Customer Reviews



"After my husband died and I made the decision to do something new with my treasured diamond ring, I found Ron Litolff and Gemstone-Designs. I told him I had no idea what I wanted, but he assured me we could design something that I would love. His advice: Search the internet for pictures of rings, styles and elements that appealed to me. I presented seven pictures to him and shortly thereafter he emailed me a rendering of his creation. To say I loved it is such an understatement. It was stunning!!! Ron had listened to me and gave me everything I had loved in those 7 pictures in one gorgeous ring. We did one minor tweak in the design and multiple color of gold combination rendering were displayed for my choosing. Ron's skill and artistry are so evident in his attention to detail and client satisfaction! My ring attracts so much attention and it gets compliments all the time and I happily hand out Ron's Gemstone-Design cards to all admirers.
P.S. Two years later Ron guided my son-in-law thru the process for my daughter's engagement ring. Another totally unique and customized creation that took her breath away! Great job, Ron!! Thank you!"

Jinx D., Chattanooga, TN

 "Awesome customer service and really great work! They will keep you satisfied and do a good job. They helped me with choices to stay within budget, and still get a professional result. My son told me to go check them out, as he was happy with their service as well. I am so glad I took my jewelry there for repair. You'll be glad too."

Sue G., Knoxville, TN

"We just received our custom designed engagement ring and wedding band set. My fiance and I each had our paternal grandmothers' wedding sets and wanted to combine those stones into a wedding set I could wear that showed the joining of the two families. We wanted hand engraving done, which is hard to find among jewelers today and boy did they do a great job! Although we live in Nashville, we were able to work with Ron via email and phone and he was a joy to work with. We love the ring set he designed and they made the process so easy! If anyone is looking for custom work this is the place to go. Couldn't be happier!"

Courtney W.,  Nashville TN

"I went in with a lot of questions and an idea. I wanted to incorporate some stones I already had with some sentimental jewelry and had a vision of the ring I wanted. Ron showed me what it would look like and after a few emails with more questions I was excited to see what he came up with. I could not stop smiling when I finally got to see it! Thank you for making it even better than I had hoped!"

Frances C.,  Knoxville TN

"I'm what you might call nit-picky, a perfectionist, detail-oriented, or just basically a control freak. When I went to gemstone designs to get an engagement ring designed from a couple ideas I had seen, Ron catered to that side of me perfectly. I spent roughly 4 months tweaking details to get just what I wanted, and they nailed it giving me a ring that people think I spent 2-3 times as much as I did because it looks that fantastic."

Cory H.,  Knoxville TN

"The beauty of the pieces at Gemstone Designs brought me in the door.  The unique design combination of modern innovation with a vintage flavor kept drawing me back for almost ten years.  I looked in other jewelry stores across the country and even across the globe for something perfect for my tailor designed heirloom quality ring.  But every time I traveled through Knoxville, I came to visit Gemstone, my jewelry store.  After visiting with the specialists there, I settled on getting a diamond ring and that is when the experience really began.  Ron, the designer and artist, worked with me to create the perfect piece for me.  He provided professional guidance and advice while listening carefully to my ideas.  The process was delightful and the result is extraordinary.  I would never have been able to envision the piece that I now will enjoy for years to come without Ron and the Gemstone team.  It is unusual to come across a more humble, gracious, and technically excellent craftsman.  I would recommend the experience and result without reservation."

Kate J., Coraopolis, PA

"I have known Tim Frank for many years. We met after I moved here and needed to find a good jeweler. Tim has exceeded all of my hopes and expectations with every magnificent piece of jewelry he has made for me. He can see the picture I have in my head and make it a reality. He is patient as I work through my ideas and with his input and suggestions the end result is a master piece that cause strangers to stop and ask me about which ever piece I might be wearing. Weather Tim is making a piece that is modern and clean or antique and ornate, his attention to detail is unsurpassed. I am quick to tell everyone about Gemstone Design. The entire staff is friendly and professional. I wouldn't go anywhere else for my jewelry need. Thank you Gemstone Design."

Phoebe, J., Knoxville, TN

"After many years of debating on treating myself to my heart's desires, I turned to Ron Litolff to design the ring of my dreams. He took the time to fully understand what was in my mind's eye and translate it to an actual design. After tweaking the initial sketch and receiving the computerized renderings of the final design, I was blown away but that could never prepare me for the jaw dropping experience when I opened the beautifully crafted wooden box that contained the ring of my dreams. Words cannot express how estatic I am with this work of art. I would highly recommend Ron for any of my jewelry needs. The staff at Gemstone Designs is an absolute pleasure to work with and I am beyond blessed to have found you and I thank you."

Joe C.,  LaFollette, TN

"WOW...Working with Ron to design my ring could not have been easier for my husband and I. Using his computer program, his expertise and our sugestions, we took an heirloom diamond and created a GOR-geous custom ring. Ron is innovative, personable, easily accessable and seems to really enjoy creating unique designs. Highly recommended!"

