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Win a Personalized Keepsake Box this Mother’s Day

Not sure of the perfect gift for mom this year? Your child’s doodle might just win the most cherished gift she’s ever received! 

Ask your child to draw a picture for Mother’s Day. You can download the template here or visit the store to pick up the instructions. Their unique drawing may just come to life! The winner will receive our interpretation of the drawing, machine engraved on this gorgeous large pewter round box.

How To Enter:Large Pewter Round Box - Engraved Gift

Not to worry, this is not a drawing competition. We gladly accept drawings, designs, words of love, quotes or anything else that is inspired when thinking of your mother.

  • First, entrants must ‘Like’ Argo & Lehne Facebook page.
  • Then, submit your drawing (jpeg) to michelle@argolehne.com.  In the email, please include your name and contact phone number. This can also be submitted in our showroom in Upper Arlington.
  • Also, include any short phrase or message you may want to see on the final design. This can be included in the drawing or just as a side note.

The submission dates run from April 24th – May 7th.

How to Win (And Vote)!

We will upload your drawing to our Mother’s Day Keepsake Box Contest album on Facebook.

Spread the word to ­ALL your friends and have them get to voting!

Voting involves just two simple “likes”!

  • First, voters must ‘Like’ Argo & Lehne’s Facebook page.
  • Then, ‘Like’ the children’s drawing in the Mother’s Day Keepsake Box Contest Facebook album for which you want to vote

Voting deadline: Monday, May 8th at 10:00 AM.

On Monday, May 8th we will assess the top 3 most voted designs and select one winner.

The winner will receive an elegant pewter keepsake box machine engraved with elements of your own personal drawing just in time for Mother’s Day! Retail Value: $95.

Good Luck!

* By entering, entrant also agrees that his or her drawing may be posted online at ArgoLehne.com, our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter without further notice or compensation for any reason by Sponsor.

** Argo & Lehne reserves the right to monitor the appropriateness of subject matter. Drawings deemed “inappropriate” will be removed or rejected.

*** This promotion does not have a connection with Facebook in any way and is not sponsored, supported or organized by Facebook.

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Symbols of Faith: The Meaning Behind Religious Gifts

Throughout history, religious symbols were widely used in works of art to portray a message of faith. Today, these meaningful symbols still resonate and continue to be used in jewelry.

Often the first symbols we relate to faith are the cross, angel, or Star of David; however, there are many lesser known symbols. Below is a list of other sacred and thoughtful symbolic gift ideas that bring faith and blessing to any occasion.

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Inside Argo’s: Janet Kerekes

Who is Janet Kerekes?

Janet is extremely enthusiastic and kindhearted. She connects with everyone she meets and is extremely conscientious. She is the type of person you wish you could work with in every situation. She goes out of her way to have all your questions answered, she follows through with all she says while being a complete delight. At Argo & Lehne, we see her as a socialite. She’s always in the know of the most recent and hottest, whether its the latest restaurant or movie, Janet has researched it, seen it or put it on her bucket list. Janet is fun and we simply adore her!

Janet’s Position:

Part-Time Sales Associate since October, 2015


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Art at Argo’s: John Wilson

Back in the summer of 2016, we exhibited the beautiful paintings of Frances McEwan Monfort, the sister and protege of local artist Michael McEwan. Since we loved her work so much, it only made sense that we would look for more of Michael’s students to display here at Argo’s–which brings us to the wonderful paintings of John Wilson. John’s impressionistic landscapes are truly charming and bring warmth to our store.

About John WilsonJohn Wilson - Art at Argo's

John was born in Big Stone Gap, a small coal mining town in Southwest Virginia.  He received his doctorate in cancer epidemiology from Roswell Park Cancer Center and the State University of New York at Buffalo, NY.  His professional career has taken him from New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Washington DC, Georgia, West Virginia, Tennessee and finally to Ohio, where he worked at the James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University.

