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From Jewelry Making to Healing Hearts and Inspiring Minds

Meet Dyon, a Jamaican girl bringing her big heart and loving nature to make a difference in her community. Through her jewelry-making journey, Dyon discovered a passion that served as a stress reliever after her mother’s brain aneurysm and brought positive changes to those around her. Transitioning from a career in education to launching Beadly Speaking Kidz, a virtual jewelry-making program for children during the pandemic, Dyon found a way to blend creativity with healing. Despite personal health struggles with Lupus and Sjogrens, jewelry-making has become a form of artistic expression that has played a significant role in her healing journey, teaching her patience, grace, and providing a safe space for creative exploration.

As Dyon continues to inspire others through her work, she emphasizes the importance of mindset, seeking support, and finding purpose in adversity. Join Dyon on her mission to bring healing and creativity through jewelry-making workshops for both youth and adults, spreading joy and empowerment one bead at a time.

 

Christina: What is your SwagHer? What makes Dyon, Dyon? 

Dyon: I am a Jamaican girl living in a Bmore world. It is my big heart and loving nature. I want to see others win as well. I love kids inside and outside of my family. 

Christina: Can you share with us the story behind how jewelry-making became an outlet for you after your mother’s brain aneurysm in 2004, and how it led to positive changes in your community? 

Dyon: Jewelry-making became a stress reliever for me on weekends after teaching all week after my mom’s surgery. It also provided a bonding experience for my mom, my niece (who was nine years old at the time), and myself. At the time, my niece suggested naming our business 3D because we were 3 Davidson women. I laughed back because I had no intention of doing that. We made so much jewelry that we started giving it away. One of the teachers at my school at the time took a liking to my work and invited me to a beading circle at a local bead shop ran by an amazing Black woman. I enjoyed it so much that I started taking my mom. Mom and I would buy beads from the shop, sat, broke bread, fellowshipped, and learned from other women jewelry artists. Eventually, I started volunteering at churches, community centers, and libraries. Today we have served children in Maryland and in Kenya. In 2021, we had the opportunity to share the joy of jewelry making with children via Zoom in an orphanage in Kenya in 2021. I smile every time I think about how amazing that experience was. Our jewelry-making summer camp is approaching its third year. We focus on leadership, self-esteem building, entrepreneurship, and mindfulness. Our youth learn jewelry-making techniques and journaling, produce a minimum of ten pieces of jewelry, and sell them at our closing program. We are not only impacting their mind, but we are also making a difference in their finances as well. 

Christina: What inspired you to transition from a career in education to launching Beadly Speaking Kidz—a virtual jewelry-making program for children—especially during the pandemic? 

Dyon: The world shut down around the same time that we received our first grant and was preparing to launch. We had to pivot and create a new system. I was inspired to launch a virtual program because I was laid off in March 2020. At the same time, I was in graduate school, majoring in Education. I used the information to create a new curriculum. I have been building on that curriculum ever since. 

Christina: Your mission emphasizes bringing healing through jewelry-making, particularly in light of your own health struggles with Lupus and Sjogrens. How has this practice of artistic expression played a role in your personal healing journey? 

Dyon: Jewelry making has taught me patience, grace, and how to bring my creative ideas to life. It has been a great distraction for the days when the pain in my joints is so intense that the tears do not even fall. I journal my thoughts when I finish my sessions to help me release whatever energy I was feeling prior to working. This has become my safe space to try innovative ideas, sketch the ones that sit in my mind, and spend time with God. A lot more ideas come to me when I exercise patience. 

Christina: Define the word artist in your own words. 

Dyon: An artist is a person who produces work that they are enthusiastic about whether it is a hobby or profession. 

Christina: What advice would you give to others facing personal challenges or seeking to turn adversity into purposeful work? 

Dyon: I would tell others facing personal challenges to focus on their mindset. They may need a mentor or therapist to help unpack some of the issues they are dealing with. Working through challenges with people outside of your circle who have unbiased views is sometimes better than talking it out with friends and family. People can only help you based on their lived experiences and trauma. We need tools to help us balance our lives. I took these steps, and it changed my life. Every day is not sunny. However, I have resources to help me with the rainy days.

Christina: Is there anything else you would like to share? 

Dyon: We offer virtual jewelry-making workshops for youth and adults. Gather your group and let us have a session. You can book an in-person session with us if you live in Baltimore and surrounding areas. Also be on the lookout for our jewelry-making journal that will be out by August. 

 

Connect with Dyon below: 

Website: www.beadlyspeakingjewelry.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/beadlyspeaking

Facebook: www.facebook.com/beadlyspeakingjewelry

LinkedIn: www.linkedIn.com/dyondavidson

 

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