Hi, I'm Diane Smith!
Welcome to db silversmith designs (established 2006).
I am the owner/designer and maker and I work out of my home studio in Port Perry, Ontario, Canada.
I take pride in my designs and the quality of my craftsmanship and am proud to offer high quality, unique and distinctive jewellery that I hope you will love and enjoy!
I use traditional silversmithing techniques and my jewellery is all made from solid sterling silver often accented with karat gold and/or genuine stones and pearls, as well as handmade glass.
From an early age, arts and crafts were always a part of my life, but when I stepped into a silversmith studio for the first time, after a life-long love of silver jewellery, I knew I had found my passion. WOW!
Honing my skills over the last number of years has been quite the journey of discovery and experimentation, which really never stops!
I use various gauges of sterling silver wire and sheet to fabricate my jewellery using such techniques as hammering, reticulation, fusing and torching to create a variety of texture for different pieces.
Chainmail, being one of my main designs, utilizes my own hand-wound and hand-cut jump rings which are woven into different traditional patterns. The finished piece is then put into a rock tumbler to harden and polish the silver.
For designs incorporating genuine stones, pearls, and glass beads the “art” is in blending the beauty of the silver with the rich colours and textures of the stones and pearls and the artistry of the glass lampwork bead makers.