Gloria Dunkel

   Gloria was born on August 10, 1925 in Santa Anna, Texas. She was graduated from Santa Anna High School and in 1942 moved with her mother to San Diego, California, where her sister lived. She worked for the Department of Agriculture for a year and then in 1943 she went to work for Convair, an aerospace company, where her sister worked. In 1944 she married John Dunkel, who also worked at Convair. She left work in 1945 to have her first son. In 1948 she returned to work, this time at Solar Aircraft. She worked there for ten years until she had her second son. She then stayed home to raise her family.

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   John became interested in lapidary and silver. He began a piece of channel work in 1980 but died suddenly before he could finish. After a year of mourning, Gloria started taking classes in silver and lapidary at the San Diego Mineral & Gem Society. By 1983 she had discovered her natural talent for creating channel work. She finished the piece John had worked on and proceeded to create a couple of hundred exquisitely crafted pieces of jewelry.

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   Gloria taught silver fabrication and channel work at San Diego Mineral & Gem for 15 years. She was also very active in their Fossil Division. She gave away most of her creations to friends, family, and as donations for Gem Club functions. She won many awards and ribbons in competition and received her Master Silversmith at a California Federation Show.

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