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Get Together. Be Bold. Support Women.

Sharon WeiAs International Women’s Day approaches, I found myself thinking of the many influential women in our business that have astounded me with their talent and determination. One woman in particular is Sharon Wei, a local Columbus jewelry designer who focuses on freshwater pearls from her home country of China.

In 2004, a beautiful, vivacious and visibly pregnant young Sharon walked through the doors of Argo & Lehne with no scheduled appointment.  As a side note, when Sharon walks into a room she has a happy glow that is truly infectious. Of course we were drawn to her persuasive personality, but when she showed us the quality and design of her workmanship we were hooked. She landed her first big account and we landed one of our hottest lines and a friend for life.

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Shine for a Cause: Freedom a la Cart

Freedom a la CartThe Who

Freedom a la Cart is a unique approach to catering through cause cuisine. They offer a large, tasty selection of culinary delights from breakfast ‘til dinner such as bacon wrapped dates, or their signature box lunches.

Their mission is to empower survivors of human trafficking to build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency. They believe that those who have lived in slavery should be empowered through economic independence. They are committed to training members of the community on the issue surrounding human trafficking in Franklin Country, as well as providing care to survivors.

Not only do they provide support services and workforce training, but they actually employ 25-30 females who are all survivors of human trafficking. The survivors employed must be referred by a program and have completed a drug and alcohol recovery program before their start.


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Shine for a Cause: Dress for Success

We are kicking off the month of March by featuring the first of four woman’s cause organization, Dress for Success Columbus! They strive to empower the career-focused ladies out there who may be struggling to land that interview or seeking extra guidance on how to succeed.

The Who

Dress for Success Columbus promotes the economic independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. They address every phase of a woman’s career by providing a number of programs: Interview and Employment Suiting, Career Center, Job Training, and Professional Women’s Group Employment Retention. These programs are free of charge for every woman they assist. Any woman referred by a community partner is eligible for service.

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Shine for a Cause: CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence


Choices for Victims of Domestic Violence

The Who

The mission of CHOICES is to interrupt the cycle of domestic violence in this community and advocate for social change. CHOICES defines domestic violence as physical assault, psychological, emotional, economic and/or sexual abuse between intimate partners. This cuts across all geographic, religious, socio-economic, racial, sex and age barriers. Domestic violence increases in frequency and severity within a relationship yet is not a relationship issue. Domestic violence is learned, criminal, generational, cyclical, and is correlated with substance abuse.

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Shine for a Cause: The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research


The Who

The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research was founded in 1998 at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center—James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, or (OSUUCCC—James). The Spielman Fund was created to ensure that both the current needs of breast cancer research, as well as the long-term vision, are provided for. Therefore, the Spielman fund consists of both endowment and current use funds. Current use funds are fully expended during a short period of time, giving them immediate impact, while endowed funds are invested and maintained in perpetuity to provide long-term impact. Which, is important, as the endowed funds ensure the OSUCCC—James can drive the fight against breast cancer, no matter how the economy is performing.

The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center itself is the first of its kind. The center offers the full continuum of breast cancer care. The full continuum of care offers prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship all-in-one. Coining the term, “Don’t get a routine mammogram. Get a James mammogram”.

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The Proposal: 3 Stories

One thing we just love about our business is being a part of “the proposal”! It’s a huge moment in peoples’ lives. And it’s filled with love, joy, excitement, drama and even suspense. We feel privileged to help make it easy and amazing for our customers. Here are a few heartwarming stories from them:

Mike & Katherine

“Mike and I met in the summer of 2010 through mutual friends. I attended college at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN and Mike was a student at OSU. We did long distance for 3 years until we both graduated and I moved back to Columbus.

“We met Dion through friends and when we began thinking about engagement, we knew we wanted to work with him. His passion for his work is infectious and made the experience so special. I expected the custom design process to be overwhelming, but with Dion it was stress-free and fun!

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