About us

Designs by Nature 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.

Story Behind

There’s power all around us, if only we take the time to stop and see it. Designs by Nature is my answer to finding that power, passion, and perfection in the world around us through natural, raw crystal jewelry with a hint of healing.

My name is Laura Sultan and it is my pleasure to introduce you to my bohemian boutique, Designs By Nature Gems. Originally conceptualized in 2014, I was seeking balance in my life and found it in the form of raw crystals, jewelry wire, and unbridled passion for elevating natural components into supernatural accessories. As a former New Zealand mathematics teacher for at-risk youth, I always had a knack for finding the patterns between the numbers and between people. After taking a course on jewelry design I quickly realized I could transfer my teaching skills into this shining, beautiful world of adornments. What started out as a part-time passion on the weekends, turned into the bustling boutique you see before you with a variety of hand wrapped pendants, necklaces, rings, and bracelets.

As is often the case with life, there are many surprises in store. In 2012, I was given a cosmic push to relocated to Canada. Moving to Toronto only emphasized the personal importance to remain connected to nature and to continue to help others connect to that natural world. As a light worker, I’ve been blessed to offer my handmade jewelry to citizens of the world in a way compliments their personal styles while also accentuating the most striking components of my raw materials. It is an honor and a pleasure to be able to practice sustainable and ethical business practices as an artist and a business owner. In fact, two of the twin values of this company are minimizing our footprint by limiting our waste production and revitalizing the local economy through hiring local Torontonians, working directly with local crystal shops, and sourcing my raw materials only from sustainable sources. Now, years later, my passion and journey has enabled me to be a full-time artist who runs her business through creating unique pieces of nature-inspired, highly detailed wearable art just for you.

Creation Process

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 the 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 - our artists physically making the piece!

No machinery is used in making of our work. All pieces are made by hand in Toronto, Canada.

Raw Ingredients

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 nickel 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.


Our Team

Laura Sultan

Laura Sultan

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 my work’s natural focus as a heart-felt effort to remain connected to the natural world within a big, bustling city.

 Camille M.

I am a stay home mother of two awesome kids and married to a wonderful and supportive husband.
All of my life i have been artsy and creative, able to figure out new artistic methods and applying them. Nature has always been a big part of my life and I will forever be inspired by it. I love my position of maker here at Designs by nature gems, as it combines artistic creativity with nature
Cami is wearing Mookiate

Senka Alempijevic

Senka Alempijevic

Studio and Production Manager
Senka is an Economist turned artisan. She discovered that playing with gems, shapes and raw materials was a lot more fun than with numbers. She draws a lot of inspiration from native motifs from around the globe. As a newcomer to Toronto she loves the exposure to so many diverse cultures. Working with some funky music on is a must. Chocolate is her religion.

Mithika Roy

Marketing and Sales Manager
Mithika is the go-to social media/online person on the team. She loves everything branding and digital design. From the corporate world, she discovered her true passion working with small businesses. If she's not working, you’ll find her creating endless stickers, wood burning, redecorating, somewhere by the water or travelling the world.


Y.J. Deborah Lee

Maker and Designer
I love making pretty and personal pieces for everyday wear, each of those carrying its own unique story. I get fascinated by materials, shapes, and new techniques. Working at Designs by Nature Gems has been such joy and charm in my life ever since I started.

Felix Huynh
Designer and Stock Manager
I am a jewellery maker with a background in graphic design. My special interest in 3D modelling and metalwork has led me to explore my passion for jewellery making. Being in a role that allows me to learn new jewellery making techniques as well as participate in an employee-friendly environment is the best of both worlds to me.

Shivika Sahani 
Studio and Wholesale Manager
I love everything about jewellery, from fashion to precious. I pursued my education in Jewellery Designing & Fashion Management & Promotions followed by a career with top fashion-manufacturing houses, and now, made my way to the Canadian Fashion Industry. My strength is my passion for work and creativity. I love exploring places and not to forget some great cocktails! Working with Laura & DBNG has given my journey a great direction.
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