Every stone tells a story and Yvonne Gillis thinks that's a beautiful thing. Her passion? To extract an unseemly chip of rock from deep within its crystalline vault, cut it, polish it, set it and allow its beauty to speak volumes about the Earth's ancient history. Her mission? To find the most uniquely beautiful stones she possibly can and fashion them into wearable art. Her selection of jewelry pieces is absolutely mesmerizing.
After earning her graduate degree in gemology from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in New York, Yvonne broadened her knowledge of jewelry with an internship at Sotheby's. Born with an eye for shape, color and texture, it was the fortuitous combination of her formal gemological studies, her early education in fashion merchandising, and later, a chance meeting with a Brazilian mine owner and master gem cutter that led to a career in jewelry design. Yvonne is a member of the GIA Alumni Association, The South Carolina Jeweler's Association and other mineralogical societies.
Gemologist & Jewelry Designer,Yvonne Gillis of Y Jewels
Custom designed semi-precious natural stones with fine white diamonds beautifully set in 18 karat yellow gold and 18 karat white gold.
The Y Jewels collection concept involves artfully set stones in white or yellow 18kt gold. As a jewelry designer, Yvonne’s mission is to make her pieces accessible and highly wearable. To this end, she developed a method of interchanging “drop” gemstones that dangle from a “top” setting. She designed four top styles with discrete hooks onto which drop stones can be easily attached without the need for tools. With only one pair of top earrings, the look can be dramatically changed by choosing from a wide array of drops.
Start your collection! Start with a top or a necklace, than add a drop for every anniversary, birthday or special occasion.
From the Designer:
I created my line for women who wanted versatility in their jewelry collection.
It's a simple add-on concept. From TOPS to MIDDLES to DROPS, its easy!
Choose the earring TOP fisrt, then add-on the DROPS, or for a longer version, add-on a MIDDLE.
Your look goes from simple to smashing in an instant.
A simple hook system holds the DROPS securely in place without any tools.
Once you have a pair of TOP earrings, you can change their look dramatically by adding various MIDDLES and DROPS.
For even more versatility, I offer a Necklace that can be worn alone or with the DROP of your choice.