We come from a family of jewelers who have worked and thrived in the gemstone & jewelry business since 1973, and we bring this business experience with us into all aspects of what we do.

Everybody Is Made to Shine

We have been crafting fine engagement rings from our studio in the heart of NYC since 2002. We proudly remain a small, family-owned business and uphold strict standards in who we choose to do business with - in particular, how we source our metals (recycled) and gemstones (conflict-free and lab created).

By working with a trusted network of diamond suppliers, we can also ensure that our designs are set with the best stones.

Unique Like You

We also proudly donate a portion of our proceeds to Earthworks and Cool Effect and over the years have also helped raise thousands of dollars for the Brady Campaign, Red Cross, and the Harlem Children’s Zone.From our start in the early aughts, we've had a wild ride - including a collaboration with Doo.ri Chung for her Spring 2005 Runway show, to having our pieces worn by celebrities including Beyonce, Rashida Jones, Debra Messing, Keri Hilson, and Rachel Ray. And over the last 10 years, our jewelry has received accolades from a wide range of publications including Harper's Bazaar, Lucky, WWD, Refinery29 and New York Magazine.

Our Mission

But the core of our mission and our story remains - we continue to seek inspiration in this colorful city (New York!) that surrounds us. We make custom engagement rings and wedding bands that are inspired by sculpture, architecture, organic shapes, and most of all, the personal stories we hear from our clients every day. We recognize that no two relationships are the same, and only by engaging you throughout the creation process we are able to craft a truly unique product that you can call your own.

Our Relationship with You

Our pieces are never mass-produced, and always handcrafted locally from start to finish following strict ethical standards. This is our guarantee to you in addition to our commitment to providing a wholly personal shopping experience to you regardless of your budget. From handpicking your gemstone, to incorporating design accents for personalization, to ensuring the timely completion and delivery of your order, we will be there to guide you and offer our suggestions every step of the way. It is our policy to ensure that this process is as fun and stress-free as it should be during this special time in your life!

History of Ken & Dana Design

  • 1970

  • 2002

  • 2004

  • 2006

  • 2009

Humble Beginnings

Ken’s father Michael is introduced to the gemstone trade in 1970s Hong Kong, where he eventually starts a small factory cutting and polishing color gemstones.

Ken’s mother Annisa joins the team, and with her help, Gleam is established and the duo travels to Europe to promote their ware.

Europe Trip

From its Hong Kong origin, Gleam eventually expands to open a factory in Guangzhou, China, and offices in the United States. By the early 2000s, Gleams’ client list grew to include fame jewelers such as Tiffany’s, David Yurman, and many independent boutiques and manufacturers across the globe.

Ken joins Gleam in New York City in 2002, with ambitions to create a retail brand. In the early years, he tinkers with branding, design, collaboration, distribution, and getting the word out.

We partnered with Doo.Ri and made accessories for her runway shows.

We also partnered with Geren Ford.

Fashion Jewelry

We made statement pieces for nationwide boutiques such as Holt Renfrew in Toronto, Forty Five Ten in Dallas, and Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.

In 2006, we had our first engagement ring commission.

And thus began our venture into engagement rings.

KDD’s first showroom and studio:

Our current home

Client reviews and testimonials

To date, we have had the honor of working with over 15,000 couples on their engagement rings and wedding bands.

In total, we have completed over 20,000 projects for our amazing clients and we proudly produce everything in New York City!

In total, we have completed over 20,000 projects for our amazing clients and we proudly produce everything in New York City!

even commissioned Ken & Dana to create custom jewelry for their commercial starring Justin Timberlake and Dania Ramirez

We’ve also made pieces worn by some of your favorite celebs.

And have been featured in a number of magazines...

During this time, Ken & Dana Design embarked on some philanthropy projects as well.