Jewelry is his passion, something he can’t live without, his armor. We are talking about Tigren Dorian of Dorian & Rose. It’s obvious from hearing the way Dorian speaks about jewelry, with such adoration and zest in his voice, that he truly loves what he creates. At age 15, he knew he wanted to be a designer. Backed by a family history rich in jewelry-making, Dorian embarked on leaving his own mark on the jewelry industry, attending GIA school and then entering the family business.
We can’t wait to see him again in February at JCK Tucson, and fortunately we got the chance to catch up with him this month. Join us as we learn what Dorian has been up to and what he has in store for us in Tucson as we go full circle.
Describe your day in three numbers
Five hours manufacturing. Three hours designing. Three hours on social media.
How did you get started in the industry?
I used to come when I was a boy, 14 to 15 years old, and watch my dad working by the bench. I was around my mom making jewelry. I grew up around it, and it made sense to be part of it.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from nature–its harmony and its imperfections.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Never give up, for sure.
What are you most excited about for JCK Tucson?
As always we love the quaintness of the show. It’s very small, personal, and intimate. We actually get to speak to our customers and get to know who they are. The size is the difference when it comes to JCK Tucson and JCK Las Vegas. At Tucson, you sit and you talk about everything. It creates a relationship, and it grows year after year.
What advice would you give others who are looking to come to JCK Tucson for the first time?
I would say come and try it out. You bring your own luck to Tucson.
Any inside information you can share with us about what to expect from you in Tucson?
Expectations are high. The team is working very hard, and I am very excited to come into Tucson strong. Our new designs would be an echo of our old designs.
Describe your personal jewelry style in one word.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
Jewelry. It’s a part of me, it’s like armor. It gives me strength.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I love playing pranks!
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The customers appreciating the design and when you get that “I love it.” Jewelry is very judgmental, not like they’re judging you, but they’re judging what they like. When someone appreciates or understands the design, it’s like they understand you.