Thursday, November 21, 2013

Donna Distefano, Ltd.

Post by Patricia Syvrud

One of the more interesting sides of working in the jewelry industry is getting to know the designers as PEOPLE.  Patricia met Donna Distefano in June 2011 when Donna was recognized by the industry charity 'Jewelers That Care' during a major jewelry industry event. A beautiful person inside and out, the NY-based Distefano is more of a private jeweler than a full-blown jewelry retailer and has a devoted celebrity following. 

A student of art history and Italian culture, Donna was the senior goldsmith for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY before launching her eponymous company, Donna Distefano Ltd.  Her pieces are all hand-crafted using techniques that have endured over centuries and reflect the culture and craftsmanship that she values.

Donna at her work bench
Donna has a strong calling to create jewelry using responsibly-sourced gemstones and fairtrade gold. A frequenter of wedding events, she has stand-apart 'living' displays of models draped in gorgeous Italian designer wedding gowns accented with her unique wedding jewelry.  Below are the 'before' and 'after' images of the 'Allegory of Spring' 22K yellow gold wedding diadem:

Donna holds dual citizenship in both Italy and the United States and studied design in Italy before devoting her energies to goldsmithing.  She is often sought after for her unique engagement and wedding rings, and Patricia's favorite is the 'Donna' ring, a gorgeous cushion-cut ruby surrounded by diamonds set in 22K yellow gold:

Patricia's Gem to Remember

Looking for an engagement ring that's unique yet classic?  Donna's 'Pillow Talk' ring is in 18K yellow gold set with a 3 carat cushion cut center diamond accented with smaller diamonds.

 Other lovely wedding jewelry is accented with cultured pearls, so pretty and feminine!

 Bassonette pendant and Viola earrings:
Donna's jewelry has been featured in literally dozens of fashion and style magazines, and she was featured in a 'Mansome' video, created to help the nervous engagement ring purchaser with buying tips:

Donna's talents aren't limited to wedding jewelry.  Her "Belle of the Ball" earrings are graceful yet playful and are set with over 30+ carats of yellow and orange sapphires and freshwater cultured pearls:

 Romano bracelet:

''Czarina' pendant:

'Falling  Leaves' earrings:

 Donna is known for her hand wrought chains in 22 K yellow gold, collected by the most discriminating celebrities!

'Pompeii' chain:

'Ernestine' chain:

'Capitano' chain:

Christine's favorite is the lovely 22K gold and emerald pendant below. She loves how the ancient techniques of engraving, etching, repousse and granulation are incorporated into the piece.  Only master goldsmiths can create Destefano's intricate designs, each a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

'Terra Incantata' 22K gold and emerald pendant

 Christine's Gem to Remember

Donna's pieces are also perfect for the working woman who appreciates a 'statement' piece but wants to maintain her professional demeanor in the office, like the 22 K yellow gold 'Salvatrice' garnet ring to the left, and the 'Majesty' ring in 22K yellow gold, diamonds and a 24 carat prasiolite, a variety of green quartz:

Donna's 'Taylor' earrings in 22K yellow gold with granulation, gold twists and pavé set diamonds can be worn proudly by a bride on her wedding day, or to the office or out on the town.  Perfect!

'Journey' ring

Donna's creation below, titled 'The Love that Moves the Sun and the Other Stars' was inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy.  Crafted in 22K yellow gold, the center of the ring features a Gibeon meteorite.  A true one-of-a-kind piece, it was created at the request of the Forbes Galleries to be included in their recent exhibit "Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age" 

Donna is also featured in Beth Bernstein's new coffee table book "Jewelry's Shining Stars", which highlights some of today's most interesting and innovative jewelry designers.

Please contact us if you're interested in purchasing any of Donna's beautiful pieces.  You can see more of her collections at

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