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All Thanks to Wonderfully Loyal Customers, Argo & Lehne Celebrates its 95th Birthday

The Big Birthday Bash!

On Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5-7 p.m., Argo & Lehne Jewelers, at 3100 Tremont Road in Upper Arlington, will celebrate their 95th Birthday with an exceptional evening filled with live jazz, heavy hors d’oeuvres, specialty cocktails and a roaring good time! The evening will include:

  • a curated exhibit of custom and original Argo & Lehne past purchases, a true homage to its distinctive & impeccable workmanship and design.
  • an extensive Art Deco jewelry collection on loan from New York & available for purchase for the party.

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  • an exclusive SALE from 5-7 pm. 10% OFF vintage jewelry & 20% OFF all new in-stock jewelry!
  • If you fill out a Wishlist the night of the event your Wishlist items, if still in stock, will be available for the above discount on Black Friday Weekend (November 29 – 30)!

 

Ninety-five years later, his legacy endures through his grandson, Robert Argo & his wife, Glenda.  Robert is third generation, succeeding James A. Argo’s late sons, William Alexander Argo & J. Richard Argo, and J. Richard’s sons, Richard W. & James A. Argo. Now, Robert & Glenda prepare their youngest son, William S. Argo to serve the next generation of customers. Will currently acts as bench jeweler, photographer, engraver, salesman, and advisor.

Purchasing Harrington & Co., founded in 1866,  Argo & Lehne adopted its location on 84 North High, merging locations, inventories, customers & staff.  2 decades later A&L moved to 20 S. Third Street next to Trinity on the corner of Broad & Third opposite the State House, remaining there for another decade. For over ten years, it maintained a presence in Bexley at 2376 E. Main Street near Capital University. In 1959 Kingsdale center built out a southwest corner space for A&L, demised to make room for Giant Eagle.  A&L has occupied its current location at 3100 Tremont Road since 2002.

To what does a family-owned business that’s weathered the Great Depression, a world war and many changes over time  attribute their longevity?

Robert Argo credits success to staying a step ahead, always anticipating your customers’ desires and above all having loyal customers whom you treat like family. This has been a philosophy with each generation of owners at Argo & Lehne.

The best way to learn about Argo & Lehne is from a customer. Stories are endless of how the iconic full-service jewelry store has become an integral part of celebrations in local homes from baby’s first spoon to engagement rings and every occasion thereafter. “Our customers are for life”, states Robert Argo.  Another way to learn about the business is by simply stepping foot into the store. The showroom is an elegant space with a sense of history. You may first notice the gorgeous crystal chandelier that once hung at the Virginia Hotel in downtown Columbus or perhaps the rich burled wood of the showcases. Another immediate observation is the artwork on the walls with new local artists quarterly and the sculptures displayed in the recessed wall nooks by internationally known sculptor Alfred Tibor.  It only makes sense that a company focused on art, jewelry and history is also the destination for one-of-a-kind pieces either custom-made, hand-selected contemporary or bespoke vintage jewelry. Nearly half of the store is stocked with high-quality vintage jewelry including vintage bridal. This is a store for those who love individuality and quality. You won’t find your neighbor wearing the same piece you purchased here.

Their staff has the knowledge and experience to meet every aspect of your needs – an American Gem Society Certified Gemologist Appraiser, an AGS Accredited Gem Laboratory, in house shop, savvy buyer, attentive sales force, meticulous & efficient back office. One of few remaining full-service jewelers, A&L offers traditional giftware, baby goods, appraisals, personalized engraving, cleaning, consignment, estate disposition,  precious metal buying, special order, custom design, and much more.

-November 2019 • Upper Arlington Living magazine

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Inside Argo’s: Qua Morgan

Who is Qua Morgan?

“A wife, mother of 2 and an inspiring public figure in her community.”

Qua’s position: 

Qua is our Repair Processor. This is a crucial position at Argo & Lehne with our many repairs and custom pieces. This position takes extreme attention to detail and we are grateful to have Qua with her meticulous eye and upbeat attitude.

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Welcome to the “B” Collection by Gumuchian

 

Gumuchian Jewelry Store

What’s the Buzz this Summer at Argo? The “B” Collection by Gumuchian

It’s arrived and just in time for the summer! Love at first sight, we fell head over heels for this exquisitely crafted bee inspired line by the high-end designer, Gumuchian. And of course, we couldn’t resist when we found that a portion of the sale goes back to the bees!

Being in the industry for years, we know fine jewelry when we see it. Gumuchian is just that. Their name has earned a well-established reputation in the diamond and jewelry industry due to their superior craftsmanship and spectacular design. Just holding a Gumuchian piece is a delight, you immediately notice the high quality the moment you interact with the jewelry.

This bee-inspired collection is available in 18 karat yellow, white and rose gold as well as platinum. Many of the shapes are hexagonal to reflect the bee’s hive. The way the diamonds contrast with the beautiful metals and the negative hex space is just striking! Below is just a sample of the rich and bold designs of the “B” collection. View the whole Gumuchian collection here.

 

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Art at Argo’s: Abby Feinknopf

“Snowy Garden”, acrylic on canvas framed in gold.

