December 1998; officially began Dean Harris Jewelry.
2000: After one year in business, the Council of Fashion Designers of America bestowed the Perry Ellis Award for best new accessory designer upon Dean and thus established him as an important name in the jewelry community.
2003: Dean’s 18k yellow gold branch tiara was one of only two pieces of jewelry exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the “Goddess” exhibit.
2004: Dean was one of the 10 finalists in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. This competition was documented in the movie “Seamless”.
2005: Dean was featured in the book, Sample by Phaidon Press. The book showcased the top 100 designers of the new millennium.
2007-2008: Kent State University held an exhibition of Dean’s work. This was the first time the museum dedicated a show to a single jeweler.
2008: Target selected Dean to be their third guest jewelry designer for fall.
2009: Dean began his collaboration with QVC under the umbrella "Signature Dean Harris" featuring his sterling silver jewelry in iconic 'vine' work.
2010: From July to October, the Carnegie Mellon Museum of Natural History exhibited Dean's fossilized bone necklace in it's geological collection.
Dean Harris’ jewelry has been used in the fashion shows of: Marc Jacobs, Bill Blass, John Varvatos, Derek Lam, Peter Som, and Doo Ri, as well as Chado Ralph Rucci ready-to-wear and couture.
His jewelry has been featured on Cameron Diaz in her films “In Her Red Shoes” & “Holiday.”
His work can also be seen on the television shows “Damages” and “Brothers and Sisters.”