Vera M., Knoxville, TN

 "For our five year anniversary, I wanted to get my wife a pair of earrings that matched her engagement ring. The only thing that was better than Ron Litolff's customer service was his super job recreating the ring as earrings. They used high quality gems and materials that made the earrings look great! My wife loved them and was speechless when I gave them to her. 

I have also gotten jewelery repaired here, and the work and service has always been top-notch. 

I would definitely recommend Ron and Gemstone Designs to anyone needing custom jewelery or repair!"

Michael F., Knoxville, TN

"My experience with Gemstone Designs was oustanding! For most men, picking out an engagement ring is a very confusing and stressful process. I would fall at the top of this category. Ron Litolff took the time to explain everything involved in picking out a ring in a very easy to understand way. He let me hand pick my center stone and combined two different settings that I liked into one. He was extremely helpful in helping me pick out every fine detail and bringing to life what I imagined in my head. The service was very fast and had outstanding quality at very reasonable price. His work is top notch and tough to beat in Knoxville. Please look at his website at all of the beautiful rings and jewelry he has put together. If you in the market for any jewelry, especially an engagement ring, I would highly recommend checking out Gemstone Designs. You will not be disappointed."

Travis T., Knoxville, TN

"After looking years for a vintage mounting for my diamond solitaire, I discovered Gemstone Designs on the internet. They had an array of unique designs that intrigued me.

I visited the store and met Ron Litolff. We discussed the elements of a design that I envisioned for my solitaire diamond. Ron generated computer renderings of the design we had discussed, which I reviewed via email. He was patient and understanding when asked to make changes to the design and the incorporation of two diamonds that my Mom had given me.

It was a special moment the day that Ron opened the box and I saw the beautifully crafted, one of kind ring he had created. Ron is an amazing designer and I am thrilled I found him at Gemstone Designs. Thank you for making this a fantastic experience."

Lisa M., Knoxville, TN

"It was such a pleasure to work with Ron at Gemstone Designs to design a special piece that encompassed gold and stones I brought in to be included in the finished product.  Ron listened to my requirements, took the shape of my hand into consideration, and was able to make a one of a kind ring that is a dream come true for me.  I cannot speak highly enough of their commitment to quality, customer service and individualized artistic efforts to please their customer."

Donna C., Knoxville, TN

 "Working with Ron on the design of my one of kind ring was absolutely amazing!! I had an idea to combine my parents diamonds from their rings into a custom band and Ron took my idea and came up with such great revisions for a ring that I absolutely love! It is very obvious that Ron has an eye for design and he communicates beautifully with you the entire way through the project.

If you want to work with someone that truly embraces your desire for a custom piece of jewelry, go by and see and Ron in person and watch what he can do to make your experience and end result piece extraordinary!"

Debbie H., Knoxville, TN

"I recently came to you seeking a new mounting for the diamonds in my original wedding ring (23 years old). There was a mixture of marquis, baguettes, and one large round diamond. Using my diamonds and adding a halo of smaller diamonds around the round diamond, you created a beautiful ring design that was rendered in a computer generated picture for me to review.

As a matter of fact, the center stone had been somewhat buried in the old setting, and now looks twice as big as it did before. Since you had carefully listened to my concerns and preferences, the ring that resulted is stunning and exactly what I had seen and approved in the rendered picture.

It is truly one-of-a-kind and I thank you for your thoughtful (and patient) process to create this gorgeous ring for me. "

Gail C., Kingston, TN

"I love my Mother's ring from Gemstone Designs.  The ring is not only beautiful, but it's durable enough for everyday wear.  The design turned out exactly as I imagined.

Thanks again for a job wonderfully done."

Anthony N., Oakdale, TN

"I had gone to several jewelry stores in order to try to have a ring made, for my wife, for our anniversary. It was a little more than just a "custom" ring, though. I needed to have the diamonds from my wife's original wedding ring incorporated into a new "nicer" ring as a gift for my wife for our 20th wedding anniversary. It was very important to my wife to have the original stones implimented in the "new" ring. Well, I was told by my local jeweler, to go to gemstone-design to have a quality custom ring made. I went and spoke to them about what I had in mind and they were extremely professional and didn't hesitate to take on my project. Within a couple days they had sent me several pictures of what our new ring "could" look like if I chose to move forward. After making a couple changes to the renderings that they sent me, I finally decided on the design that I wanted and they began crafting my wife's new ring. It only took them a couple weeks and they called me to tell me that my wife's ring was completed. Not only was the new ring absolutely gorgeous, I had chosen to add several more diamonds to make the ring have a lot more "bling" and they absolutely NAILED IT! The ring that they made for my wife was unbelievable. I was so excited to be able to present my wife with her new wedding ring on our anniversary. She broke down and cried. The decision to go to Gemstone-design was the best decision that I could have made and I would certainly recommend them to anyone considering a custom piece of jewelry. Thanks Gemstone-design for making an incredible piece of jewelry for my lovely wife, her ring will be treasured for the rest of our lives. She absolutely loves it. Oh yea, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my decision to have a "custom" ring made was actually less expensive than what I thought I would end up paying for a "new" ring. Gemstone-design ROCKS! THANKS SO MUCH."

Anthony L., Morristown, TN