Behind the Scenes at Oregon Based Jeweller Jennifer Donish

Jennifer Dornish Statement Ring.

THE JEWELLER

What is your name?

Jennifer Donish.

Where did you grow up?

Los Angeles.

What do you love about jewellery?

I love how jewellery can allow you to express yourself, without saying a word.

When did you discover your love for jewellery?

I think I was born with a love for all things pretty and shiny! But my first memories of jewellery are of my grandmother, she had all kinds of pretty shiny jewellery. Lots of gold, she even had gold shoes!  I would play dress up in her closet and I was in heaven!

How did you become a jewellery designer?

When I was a young girl, my mother took me to an arts and crafts store. I think I was more excited then if it had been a candy store!  She bought me some seed beads, and stringing material, I started making earrings. After that I fell in love with the whole creative process of making jewellery.

Jennifer Dornish Oregon Jewellers

JEWELLERY DESIGN

Describe your style, what is most characteristic about the Jennifer Donish jewellery design?

I would describe it as “modern rustic bohemian”, and most characteristic would be bold and feminine.

What is your favourite item of your jewellery line?

My favorite right now is a big chunky ring, made of deep blue resin and black locust wood. The natural patterns in the wood are just beautiful.

What exciting things are coming up for the Jennifer Donish jewellery line? New lines planned?

I’m always trying out new shapes, colors and designs, but at the moment, I’m very excited that spring is finally here, I’ve been waiting for the flowers to bloom so I can add them to my jewellery.

Necklace Jennifer Dornish Oregon Jewellers

... IN THE DESIGN STUDIO 

Describe a typical day in your studio?

A typical day always starts with coffee. Then I’m on my computer checking emails, and my on line shop. The rest of the day is filled with either mixing up batches of resin and casting it with wood, or sanding and finishing pieces that are cured.  

How do you source your materials to make your jewellery?

The wood I use is actually from my brother, he makes these amazingly beautiful cutting boards. I use the cut-offs that he can't use for the boards. All of the wood is locally salvaged, sustainable hardwood. The resin I use is a certified green eco-resin. 

How is your jewellery made?

I take scraps of wood, cast them in resin, and when it has cured I then cut them into their basic shapes using wood working tools. After that I hand sand them into their finished shapes. I complete the process with buffing and polishing them to bring out their shine!

Colourful Rings by Jennifer Dornish

LAST BUT NOT LEAST..

Ring, Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet, or Bangle?

Ring.

Mountains or beach holiday?

Normally I would pick mountains, but where I live its been raining for months! So a warm sunny beach sounds really nice!

Jennifer Dornish Jewellery 

This interview is part of our Behind The Scenes at Independent Jewellery Designers series. To learn more about Jennifer Donish and shop their unique rings, check out her website here.

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