Jim and I launched Southwest Designs in 2009 when our Executive Search practice was undermined by the Great Recession. Lacking a single recruitment contract, we turned our attention to designing and handcrafting custom Jewelry. Admittedly, we had little experience to support this endeavor. But we loved bold, imaginative western Jewelry, and had a fascination with semi-precious stones, including the many remarkable types of Turquoise mined in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.
Jim dedicated himself to mastering the art of soldering and lapidary, and was soon rendering striking combinations of Sterling and Copper, integrated with hand-cut rocks. In addition to Turquoise the designs included Coral, Jade, Jasper, Quartz and Agate, and rare finds like Peanut Wood, Pyritized Ammonite, Dinosaur Bone and Sonora Sunset. It seemed the possibilities were endless. Each new stone or material had a story to tell – and created unique creative opportunities.
I focused on running the business and on Jewelry design, including the creation of Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings. Whenever possible I integrated Jim's amazing Pendants and Beads into the Jewelry, taking the design up a notch. Each piece of Southwest Designs Jewelry is one-of-a-kind — a standalone creation that will never be replicated. Inimitable.
Though we eventually returned to Executive Search, Southwest Designs remained paramount in our lives. There was no turning back – we were hooked. We began dropping terms like Royston, Rock Hound, dapping and 20 gauge. We set up a website, carved out a workshop, and began the unrelenting process of acquiring essential tools. We took to the road to source materials and, eventually, to showcase our Jewelry at prominent Art Shows across the country.
We make one-of-a-kind, over the top Jewelry. Not just any Jewelry – we craft Jewelry Art. Jewelry that not only displays exceptional workmanship, but that also evokes delight and desire. Jewelry that stands out in a crowd.
We are committed to a process that demands:
- Employing beautiful and high quality gemstones and precious metals
- Creating one-of-a-kind pieces that deliver high visual and emotional impact
- Handcrafting our Jewelry using meticulous design techniques
- Pushing the envelope to continually create distinctive and original designs
- Offering our customers exceptional value
Today, we are 12-1/2 years into this amazing artistic journey. We have personally designed and handcrafted over 1,000 unique pieces of Jewelry, employing Sterling and Copper and over 140 discrete types of semi-precious stones, corals, horn beads, trade beads, antique ceramics and specialized glass.
This amazing diversity of materials – and our passion for the work that we do – assures us that we will be creating custom Jewelry for many more years to come.
The Southwest Designs Collections reflect our vision for uncompromising, handcrafted Jewelry Art. We hope you'll share it.
Lisa Daggett, Principal & Designer Jim Daggett, Silversmith & Lapidarian
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