Dawes Design: Ethical and Elegant
January 22 2015
At the young age of 18, Jennifer Dawes knew she was going to be a jeweler. At that time, she had, what she calls a “transcendental experience” while manipulating metal. So creating Dawes Design in 2000 was a life-long calling.
Working in a studio in rural Sonoma County, CA, Dawes Design became known as a leader in the green movement. Around the time her first child was born, Jennifer wanted to expand her business and let others know about the importance of using repurposed materials. “Becoming a mother was the most meaningful and spiritual experience I have ever known,” she says. “It changed the way I perceived the future and showed me how important it was to be committed to a socially and environmentally responsible lifestyle.”
That was in 2005, and she has never looked back. From that day forward she only uses recycled gold and responsibly mined stones. She takes this seriously, and as a result, has become a board member of Ethical Metalsmiths, an industry organization that shares information and encourages jewelers to become informed advocates for social and environmental responsibility. Jennifer also takes pride in making everything locally and working with sustainable businesses that use recycled products. “I want to add something special to this world,” she says.
Her green philosophy carries over to her surroundings. From using solar heating and natural light to recycled paper and soy-based printing, every business decision she makes benefits the environment.
She takes delight in knowing that others care about this too, and that they know when they purchase one of her wedding bands or engagement rings, that these rings are a symbol of commitment that will be cherished for a lifetime.
Every day and exceptional are how she describes her wedding bands and engagement rings. That carries over to the earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and one-of-a-kind pieces as well. Her jewelry is beautifully detailed with subtle artistry. “It’s understated enough to be worn every day,” she says, “and exceptional enough for a special evening.”
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