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Modern Anniversary Gemstones

This is a fun tradition to start with your beloved! You can research ideas all year for clever ways to give a gemstone. Maybe you start with the rough crystal form and create a collection of specimens that represent your lives together. Our website has options for  most of         these gemstones too. We love to help…

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Earth Day and Eco Friendly Jewelry Design

Diamond Sun Pendant 18k gold

“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 4 C’s of Diamonds

rough diamond crystals

The 4 C’s of Diamonds 1. CLARITY   Clarity grades assess the number, size, relief, and position of inclusions and blemishes. Internally Flawless diamonds are extremely rare and command much higher prices per carat than gems with microscopic inclusions.   2. COLOR   The less color, the higher the grade. Even the slightest hint can make a dramatic difference in…

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

Brazilian gemstones

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

Gemstone Roundtable

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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New Birthstone for August: Spinel

New Birthstone for August

New Birthstone for August: Spinel, a favorite gemstone for so many reasons. Multiple color choices, brilliant reflection and durability are just a few of the reasons we love to design with spinel. Spinel is found in shades of vivid red, orange, pink, blue and lavender.  It’s durable enough to use in all types of jewelry pieces including rings. It is usually…

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Diamonds Can Break?

chipped diamond broken diamond

How To Prevent Your Diamond From Chipping 1. Avoid shapes with points or sharp corners Any shape of diamond with points or sharp corners is more exposed to chipping at those locations. Round, oval, and rounded-corner cushions don’t have that point exposure. 2. Protect the culet At one time, almost all standard round brilliant cut diamonds and many other shapes…

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KC’s Custom Jewelry Hand Made From Start to Finish

maker hammer set

Many know us as the source for custom jewelry design in Kansas City. But did you know Philip has been doing this since the seventies? Ten years were spent on the Plaza on 47th Street. Then in the 80’s, Voetsch & Co. moved to Wornall Road. There, Philip’s jewelry collections were created and sold to jewelers at the largest jewelry shows in America.…

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What Determine’s A Pearl’s Value?

lustrous pearls

The qualities that determine the overall value of a natural or cultured pearl or a piece of pearl jewelry are size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, nacre quality, and—for  jewelry with two or more pearls—matching. LUSTER Pearls with high luster have sharp, bright reflections on the surface. Of the seven pearl value factors, luster might be the most important. Luster is…

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Secrets to Keeping Your Diamond Sparkling

sparkling clean diamond ring

The sparks will fly − and your diamond will shine − when you follow these cleaning tips. Diamond is the hardest natural substance on Earth. It can cut any kind of rock or metal, but only another diamond can cut a diamond. In fact, to burn a diamond, it must be heated to between 1290-1650 degrees Fahrenheit. Yet the oil…

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Garnet

ANT HILL GARNETS One of our favorite stories about gemstones is one Phil often tells about ant hill garnets. The ants find garnets while excavating their underground passages, then bring the gems out of the hole at the top of their hill and discard them. Rain washes the garnets and moves them down the ant hill.  These are limited in…

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Now Is A Good Time To Buy Platinum Jewelry

Platinum prices are lower than they’ve been for years, making it more affordable than ever to purchase platinum jewelry. Price per ounce is less than gold! Scroll Down for Tips To Care For Platinum Jewelry     Benefits of Platinum Platinum prongs offer better protection for diamonds, which is why the world’s most significant diamonds, from the Hope Diamond to the…

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