Kuhn's strives to bring the latest most exciting jewelry designs by the industry's newest leading designers to the Eastern Shore. We regularly attend major Jewelry Trade shows to make sure we are discovering emerging designers. That's why shopping with us isn't like any other jewelry store in our area! We strive to surprise, amaze and inspire. Come in and let us introduce you to your next favorite jewelry designer!
ÉVOCATEUR’s collection of alluring, art-driven jewelry fuses innovative design with glamorous sophistication. Featuring 22K gold leaf and sterling silver leaf, our designs reflect a love of the traditional and ancient, blended with the modern and contemporary. The jewelry’s inimitable style features striking images inspired by old world civilizations, African safaris, romantic impressionistic gardens, as well as abstract renderings and whimsical designs. Other pieces are embellished with authentic hand-set vintage treasures from the 1940’s to the 1980’s. Capturing the art and luxury of handmade jewelry, each piece becomes a modern heirloom, evoking memories and stories. Collected and coveted by women worldwide, ÉVOCATEUR celebrates modern style with an eternally chic aesthetic.
For Founder and Designer Barbara Ross-Innamorati, the love of fashion, art and design has always been hardwired into her creative DNA. Many years ago, Barbara became fascinated with and passionate about gold leaf, particularly the way it can transform even the most ordinary objects into something extraordinary and magical. As someone who always loved jewelry, Barbara went on a mission to adapt 22K gold leaf to jewelry design. After 18 months of research and trial and error, she perfected the proprietary technique for which ÉVOCATEUR is now known. Today, these opulent designs are infused with inspiration from Barbara’s extensive travels throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia. All of the designs have a sophisticated and unique spirit.
From their Connecticut studio, Barbara and a team of skilled artisans design and individually craft each piece, wrapping them in 22K gold leaf and sterling silver leaf. Using an intricate process, the jewelry is gilded and burnished by hand and is fabricated over a period of five days, resulting in an exquisite work of art, each piece finished to a rich patina. With only the finest materials used and impeccable attention to detail, ÉVOCATEUR celebrates the compelling relationship between art and fashion.
The line, which includes cuffs, bangles, pendants, earrings and belts, can be found in premier boutiques and retail stores throughout the United States and the rest of the world.
See what inspired Stephanie for her 2014 Fall Collection
"A little over three years ago, I realized I just wanted to go to Mexico, I needed to go to Mexico. I had my own, successful Interior Design Company that I started almost right after college, and after 18 years I really needed to recharge my creative energy."
- Stephanie Anne Kantis
Kantis had carved a niche in the home décor industry with a decade of specializing in the design production of her own upscale and unique children's luxury furniture, linens, accessory and branded apparel collections. Single handedly changing the face of the Juvenile furniture industry forever, she opened her first retail store in 1996, that became the mecca for a young, affluent clientele. As the business grew, so did her retail venues. In 2008, she opened her flagship in Dallas' Highland Park Village, but for Kantis, the trip to Mexico proved to be a turning point in her life.
"So my husband and I, and our two fat cats move to this tiny town in the hills for three months, and we end up living there almost two years! I start taking this sculpture class. Working in bronze fascinated me, but everyone was making these big things and I'm making these small things. Finally my professor said perhaps I should take a jewelry making class. Coming back to Dallas, I was always wearing my small sculptures. Then one day, a longtime client of mine comes into the store and right away I begin to sell her a sofa that I knew would be perfect in her home. Totally ignoring me, she keeps asking me about the jewelry I'm wearing, and I just kept selling that couch. Finally she said, 'Stephanie, how much is that sofa and I replied $3,800.' She says ‘I'll take all the jewelry you have on for $3,800.' So I knew it was time to start a new venture!"
Barely three years later, the Stephanie Kantis Jewelry Collection has made a fast name for itself. The collection is available in Neiman Marcus stores and Saks Fifth Avenue, where it is one of their top performing fashion jewelry resources. Specialty luxury and resort boutiques across the country will also carry the collection.
Historical decorative motifs influence Kantis' statement-making jewelry designs, mostly made of bronze dipped in 24k gold. Using semi-precious stones, pearls, quartz and gems enable her to integrate her love for nature and earthly treasures into her work. Her passion for architectural elements and travel all come together with a classic, yet modern esthetic. Her stunning, innovative chains can be worn more than 15 different ways due to her Signature "SA" Mark.
When not designing, Kantis is involved in many philanthropic endeavors including supporting the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Believe in Tomorrow and Boys & Girls Clubs. She's an advocate for clean living, supporting environment protection. She is a sought after motivational speaker combining her philosophy on dressing for success with empowerment. Her statement piece jewelry embodying grace, polish and a feminine esthetic, speaks miles as well.
Now living in Palm Beach, Florida, a new source of inspiration unfolds. And what lies over the horizon for Stephanie Kantis, is only as far as the eye can see.
Monika grew up in Jönköping, Sweden. She loved watching her mother and grandmothers embroidering delicate patterns on table cloths, lace, and even her and her sisters’ own clothing. At a young age, Monika developed an appreciation for design and hand-made garments. Monika received an international business degree from the University of Linkoping, Sweden and has worked as a business executive in Stockholm, Berlin and Philadelphia.
In the late 1990’s, Monika enrolled in classes at the Moore College in Art in Philadelphia before completing her degree in fashion design at ESMOD in Paris, France. Monika worked for the French designer Isabel Marant, where she developed embroidery, lace designs, and fabric prints, and designed handbag collections. Having spent many hours at the Parisian flea markets, collecting old embroidery and lace, Monika conceived the idea for the Gilded Lace collection.
After 9 years in Paris, Monika moved to New York City with a large collection of old lace. The Gilded Lace collection is made from vintage lace dipped in 24k gold or silver. Monika makes all jewelry by hand. Each piece is limited edition, signed and numbered and comes with a story and a sample of the original lace.