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Argo Lehne | Fourth of July in Columbus Ohio

A&L Sales & Design Consultant, Dion, sharing his enthusiasm for Independence!

As we approach Fourth of July, we honor our country’s freedom and the wonderful opportunities we’ve been given. We are so fortunate for the fortitude of young “Dickie” Argo, an immigrant watchmaker from Scotland, who opened his own jewelry store in 1924.

How is it that we have preserved his small store and weathered the big box brands, chain stores and on-line shopping? The simple answer is through the loyalty of our customers.

But why do they choose A&L over and over? It’s clear our customers understand the benefits of supporting local business owners. (more…)

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Inside Argo’s: Robert Argo

Argo & Lehne Owner - Robert Argo

Who is Robert Argo?

Dreamer, doer, designer, thinker, tinkerer, trouble maker, entrepreneur, optimist, poet, putterer, punster, singer, sifter, cycler, recycler, composer, contrarian, curmudgeon.

Robert’s Position:

Guardedly optimistic.

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Push Present?

By now most women are very familiar with push presents; however, gentlemen, you may need to take a few notes from Bill, an Argo & Lehne shopper and doting husband. The push present isn’t a new concept but has only recently become popular in the US. The gift is often a small jewelry bauble given to new mothers from the husband or partner to express gratitude for carrying and birthing their baby. The woman wears it as a reminder of that joyous day.
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Argo Approved: A Stamp of Approval for UA Restaurant Hudson 29

Hudson 29 | Upper Arlington Restaurant Besides the normal chatter of jewelry inside the walls of Argo & Lehne, you will often hear discussions of our favorite restaurants, events, cocktails, day trips and of course,  everything art based. Perhaps the commonality began with our passion for jewelry but it’s clear we also share a love for Columbus and all it has to offer. So, we begin our first installment of what will most likely be many of “Argo Approved”- our wonderful experiences about town and what makes us want to keep coming back!
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Inside Argo’s: Glenda Argo

Who is Glenda Argo?

A country girl at heart, I love family, children, animals and all things living and growing (except centipedes).

Glenda’s Position:

Media Coordinator – main duties are marketing, particularly social media & email marketing. I also help Bob with appraisals and anything else that needs doing.

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The 2017 Spring Style Report

In the transformation from drab winter to the explosion of colors and shapes that is spring, we present our spring style report! Just as we never get bored with spring, we never tire of the fun of discovering new, fresh, trending fashion. Here’s what we found:

Crucifixes

Spotted on the Spring 2017 Runway is a flashback of the punkGothic fashion that first came into vogue in the early 1980’s.  Crucifixes worn as a stand alone piece and layered in different sizes, styles and metals adorned the runway. Channeling Madonna!

Crucifix Fashion: 2017 Argo & Lehne Style Report

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The Personalized Touch of Engraved Gifts

 

Engravable Gifts at Argo & Lehne Jewelers

When looking for a gift that shows thoughtfulness and personalization, consider engraving. It’s that extra touch that makes the recipient feel appreciated. Create a keepsake or an heirloom.

How to Decide…Machine Engraving or Hand Engraving?

So, you found the perfect gift and now you’re ready to make it even more special by personalizing it with engraving.  Of course there are decisions such as font style and the perfect message; however, how do you choose machine vs hand engraving?

For starters, hand engraving is absolutely gorgeous! If you have selected a piece that is meant to be an heirloom I can’t recommend enough: hand engraving. When side by side with a machine engraved piece you can really see the difference. Hand engraving is an art. The etching is far deeper than machine engraving and therefore will last much longer. Machine engraving outlines the letter, while hand engraving carves into the entire letter (almost scooping the metal out). This can create a very reflective and eye catching surface. With hand engraving, you are also able to make justifications and flexibility to the font and its spacing. This is much more difficult to do with machine.

Hand versus Machine Engraving

Pictured: hand engraved yellow gold disc charm, left. Machine engraved sterling porringer, right.

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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.
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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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