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Bring us your dreams. We will create them. For your wedding day parure and beyond, Donna Distefano’s atelier becomes far more than a typical trip to a jewelry store. Custom design. Personal service. Attention to detail. Jewelry soirees. We offer everything from made to order rings to festive events for the wedding party, gifts, and accessories for men and women. A precious jewel can be yours to have and to hold from this day forward.

Please visit our Love and Marriage Collection to view our selection of wedding and engagement rings.

Donna Distefano is one of the leading designers of highly sought after wedding rings. Her glittering engagement rings have appeared numerous times in America's leading bridal publications. At the Donna Distefano atelier, it is our goal to create the finest quality ring to make your dream a reality.

The engagement ring is the enduring symbol of your love, the start of your married life together. Consult with our design experts as you are led though the process one step at a time from rendering to finished jewel.

We will source the diamond and gemstones you desire from responsible vendors across the world. Your rings will be made by hand with love in New York City. No matter your budget, you will always receive personal attention and the finest craftsmanship and materials.

Please visit our Love and Marriage Collection to view our selection of wedding and engagement rings.

Diamonds are composed purely of carbon, making them the hardest gemstone in the world. A diamond's value is contingent not on only its size and weight, but on its cut, color, and clarity, also known as "The Four C's". At Donna Distefano, we recommend selecting a diamond that is accompanied by certification from a laboratory. These certificates detail the diamond's measurement, shape, clarity, color and carat weight.

Cut:

A gemstone's cut determines the fire colored light and brilliance of a diamond. The facets act to bounce light within the diamond and back toward the eye, as do the overall proportions of the stone. For example, the classic round stone has 58 precisely aligned facets, giving it extraordinary brilliance, hence the name "brilliant-cut". The cut also refers to the shape. Diamond styles available are: round, oval, pear, princess, marquise, or heart-shaped (see chart).

Rose Cut:

Rose cut diamonds were introduced as early as the 1500's and were popular until the early 1900's. The shape of a rose cut diamond resembles the petals of a rose bud. The bottom is flat. The crown is domed shaped and the facets meet in a point in the center. The number of facets varies from 3, 6, 12, 18, to 24 facets

Color:

The more colorless the diamond, the greater its rarity and value. Many diamonds appear colorless to the untrained eye although they contain slight traces of yellow, brown or gray. Very rarely in nature fancy colored diamonds occur and although special and costly, they are not often used in traditional engagement rings. At DDL we are happy to provide them, if you are interested in these rare diamonds. Color is graded according to the chart below. At Donna Distefano we recommend choosing from "H" color or better.

Clarity:

Clarity in the diamond refers to the quantity, size, position, nature and color of inclusions (minute crystalline irregularities found in the gem's interior). The common definition of 'Flawless' refers to the fact that no inclusions can be seen under a standard 10x power jewelers loupe, as truly flawless diamonds are extremely rare. Diamonds are graded from FL Flawless to I3. See chart. At Donna Distefano, we recommend choosing a VS2 or better.

Carat weight:

A carat is the gemologist's standard measure of a diamond's weight. There are 100 points per carat; a half-carat diamond is equal to 50 points.

Please visit our Love and Marriage Collection to view our selection of wedding and engagement rings.

Colored gemstone engagement rings have been popular since the Renaissance. The color of the chosen stone was thought to lend meaning to the ring itself. Rubies represented a passionate heart. Sapphires were connected with faithfulness. Emeralds served as a guarantor of perpetual love. Diamonds were rare and were used primarily by nobility.

It was only in the late nineteenth century that diamonds came within reach of the middle classes. Newfound availability combined with the gemstones’ association with illustrious nobles enhanced their desirability.

Today, couples are turning to exotic gemstones precisely because they make an engagement ring seem less ordinary. With diamonds or standing alone, colorful options can make your most important jewelry purchase as personal as it is timeless.

Please visit our Love and Marriage Collection to view our selection of wedding and engagement rings.

Every detail of your wedding is an expression of love. Your wedding day jewels should be as well. No matter how formal or understated, we can create by hand the pure expression of your personal style to carry you from this day forward. We welcome your heirlooms for restoration in anticipation of your wedding day. Bring us your history, your color palette, your desire. We will create your vision.

Please visit our Love and Marriage Collection to view our selection of wedding and engagement rings.

We understand that your honor attendants share a special part of not only your wedding, but your life. Together, we will create the personal and heartfelt symbols of appreciation that will let them know how much they mean to you. More than a memory, our wedding party gifts can be customized in myriad ways. From hosting a celebratory soiree to creating personalized presents, we bring an unparalleled level of excellence to all we create.

Please visit our Love and Marriage Collection to view our selection of wedding and engagement rings.

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