About the Designer
Silver Horse Designs was born out of a 40 year passion for collecting Western and pawn Native American jewelry (wow, how time flies!). I guess this explains why many of my jewelry designs have a uniquely Native American spirit while others have a classic Western style. I create each and every piece, all one of a kind. I'm not an assembly, it's just me at the work bench with my constant companion, my dog Rowdy at my feet.
My work includes original pieces as well as re-designed pawn. I work with top quality turquoise, coral, pearls & semi-precious stones and the finest sterling silver. My sterling pendants are almost always hand made originals created exclusively for Silver Horse Designs by top silversmiths across the USA. My designs have been worn by American Idol winner and country super star, Carrie Underwood in a photo shoot in Nashville for Country Weekly, and I have been fortunate enough to be featured in several national magazines such as Cowboys and Indians, Western Horseman, and Barrel Horse News to name a few, and have been showcased in several California, Arizona and Nevada publications.
Always connected with horses and the classic California ranch lifestyle and a dedicated animal lover, I have lived a life surrounded by horses; riding, gathering and sorting at local ranches with my daughters. After moving to the Paso Robles area in 1989, I firmly planted my roots here and embarked on a program to breed and raise quality AQHA performance/ranch horses.
My passion for the western lifestyle and Native American artistry inspired me to become a western jewelry designer. You’ll often see me heading to town in my truck, always with my beloved Border Collie Rowdy, and Toy Aussie Rojo, hauling my horses or jewelry to events and trade shows, sharing a smile and a horse story with everyone I meet.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that my greatest pride in life will always be my family - my husband Dan, and three daughters, Angela, Alison and Aimee.
Dianne & Rowdy Boy / Photo by Maria Ehrenreich