Purple – combining the passion of red and the calm of blue – conveys balance and bliss, and a hint of mystery. Those of us who love it see it as a powerful color. Think of the purple robes and amethyst jewels of royalty. Amethyst was once up there with diamonds, emeralds, and rubies in rarity and preciousness, and thus was considered crown jewels material. Then in the early 19th century, a large deposit was discovered in Brazil and suddenly, supply and demand being what it is, amethysts became more plentiful and less valuable. We see that as a plus – amethysts haven’t changed. If anything, they are better with more from which to choose. But now they’re not just for royalty and the wealthy but are readily available to all of us!
Color is the sublimely beautiful main attraction of the amethyst. It is always purple, but can range from a light lavender or even purplish pink to very dark, almost black purple, and also reddish to a more bluish hue. Hue, tone, and saturation determine the color quality. Hue is the basic color (i.e., reddish purple); tone is the darkness or lightness; saturation is the amount or intensity of the color, or what Bob Argo calls “juiciness”. Stones fetching higher prices are medium to dark but not too dark, slightly reddish purple and highly saturated. However, some prefer the lighter, more delicate pastels, which are very lovely in their own right.Continue Reading
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!