History of Ken & Dana Design

History of
Ken & Dana Design


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.

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.


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!

We thank our loyal customers! Some of them happen to be rather famous : )