Leading Ladies 2016

Didi Suydam

Owner – Didi Suydam Contemporary


Didi Suydam feels fortunate to have the career that she’s had. As a working artist, she’s been handcrafting fine quality jewelry full time since she graduated RISD in 1985. “I create what I love,” she says of her hand-fabricated contemporary and sculptural jewelry. “It feels like a luxury!”

Didi and her husband, sculptor Peter Diepenbrock, opened the gallery Suydam + Diepenbrock in Newport in 1999. The space represented their own work along with contemporary artists and jewelers from around the country. After 12 years in the City by the Sea, Didi decided to re-open the new gallery in Jamestown, their home since 1999 and where they raised their two daughters. “We co-designed and built our home here, starting with an initial floor plan by renowned Newport architect James Estes,” Didi says. Working primarily with sterling silver, she also incorporates gold and semiprecious stones in her uniquely sophisticated jewelry. In addition, the gallery also showcases Diepenbrock’s sculpture as well as his latest furniture/functional pieces and Didi’s signature large-scale imagery. “Photography has been another passion of mine,” she says. “Peter and I have been 100% committed to our work and our careers as professional artists and we’re proud of that. It has been a remarkable journey.”

Gallery hours are seasonal; please contact gallery for winter/spring hours.

5 East Ferry Wharf, Jamestown • www.didisuydamcontemporaryjewelry.com