Donna Vock founded her eponymous company, Donna Vock Designs and Consulting LLC, as a New Canaan CT based advisory business, which served jewelry retailers, manufacturers and collectors around the globe. Perhaps now better known for “Vock and Vintage” her by-appointment-only salon in midtown NYC, she also helps manage the global gem business ProVockative Gems, founded in 1990 by her husband Alex Vock. Donna’s growing appreciation for period jewelry and its relevance in world cultures fuels her own passion for collecting.
This love for jewelry and a cherished rapport with the public remain her primary focus. Helping clients reimagine their legacy jewels in new and different ways helps preserve their appreciation for the past while still enjoying these heirlooms in today’s casual lifestyle. In her original contemporary works, Donna creates one-of-a-kind pieces using collectible gems of all varieties for a loyal and sophisticated group of clients who share her appreciation for the rare, the handmade, and the truly unique. Working with each client to capture their own personal style, each piece must fit to contour and enhance the body in the most flattering ways possible in order to be a success.
Inspiration for her original contemporary collections stems from a variety of sources, most notably the landscapes and seascapes of her childhood in Long Island where a strong sense of scale, color and texture were always at play. The influence of Native American textiles, art and culture are recognizable in the geometry of much of her work, while the pop art movement and vivid use of color by notorious graffiti artists popular during her teenage years, are evident as well. Music plays a strong role in her creative process, where the rhythm and flow of the blues, and soul favorites are captured in metal and stone.
After undergraduate studies in Geology and Engineering, studio art and jewelry design classes at FIT followed. Meant only to be a girl’s night out once a week, jewelry design and creation was becoming her life. An entry level position at H. Stern, then Tiffany & Co. and Lazare Kaplan Int’l is where she honed her skills. An incredibly keen eye and understanding of processes coupled with her extensive understanding of the evolution of jewelry design propelled her to the forefront of the industry and has made Donna a trusted resource for other collectors and jewelry professionals the world over. She has served a devoted clientele for almost thirty years.
Donna is a member of the American Society of Jewelry Historians, as well as The Fashion Group International, where she was honored in 2007. In the spring of 2008, Donna was recognized as a leader in American jewelry design and innovation by the National Jewelry Institute who selected her work as part of their Designer Showcase at the Forbes Gallery in New York.