Dogeared was born on the beautiful beaches of Southern California in 1991. Founder Marcia Maizel-Clarke believed jewelry could be both beautiful and meaningful, and her idea that jewels should speak sparked the creative journey now known as Dogeared.
Marcia Maizel-Clarke is the creative force behind Dogeared, the California jewellery brand synonymous with real style and meaningful messages. A passion for beautiful design and a free spirited point of view make Dogeared’s creations truly special, and a go-to gift and personal favourite of women everywhere.
Dogeared was born on the beaches of Southern California in 1991. Marcia recognized the need for jewels that speak, and began selling her handcrafted designs at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market. A fierce believer in the power of words, positive energy and good karma, Marcia gave her designs a voice; assigning each jewel a name, a message, and an extra layer of meaning. Her philosophy that jewellery should be both beautiful and meaningful really resonated with people, and her creative vision began to take shape: An entire brand focused on connections people make with their jewellery. Designs that say something about the people, places, celebrations, milestones and moments they want to remember forever… Dogeared pages in the stories of their lives. And just like that, Marcia’s dream had a name.
Dogeared was a labour of love from day one. Marcia designed and handcrafted each piece to order in her tiny kitchen, while her husband, Dogeared co-founder Merlin Clarke, used his graphic design skills to create a look and feel for the brand. To get her business off the ground and her designs out into the world, Marcia drew heavily upon her retail background as a former buyer for Macy’s. Knowing how to ‘think like a retailer’ empowered the designer and entrepreneur with a keen understanding of what women want to wear, what makes an unforgettable gift, and what stands out in the market.
Dogeared believes good things happen. The idea that great style should be effortless, authentic and real has evolved into Dogeared’s core design philosophy: Keep it simple, make it special, and create timeless jewels that celebrate individuality, self-expression, love, and friendship. Marcia counts life in California as her greatest design inspiration, and the cool, uncomplicated nature of her designs reflect the modern, laid-back California lifestyle. Subtle classics, eclectic statements and true originals… designed in the spirit of love, kindness, and consciousness and handcrafted to order in their energy-filled Southern California Studio.
Dogeared lives by their philosophy that what goes around comes around by handcrafting everything locally, respecting the planet, and partnering with non-profit organizations that share their vision of a better world. As a certified B-Corporation, Dogeared is proud to be part of a community of companies developing better business practices, creating new ways to measure success, working with dignity and purpose, and using business as a force for good.
Stephanie Weaver Sales is Dogeared Jewellery Sales Representative in the UK.View Collection
With each new piece of her signature line of handmade ethical jewellery, Catherine Weitzman expresses the beauty of the natural world through art, design, and fashion. Her work evolves from a lifetime of extensive travel by land and sea. Seasonal accessory collections offer women organic elegance that combines luxury and wearability with the highest standards of craftsmanship using 100% recycled sterling silver, 18kt gold vermeil and colourful gems such as rubies and sapphires.
Catherine has always had an attraction to jewellery and an innate love of working with her hands. She studied jewellery making and classical metalsmithing and later worked under several US designers, but it wasn’t until she returned with husband and co-creator Scott Diamond from a five-year adventure around the globe that she would be ready to start her signature line of handmade jewellery.
Catherine drew inspiration from the places they visited and the people they met on their extensive travels, as well as from immersive apprenticeships with traditional artisans in small villages and far-flung locales. After they returned to the US in 2000, she launched Catherine Weitzman Jewellery in San Francisco. The company grew organically and in 2004, Catherine and Scott moved to Hawaii and built a studio where all the jewellery is still handmade today.
Nature is more than an inspiration for Catherine; it influences who she is and how she sees the world, the decisions she makes and how she runs her business, including the use of found objects, recycled metals and responsible suppliers.
Craftsmanship is an integral part of the business as well. Not only does Catherine Weitzman Jewellery go from design to production under one roof, it’s made by a gifted team of people who care about the pieces and love what they do.
The collection is available in stores on five continents, beautiful little islands and some of the luxurious cruise ships that travel between them. The jewellery is worn, collected and loved by women globally. From their loyal following of repeat customers to women discovering the line for the first time, Catherine’s jewellery effortlessly combines elegance and wearability, balancing current fashions with timeless style.
The designs are an integration of Catherine’s experiences: they are deeply informed by her travels, her childhood in the city, her love of nature and water, and the way a single piece of jewellery connects the designer, the hands that made it, and the person who sees it, wears it and makes it her own.
Founders Catherine and Scott Weitzman live between New York and Hawaii, where a gifted production team manufactures all of their products by hand.
Stephanie Weaver Sales represents Catherine Weitzman in the UK.View Collection
From the time she was a little girl, Jennifer Arago was enchanted by the art of design; the process of taking the purest artistic elements and molding them into something extraordinary. Today, as President and Chief Designer at David Aubrey, she brings that same passion to every piece of jewellery she creates. Jennifer was first captivated by the jewellery trade while attending nursing school at night and working as a designer’s apprentice by day. This experience was an awakening of sorts, and she quickly realized that nursing would not fuel her creative fire quite the same way.
Recognizing her talent, Jennifer’s mother convinced her to start a collection of her pieces. After exhibiting her work in trade shows, Jennifer caught the eye of agents in Atlanta and New York, and David Aubrey Jewelry made its debut in 1996. Generating high volume sales in just a few years, she had a revelation: making jewellery was not merely a hobby; it was her career destiny. When David Aubrey outgrew its first studio in Soho, Jennifer moved her team to a larger space in Jersey City, which currently serves as company headquarters.
David Aubrey designs vary from delicate, meticulously assembled jewellery of monochromatic hues to larger, more vibrant pieces. Some collections are themed, whether romantic, vintage, or art deco. Each piece is painstakingly crafted with an array of raw materials, including plated and oxidized brass and white metal, semiprecious stones, vintage glass, acrylic and resin beads, painted wood, and carved bone.
The primary inspirations behind Jennifer’s designs are texture and color. She says, ”Most of the collections start with one finding that excites me. I then gather materials that go beautifully with that first element. The goal is to strike that perfect synergy of shapes, shades, and textures and deliver distinct and unexpected combinations.”In styles ranging from sophisticated to whimsical, David Aubrey pieces are timeless–a bold statement for the moment as well as ten years from now. Jennifer is proud of the fact that her designs are loved by women of all ages, from teenagers to octogenarians: ”Customers appreciate our collections not because they are trendy, but because each piece is a work of art in its own right. For me, that is the greatest compliment of all.”
David Aubrey continues to build on a global following, sold in the UK, Japan, Dubai, South America, the Caribbean, and through stores and catalogs such as Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, and W Hotels. All pieces are handcrafted in the U.S. by skilled artisans who share Jennifer’s passion for quality, originality, and elegance.
Stephanie Weaver Sales represents David Aubrey in the UK.View Collection
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