStore Magazine featured GDD as “Best of the Best”! And we went out with a bang in 2012, appearing in MJSA’s December Custom Jeweler within a feature about repurposing client jewelry. There, in an article titled “Sensitive Side, the Emotional Aspect of Recycling Heirlooms” two very poignant stories from prior Gary Dawson projects are told.
This type of success does not happen in a vacuum and I want to express my deep and sincere gratitude to all of my new clients, family and friends that supported our efforts, and in particular, I want to say thanks to Mike, my web maven, “the one who understands!”
I’m looking forward to the New Year with the anticipation of new and exciting projects! And we here wish all who read this a happy and prosperous 2013!!!