The woman who wears Suzanna Dai may have an attraction for the bold and dramatic, but make no mistake about it – she is glamorous and even sophisticated. An appreciation for the intricate design of a Suzanna Dai piece means an affinity for the beauty of the culture that inspired it.
Suzie Gallehugh is the imaginative designer of Suzanna Dai products. The Suzanna Dai collections of jewelry and accessories are named for the worldly influences which captured the designer's eye - places like Alexandria, Toulouse, Rome or Cordoba. Suzie incorporates the styles that inspire her from travelling today's world and from her fantasies of other times into each Suzanna Dai creation. She finds inspiration everywhere: in the green-blue of clear ocean water, the mozaic tiling of a cafe floor, the natural colors and textures of a peacock feather or a beetle wing or from the embroidery of a 1920s fashion. Each piece encompasses a unique dream and the woman who wears it projects the fantasy of another time and place.
Suzie received her fashion degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and says that her detail-oriented nature attracted her to embroidery and intricate bead-work. She taught herself those skills as well as wire-work on her own time while working in various jobs in the fashion industry. Suzie enjoyed making jewelry pieces for friends and family with her new skills and would experiment artistically with each piece.
Then one day she travelled to India. Suzie saw in India what kind of work could be done and was convinced that her best efforts should be placed into jewelry design. Suzie started making dramatic beadwork into modern jewelry with a vintage touch. The results are the various collections under the name Suzanna Dai.
The signature materials of a Suzanna Dai piece are metal threads, semi-precious beads, silver and 14K gold-plated components – these basic materials may be found in most Suzanna Dai creations. Her work is thorough and the results are so perfectly reflective of the inspiration for each piece of jewelry. After Suzie finds her inspiration for a new jewelry collection, her fascination in the beauty of that place leads her to a detailed knowledge of that part of the world and that period of time. Suzie's eye for detail carries from her observation through to creation. If there is anything that can be called the trademark of a Suzanna Dai piece, it is the intricate detail in which the style comes to life.
The detailed, bold designs of Suzanna Dai appeal to women who want to make a statement and like to be noticed.
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