Growing up in Long Island, New York provided Dianna with the unique experience to be inspired by the bounties of nature and the bounties of an urban, cultural mecca. Beachcombing and making talismans from the ocean’s treasures are some of her earliest memories, as are thrill-seeking adventures to the various havens and haunts of New York City. Recreating that feeling of wonder is something she works to capture, as is the balancing of organic, rustic elements, and urban grit; classical metalsmithing foundations and contemporary design, in her fine jewelry.

Inspiration for the jewelry comes from all aspects of nature, ancient stories, foreign lands, rock and roll, and gritty cities. Jewelry collections are named for the mythological deities of Ancient Rome and Greece. Ancient myth’s divine characters, symbolism, and personification of nature, are an endless muse and feeling like a modern god or goddess in your artisan adornment is an ideal state of being. The idea that the bulk of these ancient myths are younger than the art of goldsmithing is also enchanting, as one of the principal deities of Roman mythology was the god of fire and blacksmithing, Vulcan.

Dianna has a B.A. from University at Albany, New York, where she had the amazing opportunity to study, live and travel in Europe for a semester. She studied the classical techniques of metalworking at Jewelry Arts Institute in New York City and Revere Academy of the Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, where she completed the School’s Jewelry Technician Intensive Program. Dianna worked at the Kristin Hanson Studio in Brooklyn, NY where she was a studio assistant and instructor. She is a member of the Metal Arts Guild in San Francisco and is a part of a community of metalsmiths working to use eco-friendly practices such as recycling metal, using conflict free gemstones and seeking out products that contribute to operating a “greener” studio. Currently, Dianna resides in beautiful Northern California continuing to live her dreams.