Best known for her “quietly bold” style, Dana Bronfman went from nonprofit to jewelry design on a creative whim and now has one of the most uniquely inspired lines in the industry.
It’s been quite the journey for Bronfman so far: She began her jewelry career in San Francisco at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, and then made her way to Santa Fe as an apprentice. Now she’s crafting her own pieces inspired by the industrial architecture of the Big Apple, the city she currently calls home.
Bronfman is one of the designers who are gearing up for JCK Tucson, and she shared with us what she will be showing off this year and what else she has been up to since we last caught up with her! Join us as we go Full Circle With Dana Bronfman:
Describe your day in three numbers.
¾ GB of cellular data, 500 conversations, and three double espressos.
How did you get started in the industry?
I began my career in the nonprofit industry, but I craved creativity and always collected my own jewelry. I knew nothing about creating jewelry but was extremely passionate, so I enrolled in the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts and immersed myself in the art of jewelry craftsmanship. I was hooked, and I continued my education working for other jewelers and designers before deciding to start my own line.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I used to be very inspired by industrial architecture in New York City, where I live and where my work is created. I moved to New York around the time of starting my own jewelry line, and everything was new and exciting. Now that I have been living here for two years, I miss nature, the mountains and desert, and the big open sky. I am more inspired now by otherworldly elements—things I dream about. I believe time is the greatest luxury that exists, and I am always running out of it. I call the circular openings in my work the “oculus”—these open spaces express nostalgia for times when I did not feel as if time melted away like Dalí’s painting “The Persistence of Memory.” To sum up, I would have to say that freedom inspires me above all—the freedom of space and time and the idea of creating a more beautiful world.
Best career advice you’ve ever received?
Enjoy the journey.
Why are you excited for JCK Tucson?
I am excited to see all the amazing people I met last year as well as how the show has grown. I’m excited to show my newest work and connect with some great accounts. I will be attending the Jewelry Industry Summit as well and am excited to come together with people in my industry to work on creating a more sustainable future.
Any inside information on what to expect from you in Tucson?
I’m debuting one-of-a-kind pieces featuring colored stones and unconventional diamonds. I’m excited to bring some newness to my “quietly bold” style!
Just a few years ago we met you and welcomed you to the JCK community for your first JCK Tucson. Then you made your JCK Las Vegas debut as a Rising Star in the Design Center, and now you’re back for round two! How has this experience been so far, and what’s the biggest change in growth?
The experience of being in JCK’s Design Center has definitely opened up many doors for me and allowed me to make some great connections as well as open accounts. I feel that JCK helped me step into the industry, and it’s a great family, too.
What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think JCK?
Describe your personal jewelry style in five words or less.
Wear as much as comfortable!
What’s your favorite gemstone?
Diamonds are my favorite stone to work with, and turquoise is my second favorite because it reminds me of the jewelry I first fell in love with as a child—my grandmother’s Native American collections.
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
I can’t live without traveling often!
Last book you read or TV show you binge-watched?
I don’t watch much TV, but when I do, I love to watch the silly sitcoms like Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It makes me laugh!
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I didn’t get my ears pierced till I was 17 years old! Now I have five ear piercings.