Donna Vock is the owner/manager of Donna Vock Designs and Consulting, LLC based in New Canaan, CT. She is also the Design Director for ProVockative Gems, Inc, a world-renowned specialty jewelry company founded in 1993 by her husband, Alex Vock. Donna holds a bachelors degree from SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied Geology and Engineering until 1983. Working her way through college selling and modeling fine footwear, Donna planned to continue her post graduate studies in the field of geology until a new job at H. Stern on Fifth Avenue changed her focus; opening her eyes to the fascinating world of gemology.
Later employed by Tiffany & Co, Donna continued her educational pursuit by studying at the Gemological Institute of America, and Columbia School of Continuing Education. As her passion for gems and jewelry grew, her post-graduate work shifted to Art History, and Studio Art classes in painting and drawing, culminating in an extended period of Jewelry Design classes at FIT and Parsons School of Design. In 1992, an opportunity for Donna to showcase her newly discovered talent on the world stage arose when her then employer, Lazare Kaplan Int'l, launched their brand name ideal cut diamonds in the booming Pacific Rim market.
After seeing homework on Donnas' desk, the CEO offered Donna (then the company's Operations Manager) a portion of their loose diamond inventory (overstock) to design a collection around and have ready for the overseas product launch in 7 weeks. The collection called American Classics (all platinum and round, white diamonds) was a huge success, with 7 of 12 handmade original designs selling that first weekend in Taipei. Another successful handmade collection called "The Impressionists", featured naturally colored pink and yellow diamond jewelry in floral and butterfly patterns, quickly followed it.
Today, Donna still finds ways to develop her craft, while raising her two teen-aged sons. She is enrolled in the Executive Education program at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the entrepreneurship organization Ladies Who Launch, as well as the American Society of Jewelry Historians and the Fashion Group International, where she was honored in 2007. Donna has also been a featured designer at Sotheby's, the world famous auctioneers, in both New York and Hong Kong. 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.