The cold months are approaching and what better way to beat the chill than to walk out in your boldest styles yet. Vogue Paris released their top takeaway trends straight from the runway. “From unique earrings and an Eighties revival to Far Western influences and over-sized chains” here’s the hottest jewelry trends of the Fall/Winter 2018-2019 season. (more…)Continue Reading
Mother’s jewelry has continued to gain popularity throughout the past 60 years. Women are wearing not just the standard mother’s ring but many other family jewelry styles. It’s a perfect keepsake to celebrate the birth of children. Trends have moved from simple birthstones to even more personalized gifts with engraving. We have collected a few of our favorite gift ideas. No matter what you select, if it comes from the heart it’s guaranteed to please! A piece that symbolizes family is the most wonderful gift a mother/grandmother can receive.Continue Reading
Are you looking for a wedding set that’s fashionable and classic yet expresses your individuality and not easily replicated? Then, you are definitely on trend for the Bridal Engagement Rings of Winter 2018!Continue Reading
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.
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.Continue Reading
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.
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
“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!
Something beautiful and sparkly has come into your life – maybe the pair of sapphire earrings you got for Christmas, Grandma’s vintage diamond pendant or that diamond engagement ring you’ve been waiting for! Now you are thinking – how do I protect my new jewelry, which is as valuable as it is beautiful? For your peace of mind, we suggest the following:Continue Reading
As a sales associate and designer, I’ve never viewed custom jewelry as intimidating – until recently. We held a pendant contest last month on Facebook asking people to select 1 of 4 stones and design a pendant of their choice. The most likes would WIN! They would receive the stone, a custom consultation with one of our designers and $1200 toward the completion of the design. There was so much buzz around the contest! Customers and friends were excited about the potential of winning a completed piece BUT submissions were not flowing in as expected. I couldn’t grasp it…a free necklace and stone designed your way!
It became obvious people were intimidated. The same fears came up: “I can’t draw” or “my design concept isn’t complete.” It was clear we needed to do something or end up with a complete marketing flop! So, we threw an impromptu “sip and sketch” evening at the store. We invited our customers, we sipped sparkling wine, discussed designs and assisted with their concepts and the submissions began to flow in. So, with this process it dawned on me that many people have never created their own piece of jewelry and it’s time to take away the mystery and misconceptions of custom design.