In 1979, Ellis Jewelers hired Sally Stuve to design and handcraft jewelry using a client’s own gems or those bought at the store. “The term jeweler is defined as a manufacturer of jewelry,” Jim Ellis said. As demand for Ellis Originals grew, Brian Hardesty and Brady Posey joined the staff. Posey is still creating customized pieces today. Drawings are converted to family heirlooms using the lost wax process. The store even cast a metal hot dog mascot for the Frankfort High School.
Ellis Jewelers made several showings of custom designed pieces at the Frankfort Library over the years. The late Sally Stuve is shown with a display in 1993.