The New Jim Ball Designs Blog

Catching Fire

Posted by Jim Ball on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 @ 02:12 AM

Catching Fire stones

This is the Catching Fire stones, because they have a hint of pink with flames of orange. Made of Swarovski crystals, these colors will catch the eyes and light a fire to your look.  This style number is CE1025 and is available in other colors such as:  AB, Clear Crystal, Black Diamond, Jet, Dark Moss Green, Aqua, Emerald, Light Rose, Champaign Light Colorado Topaz, Light Gold, and more colors coming soon. This is shown in a silver finish, but can be done in gold or a black nickel finish as well. Watch for more styles in in this fiery hot color.

If you are looking for prom jewelry or pageant jewelry, you should consider this. 

CE1025 champaign

This is the Champaign color that matches a lot of prom dresses with the nude color, as well as matching champaign and Alabaster bridal gowns. Other styles are available in this Champaign color and are already in many stores and will soon be shown on the website. Watch for more necklaces, bracelets, and earrings in Champaign coming to the website and stores near you.  Like most everything we make, it can be made in clip or pierced.  Watch for bracelets to match.

Tags: Swarovski crystals, for pageant and prom, pageant and prom jewelry, prom and pageant dresses, for prom and pageant, pageant jewelry, prom earrings, Catching Fire, Catching fire stones

Ultimate Bride-the place for bridal gowns in Saint Louis

Posted by Jim Ball on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 @ 05:10 AM

Ultimate Bride-the Ultimate Bridal Shop in Saint Louis, MOUltimate Bride, voted "Best Saint Louis Bridal Salon, is  the place for the best bridal experience. As you can see, they have room for you to breathe during your shopping experience.  They are the Jim Ball Designs retailer of the week.

Located at:

1115 South Big Bend Blvd,

Saint Louis, MO  63117


It is easily accessible off of I 64 as Big Bend crosses the interstate. 

bridal gowns from $500 to $2000

This is the Bridal Room that has beautiful gowns and roomy dressing rooms to enhance your shopping experience.

Ultimate Bride Bridal Room Mani

Here is another shot of the Bridal Room.  Notice how the gowns are not so crowded that you can't walk.

Ultimate Bride Couture Room

This is the Couture Room with gowns that start at $2,000 and another set of dressing rooms. The Ultimate Bride has searched the world for the best gown designers and have Augusta Jones, Elizabeth James, Jim Hjelm Bridal, Mikaella Bridal, Tara Keely, Paloma Blanca, Pronovias, Essence of Australia, Stella York, Mori Lee, Blush and more.  Now they have Jim Ball Designs!

Ultimate Bride Bridesmaids Mani


After you have found the dress of your dreams, go to the bridesmaids room.  The word room in the the phrase bridesmaids room doesn't really work as it is too roomy to be called a room.  It is stocked with lots of bridesmaids dresses, which are available in lots of colors. The Ultimate Bride carries bridesmaids dresses from Dessy, Jim Hjelm Occasions, Just Teas, Bill Levkoff, Alford Sung, After Six, Sorella Vita, Mori Lee, affairs, Angelina Faccenda and more.

Ultimate Bridal Bridesmaids Wall Shot

This is just a few more of the bridesmaids samples.

Bridesmaids dresses min Satin Louis, MO

The Ultimate Bride now has the ultimate bridal jewelry, bridesmaids jewelry, and social occasion jewelry-Jim Ball Designs.  Here is a few samples of the new jewelry.



Cubic Zirconia and pearl earrings CZ241

CZ241 Cubic Zirconia and pearls

Cubic Zirconia wedding jewelry

CZ265 is a Cubic Zirconia earring suitable for brides, bridesmaids,

mothers of the wedding, or social occasions.  Jim Ball Designs uses

Cubic Zirconia, Swarovski crystals, Swarovski Pearls, and real

fresh water pearls to make jewelry suitable for The Ultimate Bride. 

