Our Story

 Suzanne Dunn

The Designer

Suzanne Dunn, Founder & Creative Director, is a jewelry Storyteller who recently launched her eponymous luxury brand with a social conscience, SUZANNE DUNN JEWELRY. With an esthetic characterized by bold sophistication, spiritual references and exquisite craftsmanship, the brand creates exceptional spiritually grounding modern heirloom jewelry for discerning collectors who appreciate simplicity but demand luxury.

Born and raised on the tropical Caribbean Isle of Jamaica, Suzanne points to her strong faith in Christ and belief in the power of perseverance for her success. She moved to New York to pursue a life-long dream of a medical career. But after completing her 1st undergraduate degree in Health Science, Suzanne realized her interest in medicine had waned. Pivoting to pursue her creative flair, Suzanne became fascinated with interior design and received both a 2nd undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in Architecture.

Deeply empathetic, Suzanne witnessed a colleague victimized by an abusive supervisor who caused the colleague to choose between keeping her job or rushing to the side of her hospitalized child. The traumatic incident brought Suzanne to a crisis in conscience that altered the trajectory of her career and she vowed not to work for anyone else again.

And after much prayer and soul-searching, Suzanne’s gemological odyssey began. Her keen design sensibility has been influenced by her faith, study of ancient architecture and lively interests in anthropology and urban art.

As is oftentimes the case with highly successful executives, Suzanne’s journey to success has been fraught with hardship and sacrifice. Along the way, God has ordered her footsteps, and led her to those people and resources that in some cases literally kept Suzanne and her family afloat.

Suzanne’s creativity, penchant for excellence and perpetual love of education flared into passion once again. Enrolling into the exclusive Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Suzanne graduated with several advanced credentials, including Applied Jewelry Professional, Graduate Diamonds, Graduate Colored Stones, and, most recently, as Graduate Gemologist. After apprenticing with several master jewelers, Suzanne embarked on a journey that continues today, to establish a luxury jewelry brand making a difference.

Creating a preeminent, luxury brand of modern heirloom jewelry increasingly sought-after by discerning collectors seeking to express themselves and leave their mark for generations to come is at the heart of SUZANNE DUNN JEWELRY.  

Future aspirations for SUZANNE DUNN JEWELRY include becoming a brand committed to and being known for providing opportunities for women who have overcome adversity, as Suzanne herself has done, and for developing a program that eventually provides apprenticeship for women interested in business ownership and/or the jewelry trade. Suzanne believes that it is her responsibility - and it is her joy - to pay it forward.

Committed to social empowerment and environmental sustainability, SUZANNE DUNN JEWELRY is thoughtfully created with responsibly mined precious metals, 100% conflict-free diamonds and colored gemstones that are traceable from mine to market.

“The design process is a spiritual journey. It is one way that
God communicates with me.” - Suzanne Dunn

The Brand

SUZANNE DUNN JEWELRY was birthed from a profound vision and a determined desire to create modern heirloom-worthy fine jewelry, while providing economic empowerment to women in the local and global communities who have overcome adversity. The belief that every women has a unique story to tell and our desire to honor that story with the creation of equally unique and exceptional jewelry, serve as inspiration to SUZANNE DUNN’s creations.

Founded by the talented and insightful gemologist and designer Suzanne Dunn in 2016, the brand’s timeless creations are passionately crafted by skilled jewelers with love and time-honored jewelry making traditions, to produce collections with soul. Committed to social empowerment and environmental sustainability, SUZANNE DUNN’s jewelry is thoughtfully made with responsibly mined precious metals,100% conflict-free diamonds and colored gemstones that are traceable from mine to market.

SUZANNE DUNN’s collections are designed for today’s women who wish to express themselves and tell their story through modern heirloom jewelry that will also allow them to forever link themselves to their loved ones for generations to come.

 

Design Ethos

SUZANNE DUNN’s jewelry is crafted with precious metals and gemstones that have been carefully sourced to reflect our commitment to social empowerment and environmental sustainability. Our commitment also to ethical manufacturing means that we will only collaborate with suppliers who are actively working to lessen the impact mining has on our planet.

SUZANNE DUNN adheres to a strict policy of using only diamonds from suppliers that comply with the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), a monitoring scheme which guarantees that diamonds do not come from conflict areas or illegitimate sources.

All SUZANNE DUNN’s diamonds are certified by the most respected laboratories in the diamond industry, known for their consistency and unbiased grading systems. The diamond certificate, also known as the diamond report, includes an in depth analysis of the diamond’s dimensions, clarity, color, polish, symmetry, and other characteristics.

From responsibly mined precious metals to 100% conflict free diamonds to our commitment to support healthy and happy working conditions for our entire supply chain, every step we take moves us closer to achieving a higher level of sustainability.

 

“Design should not just be pretty; it must be the words
in the midst of silence.” - Suzanne Dunn

 

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