Tell us about your business.The story of Dea Dia begins with Jessica’s wanderlust and inability to stay in any one city or career path for too long. Something was missing, and it was not until Jessica picked up a set of jewelry tools and supplies on a whim that she realized her true calling in life. Creating wearable art and working with her hands was a revelation and the missing piece she had been looking for in her journeys. True to her initial impulse to follow her instincts, Jessica’s creative process remains organic and intuitive. Inspiration strikes in a flash, and Jessica’s talent is being able to take that spark and realize it in compelling forms. Every Dea Dia product is handcrafted in our studio in Brooklyn, New York. As we continue to grow, we remain committed to small-scale, localized production practices and creating meaningful relationships with our retailers and customers.
What makes your business stand out?Dea Dia uses raw stones and unfinished brass to create a powerful aesthetic that is affordable and accessible to a wide variety of wearers. Hand-selected salvage and vintage metals combined with natural minerals and crystals are the foundation of our style. We make extensive use of raw, unpolished brass, which develops a patina over time as it is worn, giving each piece a unique character. Raw stones and crystals collected during trips adventuring across the country further add to the unique story of each piece. We bring these elements together to create challenging, distinct, limited-edition and one-of-a-kind jewelry.
What's the best business advice you've received?No one is going to make your dreams happen for you.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 9, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.Meet the judges
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.See the finalists
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.See past Award Winners
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
Join us for our annual event in New York City.Buy tickets now