To see more of the styles that The Ultimate Bride has just purchased

and more that they can purchase for their clients, go to

Ultimate Bride entrance showing tuxes

Here is a shot with a suggestion of their tuxes.  They own all their own tuxes, so you don't have to wait for your tux to come from across country. They also have the largest selection of tuxedos, vests, tuxedo shoes, and ties in Missouri.  This means they can match the bridesmaids dresses better than anyone else and do all of this at one stop.


If you need anything related to your wedding or a tux for any occasion, this is the place.

Call today for an appointment (314) 961-9997

Tags: Social Occasion jewelry, Swarovski crystals, bridal gowns Saint Louis, wedding jewelry, Bridal jewelry, Brides maids jewelryCubic zirconia

The Miss America Earring

Posted by Jim Ball on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 @ 07:09 AM

Most of my customers call these earrings the Miss America earrings, because Katie Stam was crowned in them.Katie Stam Miss America 2009

The Miss America earring, CE414, was represented at Miss America 2014 as well.  They are made of Swarovski crystals; they can be made with Silver, Antique Silver, Gold, Antique Gold, or Black Nickel fihish.  They can be made in lots of color: AB, Clear crystals, Light Siam, Light Colorado Topaz, Aqua, Jet, Black Diamond, Emerald, and Amethyst. They are used for homecoming jewelry, prom and pageant jewelry, and have been worn in by brides.

The styling  has a loopy, scroll design that goes well with lace prom dresses; the chunky crystals makes it the design for the dresses with chunky stones.

CE414 Clear crystal/silverThis is CE414 in clear Swarovski crystals set in silver as seen on Katie Stam.

Jim Ball Designs CE414 AB set in gold

CE414 above is AB set in gold.

Miss Louisiana USAIf it's good enough for Miss Louisiana USA, it ought to be good enough for you.

Miss Macy Ball wearing CE414Miss Macy Ball wearing CE414.

CE414 at Miss TennesseeMiss Tennessee 2012, Erin,  wearing CE414.

Junree Carr wearing CE414

Miss Tennessee International, Jurnee Carr,  wearing CE414.

Kendal Clark Miss KY USA

Miss Kentucky USA Kendra Clark
















Miss KY 2009 Emily Cox

Former Miss Kentucky Emily Cox

Jim Ball Designs has a color and plating combination that is great for prom dresses.  They can be made in combinations to match Sherri Hill dresses, Jovani dresses, Heather French Henry dresses, Mac Duggal dresses among others. 

Several of the top prom and pageant dress designers actually use Jim Ball Designs in the ads and catalogs:  Sherri Hill, Heather French Henry, Mac Duggal, Landa Designs, WOW Prom, and Showtime.

Rachelle Phillips, Miss Kentucky 2006, wore a custom made CE414 with pearls on her wedding day.

If you are looking for prom jewelry, pageant jewelry, homecoming jewelry, or wedding jewelry consider CE414.  To see other designs, go to Jim Ball Designs and click on the catagories.  To purchase these or other Jim Ball Designs, go to



Tags: Swarovski crystals, for pageant and prom, pageant and prom jewelry, prom and pageant dresses, for prom and pageant, chunky stones, Jovani, Shelby Thompson, homecoming jewelry, Sherri Hill dresses, Jovani dresses, Miss Tennessee, Miss Montana, Miss Kentucky, Miss Indiana, Heather French Henry

Jim Ball Designs Retailer of the week

Posted by Jim Ball on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 @ 20:09 PM

C C's of Rome in Kennesaw, Ga is the Jim Ball Designs Retailer of the Week!

CC's of Rome kennesaw, GA

If you are looking for prom jewelry in Atlanta, check out CC's of Rome in Kennesaw, GA.  It is just twenty minutes north of Atlanta, has easy access to I 75, and lots of Jim Ball Designs to choose from.

If you are looking for pageant jewelry, they have that.  If you are looking for homecoming jewelry, they have that. 

