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May 9, 2014 permalink

Dina Mackney is an upscale jeweler based in Reston Virginia. Her products are on sale through sixty five stores across the United States. Expand to see the description of her business from her website.




Dina Mackney

As a designer, Dina embraces and creates bold jewelry that is dramatic in scale and saturated with color, yet tempered by the clean, contemporary lines of her signature bezel settings. Inspired by the beauty and brilliance of all natural semiprecious gemstones, she designs distinctive jewelry set in 22k gold vermeil, fine sterling silver and solid 18-22k gold. Juxtaposing unique gemstones and unexpected color combinations that surprise and delight, each handcrafted design tells a unique story…much like the confident, modern woman who serves as Dina’s muse.

In a sea of dainty and delicate, a Dina Mackney Design is unapologetically bold and dramatic, while also capturing a timeless aesthetic that easily transitions from season to season. With unique and interesting stones an integral part of what makes a Dina Mackney Design so compelling, many of her signature and one-of-a-kind pieces showcase gems such as Australian Prehnite, Mexican Fire Opal, Tourmalinated and Rutilated Quartz, and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise.

Inspired by her lifelong interest in the arts and the natural beauty of the stones, Dina creates designs for women like herself who wear many hats – mother, artist, and entrepreneur. She studied at The Parsons School of Design, the University of Virginia and the British Institute of Florence in Italy. A native Texan, Dina and her children Jackson (9) and Lily (11) now split their time between the Washington, DC area and Middleburg, Virginia.

Dina’s designs have been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, Coastal Living, Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Palm Beach Post and other prominent publications. Her jewelry is worn by celebrities including: Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson, Téa Leoni, Norah O’Donnell of CBS This Morning, and musician Grace Potter.

Source: Dina Mackney Design

And now, the rest of the story. Dina's husband, Christopher Mackney, was driven to suicide by family law actions on her bahalf. He died on December 29 in Washington DC, leaving a suicide note on the internet. Dina has responded by asserting copyright ownership of her husband's note, and trying to get it removed from the internet. Instead the story has benefited from the Streisand effect. Fixcas is going slightly off-topic to preserve the record. Here is Christopher Mackney's suicide note (pdf) along with legal threats from Dina's lawyers (pdf). To keep maximum distance from Virginia lawyers, both documents are hosted outside the United States.