Henry Dunay is an award winning American goldsmith and jewelry designer, best known for his fine scratched surface technique known as Sabi.
Born Henry Loniewski in Jersey City, New Jersey on May 1, 1935. Second of three sons of Polish Americans Henry and Helen Loniewski. At the age of 18, feeling that the name Loniewski would be an impediment, he changed it to Dunay, his mother’s short and memorable maiden name.
He lives in New York City.
Career and Designs
At the age of 14, Dunay began his career working as a messenger for Rudolph Cacioli, a New York City jeweler. Simultaneously he swam competitively and won a medal in the Butterfly stroke at the Pan American Games. Shortly thereafter, Cacioli took him under his wing as his apprentice. In 1967 he started his own jewelry design firm, Henry Dunay Designs. Almost immediately, he won what would be the first of many design awards, a De Beers Diamonds International Award.
Dunay is best known for extravagant and technical finishes that he applies to gold surfaces, often in combination, including diamond pave, facets, matte and Sabi - a flowing design of fine grooves, which he trademarked 1992.
That year, at the Presidential Inaugural Ball, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton wore a Henry Dunay ring featuring a yellow diamond found in her home state of Arkansas, called the Kahn diamond.In 1993, he designed a Lachrymosa mask for Elizabeth Taylor with the proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR), shown in the above photo of Dunay.
Henry Dunay jewelry was retailed throughout the world, substantially in the United States by Neiman Marcus, and with particular demand in Japan. He became the President and founding member of the American Jewelry Design Council in 1989, and was the first American given the City of Geneva award for design.
Affected by the late-2000s financial crisis, Henry Dunay Designs and its inventory valued at $50 million was sold at auction in December 2009. He later formed a new company, H.D.D. Inc., focusing on custom pieces.
Today he continues to design and hand fabricate jewelry in New York City's Diamond District.
Henry Dunay has been awarded over 50 National and International Awards during a career that spans over forty years. Dunay is the four time winner of the Diamond International award. He is the only living American to be inducted into the Diamonds International Academy.
|List of Awards by Year|
- Penny Proddow, Marion Fasel. Henry Dunay, A Precious Life. New York: Abrams, 2007.
- Modern Jeweler December 1993.
- Robb Report April 1999.
- Robb Report June 1999.
- Boston Common 2008 Holiday issue.
- In Focus Summer 1992.
- Women's Wear Daily May 29, 1998 Vol. 175, No. 102.
- Robb Report Holiday issue March 1999.
- Dunay fashions jewelry for the lady with style, chron.com, February 25, 2008. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
- National Jeweler September 2010.