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I have a BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design. I worked at Tiffany & Co. in NYC after collage in their repair department. I started my own jewelry business and sold my jewelry through ARTWEAR in SoHo until it closed around 1993. I continued to sell my jewelry through Barney's New York, Takashimaya, Twist in Portand, OR. and Cher's catalog Sanctuary. My jewelry has been in Vogue, ELLE, Harpers Baazar and many others. Eventually I wanted more interesting outlets for my work.

While at the movies in upstate New York, I saw the trailer for " The Matrix ". Not the movie, just the trailer. It was right there that I decided to move to L.A. and break into making jewelry for movies. I had no idea how I would do it, but moving there had to be the first step.

I moved to Los Angeles in 1999. It was about a year before I worked on my first…

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  • Joined January 30, 2010

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St Silver, 18 k gold, turquoise, coral, diamonds, rubies

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I have a BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design. I worked at Tiffany & Co. in NYC after collage in their repair department. I started my own jewelry business and sold my jewelry through ARTWEAR in SoHo until it closed around 1993. I continued to sell my jewelry through Barney's New York, Takashimaya, Twist in Portand, OR. and Cher's catalog Sanctuary. My jewelry has been in Vogue, ELLE, Harpers Baazar and many others. Eventually I wanted more interesting outlets for my work.

While at the movies in upstate New York, I saw the trailer for " The Matrix ". Not the movie, just the trailer. It was right there that I decided to move to L.A. and break into making jewelry for movies. I had no idea how I would do it, but moving there had to be the first step.

I moved to Los Angeles in 1999. It was about a year before I worked on my first movie. I did not know anyone who could help me, I simply stuck with it, trying to meet the people I though might be interested in my skills. This was by no means easy for me.

If you look on my website, www.danaschneider.com, in the section I call " Books ", you can see what kind of jewelry I had already designed and made before I moved out to L.A.

Over time I have developed a wide range of jewelry skills and learned how to work fast. Having the ability to carve my own wax models has been key to my success in Hollywood.

That is what I did. Maybe someone else would have an easier time, I really have no idea.
I do know I had to live in L.A. in order to break into the film industry.

On my website, www.danaschneider.com you can see a big portfolio of my film work, over 60 movies by now. I make everything myself and do not have an assistant. From carving all my own original wax models and do the final finishing.

I receive A LOT of emails from people wanting me to tell them how to do what I do. I hope this helps!

Sincerely, Dana

p.s. I am the jeweler that made the Mockingjay pin for " The Hunger Games " and " Catching Fire " movies. I also made the locket that " Peeta " wears in " Catching Fire " which I am quite proud of. I am not allowed by Lionsgate Studio to sell the Mockingjay or the locket I made for the film.

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