Swarovski crystal earrings for homecoming

This is CE323 which is great for prom or homecoming, and is also available in AB. 

Of course, they have prom and pageant dresses as well.  They carry lines like Sherri Hill, Jovani, and WOW prom.

Contact CC's of Rome at (770) 425-3067.  The web site is

Tags: Swarovski crystals, pageant jewelry, homecoming jewelry, Sherri Hill dresses, Jovani dresses, prom jewelry in Atlanta

New Retailers for Jim Ball Designs in Kansas

Posted by Jim Ball on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 09:08 AM

The newest Jim Ball Designs retailer in Kansas is Little Britches in Garden City, KS.  Find them on facebook    Find them in town at the following address:

Little Britches/ Moodz

320 North Main Street, Garden City, Ks  67846

little britches store picture

Little britches prom dress

After you find the dress, find the Jim Ball Designs to compliment and complete your look.  As you can see, they have tuxedos as well.

Jim Ball Designs uses Swarovski crystals and Cubic zirconia to make the fabulous jewelry.  We use chunky stones to match the prom and pageant dresses that have chunky stones on them.Swarovski crystalsLittle Britches has this one in the mint color that matches lots of the new homecoming and prom dresses.

Swarovski chunky stones


For the dresses with lace-which will be numerous this year-we use pave' crystal earrings.

Pave' crystal earring to match lace dresses

For pageant queens and  prom divas, this is the store for you in South West Kansas.

Tags: Swarovski crystals, pageant queens, Cubic zirconia, for pageant and prom, pageant and prom jewelry, prom and pageant dresses, for prom and pageant, chunky stones, Jovani, Pageant jewelry in Kansas, Prom dresses Garden City

Jim Ball Designs at Vows Bridal and Prom Market at America's

Posted by Jim Ball on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 @ 09:08 AM

The next big wholesale trade show prom and pageant jewelry is the Vows Bridal Market at America's Mart in Atlanta, which is September 17th thru 19th.  There is more emphasis on the Bridal industry, so more emphasis on bridal jewelry and wedding jewelry. However, Jim Ball Designs will have lots of pageant and prom jewelry as it is always pageant season.

This is an opportunity for prom and pageant buyers to finish their buys, if they didn't finish buying prom dresses and pageant dresses at the August show.     Also, for Bridal buyers to buy wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and wedding jewelry. 

Mary, Christina, and Jim in Showroom

Here is a picture of part of the Jim Ball Designs team.  My wife,  Mary,  is to my left and my daughter,  Christina,  is to my right.  More pictures from the upcoming Vows show are to follow.

I will again be in the Karishma Creations showroom at 10S333, which is near Jovani.

Shelby Thompson MISS TN 2013

This is Shelby Thompson, Miss Tennessee, who will be competing in the Miss America Pageant next month.  She stopped by with her Tennessee State director, Jane Alderson, to select jewelry for the Miss America pageant.  I can't tell what they chose; you have to watch the pageant.  The State director works closely with Joanns in Union City, their sponsor, and  myself. 

My friend, Joe Whiteko took these pictures.  He is in the Metro Atlanta area and 

does head shots and contributes to The Examiner.  See his photography in the  link.

Don't forget to watch the Miss America Pageant.

Homecoming jewelry is also a big deal at this show.  We are working feverishly to reload on jewelry as we sold lots. 

I was told by some of the store owners that they had seen the new prom dresses and that there were lots of dresses with lace and pearls on them.  Guess what I will have the showroom Sept 17th thru 19th.  Yes!  More jewlery to match dresses with lace and/or pearls.

Thanks to all the great store owners for their support and confidence in Jim Ball Designs at the last show and over the last 29 years.