With October being breast cancer awareness month, we were overjoyed to have the talented local artist and cancer survivor, Abby Feinknopf, join us this quarter for Art at Argo’s. I was uplifted the first time I was introduced to her work. Abby, a survivor of breast cancer, turned to painting just after she was diagnosed. The act of making art every day and the power of bold, vibrant colors is what helped her through it. She now strives to encourage and empower others with her work. Her exhibit at Argo & Lehne is as cheerful and bright as her personality and positive outlook.

We introduce you to her Art at Argo’s Exhibit: “The Power of Color” July 29 – Oct 25.  In addition, we will have an Art Opening on Thursday, August 15th from 5-7 pm. You will have an opportunity to meet Abby in person to discuss her work and her encouraging story of healing through art.

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Argo Approved: Oakland Interiorscapes

Oakland Nurseries, so much more than a horticulture nursery, offering wedding and event decor.

Oakland Nurseries; a family owned business that has been around for almost 80 years, has always been my “go to” plant store with one of the widest selections of plants. On the rare occasion that I’m unable to find what I’m looking for, they’ve always been more than willing to order it. I love the neighborhood feel and the customer service has always exceeded my expectations. I even had a sales associate reach out to me asking how I was enjoying the fountain I purchased. In my experience, this just doesn’t happen at every nursery.

I was aware that Oakland had services such as landscaping experts for commercial and residential spaces but didn’t realize that they have an Interiorscapes division that is dedicated to special events and custom décor. The Oakland Interiorscapes offers a wide selection of plant material for rent as well as many other green elements to make your wedding unique and magical. I can attest to their gorgeous designs, as I recently saw their work at the Garden Party Event at the Columbus Museum of Art. (more…)

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Everything Wedding – An A&L Customer Shares It All

Paige & Brennan – 11.24.2018

Jewelry from Argo: ladies wedding band

Wedding Theme: Peacock

Venue: The Club at Corazon

“We were originally looking for a rustic barn type wedding.  We went to several in one day and just threw the Club in as a wild card.  I was so pleasantly surprised by them. Not only were they the most affordable of all the options, they had an AMAZING bridal suite, BEAUTIFUL grounds, and delicious food.  They were professionals from start to finish and were available to answer any of my questions or concerns. I would 100% recommend them to any bride!”

 

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JEWELRY BRIDAL TRENDS – 2019

2019 has been ringing in new and unique trends for the year!  From unusual diamond cuts to mixed metals, you’re sure to make a statement with these pops of colors and Boho styles! 

Fancy Diamond Cuts

Engagement rings with fancy diamond cuts have been trending with celebrities and social media.  Popular diamonds that we have been seeing are Pears, Trillions, and Marquise. These diamonds make for a unique, one of a kind ring that stands out from all of your friends’ and family’s rings!

Lab-Grown Diamonds

Lab-Grown diamonds have been on the rise, and more people are beginning to jump on their lower prices.  Lab-grown diamonds are ethical, eco-conscious and do not require any mining. Everything about these lab-grown diamonds is real, the only difference is that they are grown in a lab, not mined.  No one can tell the difference, because YES they are real diamonds! Have you always wanted that Two Carat diamond, but figured you could never afford it, ask about Lab Grown, you will be pleasantly surprised about what you can get for your money.
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The Family Business – a wife’s perspective, by Glenda Argo

“From Berkshire Hathaway and Wal-Mart to small stores everywhere, about 90% of all U.S. businesses are family-owned or controlled by a family. Family businesses generate over 50% of the US Gross National Product (GNP).”  – Forbes.com

“Our business is about people, not status or bling per se, but marking moments and milestones in relationships with beautiful, well-made works of art. Whatever the importance of the event or size of the gift, the icon and presentation must be special and unique.” – Robert Argo, owner

 

The Argos in 1981 on the occasion of Bill receiving the AGS Shipley Award. Sarah Argo Clark, William A. Argo, Barbara Argo, Robert Argo

My first introduction to the Argo family was when Robert, now my husband of 40 years, took me home to present to his parents as his bride-to-be. I was terrified! I had heard so much about this prominent, illustrious family. The family business, Argo & Lehne Jewelers, was an incomparable icon in Columbus, Ohio. I grew up on a farm in Iowa, far removed geographically and culturally from this world. Or so I thought.

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Mother’s Day Photo Contest

Know a mom who deserves recognition this Mother’s Day?

Argo & Lehne wants to know about her.

We are celebrating Mother’s Day with a Photo Contest!

Let everyone know about the special mother in your life!

Post a picture with your mother on social media now through Mother’s Day for your chance to win a $500 Argo & Lehne gift card!

Just TAG @argolehne in your Facebook or @argolehnejewelers in your Instagram post and include the hashtag #argophotocontest to be entered.

Reminder: if you are entering on Instagram, please make sure your profile is set to “public” until a winner has been selected.

 

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Art at Argo’s – Viewing the Village: the art & artists of German Village

This poem was written in June of 1967, describing the essence of the village then and still today.

This small neighborhood, just south of downtown is a destination for many Columbus residents. There are quaint homes, brick streets and just something about the flickering gas lighting an art lover can’t resist.  Some have nestled into the neighborhood calling it home with their studios, while others simply enjoy painting the picturesque views of the streets & parks.
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