I create jewelry that transcends the ordinary composed of precious metals and gemstones and or beach glass. Please visit www.aragonadesigns.com to purchase my work online. Thank you very much for your interest in my work and my guild.
I am a luxury jeweler, creating one-of-a-kind and bespoke jewelry that transforms into intimate objects of engagement, a true maker of experiences. Fusing time honored technique with a distinct vision of beauty, I focus on selecting extraordinary stones of rare quality. Each piece is imbued with a unique story that forms a timeless connection with the wearer. Honoring traditional construction and hand-brushed finishing, the quality of the precious materials is reflected in every piece. The final forms are instilled with beauty and meaning with the focus of each piece becoming an object of engagement with the world. Thereby creating meaningful experiences for the wearer time and time again.
I draw inspiration from my love of nature and Japanese minimalism to create sweet, functional, up-cycled fine jewelry. The modern yet elegant details are intended to expose the essence of the subject, such as the grace of a bird or the posture of a flower. I use a palette of clean lines, light and shadow manipulation to achieve designs that embrace a mix of urban freshness, natural curves and sustainable materials.
We have been tying knots professionally, since 1976 and have by invitation or application, participated in only the finest, juried craft shows in Maine as well as other highly regarded shows throughout the country.
The form of our pieces is created solely by hand knotting fine threads of linen or bonded nylon to form necklaces, bracelets, earrings and watchbands. The semi precious stones we use are drilled, mounted in knot work, using no adhesive.
We, alone, work and complete every aspect of our jewelry pieces. Our designs are unique and appeal to all ages.
Inspired by nature, I work to design elegant, graceful jewelry, then I construct each piece carefully by hand. I want my jewelry to fit and flatter the body, be fun and easy to wear. I hope it will transcend time and fashion, and bring many years of enjoyment to the wearer.
Daunis Fine Handmade Jewelry
616 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
Daunis designs are “Made in Maine, Worn Around the World”. Created in our Portland we use the fine metals of gold, platinum, palladium and sterling alone or in combination with fine gems and diamonds. Our designs bridge the expanse between fine art sculpture and well thought out designer jewelry. (You might also find a piece made of vinyl record shards set like jewels, a white gold neckpiece with inserts of Dove chocolate wrappers for the proper red color, beach rocks set with colored diamonds and linked together with 18k gold, or even wrought iron links set with black diamonds and 18k gold) Our designs embrace the curves and waves of the ocean and the way light dances over moving water creating a flow. Our pieces have the passion found in fine works of art and yet are finely engineered for wear-ability. The patterned, woven pieces have the human touch of the thumbprint of the artist. All are elegantly, designed with the intent to complement the person wearing the jewelry. Rhode Island School of Design graduates, we have been honored with these selected national awards: MJSA’s American Vision Awards, 1st & 2nd place for Custom Design of Distinction; DeBeer’s “Diamonds Today” Award; Jewelers of America, “Jewel Award”; Grand Prize and First Prize, Intergold/World Gold Council; First Prize, Gold & First Prize, Silver, Accent Magazine; Excellence in Jewelry Award, American Craft Expo. Daunis works have been included in exhibitions at: twice at Museum of American Crafts, NYC, University of Arizona Museum, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA and included innumerous publications. You are invited to visit our showroom and studio in Portland.
For 30 years now I have made my home in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The natural beauty that surrounds me is inspiration not only to my work but my being as well. I love form and texture which play an integral role in my work.
Using traditional metalsmithing techniques in addition to innovative hand forming and forging methods I cut, shape, solder, and finish all my pieces by hand in my studio. Fine silver and 18k gold are my metals of choice while also working in sterling and all karat golds. Many pieces feature faceted gem stones or pearls.
I strive to create pieces that are simple yet intriguing to look at and that will stand the test of time. People have been wearing jewelry since the beginning of time. Jewelry can offer us distinction and help to create a sense of self. The handcrafted aspect of jewelry breathes life and character into any piece of work. Seeing the marks a jeweler leaves behind reminds us that someone took the time, they had intentions when the piece was being created. Taking my que from nature I strive to create work that is organic and beckons to be worn.
Many things in my life depict movement. Born in Canada, I currently live in Maine following many moves and travel opportunities. My experiences with solo travel to developing countries have helped shape my life in ways in which I will always be thankful.
My designs are named after places where I have spent time and that have left a personal impression. In my mind, the flowing patterns of mokume allude to the contrasts and similarities amongst cultures and the continuity of motion that presents itself when in an unknown place.
I create the mokume in my studio where I choose to use a very open patterning technique, as opposed to the tighter patterns of more traditional mokume.
My jewelry is comprised of unadorned, contemporary constructs that allow the unique mokume patterns to be the focal point.
Intricate beadwork combines with textured metal components to make versatile jewelry loaded with color. The larger scale of the fine silver accents the finely detailed beadwork. Colorful gemstones, pearls, and 24k gold accents bring it all together.
I want my jewelry to be fresh, interesting, beautifully crafted, and unique: a reflection of my personal desire to continually learn and grow as an artist. Because I constantly seek out new skills and techniques, my body of work is always evolving with new designs and materials. Influences include nature, the universe, and architecture, but I feel that my jewelry has a modern aesthetic that still retains a feminine, timeless quality. Inspiration can come from anywhere – a museum exhibition, an elm seed from my front yard, a happy accident at the bench, or a lovely gem. My designs are clean, minimalist, and technically excellent: the elegant solution. Every piece is designed and handcrafted in my studio on the coast of Maine. This past year I have expanded upon the Cosmos Collection, which began with a few designs symbolizing orbits, stars and the planets. I like the idea of the infinite possibilities of the universe and the movement of bodies within it – sources of inspiration perfect for jewelry design. The hallmark of each design in this collection is the contrast of textured and matte surfaces with light and dark metals and sparkling gemstones and pearls – modern and sleek, yet beautifully feminine. A signature style of my work is my use of mixed metals, particularly gold and silver. I produce my work using the time-honored metalsmithing techniques taught to me in my formal training at the Maine College of Art. I am a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the Maine Crafts Guild, and the Maine Crafts Association. Jewelry was my hobby, not my work, for a long time. I spent a number of years in the Information Technology field, first as a computer programmer and then as a manager of software development at L.L. Bean. I also owned a high-tech recruitment firm for a while. But then the lure of jewelry-making came back. I started with metalsmithing classes at the Maine College of Art and then studied under such gifted artists as Pauline Warg, Kate Wolf, Jayne Redman, and Blaine Lewis. Owning a jewelry design firm has been a culmination of all that my previous work has taught me – organization, management, design work, attention to detail, customer service, and the desire to produce lasting, heirloom-quality work.