Behind the Elegant Red Door

William Williams Rare Jewels

As you explore the streets of Historic Downtown McKinney and all it has to offer, you will come across an elegant red door at 203a E Virginia Street. This is the second shop for William Williams to open, with his first being very successful in Celina.

William Williams Rare Jewels offers special Custom Designed Jewelry. Bill has been a jeweler since 1985 and learned from and was inspired by one of the finest artists in the Western Hemisphere, Robert Whiteside. Under Whiteside, he crafted fine jewelry and Carl Fabergé jeweled eggs using transparent glass fired enamel over Guillochés (engravings produced by engine turnings). He was commissioned by The White House under the Reagan administration to produce gifts for Heads of State. Such artistry and fine craftsmanship typically had been found only in European countries.

Bill’s passion for his work is what has driven him. Now, he crafts diamonds and rare gems into custom pieces for both men and women. They range from engagement rings to heirloom pieces that should be passed down from generation to generation. “Jewelry is only as good as its integrity from which it’s fashioned”, Bill states. "It’s about taking pride in your work" which is obvious when you either hear him speak about his work or see the results thereof.

Bill goes on to say, “I think what separates myself maybe would be the client’s direct contact with the artist making the piece. It’s always nice to interact with the client and get a feel for what they envision”.

However, Bill also does everything from Insurance Appraisals to changing watch batteries jewelry repair watch repair. Does this leave him much time outside his work? Not much, but what time he does get, he loves spending with his wife, Christy, and three sons, Cole, Hunter, and Noah. The family is extended with two five-year old Dachshund siblings, Sadie & Molly.

So, find the red door and drop in to meet William Williams, Purveyor of Fine Jewels. You can also visit his website to learn more about his work at

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