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Dashka Roth Contemporary Jewelry & Judaica
 
Dashka Roth moved from southern California to New Orleans in 1978, and opened La Petite Jewellerie on Toulouse Street in the French Quarter in 1979.  Ten years later she opened Dashka Roth Contemporary Art on Magazine Street, and 1-1/2 years later made a move uptown to a smaller shop on Magazine St. where she continued as Dashka Roth Contemporary Jewelry.  In 1994 she moved to her current location on Chartres Street where, as a survivor of Hurricane Katrina she renovated the building, and began living above the gallery with her husband, in the same space that his grandparents occupied over a half-century ago.  Five years later, they moved out of the Quarter into their current home just a few miles from downtown New Orleans.
 
Dashka's background in jewelry began when she took private lessons from Ann Garland in Cambridge,MA, then later worked for Olde Hampshire Silversmiths in Chester Square, also in Cambridge.  Next, Dashka branched out on her own, bought a few hand tools and a little silver, and began making jewelry and selling it in Harvard Square, where many artists sold their wares at that time.
 
Being basically self-taught with the tools of books and experience, Dashka decided it was time to go back to school.  So she applied to, and was accepted at Rhode Island School of Design, where she enhanced her knowledge of jewelry-making.  Subsequently, she enrolled in classes at the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, CA. where she studied colored stone identification, diamond grading and jewelry repair. 
 
Dashka’s gallery was nominated in 1995 and 1996, and selected in 1997 through 2005 as one of the Top 100 Retailers of American Craft by the Buyers’ Market of American Craft and Niche Magazine.  Two of those years, 1999 and 2001, she was selected as one of the Top Ten Retailers of American Craft. In 2006 the "Top 100 Retailers" designation was discontinued. 
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