Designing Local - Nature Made, San Antonio Magazine February 08 2016
If you’ve ever watched Good Morning America and noticed anchor Robin Roberts wearing a bold necklace, you could very well have been admiring the design of Carroll Dorsey Walker. For more than 17 years, she has been handcrafting jewelry that has been worn by celebrities, adorned models on runways around the world and been sold in stores nationwide. Walker says her goal is to make an impact by combining large gemstones and semiprecious stones in one piece. “I don’t think dainty is in my category,” she says. “My style is big, bold and dramatic.”
While Alamo Heights jeweler Carroll Dorsey Walker admits subtle is not her forte, that doesn’t mean she relies solely on glitz. The longtime designer whose pieces have been seen on Today and New York runways, favors natural elements, like the bold turquoise stones in her “Duchess” necklace ($450) and large turquoise drop earrings ($145).
Who Wore It Best - Carroll's Top Oscar Picks February 23 2015
Who doesn't love the Academy Awards?! Your favorite film or actor/actress may not have won, but these ladies listed below certainly deserved an award for their attire. Of course, in true Carroll style, I figured they could use a little sparkle from my collection.
Here are my Picks for Best Dressed:
#2 Marion Cotillard look vintage and coquettish in her Dior gown... The new Clara handbag would add to this timeless look.
#3 Cate Blanchett in her stunningly simple black Galliano rocked the red carpet by enhancing her gown with a gorgeous Tiffany turquoise necklace... and I love turquoise. I would compliment this dress with the Elsa handbag to add some more frost and turquoise.
#5 Margot Robbie in St. Laurent reflected 70's glamour and excess. Her new bob and face alone could rock any red carpet. We think the Deco would be so fun to carry with its Chevron retro weave, and blue color to compliment her vintage necklace.
#9 Scarlett Johansson in a skin tight green Versace..... I know, I know.... the necklace was a bit much.... but I love her ferocity and feminism.... She could so rock the Perky Peacock with that combination.
Have a special event coming up? Let Carroll craft the perfect piece that ties it all together! Drop her a line today at 210-643-0888
Carroll to be featured on KLRN - PBS San Antonio January 14 2015
Carroll Dorsey Walker will be featured on the program Arts, which airs on KLRN, the local PBS station for San Antonio and south Texas.
Every week KLRN fills you in on what YOU want to know about our dynamic arts and culture scene, as well as breathtaking art from around the country.
Be sure you set your DVR!
When: Friday, January 16 at 8:30 CST
Carroll Dorsey Walker Celebrates 16 Years September 17 2014Carroll Dorsey Walker recently celebrated a milestone of 16 years in business. Along with the success, Carroll has generously donated her time, talent, and gorgeous creations via philanthropic endeavors. Most recently with Christy's Hope, a non-profit benefiting the Battered Women's Center of San Antonio. More photos
Fall 2014 Collection Exclusive Preview June 26 2014
Join Carroll for an exclusive trunk show highlighting her 2014 Fall Collection, including the ever popular handbags! She has paired these eye-dazzlers with some of her jewelry lines, creating a sophisticated and elegant look that is uniquely Carroll Dorsey Walker.
Friday, June 27th
Mother's Day Sweepstakes Winner Selected May 16 2014
Weezie C. of San Antonio, TX was chosen as the winner of the Mother's Day "Home Sweet Home" sweepstakes.
Look for more promotions and offers in the near future...you never know where Carroll Dorsey Walker will take you.
Be watching for my Jewelry on the Today Show May 01 2014
And we're "off to the races"!!! The Kentucky Derby, that is..... My friend, and fellow designer of fabulous hats, Christine Moore will be on the Today Show live from Louisville, Kentucky.
She will be featuring her amazing, gorgeous hats,,,, and she will be sporting, Carroll Dorsey Walker.... Look for her silver long chain necklace adorned with coral and cherry-quartz beads.
I also have beautiful San Antonio ladies who will be sporting my fabulous jewelry at the Derby on Saturday, and the pre-party at the Downs benefiting the Susan G. Komen foundation. I can't wait to see the pictures, and will post them for you!
Featured Profile - 78209 Magazine April 30 2014
She has a talent for design and business acumen too.
Like the beautiful pieces of jewelry she designs, Carroll Dorsey Walker is the total package. Creative, artistic, and with business sense to boot, Carroll is the founder and designer of Bejewel by Carroll Dorsey Walker, a jewelry and accessory line created right here in the heart of Alamo Heights.
Married to Robert since 1996, she and her husband and their son, Dorsey, are longtime Heights residents. Born and raised in Alamo Heights, Robert is the owner and operator of Rufus A. Walker & Co., a construction supply company, and Dorsey is a student at Alamo Heights High School.
For the Walker family, there’s no place they would rather call home than Alamo Heights. “We love living in Alamo Heights,” Carroll says. “I love the trees, the friendly people and the old neighborhoods. Our house is 113 years old, and it really lends itself to creativity.” And for Carroll, exploring the realms of her creativity is what life is all about.
