About Us at Yanke Designs

Yanke Designs

 A personal touch with every custom piece of jewelry

Inspired by the fire and beauty of natural gemstones, Frank Yanke knew he wanted to create custom designed jewelry– rings, necklaces, bracelets and more – each hand-crafted to reflect the unique character and style of its wearer.

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After attending college, Frank gained an apprenticeship with well-known Troy jeweler, Alexander Bongiorno. It was while honing his skills as a goldsmith that Frank met his wife, Kim, who herself was a custom jewelry apprentice under Bongiorno.

Embarking together on a mission to design and manufacture custom made jewelry, Frank and Kim Yanke opened for business in 1981. In 1989 they settled in Franklin Village, where their store, Yanke Designs, is a well-known destination for people seeking one-of-a-kind jewelry to mark an engagement, wedding, anniversary, birthday or other special occasion.


The Yanke Designs Difference

Unlike the jewelry stores at the mall or in the department store, the Yanke Designs showroom features 100% original designs created by the Yankes.

In addition to pieces in the showroom Yanke Designs creates custom designs for the individual client. Every custom design springs from the shared vision of the designer and the client. Frank and Kim educate their clients on gem selection and walk them through the entire design process. The Yankes provide the expert craftsmanship and the personal touch that makes each piece unique. “Straightforward” and “honest” are the words customers use to describe the experience.

Whether it’s an engagement ring fashioned from a family heirloom stone or a pendant crafted from stones found only in Africa, Yanke Designs is ready to exceed each customer’s expectations.


Stop in and experience the difference …


BIG NEWS:We've Relocated to Traverse City!

We've Relocated to Traverse City!

Don't worry, Yanke Designs will continue to service our clients in the Metro Detroit Area. 
Contact us at (231) 994-3831 or visit us at our new website: yankedesignstc.com.

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