Son of Long-Time Yanke Designs Customer Gets Special Engagement Ring Made

Longtime customers of Yanke Designs, Gordon and Kris couldn’t be more happy when the day came that their son Brian informed them he wanted to ask the love of his life, Ashley for her hand in marriage. They suggested to Brian he visit Yanke Designs for the engagement



Customer Engagement Ring DesignBrian and his parents stopped into Yanke Designs with some questions and ideas of what type of ring Ashley might like. “We started looking through some of our picture books that show designs that we have done in the past. Nothing seemed to be just right. Next we looked at some wax models. Still, nothing,” said owner Frank Yanke, “Finally we brought out a catalog of a manufacturer that we deal with. Turning to the engagement ring section of the catalog Brian instantly saw a picture of a very simple solitaire style ring with a halo of small round diamonds going around the major stone. That was it, the perfect ring for Ashley.”

With the perfect design in mind, the missing piece to the puzzle was the stones. Incidentally, Brian’s grandfather (Kris’ father) was a jeweler and gem cutter. Kris had in her possession a diamond that Brian’s grandfather had cut many years ago and gave it Brian to be used in his future wife’s engagement ring. With the unique ring designed, Yanke Designs ordered the mounting and set the very special diamond into it.

When Brian came into Yanke Designs to pick up the completed ring, he mentioned that he would be presenting it to Ashley in a few weeks, on their trip to the Caribbean. That didn’t happen; he was so excited that he proposed to her that very evening. Soon after, Brian brought Ashley into the store so she could let Yanke Designs know how much she loved her ring.


Inspired by the fire and beauty of natural gemstones, Frank and Kim Yanke create custom designed jewelry such as rings, necklaces, bracelets and more. 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 showroom features 100% original designs created by the Yankes. In addition to pieces in the showroom, Yanke Designs creates custom designs by educating their clients on gem selection and walking them through the entire design process. The Yankes provide the expert craftsmanship and the personal touch that makes each piece unique.

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