Daniel specializes in custom jewellery design and the hand-making of quality bespoke fine jewellery and engagement rings that will stand the test of time, a loved keepsake that can be kept in the family for generations to come. Daniel and his wife Doreen (is originally from Fiji) are from Dubbo. Daniel comes from a family of Jewellers and is a fifth-generation Jeweller who loves and has a passion for his craft. Daniel's experience in the jewellery industry started 20 years ago, Daniel began an apprenticeship with his cousin Craig Carolan at Kings Hall
Jewellers in Dubbo and owes a lot of his knowledge and experience to Craig. Daniel’s great grandfather, Herbert Whitney opened a Jewellery store in Dubbo in 1919 – Whitney’s Jewellers is still going strong today. D & D Designer Jewellers truly has its roots in a strong family business tradition.
Daniel was taught traditional bench methods from the start and has a great grounding in jewellery manufacturing and repair work. Daniel has over 20 years of bench and design experience, working with people to bring out an expression of themselves, an expression of their hearts, something unique that pertains to an individual’s essence and an extension of their persona. For special occasions, weddings and engagement rings, anniversaries you can consult Daniel to come up with the perfect design for your special someone. Using traditional and modern techniques like CAD design to aid in visual representation, the client can become part of the design process, working with Daniel through each step. This ensures that the final result will be everything you've dreamed of. Daniel is passionate about the beautiful diamonds and gems he uses in his designs. Daniel will work with you to create your own masterpiece right here on our premises to suit your budget.
We strive to be known as a Jeweller who custom makes unique and personalised jewellery using quality materials and workmanship which represent important milestones in people's lives that are expressions of their hearts.
We are onsite manufacturing Jewellers in Port Macquarie and our mission is to custom design and manufacture jewellery using quality materials and workmanship that will stand the test of time, a loved heirloom that can be passed onto future generations to come.
Our values and behaviours of transparency, integrity, equality, respect, passion for quality, excellent customer service, ethical behaviours, sustainability, and social responsibility are our core beliefs and the defining feature of a culture within D&D Designer Jewellers and its people.
Sourcing the perfect diamonds and gemstones
Precious gemstones and diamonds are sourced from the world’s premier mining and cutting centres together with rare Argyle Pink, Chocolate and Excellent Cut Canadian and Russian Diamonds. All diamonds are guaranteed conflict-free and are sourced from Australia, Russia, Canada, Botswana and South Africa. Daniel hand-selects the finest diamonds and gemstones through a trusted network of suppliers, ensuring they are natural, not treated, and of the highest quality to meet the client’s budget. Our diamonds are conflict-free, all-natural, and have never been drilled, fracture-filled, or otherwise enhanced for colour or clarity.
We only use quality diamonds, gemstones and premium Australian refined metals sourced from ethical sources. All of the natural diamonds that we supply comply with the Kimberly Process and System of Warranties mandated by the World Diamond Council and the United Nations. Under this process only legally mined and sourced diamonds can be imported into the country. The System of Warranties provides assurances that polished diamonds and jewellery are legitimately traded.
Why are some diamonds not traceable or does not provide their country of origin?
Blood diamonds and child labour scandals have affected the jewellery industry and its reputation and therefore it should be the responsibility of every Jeweller to stop such behaviors from happening by ensuring that they only affiliate with businesses that comply with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. At D&D Designer Jewellers sustainability and ethical processes are very important therefore we ensure that our diamonds are traceable and are conflict-free. D&D Designer Jewellers only affiliate with suppliers who adhere to the strict Kimberley Process Certification Scheme which helps to ensure that only diamonds mined in accordance with regulatory measures end up in their custom-made jewellery or diamond sourced and sold by them. However, some diamonds, especially smaller diamonds cannot always be traced to identify their country of origin which may include certified diamonds as well. Polished diamonds requires GIA to assess the diamond in its rough form first which isn’t applicable to diamonds that were mined, cut, and polished before the diamond traceability program began. However, this should not cause concern because the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and System of Warranties mandated by the World Diamond Council and the United Nations helps to ensure that only diamonds mined in accordance with these regulatory measures are sold to customers.
