Philippe Medawar Collections

Some designers create for their own fulfillment as artists, but Philippe Medawar takes pride in designing jewelry exclusively for his clients. Philippe Medawar Collections are the perfect accompaniment to one’s purposeful life, whether journeying toward a crossroads like marriage or long-anticipated retirement, Philippe Medawar encourages clients to live every day with joy and every evening with sparkle. A visionary who says, “Not all art hangs on walls,” Philippe Medawar is famous for his gravity-defying gem setting styles, his jewelry collection that honors the gift of motherhood and his minimalistic designs that are timeless in their appeal. Philippe Medawar Collections are a diverse, beautifully sculpted celebration of the individuals' élan who wear them.

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Philippe Medawar Custom Jewelry Collections

Client Commissions

Client CommissionsAn artisan with unparalleled dedication to quality, Philippe Medawar carefully weighs how each breathtakingly beautiful gemstone can be best showcased with noble metals (such as karat gold and platinum) that best complement the wearer and their environment. Whether a surprise engagement, anniversary, birthday celebration or "just because," Philippe Medawar customizes each piece of jewelry so it will forever be a reminder of that special moment. 

A U.S. patent holder, Philippe Medawar is a brilliant inventor who crafts awe-inspiring jewelry. A newly widowed client commissioned a cross pendant that Philippe Medawar designed to encase her husband’s ashes within the cross. The treasured necklace was a comfort and Custom Engagement Ringreminder of the two most important people in her life: her Lord Jesus Christ and her husband. A diamond ring in the shape of The Eiffel Tower was a one-of-a-kind engagement ring that Philippe Medawar was commissioned to create, so the happy client could propose to his beloved in the shadow of la tour Eiffel in Paris.

When designing commissioned fine jewelry, the client’s profession, lifestyle and preferences are carefully considered so that the design will be perfectly balanced aesthetically and functionally. The trademark black and white motif of the packaging signifies the contrast between aesthetics and functionality that is uniquely present in the Philippe Medawar brand. With a harmonious blend of classic and contemporary, Client Commissions are created with a world of inspiration uniquely for you. 

"My experience at Philippe Medawar's is everything I hoped ring buying would be. My fiancé pointed out her favorite of the selection and then Mr. Medawar handcrafted the ring I'm proud to see my fiancé wear!" -Zach

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In-House Atelier

One of the rewards of having Philippe Medawar as your personal Jeweler is that once you put your irreplaceable heirloom in their capable hands, you can be confident that your item is cared for in a secure state-of-the-art atelier at their Grand Rapids location, where all Fine Jewelry Maintenance Services are performed expertly in-house. By following a few guidelines, you can help assure that your fine jewelry item will endure for many years to come. 

Mr. Medawar encourages clients to make an appointment at their convenience to discuss jewelry design services, although walk-ins are welcome.

In-House Atelier
Custom Jewelry Design Concept to Completion

Concept to Completion

Whether an inspirational sketch on a cocktail napkin or the compilation of two or more elements from designs in Philippe Medawar’s glittering showroom, there are various approaches to Fine Jewelry Design. Some clients arrive confident with a particular design idea; whereas, others fully rely upon our expert guidance. All are welcome.

Once the design is selected, an intricate wax sculpture is carved from the sketch’s rendering. After this wax is approved, it undergoes a time-consuming process before being cast into noble metals, karat gold or platinum. A Philippe Medawar technician then oversees the delicate filing, polishing and finishing of the mounting including setting gemstones, special metal finishes, enamels and gemological services.

Design Process

Setching a designAn artisan whose craft is unparalleled, Philippe Medawar carefully studies how each breathtakingly beautiful gemstone can be best showcased amid noble metals to best complement the wearer and their environment. The Philippe Medawar trademark black and white motif signifies the contrast between aesthetics and functionality that is uniquely present in the Philippe Medawar brand. The hallmark of a Philippe Medawar one-of-a-kind fine jewelry commission is harmony among organic elements, a unique aesthetic and expert artisanship thereby fulfilling client need.

When designing commissioned fine jewelry, the client’s profession, lifestyle and preferences are carefully considered so that the design will be perfectly balanced aesthetically and functionally. Focusing solely on aesthetics is one sign of a selfish designer, says Philippe Medawar, because a jewelry item that is fashionable but doesn’t fit a client’s profession or lifestyle is pointless. Philippe Medawar takes pride in considering various criteria when designing fine jewelry for clients, whether he is designing for a surgeon who’s pulling gloves on and off all day or a mother who is caring for children and the household. Philippe Medawar clients wear fine jewelry that is as comfortable as it is beautiful. 

Crafting the designThe dedicated team at Philippe Medawar highly values our clients and considers it a privilege to provide one-of-a-kind jewelry to help commemorate one-of-a-kind milestones. Most jewelry stores today sell mass-produced, machine-made jewelry and are classified as jewelry merchants – not Jewelers. Whereas jewelry merchants sell jewelry, box it, collect payment and that’s the end of the transaction, at Philippe Medawar, a fine jewelry purchase is the beginning of a trusted relationship for generations to come. 

