Dana Kellin Jewelry - Sisters Join to Make a Creative Jewelry Business
Dana and Elizabeth Kellin were always very close. Elizabeth, tagged along with Dana to summer camp when she was only five. As teenagers, they backpacked around Europe together. Making jewelry had been Dana's hobby while working as a fashion editor for W magazine in L.A. and New York. In those days, Dana gave away her necklaces as gifts. Elizabeth now urged her to try selling them.
"I made up 15 pieces of jewelry and brought them to a rep I knew from W," says Dana. "They were very delicate, sort of Victorian in style, and they just hit. Soon Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox were wearing them on 'Friends.' Within three months we were in Barney's and Neiman Marcus."
The Kellin sisters officially started Dana Kellin Jewelry in 1994 in Dana's L.A. apartment. "Soon the jewelry manufacturing took up my entire apartment," she says. "We found ourselves holding business meetings in the bathroom."
"In the jewelry industry, there are many one-hit wonders, but we've had great longevity and relevance," says Elizabeth. "Maybe it's because we're meticulous about what we do," adds her sister. "Since day one ... years ago, we've put quality above all else."
Fun Fact: Dana Kellin Jewelry has a Hollywood Connection
Dana is also know as the spouse of actor Paul David McCrane. He is a Grammy Award-nominated movie, television and theatre actor, as well as an occasional television director. His roles include Emil Antonowsky in RoboCop, Montgomery MacNeil in Fame, Astronaut Pete Conrad in From the Earth to the Moon, cancer-absorbing mutant Leonard Betts in The X-Files and Dr. Robert "Rocket" Romano on ER.
He also guest-starred in 24 seasons 5 and 6 as Graem Bauer. He has also appeared on Ugly Betty. In addition, McCrane composed and performed two songs for Fame: "Dogs in the Yard" and "Is it Okay if I Call You Mine."
You're in Good Company When you wear Dana Kellin Jewelry
Her following includes a long list of actresses including Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Penelope Cruz.