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Jeweler Donna Distefano is a gem in her own right for myriad reasons: her commitment to fair-trade principles, her reproduction work at the Met and her stunning custom-designed pieces.

Her airy Flatiron studio resembles the museum where she received her training: Cases are filled with beautiful 22-karat-gold cameo pendants, intricate 19th-century-style ruby rings and cathedral-inspired citrine and spinel necklaces.

Distefano is heralded for her museum-quality jewelry, and her new Return to Luxury service is a showcase for her art. For the first time, she's offering clients individual gold evaluations and helping them turn their old pieces into new treasures.

Distefano is a magician of sorts, transforming wedding bands into emerald-flecked necklaces and bangles into filigree pendants. Outgrown the charm bracelet you've had since your sweet sixteen? Let Distefano meld it into a sophisticated brooch. Ready to update that heirloom piece that's not quite your style? Distefano can give it a modern makeover via colored sapphires or Akoya pearls.

Book a free consultation, bring in your gold and learn how much your pieces are worth, what you should keep and what you can part with. After that, the reinvention possibilities are endless.

Grandma would be so proud.

Donna Distefano Ltd., 37 W. 20th St. (between Fifth and Sixth aves.), Suite 1106; 212-594-3757 or

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