Guiding Principles

Before founding D&H Jewelers, we worked in the jewelry business for over nearly 40 combined years, and increasingly saw a need for more transparency. We started really questioning how the gemstones and metals made it to our store – who mined them, and who was selling them to us?

Our personal buying decisions are based on the impact we have on our community, and we wanted our business to embody this same principal. We opened D&H Jewelers in January 2011 to make a change. As a modern design house, we strive to ensure that every piece is as unique and special as the person buying it.

Our atmosphere is warm and personal because we don’t want to build a customer base; we want to grow a community. Our products are ethical because, yes, sustaining our environment is essential, but nothing is more important than how we treat our fellow human beings.

At D&H, we provide a timeless experience coupled with modern values and sensibilities. We hope you’ll visit us, sit at our wine bar, and enjoy being surrounded by exquisite, ethically-sourced jewelry.

Our Design Team

Andre Jimenez- Assistant Designer

Having a diverse and unique style, Andre likes to delight with clients in their jewelry desires. He has designed many fun pieces that ranged from a post-modernist Victorian inspired engagement ring to an abstract cluster ring of precious colored stones and diamonds. “Many times I have clients that want to add personal touches to their designs, or I’ll have a client that wants to get a piece with the birthstones of their children; I am inspired to design pieces that are an interesting and elegant way to incorporate personal meaning.” His dream project could be defined as “the bolder the better.” He relishes in Ancient Roman aesthetics and the clean geometric lines of the Art Deco era. 

Lauren Hanawalt- Production Manager, Assistant Designer

As an art history aficionado, it is not about the historical period for Lauren but about the symbolism of that period.  Lauren is inspired by bold transformations in art movements.  She believes communication is key to working with individual clients to find the inspiration behind their style.  As a gemologist in training she has a keen eye for the interesting and unique.  Lauren has a taste for various periods of jewelry from Renaissance, to Victorian, to Deco, to Contemporary.  Her personal style invokes a reflection of both modern and antique. Lauren finds deep gratification in seeing a client thrilled from the completion of their vision.

Lindsay Daunell – President, Chief Designer

Lindsay co-founded D&H Jewelers on the principle of ethically made fine jewelry without any sacrifice to high design.  With decades of experience in jewelry design, fashion design and pattern-making, Lindsay approaches design from the perspective of a couturier:  high quality, handmade, individual.  She designs with a nod to a bygone era when the design-house was the epicenter of emboldening individual personal style. Lindsay takes pleasure in creating modern day talismans, personalized jewelry that holds deep meaning to the beholder.

Shawn Higgins- CEO, Chief Designer, Graduate Gemologist

After traveling the world and working in the jewelry industry for over 25 years, seeing both the good and the bad, Shawn co-founded D&H Jewelers with the intent to create a transparent and sustainable model that had never been seen before. Shawn’s approach to design is “Old World.” Shawn loves building historical references into his designs and encourages clients to include their story as well. Whether it be classic or Avant-garde, he believes we can always reflect ourselves in these precious pieces.