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Established in NYC 1994, the mission of Donna Distefano Ltd. is to create exquisite fine jewelry and objects that mark the events of a lifetime while respecting the earth and its population. We handcraft jewelry in NYC with the world’s finest diamonds, and gemstones, that are responsibly sourced ---- worthy of royalty, and available to all who covet exceptional craftsmanship.  Ancient metalsmithing techniques combined with inspiration from poetry, paintings and world history create an unforgettable, inherently glamorous story told by the hands of a true goldsmith.

  1. All jewelry made by Donna Distefano Ltd has been handcrafted in our New York City atelier using recycled precious metals since the company’s inception in 1994. In 2008, Donna Distefano Ltd launched a fair trade initiative to provide information to our clients.  In order to assure that our jewelry is free from environmental destruction and human rights violations, we have developed the following fair trade protocols to accurately describe the gemstones in Donna Distefano jewelry.
  2. Level A
    1.  Natural gemstones purchased from a fair trade vendor who tracks the gem material from the mine to the cutting factory.
    2. Gemstones are accompanied by written verification of their country of origin.
    3.  Stones are mined and cut by fairly compensated workers with great consideration given to the environmental impact of mining and gem cutting.
  3. Level B
    1. Natural gemstones that can be traced to the country of origin.
    2. Vendors have written agreements in place that require fair labor practices in the gem cutting facilities.
  4. Level C
    1. Natural gemstones procured from reputable vendors who follow fair trade guidelines, but do not provide written verification of fair trade protocols.
    2. Any enhancements to the gemstones are fully disclosed.
  5. Level D
    1. These are gemstones that have been in the Donna Distefano inventory prior to 2008 without a verified chain of custody.
  6. It is our goal to be transparent about where and how our gemstones are procured. We plan to expand our offerings of fair trade gemstones and phase out gemstones whose chain of custody cannot be verified.

Donna Distefano is a member of several important jewelry trade and cultural organizations:

    1. The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has been in existence since 1912, regulating the practices of the jewelry industry. Its members pledge to act in accordance with all applicable laws, represent their products accurately, and uphold the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
    2. Incorporated in 1903, the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA) promotes professional excellence in the craft of jewelry making and design.
    3. The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is a leading industry force dedicated to advancing the ethical promotion of natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls.
    4. The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) is the largest international learned society devoted to the study of the era 1300–1700.
    5. The Dante Society of America The mission of the Dante Society of America is to promote the study and appreciation of the time, life, works and cultural legacy of Dante Alighieri.

Donna Distefano is happy to support numerous organizations whose goals resonate with the company mission through dedicated jewelry. She has collaborated with actress Stephanie March for One Kid One World, and opera singer Jama Jandrokovich for Women for Women International. Donna Distefano continually supports God’s Love We Deliver, the Environmental Defense Fund, The American Italian Cancer Foundation, and the All Stars Project.

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    - Joe Perry, Aerosmith
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    - Gotham Magazine
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    - New York Magazine