Carroll’s dream began in 1997 when she took her first jewelry making class. “I have always loved beautiful things, and I had a lot of artistic visions that I wanted to explore,” she recalls. “I created my first piece of jewelry in the spare bedroom of my home, and it was an amazing experience. From there, I went nuts! I could hardly sleep. I would get up in the middle of the night and sketch or work until 5 in the morning. After that, everything just sort of snowballed.”
Her rise to the top of the jewelry design chain, however, was no accident. With a degree in marketing management from Southwest Texas State University, Carroll used her business acumen to launch Bejewel by Carroll Dorsey Walker into the finest local shops in San Antonio and beyond. Julian Gold was one of the first boutiques to carry Bejewel, and it quickly became one of their highest-selling jewelry lines. From there, Carroll opened showrooms in Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta. By 2007, she was servicing over 400 boutiques nationwide as well as several overseas accounts. Her beautiful creations have been featured in InStyle, Reader’s Digest and Marie Claire magazines and worn by celebrities on the red carpet as well as by many television personalities.
In 2008, following the nationwide economic downturn and with her son entering junior high, Carroll scaled her business back, closing the majority of her East Coast accounts to concentrate on her showrooms in New York and Dallas and to be more available to her son. “With over 16 years in the industry, I’ve experienced many types of economic cycles, good and bad, and you really have to go with the flow,” she says. Today, Bejewel by Carroll Dorsey Walker can be found locally at Julian Gold, Adelante Boutique at the Pearl, and by private appointment at her home studio. “Regionally, my jewelry can be found in 50 to 100 boutiques across the country,” she says. “But with the economy recovering and Dorsey driving, I’m ready to cycle back up to where I was in 2007.”
For Carroll, it’s all about the craft and making her customers happy. “I have always loved working with natural gemstones and the process of creating beautiful statement pieces,” she says. “I love beautiful ‘earth-made’ pieces that can easily fit into most budgets. A woman shouldn’t have to be wealthy to have choices about style and beauty.” Recently, she has expanded her line to include embellished evening handbags, and she has a loyal following for her soy-scented candles and custom bath products.
The success of Carroll’s business has allowed her to be a strong philanthropist and leader within the Alamo Heights community, a duty she accepts with aplomb. She donates generously to numerous local charity events, including the Witte Game Dinner, Alamo Heights School Foundation, Mission Roads Ministries and Le Brunch des Chapeaux benefiting autism, where this spring she will provide the Top Topper Award. Along with serving on a number of local boards, Carroll currently serves as chairman of the Alamo chapter of the Young Men’s Service League, a mother/son volunteer organization. “Dorsey and I do a lot of volunteer work together for charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project, the San Antonio Food Bank and Haven for Hope, to name a few,” she explains.
Recently nominated for a 2014 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Carroll is a finalist for the Innovator Award. Her sponsor, Darrell Hamlin, founder and owner of Civic Monkey, describes her in this way: “Carroll has the artistic talent to design and construct products of extraordinary beauty, the operating skills to manage the enterprise, and the visionary gifts to see where market trends and customer satisfactions merge on the commercial horizon.”
With her creative juices flowing, and business on the upswing, Carroll is ready for the next challenge. “Currently, I’m making anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 pieces per year, but I’m really looking to expand and grow the business,” she states. “I’m thinking of opening another boutique close by. I’ve got my eye out for the perfect spot.” With Carroll’s eye for beauty, there’s no doubt she’ll find it … right here in Alamo Heights!
Source article: http://78209magazine.com/featured/jewelry-maker-carroll-dorsey-walker
Jewelry Fit for a Queen!!! April 29 2014This year, my company had the honor to create the jewelry for the 2014 Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo... which is a big deal in this part of Texas. The creations for these debutantes,, their dresses, along with their embellished trains are planned years in advance. They are embellished with gorgeous crystals, beads, and gemstones. This year's theme featured Texas themes. I designed a gorgeous hand-set crystal necklace with a stunning Czech crystal medallion. Then faceted champagne droplets of crystal creating a vintage-inspired look were set to cascade around the neckline. The earrings were a starburst of crystal with multi cascading drops of crystal layered. I want to thank this year's Queen, Mallory Sparr, for being a beautiful model for Carroll Dorsey Walker designs..... I also made her fab red coral, crystal, czech swag chandelier earrings that she sported to the Queen's Ball.
The Broadway San Antonio Trunk Show April 07 2014
Join Carroll, and view some of her wonderful creations at The Broadway San Antonio. 10% of the proceeds will benefit August Heart!
Carroll - the globetrotter April 01 2014
Carroll recently completed trips to Hong Kong, Dallas and various other markets around the United States. Her luxury line of handbags have been selling so fast she has told the distributor to keep their workers on overtime! Carroll is also designing the handbags with different jewel sets to match her exquisite line of necklaces and earrings, something you'll definitely want to keep an eye out for (heck who could miss it?) :)
In addition to the non-stop travel, Carroll has had time to put together a "Fiesta Bling Fling" event, hosted at the wonderful Adelante Boutique inside the Pearl Brewery. This is one event you don't want to miss!
SA Living Sneak Peak February 13 2014Carroll Dorsey, Jewelry Designer and owner of Bejewel introduces her new luxurious line of jewelry and embellished evening clutches. Bold, bedazzled and color you’ll definitely fall in love with these glamorous creations!
Featured Press February 13 2014