We welcome clients to visit Philippe Medawar’s elegant showroom and are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss Jewelry Design Services, at their convenience. All Fine Jewelry Design is performed at Philippe Medawar’s in-house, state-of-the-art atelier at 5930 28th Street in Grand Rapids, MI. And rest assured, while your butterfly is undergoing its transformation, all phases rest safely in our secure vault. 

Diamonds

Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring material on planet earth. We can thank God for creating the sparkling mineral, diamond, and for the many ways it has benefitted humanity in diverse applications such as: industry, music technology and health sciences to name a few. One of our favorite tangible expressions of the sparkling transmission of light is, of course, diamond jewelry! Whether one’s goal is glamour, romance or to symbolize an important milestone such as the marriage covenant, diamonds have become an integral part of our lives. Diamonds often say perfectly what we cannot adequately convey: “You have value, I care about you, Congratulations, Let’s celebrate” and of course, “I love you.” Never before has the emission of dispersion and fire – the separating of white light into it’s spectral hues – spoken so loudly to us through it’s beautiful sparkle.

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Colored Gemstones

Colored Gemstones

The allure of colored gemstones has endured for centuries. They’re written about in The Bible, romanticized by poets and treasured by royalty. Colored gemstones express passionate love, personal style, family legacy and power. A rare commodity, colored gemstones are mined from remote locations with availability often contingent on the political climate of the region. To be classified as a gem, a mineral must be beautiful, durable and rare. Of the approximate 4000 minerals discovered, about 100 qualify as gems. Most colored gemstones have been treated or enhanced in some way before arriving in retail jewelry stores. Purists might argue that cutting and polishing is an enhancement. Enhancements improve a gem’s appearance and durability. Philippe Medawar is a reputable jeweler that discloses gemstone treatments and cautions clients on how to clean and care for them so their beauty lasts. The fascinating world of colored gemstones awaits…

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Metals

Philippe Medawar is a gifted artisan who has been crafting exquisite jewelry from noble metals, gold and platinum, for over 40 years. The noble metals are a group of metals that resist oxidation and corrosion such as, iridium, platinum, rhodium and gold.

Clients will be advised, based on the color of gemstones, personal preferences, lifestyle and profession, whether to choose white gold, platinum, yellow gold or rose gold for their Philippe Medawar Jewelry Design item. Please note that Philippe Medawar does not work with stainless steel, sterling silver, tungsten or titanium.

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"The custom settings with the floating gem stones are by far the most beautiful settings I have ever seen, and there are no prongs to bend... so my wife never loses the diamond! Incredible selection of the most beautiful fine jewelry I've never seen, anywhere! I will go NO PLACE ELSE! From beautiful to exquisite, it's all under one roof."
—David
"First of all, it was a pleasure to meet you. I have to say it was a wonderful surprise for me. I can’t tell you how excited I am to get the beautiful ring that you are making for me. I will wear it with pride and will be proud to share my story with others as to how this ring was made, where it was made, and how my husband surprised me. Thank you again!! I hope to do business again with you in the future."
—Nicole
"Philippe Medawar designed and created the most beautiful ring in the world! It's completely unique and magnificent. The quality of diamonds used and the craftsmanship are absolutely stunning. He's truly a visionary. I receive constant compliments on my ring’s unique style and setting."
—Amy
"Thank you so much for making my beautiful ring. I love that it includes my mother’s diamond and my original engagement diamond from 1966 in such a beautiful setting."
—Jan
"I wanted to surprise my wife for our 20th wedding anniversary with a custom designed ring that said, "I value you; you are precious to me; you are unique, creative and beautiful" to my wife. My wife's existing wedding ring already featured high-quality diamonds (purchased in the Caribbean) that we loved, but the design was uninspired-- typical retail jewelry. Philippe Medawar started with our existing ring, retaining its best diamonds and adding more of his own, and designed a one of a kind masterpiece (just as unique as my wife and nearly as beautiful). The finished custom-designed ring is flawless-- an absolute treasure. It is asymmetrical and unconventional, yet perfectly balanced. The stones float in the setting in a way that maximizes light and brilliance. I have no idea how Philippe accomplished this feat; it looks impossibly delicate, yet is sturdy and secure for every day wear. And Philippe's attention to detail is unrivaled. He designed the ring in such a way that every diamond is exposed to maximum light, and yet the setting is entirely smooth with no edges that will catch on clothing or risk jarring loose a stone. I cannot tell you how many breathless compliments my wife has received on this ring. I've never seen its equal.
Some visitors may stop in at Philippe's store in Cascade, MI, expecting to find a typical inventory of retail jewelry and to speak with a salesperson. Instead, in Philippe, you've found the rarest of gems -- a true craftsman, master jeweler and watchmaker who creates one of a kind works of art. And to top it off, Philippe is honest, trustworthy and generous with his clients. His work is amazing, and he consistently delights clients who he designs for.
When you want to commemorate a milestone with a gift that is truly unique and special, you should strongly consider meeting with Philippe Medawar to design a work of wearable art. He's the best."
—Brett