Dona spends her time managing the business side of the company, organizing exhibits at mineral shows, and the numerous trips for Wayne and Lois. Her elegance and flair for décor has created the beautiful Laguna gallery and the ambience of the KRISTALLE booths at mineral exhibitions. Kristalle is also renowned for the parties it has thrown over the years, the highlight of many a show, thanks to Dona. She somehow still finds the time to travel, visiting some amazing places including Colombia, China, Turkey and Tanzania in recent years – you can keep up to date with Dona and her ramblings around the world, and find out what is happening at Kristalle by clicking here.
ayne and Dona have one son who never inherited the ‘rock gene’ but prefers to spend his days on the fishing fleets in California and Mexico and play drums in a reggae band formed by him and his friends in the seventh grade. Okenite is the very large white Norwegian forest cat who keeps the many visitors to their home company.
Wayne and Dona belong to over a dozen museums worldwide and are Fellows of the Bowers Museum. They collect early California art and also have a small collection of minerals with special emphasis on native elements. Over the years in the business Wayne has assembled a library on the California gold rush that is considered one of the finest in the country (including superb first editions, maps, letters and memorabilia) as well as a vast library of early works on mineralogy, western exploration, gemology and Arizona history – nearly 6,000 volumes!!