- Ethics Meets Design
- Know Thy Maker
RECYCLED + CONFLICT FREE
In keeping with our ethical commitment, 100% of our jewelry is responsibly handcrafted in NYC. We do not engage in overseas production and everyone involved in our supply chain earns a generous living wage. All of our diamond suppliers are Kimberley Process compliant, which is a certification system that prohibits the trading of diamonds from war-torn regions. In addition, we use eco-gold and eco-platinum from melted down, already existing supplies to the furthest extent possible. By using recycled metal we help to decrease the global demand for newly mined gold and the social/environmental destruction that comes with it.
Dana Walden Bridal donates a portion of proceeds to Global Witness from every engagement ring sold. This powerful organization helps to ensure that natural resources drive peaceful and sustainable development, rather than providing the funds for conflict and corruption. Over the years we have helped raise thousands of dollars for the Brady Campaign, Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign, Red Cross (Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief, Haitian relief, and Gulf Coast clean-up efforts), and Harlem Children’s Zone.
BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE
The current system of diamond processing and metal sourcing is not perfect. However, we try our best to create jewelry in the most ethical manner possible, while supporting charities and organizations that promote positive changes, prevent abuses, and protect the environment. It is our policy to be fully transparent and forthcoming with regard to every part of our supply chain. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Dana & Rad—
Some call him an artist, others label him a designer, but more than anything else, Dana Walden Chin is a ‘maker’. For more than a decade, he has created engagement rings and accessories for people who embrace art and visual culture, but who also find the notion of ‘big box retailers’ unappealing. Dana explains his credo, “All of my jewelry starts with a concept; I sketch, and forge, and sculpt and tinker. I enjoy the act of making jewelry with my hands. Each engagement ring has it’s own soul and is handmade using recycled metals and gemstones that I personally source”.
Dana’s wife, Radika (affectionately known as ‘Rad’) is the company’s Creative Director. She is jokingly called the ‘Aesthetic Police’ by those who know her well, and for good reason—Rad has an irreverent passion for design and finalizes every sketch and model before it gets produced. While Dana enjoys the tactile feedback of working in metal, Rad prefers to sketch her designs in graphite first. In addition to designing, she is also responsible for sourcing and curating DWB’s eclectic collection of antique engagement rings. Rad selects the finest rings from auction houses, antique shops, and trusted dealers around the world; each piece tells its own unique story.
When Dana & Rad speak of inspiration, their sentences are sprinkled with mentions of Antoni Gaudi, Cindy Sherman, Salvador Dalí, and of course—Brooklyn (the place they call home, and also Rad’s hometown). Their diverse city inspires them to create jewelry that goes beyond adornment. Rad begins, “Our engagement rings are elevated to art through the merging of client and artisan. Our customers are probably our greatest inspirations because each person is so unique. One minute, we're meeting with a gentleman that works in finance with an affinity for art & design. The next, we're helping an elementary school teacher from Fort Greene select the perfect champagne diamond. We love our work.”
When you choose Dana Walden Bridal, you will work with an actual metalsmith and designer whose jewelry has adorned the likes of Beyonce, Cameron Diaz, and Rashida Jones. Dana will personally meet with you at his Fifth Avenue studio and walk you through his design process, helping you to select a ring that speaks to your unique vision.
Each piece of jewelry is fabricated by hand, using only recycled metals and conflict- free diamonds. Nothing is ever mass-produced, and every jewel is crafted locally in New York City. The team offers a variety of services to help you create the ring of your dreams -- from diamond sourcing, to custom design, and even rush options to help you meet a specific deadline.
The duo's work has received accolades from Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Lucky, and New York Magazine's Wedding Guide. In addition to designing jewelry for major commercials and editorials, Dana and Rad have had the honor of collaborating with some of fashion's top tastemakers, including Geren Ford and Doo. Ri.