About Me – Designing

Master Goldsmith

I am a master-goldsmith working out of my own design studio, having started my business D. Law Jewelry Designs since 1988.

I specialize in creating custom-made fine jewelry. Many of my pieces are one-of-a-kind…insuring they have their own identity and Spirit, just like the person who wears them.

I usually begin by focusing my attention on the gemstone for which I want to design. As I begin to resonate with it… I listen…I get in touch with what I feel and how I think the stones want to be expressed…either in a ring, pendant, earrings, etc.

I try to get inside the mind of the person who will eventually wear my jewelry and get a sense of how they will relate to it. I get my inspiration from all different sources: art, nature, architecture, etc.

Creating A Custom Piece

When I am creating a Custom piece….. I listen to my customers and together we outline a concept for the design and I then draw sketches. I think of myself as sort of a chameleon in a sense. As I begin to connect with them on a more personal level I get a sense for what they are trying to express about themselves and wish to validate.

So when I’m designing for someone I feel they are helping me to co-create and communicate artistically and it really becomes a process…. unfolding as I enter the different stages of creating the piece.

How I Design

I do all my own work from the design, detailed drawings, alloying the gold, carving wax models and casting or forming and soldering the metals to complex stone setting. I enjoy working with all precious and semi-precious gemstones, metals and techniques.

I’m not intimidated by the degree of value or rarity of the gems with which I work. I’ve designed and made numerous commissioned pieces for jewelry stores and galleries over the years valuing up into the six figure range each.  

Please Note

I strive to utilize more unconventional ways of setting stones, combining colors and shapes and techniques in my designs which sets them apart from the easier, mass produced, commercially made jewelry on the market. I think that is what gives my designs an edge.

“My goal is to create well-composed pieces of jewelry which artistically might express or reveal an aspect of one’s self……..their personality, confidence, professionalism, sophistication, and sense of style, whether it be hip, western, chic, etc.”

Donna Law Jewelry Designs

Donna Law Jewelry Designs

I have owned my business D. Law Jewelry Designs since 1988. I am a master-goldsmith. I specialize in creating custom-made fine jewelry. *Many of my pieces are one-of-a-kind*


I have fun meeting the challenge of harmonizing the “rocks and metal” in a 3-dimensional art form that is structurally compatible to be worn on the body as adornment. I like to think of it as “Intimate Art”.

My Childhood

My earliest memory relating to my passion for jewelry and gemstones was as a young child. I can remember having a dream where the clouds were raining sparkling jewelry all around. I would run and gather it up in my arms as much as I could hold.

My father, who is an artist and sculptor, had always been an inspiration for me and encouraged me to pursue my artistic dreams and ambitions.

It was my 8th grade art teacher who would allow me to come before class to show me some jewelry making techniques that really sparked my passion for creating jewelry.


Early Career

I am an Arizona native and have lived most of my adult years in New River, AZ.

In 1974 I began my jewelry career when still in high school working part time in a jewelry repair shop. After graduation, I worked full time as an apprentice to a highly skilled jewelry craftsman. The opportunity was quite rare at the time and I was passionate about achieving.


I’ve successfully completed GIA diamond courses in Santa Monica, CA, and various art and design classes. I have studied hands on with some great masters in the jewelry field.