Meet our Team
With over 100 years of combined jewelry experience, the Designs Unlimited team is committed to helping you with your jewelry needs. While custom jewelry design is our forté, we carry a beautiful selection of fine jewelry and gemstones.
Bill Hicks, Owner
Bill cares for the general management of the company including advertising. He is known for his detailed jewelry appraisals. Bill and Cindy have four daughters and two grandchildren.
They enjoy traveling in their leisure time.
GIA Diamond Grading, 1988
GIA Fine Jewelry Consultant, 1990
GIA Gem Identification, 1997
Cindy Hicks, Owner
Cindy began her career as a custom jewelry designer in 1976 making sterling silver jewelry. She became Head Jeweler at the Carat Patch in December 1980 and held that position until October 1987. Cindy was a finalist in the 1988 De Beers International Design competition.
Cindy currently serves as board member for the Susan G. Komen Lexington Affiliate. She enjoys working out with her personal trainer, pilates, and walking her dog, Sashimi.
GIA Repair & Setting, 1983
GIA Diamond Grading, 1984
GIA Jewelry Design Course, 1985
GIA Colored Stones, 1992
Stewart's International School Advanced Stone setting (refresher course), 1995
Barb Hatton, Bench Jeweler & Sales
Barb began working in sales at Designs Unlimited in April 1996. She showed an interest and natural aptitude for bench work and gradually began honing her skills as a jeweler. She never fails to give complete attention to detail and is an important part of our design team.
Barb and her husband Eric are very involved with fundraising for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Other community programs she supports are Susan G. Komen and the American Cancer Society.
Stewart's International School for Jewelers, 1997
GIA Detecting Synthetic Diamonds, 1998
GIA Diamond Grading, 1998
GIA Gem Identification, 1999
GIA Institiute of Diamonds, 1999
Drouhard Diamond Setting, 2000
GIA Graduate Diamond Diploma, 2000
GIA Diamond Grading, 2000
Linda Jarrell, Design & Sales
Linda began working in sales at Designs Unlimited in October 1996. After working with our custom clientele and doing counter sketches it didn't take long to discern her natural talent for drawing and jewelry design.
Linda now leads our design team and works tirelessly to locate materials and items to suit our customers' needs. If she can't find it, it's probably unavailable.
She enjoys walking and hiking. Linda sings in her church choir and likes to travel with her husband, Steve. She is active in fundraising for the Lexington Rescue Mission where Steve is employed as Chaplain.