Tags: Social Occasion jewelry, Swarovski crystals, Princesses, pageant queens, Cubic zirconia, for pageant and prom, pageant and prom jewelry, prom and pageant dresses, for prom and pageant, Miss America, Jim Ball Designs, Jovani, Shelby Thompson, Miss USA, Social occasion jewerly, Americas Mart

New Pageant Jewelry, Prom Jewelry, Wedding Jewelry and New Showroom

Posted by Jim Ball on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 @ 06:08 AM

This week begins the Pageant, Prom, and Wedding show at Americas Mart in Atlanta, which is the largest trade show to the wholesale market for the aforementioned in the world.  It is the place to go for pageant jewelry, prom jewelry, and wedding jewelry.  Buyers for stores from all over the world come to shop at Americas Mart.  This is the only show to the wholesale trade that a store owner can see every Pageant and Prom dress designer in America.  Maybe that is why they call it America's Mart.  Maybe they should call it Worlds Mart!

Miss America 2013 wearing Jim Ball Designs style number CE634

As you can see the reigning Miss America 2013 is sporting her Jim Ball Designs style number CE634 earrings.  i have no ideal from which store she purchesed these, but I am glad she did.  This is a sample of what can be found there. 

All the top dress designers like Sherri Hill, Jovani, Tony Bowls, and Le Femme Fashions show what they think will be the hot new prom dresses and pageant dresses. After the store owners and buyers make their choices, they come to Jim Ball Designs  to find the jewelry to match. If we don't already have some in the vast inventory, we can custome make soemthing. 

We design jewelry to match the styles and colors of the gowns. Miss America 2013 has chunky stones in the bodice and note the chunky stones on the earring.  Some designs can be worn with prom and pageant  dresses, and some are strickly for one or the other. Although we use Cubic Zirconia for some designs, this particular designs is made of Swarovski crystals. 


The designs of tomorrow can be seen today in Atlanta and we look forward to showing them this week.

Tags: Swarovski crystals, Cubic zirconia, prom and pageant dresses, Miss America, Jim Ball Designs, chunky stones, Jovani, Americas Mart

New Prom Jewelry at the Apparel show at Americas Mart

Posted by Jim Ball on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 @ 09:06 AM

Miss Missouri TeenMiss Missouri Teen is not singing the Blues, and you won't either if you come see me at Americas Mart.  Americas Mart is the largest prom and pageant show for the retailers to pick what they think their customers will want in the future.

jim ball designs CE942Here is a closeup of CE942, made of Swarovski crystals, and also available in AB. 

It is always pageant season, and the most pageant jewelry ever will be in stock in the showroom. Since the show is in August, just before school starts, the retailers want immediate delivery of homecoming jewelry.  We have it ready to take back to the stores.

Jim Ball Designs CZ212Here is an example a a fabulous bridal earring.  Made of Cubic Zirconia and pearls, CZ212 could also be worn by the mother of the wedding.

I have sold my interest in WOW Prom so I will be in a different showroom.  I will be showing my jewelry with my friends, Katan Thakkar and John Bills,  in the Karishma showroom.  If you come to 10S333, which is near the Jovani showroom on the 10th floor you can see the jewelry, Karishma Creations, and Sweeties Shoe Collections.

Karishma 3648Here is a sample of what you will see from my friends at Karishma Creations. They have prom dresses, homecoming dresses, and pageant dresses.

Sweeties collectionHere is a sample of the Sweeties Shoe Collections.  I have been to their warehouse and can attest to the fact that they have stock.

 Retailers don't forget the new address for Jim Ball Designs is 10S333, in front of the elvators near Jovani.

Tags: Swarovski crystals, Cubic zirconia, for pageant and prom, for prom and pageant, Miss America, Jovani, Swaovski crystal

Fit for Pageant Queens, Brides or Princesses

Posted by Jim Ball on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 @ 07:04 AM

As you can see this is fit for Princess Kate Middleton.  My Cubic Zirconia jewelry is for pageant queens and brides as well.  This CZ238 was inspired by the earring Kate is wearing.

