Stephen Dweck has always been intrigued with art and design. At an early age, he developed a love for nature and soon learned how he could incorporate it into design. Stephens formal training began at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he was a student of sculpture and painting. He began fusing his two loves, which led to designing hand carved stone bangles; this was his first venture into the jewelry design world.
Stephen launched his first line at Bergdorf Goodman in May of 1981 and wa an immediate success. Soon after his first collection was launched, Geoffery Beene saw his work and asked him if he could spotlight his collection on the runway, exposing Stephen to the powerful synery between accessories and fashion. Over the years he has had many collaborations with other influential designers including Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, Catherine Malandrino, and Escada. In his new niche of artistic fashion jewelry, he took the press by storm. This has led to many years of editorial success featured in the industry"s leading magazines: Vogue, In Style, Harpers Bazaar, W, Town & Country, and Robb Report.
Stephen has long drawn his inspiration from the wealth of materials found in nature. He collects stones from all over the world tourmalines from Brazil, boulder opals from Australia, ammonites from Morocco, an dpearls from the South Sea. in the past 24 years, he has created an extensive gallery of stones and minerals, from which his One of a Kind pieces are born. Each OAKS is adorned with his signature bettle, ADAM. A One of a Kind piece can never be duplicated, due to each natural mineral being very distinct from one another. The avid Stephen Dweck collector acquires pieces from the Signature Collection. These are rare OAK pieces that are comprised of very unique materials, set in 18kt gold. The collection is the most coveted of all of Stephen"s works of art; culminating his status as romancer of the stones.
A great deal of thought and effort is involved in making each piece of jewelry from sorting through thousands of stones, to making the perfect setting for each. Stephen"s influence from nature can be seen in his signature flower and leaf designs, and he continues to be at the forefront of trends each season. All of the designs are produced ad manufactured in his Brooklyn Design Studio. In the Fall of 2004, Stephen launched his version of diamond jewelry with Celestial, Constellation and Galaxy collections. These collections are a refined mix of details, incorporating Stephen"s signature engraving with diamonds, 18kt yellow gold, rose gold, sterling silver, and bronze. Stephen"s diamond collections have moved him into the world of fine jewelry design with a look that is both high fahion and classic.
His jewelry is on permanent display in the Costume Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art inNew York City amd the Smithsonian Institute Fashion Archives in Washington, D.C. Currently in the Dallas Museum of Art, Stephen has a sterling silver serving set on display in a traveling exhibit called Modernism in American silver. Designing this set of serving pieces for the home has allowed Stephen to venture into one of his other passions of designing; a home collection.
A trip to the Stephen Dweck showroom in Manhattan will illustrate that this prolific designer has not limited himself to just jewelry. His works include a range of ladies" and men"s belts, men"s jewelry, a home collection including fine china, his expertly crafted sterling silver serving collection, and flawlessly renovated furniture. Stephens other ventures have inclued special projects for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, recently in a commemorating project for the City of New York Subway System. Stephen designed a bracelet using vintage tokens from the past hundred years of the subway"s operation, creating a glittering piece of history. Other projects include Absolute Vodka and Bombay Gin. Absolute Vodka honored Stephen the opportunity to design Absolute Dweck, incorporating his signature pieces of jewelry with their iconic bottle design. He was also commissioned by Bombay Gin to create a unique Martini Glass of bronze and crystal, which was part of a major advertising campaign.
In his Brooklyn design studio his brothers, Edmond and Gregory, oversee the production, technology, marketing, and consumer relations for their growing company. All three conyinue to service their clients as they have for the past 24 years, and hope to do so for the next 24 as well.
For Fall 2012 designers are inspired by a wide range of influences, from the elaborate details of brocade and metallic gold embellishments to the dynamic mix of military chic and power pantsuits. Colo