Jim and I have a passion for designing and handcrafting custom Jewelry. When we began this journey in 2009, we could not imagine unleashing so much creative energy. But we were soon addicted, drawn to earth’s array of semi-precious stones and their potential for beauty. We are similarly fascinated by the history and challenges of stonework and metalwork — transforming rocks, sterling silver and copper into wearable Jewelry Art.
We weren’t always immersed in Jewelry design and creation. My career background included accounting, corporate finance and financial consulting, while Jim’s included labor relations, organizational development and human resource management. Each of us employed these skills to gravitate into high technology recruiting; before launching Southwest Designs, we operated a successful Executive Search partnership, filling professional and executive-level positions for clients in the Semiconductor and Semiconductor Capital Equipment industries. In 2008, the Great Recession brought hiring activity to an abrupt halt. By early 2009 we were essentially unemployed, as client layoffs exceeded new hires. Our firm's recruiting drought lasted into late 2010, which was a significant disruption.
This adversity led us to seek other business pursuits, and the journey led to, inexplicably, custom Jewelry design. We founded Southwest Designs, and began learning and mastering myriad new skills. When the hiring market recovered we began filling jobs again, but did not wind-down Southwest Designs. We were not only committed, we were irreversibly hooked!
We design and create singular, one-of-a-kind, over the top pieces of Jewelry — Jewelry that is captivating, compelling and galvanizing. Jewelry that validates not only outstanding craftsmanship, 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 impact
- Handcrafting our Jewelry using meticulous design techniques
- Pushing the envelope to continually create distinctive and original designs
Today, we are 10 years into this amazing artistic journey. We have personally designed and handcrafted over 850 unique pieces of Jewelry, employing sterling silver and copper and over 130 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 Southwest Designs 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
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