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Cultured Pearl Round Table 2017

Betty Sue King, the Pearl Goddess, inaugurated King’s Ransom in 1979. After 14 years of classroom teaching she left the profession and created her wholesale business. Renowned for having pearls that extend the boundaries of opulence, she travels overseas several times a year to source her remarkable collection. Betty Sue King, was honored with the Women’s Jewelry Association 2017 award for…

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Earth Day and Eco Friendly Jewelry Design

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“We are artisans committed to creating beauty in our world through our medium of fine jewelry.”  –Philip Voetsch Our world is important to us! April 22 is Earth Day, a day for us to celebrate and share our focus of creating beautiful jewelry, while working with diamonds, gemstones, and metals that will do no harm to planet earth and its inhabitants. The beauty…

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The Brazilians Are Coming! And we couldn’t be more excited…

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Our friends of over 26 years are coming to town with their fabulous collection of Brazilian gemstones for one day only. The Fernandes family has been going into the mines of their home country for over fifty years. They hand select the rough stones that the father, Jose will cut by hand.  An amazing selection of scintillating gems of all shapes…

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Gemstones of the World Roundtable Event

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This is our favorite event of the year! This is like a dinner party where gemstones are the main course. We invite you to join us for a rare opportunity to see, touch and purchase fine gemstones directly from the source! Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 913-341-7100 or email: philipdesigns@gmail.com                …

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Pantone Colors 2017

Pantone Unveils Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report When New York Fashion Week rolls around, so do 10 new chic colors used in clothing for the season ahead and named by the color authority. (SCROLL DOWN FOR COLORS)  Kale? Hazelnut? Sure, they are flavors that might be found in your kitchen, but they are also among thePantone Color Institute’s 10 color…

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Introducing Art Wells, Sculptor

ARTIST’S STATEMENT Fine art is food for the soul, and I strive to create something nourishing.  I want my work to serve a purpose.  That purpose is to enhance peoples’ lives, to make them brighter, stronger and happier.  My passion is the human figure.  Carving a convincing realistic figure in stone seems to be becoming a lost art and it…

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Meet Carrie Zara Awan Designer at JBD

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 I am inspired by the details, the small intricate touches that make a jewelry piece reflect the designer. When all those little details come together they create something precious, a little world that the wearer gets to enjoy. My jewelry is many layers of detail. I am a lover of pattern and  CAD technology allows me to embrace the intricate…

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Red Spinel to be Auctioned

The Hope Spinel, a 50.13 ct. octagonal-cut stone set in a 19th-century silver and gold brooch, will be auctioned at the Bonhams London Fine Jewellery Sale on Sept. 24.   The stone was last sold in 1917. Bonhams estimates it will go for between $227,000 and $304,000. As its name suggests, the stone was part of the collection of Henry Philip Hope,…

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Why Pirates Wore Gold Earrings and Why You Should Too

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In ancient times jewelry was worn as adornment as well as a savings account. Pirates wore gold earrings as a fashion statement and an insurance policy. It symbolized that they had plundered enough booty to afford the adornment as well as the ability to sell it upon death to ensure a proper burial. Although most of us don’t buy earrings…

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We Are Thankful…FOR YOU!

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This year we are thankful, and most thankful for all of YOU. You let us share some of the most important celebrations of your lives, from engagements to children being born to Golden Anniversaries. We are thankful that you challenge us to create unique designs just for you, whether you bring in a sketch of your ideas or a gem…

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Featured Kansas City Metalsmiths, Erica Voetsch & Robyn Nichols

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On Monday the docents from the Nelson Atkins Museum joined the staff at Jewelry By Design to welcome Kansas City Metalsmiths Erica Voetsch and Robyn Nichols. They joined forces in a presentation on their silver pieces that are currently being displayed with the Cahn Silver Collection at the Nelson Atkins Museum. Erica, a 2nd generation metalsmith said she was introduced…

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Mokume-Gane, an ancient metalsmithing technique brought to present day

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Mokume which translated means “wood grained”, and gane which translated means “metals” is a metalsmithing technique created around 300 years ago in Japan. First used as adornment for the swords of the Samurai, this unique art has found its way back into modern jewelry.   Mokume-gane uses the colors in different metals to create a pattern. The metals are layered…

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Diamond Week Celebration

DIAMOND WEEK CELEBRATION Get yourself to Jewelry By Design March 11-16 In celebration of OUR anniversary we’ve made special pricing arrangements on loose diamonds and we’re sharing our good deal with YOU. To sweeten the deal, all diamond earrings, necklaces and bracelets are marked down this week as well. YOU COULD WIN A FREE CUSTOM CAD DESIGN (Computer Aided Design)…

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Rare yellow tourmaline and blue diamond pendant

Rare yellow tourmaline and blue diamond pendant

Throughout the years, Phil has collected stones that inspire him, stones that have unique allure. Sometimes it takes years for them to tell their tale in a piece of jewelry. This rare yellow tourmaline cabochon is one such stone. Tourmaline has always been found in a rainbow of colors but the yellows were not true, in the past they usually…

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