Bella Nova Jewelry
“This Must Be Love!”
Bella Nova is owned and operated by Artisan Donna Maria Diamond (also known as “Nova”). Originally from Bergen County, she now resides in the historic seaside town of Ocean Grove, NJ where the quaint Victorian architecture and unhurried lifestyle have inspired many Artists, Writers, and Musicians.
Nova has enjoyed working with different media over the last 27 years. Though proficient in many art forms, she has realized her passion and, for the last 10 years, has focused on the design and creation of jewelry. This passion grew out of her love for gemstones and their ancient history said to be used by the Celtic people, Romans, American Indians, and many other cultures. This fascination with the natural beauty of crystals and mined minerals inspired Nova’s collection of stone to make some of her unusual designs. Using a heavier gauge wire than normally seen with wire wrap, the stones are cold-form set in a free-form style. The finished jewelry is secured using prongs, glue, or solder. Primitive, interesting, one of a kind pieces came of this, and later, cold-forged, hand hammered chains, as well as Byzantine knot work became part of the collections. Clients have brought in their own stones to be set in sterling or gold wire, making a treasure that’s really their own. Nova has been commissioned to design jewelry for complete bridal parties, and shows her work at the prestigious Monmouth County Festival of the Arts, as well as many other Juried shows. Nova’s original designs are created one by one in her Ocean Grove Studio.
As beaded jewelry became more popular, Nova searched for new and equally unique designs to create as an alternative to beads on a string. This began a quest for high quality semi-precious gems and beads to give the now growing client list the best materials available, and a variety of styles to choose from. Swarovski crystal, Zambian amethyst, Baltic Sea amber, freshwater pearls from the Orient, beads handcrafted in India and Tibet are used to make her colorful beaded chains.
Bella Nova is a small but growing enterprise which has expanded to the internet with an online catalog and mail order capabilities. Info on custom designs and wholesale inquiries are welcome, and may be obtained via email or phone at the Main Avenue Galleria in Ocean Grove.