Princess Kate Middleton earringsCZ238 Kate Middleton earring

My friend, Sherri Hill, just did a photo shoot with this next earring CZ246.  Watch for this image in her Fall collection to debut in Atlanta next week at the Social Occasion show in her showroom or look on her website

Long Cubic Zirconia pageant earring

This next one is fit for a queen or your princesses as well as being acceptable for a bridal earring. 

Miss Universe 2012

Here is a closeup of the earring, if that isn't close enough.  This is style number CZ267.

Cubic zirconia earrings CZ238

This next one, CZ173,  is suitable for a bride, a pageant girl, or a prom girl.

CZ173 cubic zirconmia earring

Jim Ball Designs CZ173 is all Cubic Zirconia,  even the tiny ones and is great for pageant and prom as well as a bridal earring.  I like to mix small stones with chunky stones and different shapes because this grabs your attention.

CZ265 all CZ stones

This Jim Ball Designs style number CZ265 and is all Cubic Zirconia stones.  There is a popular engagement ring design with the rectangle shape and a small stone bezel around it that matches this design.  This would make it a great choice for a bridal earring.  It is small enough to be good for bridesmaids jewelry.  This could be a swimsuit earring or a interview earring. It would be good for teen and pre-teen pageant girls.  Also, it would be good as a mother of the bride earring or mother of the groom earring.  All these possiblities make it a great social occasion earring.


CZ241 Cubic Zirconia stones with pearls

CZ241  has pearls for the girls.  As always it has to shine or it's not mine, so it has a cluster of Cubic Zirconia stones.  This could be worn as bridal jewelry, bridesmaid jewelry, mother of the bride, or as social occasion jewelry. 

If you would like to see more designs or find the stores to purchase any of these click on the store locator link on the website.  If the stores are out of stock, they can order for you.  As always, I hope you shine on your day.






Tags: Kate Middletonm, Princesses, pageant queens, Cubic zirconia

Rock Star Jewelry

Posted by Jim Ball on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 @ 08:03 AM

I have Rock Star earrings to match the Sherri Hill Dresses.  Rock star jewelry also matches dresses with a Peacock design and a Peacock bead pattern.  It would be good for a green dress or a black dress.  This could be worn with a prom dress, pageant dress,  or social occasion dress. 

C  Documents and Settings JIMMY C. BALL My Documents My Pictures CE754 With Sherri Hill dress

My friend Sherri Hill used this style CE754 in her ads and catalog and sent me the image.  As you can see, nothing else would work for this dress.  To see more of Sherri Hill dresses go to    She will be in Atlanta introducing her new Fall/Homecoming dresigns in April.


Here is a close-up shot of the CE754 earring.

 Rock star earrings to match Sherri Hill Rock star dresses

Notice how good this looks next to black.  That is why Sherri chose this color stone originally for a black dress, then added it to others.  Check with the Sherri Hill retailers for more.

CE754 on a pageant girl

This picture was sent to me from my friend Krisna at Jim Goodwin Photography.  They do pageant head shots, bridal portraits, and senior pictures.  To learn more about Jim Goodwin Photography go to 

If you are looking for a slightly smaller rock Star earring, here is CE912.  It is about 2.5 inches long, but still has the fire of the larger stones. 

What about a bracelet to match?  I thought of that too.

RB153 Rock star Swarovski crystal bracelet

This is Jim Ball Designs style RB153. It is available in AB, clear crystal, Light Gold like the gold on the group of white dresses with gold in the Sherri Hill line.   Note that there are no prongs to rip, pick, or pull your dress.  Also, this is adjustable so it will fit a girl with a large or small wrist.

There are more rock star earings and bracelets than these.  Check with the Jim Ball Designs retailers to find availability.  Go to to find more for stores and styles.

Look for more blogs to follow.  AB is really hot; it could be showcased next.



Tags: Social Occasion jewelry, Swarovski crystals, for pageant and prom, pageant and prom jewelry, prom and pageant dresses, for prom and pageant, Jim Ball Designs, chunky stones, Swaovski crystal, Social occasion jewerly, Rock star earrings