Meet Dawn DiGesare, creator behind daVoria Jewelry and one of the first members of BWC. We were thrilled to have her as one of our vendors at our Holiday Pop-Up Bazaar this past December and proud to carry her jewelry in our Member Showroom and Gallery!
Dawn is a hairdresser by trade at Teez Salon, but when her mom died in 2006 she needed to find a creative outlet to help her deal with her loss. She was inspired by rosaries and mala beads, and under the tutelage of one of her Teez clients, began creating her own jewelry and selling it at the salon. During those beginning years she felt the healing power of the gemstones and realized the power held within.
As a child, Dawn had been abused, as she entered adult hood and flashbacks began happening she started her journey of self-knowing and spirituality. She recognized that her jewelry-making could not only help her through her mom's passing, but her childhood trauma as well. She began to realize that perhaps others could find some strength, clarity, and healing as well.
Dawn turned her direction toward inspirational words and found the perfect vehicle to bring her vision to life. She uses a metal clay, made from a combination of metal particles mixed with an organic binder that allows her to manipulate her pieces by molding, sculpting, and stamping. After firing, the binder burns away and the silver metal is what remains.
Her passion was fully realized when she was experimenting with a new stamp making machine. Her husband, Dennis, suggested that she make a stamp of her mom's signature that was on an old greeting card. She stamped it onto her clay mixture to form a tag that was slipped onto a chain. She took the necklace to a holiday party and the piece resonated with so many people who wanted to savor a slice of a lost loved one - daVoria Signature Tags were born.
We adore Dawn and her work and are honored that she created a line exclusively carried at the BWC Showroom and Gallery at the Market Arcade! Coming soon is Dawn's newest creation, her Inverted Triangle, representing three aspects of the Goddess, the feminine side of things. It is passive and ruled by the lunar phases. It is strength. It is faith. Pre-orders can be taken in our store before they hit the shelves!
You can pick up one of Dawn's inspirational works either at our Showroom and Gallery or during our Spring Solstice Vendor Fair on March 27th, where Dawn will be one of our vendors. We hope you stop down soon!