Designs by Nature Gems combines passion, beauty, and a love for crystals. Started in 2013, the company has evolved to represent positive energy through making high quality, handmade artisan work.
Each piece either starts with a nature derived concept or follows the organic line of a crystal. From this point, lead designer, Laura Sultan, decides which technique will best engender the passion for nature’s beauty that underlies my work. Methods used may include wire wrapping, wire weaving, wire crochet, chainmaille, or a combination of the aforementioned. The final step is the fun part- Laura and/or her apprentice, Christine Shaheen, physically making the piece!
No machinery is used in making of our work. All pieces are made by hand in Toronto, Canada.
All materials are sourced from local stores in Ontario, Canada, or if that is not possible, American suppliers, in hopes to support local and/or small businesses like myself.
All metals are nickle free, lead free, and hypoallergenic. The exact metal material ranges from copper core wire, aluminum, 0.925 sterling silver, 14k rose gold, or 14k gold depending on the piece. This information can be found in the piece description.
Crystals are procured from suppliers in North America and from my travels to New Zealand, Iceland, Canada, and the USA.
Designer & Creator
My love to create started in 2011 when I was teaching at-risk youth in New Zealand. During that time, making beautiful, nature inspired art balanced the hardships I saw daily. Moving to Canada in 2013 was a cosmic push to heighten my artistic skills and work on my business. Starting from about nothing, I slowly developed the intricacy of my work, the techniques I use for my art, and the clientele who purchased it. Moving to Toronto heightened the my work’s natural focus as a heart-felt effort to remain connected to the natural world within a big, bustling city.
Webmistress and Apprentice
My webmistress experience comes from years of content management in corporate environments. My love of art comes from learning at my mother’s knee while growing up in cottage country. I am thrilled to be able to combine my professional and artistic experience into this nature-based endeavor with Laura.