About Jim

Jim Dailing

After watching a friend skillfully cut an opal during college in 1977, Jim Dailing knew that he had found an outlet for his creative passion. He spent the next 10 years furthering his education and gaining experience in a variety of metalsmithing techniques. His enthusiasm and genuine love of the craft is evident in every piece created.

Designing your unique engagement ring, wedding ring or anniversary ring begins with a friendly chat. We will talk about elements well beyond jewelry design; architecture, furniture, nature, and anything that you are drawn to visually. All these elements can be utilized in creating a custom ring design that is stunning visually as well as personally empowering.
With sources for award-winning gemstones and the skill to alloy much of his own metal, Jim is able to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces to suit a variety of styles and budgets.

He also has experience incorporating recycled metals, such as a grandmother’s wedding band or other family heirlooms.
If you would like to know more about Jim’s workshops, or you’re interested in his one-of-a-kind jewelry, please contact Jim.

My ring is perfect.  It is completely comfortable on my finger, and I wear it everyday, everywhere.  It is gorgeous, and I feel good.

Rachel Hacherl, Oregon

I am very thankful I came across Jim online.  My girlfriend (now fiance!) has a family bracelet that holds very special meaning to her…

Jon Suenram, California

I came across the incredible craftsmanship of Jim Dailing during my search for handmade, unique mountain wedding bands for my husband and myself…

Lauren Greathouse, Lousiana

Professional experience


Jim’s first foray into the jewelry design industry began with Maui Divers in Hawaii creating unique designs in wax.


Working as the head goldsmith and designer, Jim helped to open a jewelry store in Central Wisconsin. His experience there helped to develop both his design style and his enjoyment for working with couples to create custom keepsakes.


His journey studying the magic of metals continued at the Tyler School of Art where he earned a Masters in Fine Arts degree. There he honed his skills at both jewelry design as well as metal forging.


Jim began his professional teaching career as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon. Since then, his professional life has been a balance of creating custom wedding rings and sharing his passion for the craft.