--"Your designs are modern, ‘minimalist,’ versatile, but also show a softness, something that can be defined as ‘womanly.’ Your jewelry is not only good design, but also enhances the woman who wears it, not just calling attention to itself (which, by the way, is well deserved.) I see that other designers also have a strong structural element, but your ‘metal as cloth’ or ‘metal as running water,’ folded metal, in addition has a movement to it, an organic flow that other designs lack. And because you are a woman, you innately appreciate what a piece of jewelry does for a woman’s looks when she wears it.
So I went ‘internet hunting’ to see if you had a website, contact information, etc., and designs in addition in to what was featured in the catalog. And thank you, I struck paydirt." Augusta, Montana
Diana Widman is a jewelry artist who lives and works in Chicago. A former print maker and bookbinder, she loves the implied potential of paper and fabric. To transform this into jewelry, she learned fold forming, raising, chasing and other techniques as a way to transform precious metal into tactile pieces of jewelry that engage the wearer with silky, subtle textures sprinkled with diamonds and other gems.
“Elegance for Everyday” is Diana’s guiding principle for design and execution. She currently has three collections of elegant jewelry that are distinctive yet wearable with tee shirts or cocktail dresses. All of the pieces relate to fabric in one way or another.
The Linen Collection(tm), in both silver and gold, features lush folds and ripples combined with precious gems to create elegant, whimsical jewelry.
Raw Silk and Satin incorporates the nubby textures of Dupioni silk with polished satin-like surfaces of gray and cognac, quartz. These surfaces are embedded with gold and diamonds. The result is a chic, textured look that is both elegant and contemporary.
The Big Sky Montana Collection uses rare, untreated sapphires mined in Montana that are incorporated into luscious gold jewelry. This is a collection for connoisseurs who appreciate domestic gem material from a limited, alluvial source.
Diana is a Colored Stone graduate of the Graduate Gemologist program at GIA and a metalsmith. Her work has been featured in many publications, as well as Good Morning America, ABC 7 News in Chicago, and on the IFashion network. Rachael Ray has worn her jewelry during her interviews with Rod Stewart, Julianne Moore, and Queen Latifah.
Every piece of her art jewelry comes with special care instructions: “Wear in good health!”
--"I came across your business card and pulled up your site and have been in deep admiration for the last hour." Raleigh, SC