Jon Barry DiNola, CGA
Jon Barry DiNola, CGA, along with his wife Mary Jane, opened Yardley Jewelers in February 1977. Barry is an award winning jewelry designer, goldsmith, silversmith, platinum smith, gemologist, appraiser, and educator, and has been practicing his craft in Bucks County since 1970. He is a past president of the GIA Delaware Valley Alumni Association, past president of the AGS Keystone Guild and past president of the Pennsylvania Jewelers Association. He has been honored and named PJA Jeweler of the Year and Craftsman of the Year and won the State of Pennsylvania’s first jewelry design competition in 1996. His original piece took First in its Category (based on value) and Best of Show at the Jewelers of America Annual National Competition in 1997. He has taught jewelry courses, both technical and conceptual at The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) and has spoken to many organizations, professional groups and schools on a variety of subjects related to jewelry making, designing and appraising. His firm does a yearly student exchange day when two students come to Yardley Jewelers and spend the day learning about jewelry manufacturing, stone identification and various other details of the industry. Yearly, a group of girl scouts spend an evening with Barry learning how jewelry is made to earn credits so they may receive their merit badge in metalwork.
In his spare time Barry finds time to be the treasurer of the Yardley Business Association (YBA), Treasurer and past president of the YBA and is the current treasurer of the Yardley Makefield Fire Company and the Yardley Disaster Mitigation Relief Fund. He serves as a volunteer firefighter, volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and is the Marine Captain of the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company and a Captain on the fire grounds. Barry has taught classes in firefighter, water survival, basic marine rescue and boating safety. Starting in 2005 he has been a top responder, one of the top 3 or 4 persons responding to the majority of all fire calls and rescues and was voted as Rookie of the year for 2004, firefighter of the year in 2006 and received the President’s award from the Yardley Makefield Fire Company for 2008. Barry spends 5 to 7 hours a week volunteering with Lower Makefield’s Emergency Medical Unit helping those in need of medical emergencies. He also has an advanced certificate in Emergency Management and is the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Yardley Borough. He received a decree from the Senate of Pennsylvania through the Bucks County Land Mark Town as Volunteer of the year for 2008.
Besides working in gold, silver and platinum Barry works in steel, copper, brass and wood making large metal sculptures and objects of art and furniture.
Barry holds the rank of a 3rd degree black belt in karate, and also teaches private classes in self-defense and does presentations on surviving a disaster.