Gary Dawson - Gary Dawson Designs, USA
Gary Dawson is a designer/goldsmith and the owner of Gary Dawson Designs, an online custom design operation that was named a “Best of the Best” by Instore Magazine. He is also owner of Custom Jewelry Consulting, a supplier solutions for custom jewelers. With more than 40 years’ experience in creating designs that capture the personalities and stories of his customers, Gary is a frequent contributor to both MJSA Journal and MJSA Custom Jeweler, and a former tech columnist for Jewellery Business magazine. He has presented at numerous industry events and conferences including the renowned Santa Fe Symposium®, AGTA GemFair Tucson and MJSA Expo in New York City. He is a recipient of the Santa Fe Symposium Ambassador Award. This is his seventh presentation for the Symposium.
Jewelry Repair and Restoration: New Tools in the Toolbox
While CAD has been widely adapted into the jewelry industry by designers, it may be under-utilized in other aspects of the typical jewelry workshop. By integrating cutting-edge design and manufacturing strategies into more traditional bench techniques, we can streamline repair and restoration activities in the workshop while breathing new life into our small workshop businesses. Using the most appropriate and efficient process for any given task can help refresh revenue channels by making more types of restorations possible.