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Diana Widman

Diana Widman Design

"This jewelry is about the joy of creating and the sweetness of giving it to oneself or to a loved one. This jewelry is not just 'product,' but each piece speaks to various personal qualities, wishes, hopes, aspirations. The women who buy it want to wear it all the time, and they have an independent style. Made with joy, my work keeps me striving for elegance of body and mind."

That intersection of physical process and the final product involves a leap of faith, a willing surrender to the mysteries of the creative process. The outcome is planned, but Widman loves the surprises and the bubbling energy that bring focus as she moves through the set of techniques that metalsmiths have been using for thousands of years. She loves making hard metal look like soft fabric.

Widman uses both ancient and contemporary techniques to create the precious metal fabric that later becomes jewelry. Torches, hammers, chasing tools, and a hammering block are the implements that help her form metal sheet and wire into folded, silky material. Seemingly random, this process is very deliberate, as she heats, folds, hammers, sands, files, and buffs metal into silky textures.

Widman started her artistic life as a printmaker and bookbinder, developing a love of tools, process, paper, and fabric. She has learned various metalsmithing techniques at the Revere Academy in San Francisco, studied with Charles Lewton Brain, and apprenticed for three years with Colin McDonald.

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Daisy Chain Rings
Gold & Stone Ring
by Diana Widman
$ 1,850
Three Metropolitan...
Gold, Silver & Steel Bracelet
by Diana Widman
$ 900 - $ 1,790
Gold Twist Stackers
Gold & Stone Bracelet
by Diana Widman
$ 3,700
Garden Gate Necklace
Gold & Steel Necklace
by Diana Widman
$ 990
Linen Vermeil Grid...
Gold & Stone Earrings
by Diana Widman
$ 250
Mumbai Lotus Pendant
Silver & Pearl Necklace
by Diana Widman
$ 950
Metropolitan Large...
Silver & Stone Earrings
by Diana Widman
$ 590
Metropolitan Rosette Drops
Gold & Steel Earrings
by Diana Widman
$ 1,750
Small Waterfall Pendant
Gold, Silver, & Stone Necklace
by Diana Widman
$ 280
Modern Engagement...
Gold Wedding Band
by Diana Widman
$ 3,700
Emerald-cut Engagement...
Gold & Stone Wedding Band
by Diana Widman
$ 2,900
Classic Round Setting
Gold & Stone Wedding Band
by Diana Widman
$ 3,350
Modern Vintage Pear Set
Silver & Stone Jewelry
by Diana Widman
$ 770 - $ 950
Modern Vintage Rosettes
Gold or Silver Earrings
by Diana Widman
$ 330 - $ 950
Folded Garnet Ring
Silver & Stone Ring
by Diana Widman
$ 440
Dots and Bubbles Cuffs
Silver Bracelet
by Diana Widman
$ 450 - $ 1,550
Swirl Earrings
Silver Earrings
by Diana Widman
$ 285
Happy Earrings
Silver Earrings
by Diana Widman
$ 325
Genesis Cuff
Silver Bracelet
by Diana Widman
$ 450 - $ 525
MiniGrid Linen Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings
by Diana Widman
$ 275
Curvy Ring
Gold & Stone Ring
by Diana Widman
$ 2,350
Gold Linen Earrings
Gold & Stone Earrings
by Diana Widman
$ 2,500
Map 1 Silver Earrings...
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings
by Diana Widman
$ 370