The design journey for handmade and/or custom design jewellery
Unique engagement and dress ring designs, remodeling of existing pieces, repairs, and the hand-making of wedding bands to complement any engagement ring are just some of the extensive range of services provided. Clients can come in the store and choose their perfect diamond or gemstone today and get an engagement ring, wedding ring, pendant, bangle, earring, or other specialty piece custom designed and made unique to each client’s taste, style and budget. All jewellery made by Daniel comes with a complimentary appraisal. Excludes remakes. Ideas come to life with the latest 3D CAD technology enabling a more personal and involving interaction with clients in the design phase. Clients can see a three-dimensional image of the jewellery before it is made; it is possible to show different renderings of the same piece. There is no charge for this service. Daniel gives clients a chance to create their dream piece of jewellery right in the store. Daniel will give professional advice from gemstone and metal selection to designing the setting and deciding on the size and shape of the sparkler to suit the budget. Clients can bring their ideas, pictures, or seek some creative inspiration and Daniel will work with them to make visions a reality. Daniel works with Platinum, All Carat Gold, and Silver and proudly supports Australian manufacturing and gold companies.
Aftercare for your jewellery
D & D Designer Jewellers want your jewellery to look its best. As a part of its exceptional customer service, all handmade jewellery or any jewellery purchased from D&D Designer Jewellers comes with complimentary annual polishing and cleaning, to keep it looking new forever. We will repolish small scratches from the surface; check the settings, and rhodium plate the metal half price if necessary. (Note: Removing deep scratches and fixing any damage beyond normal wear and tear may incur a charge). We invite you to make an appointment and visit us with your item(s) for ongoing complimentary cleaning services to ensure the full enjoyment of your precious jewellery. This excludes Watches, Fashion, or Costume Jewellery. *Free clean & polish excludes rhodium plating. If rhodium plating is required it will be done half price. We recommend having your jewellery cleaned and inspected at least every six to twelve months or as soon as possible if it undergoes any potential trauma. Inspections may help promote early detection of wear and tear, which may assist in avoiding diamond and/or gemstone loss, clasp failure, etc., and extend the life of your jewellery.
*Lifetime Manufacturing Warranty
D&D Designer Jewellers offers a *lifetime manufacturing warranty on all our fine jewellery pieces manufactured by us against manufacturing faults and/or defects in material existing during the time of purchase. This warranty excludes remakes as we cannot guarantee and/or provide a warranty for any client-supplied material(s).
This lifetime manufacturing warranty excludes:
- Damages due to wear and tear,
- Damages due to misuse, accident, alteration, substitution, negligence or abuse,
- Maintenance, repairs, sizing, alterations or other services performed by someone other than D&D Designer Jewellers will void your Lifetime manufacturing warranty,
- Theft, disappearance or loss (including loss of diamonds and gemstones), any type of use causing damage or deterioration. Coverage also excludes damage or loss that results from failure to obtain repairs necessary to maintain the integrity of the product are also not covered.
Some examples of common jewellery issues that would not be considered manufacturing defects include:
- Discoloration due to exposure to chemicals, make-up, swimming pools, hot tubs, or bathing.
- Prongs and precious metals, in general, wear over time and may require “building up” or restoration work as normal wear.
- Bent, caught, or worn out prongs(s) allowing a stone to fall out or be lost due to normal wear or other damage.
- Lost stone or a stone has fallen out due to chipping or breaking caused by normal wear or other damage.
- Natural internal and external flaws of a diamond(s) or gemstone(s) are not considered faulty, damaged, or defective.
Failure to get an inspection done every six to twelve months will void your * lifetime manufacturing warranty however failure to have your purchase inspected on a regular basis in no way waives your rights under consumer law. This guarantee does not cover damage caused by wear and tear, impact, misuse, accident, or natural disaster, nor does it cover loss or theft.
White gold and some silver jewellery are rhodium plated to enhance their appearance. This rhodium plating can wear off during normal wear and tear and is excluded from the warranty. Whilst this is excluded from the warranty D&D Designer Jewellers allows silver and/or white gold rings to be rhodium plated half price* on an annual basis.
We reserve the right to determine whether the jewellery has been subject to any of the above-mentioned exclusions by independent Jewellers at Nationwide Jewellers and/or The Jewellers Association of Australia (JAA).