Category: Columbus Custom Jewelry

Amazing Amethyst!

Queen Elizabeth in the Kent Amethysts. Photo: royaljewellists.boardhost.com

 

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.

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Inside Argo’s: Rachel Burazer

Who is Rachel Burazer?

Rachel recently moved back to Ohio after a decade living in Chicago. She has an eye for detail given her background in fashion design. And she is always up for a challenge!

Rachel’s position: 

Sales Associate.

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The 2018 Winter Style Report

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…)

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Family & Mothers’ Jewelry: Personalize Your Own

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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.

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Bridal Engagement Ring Trends- 2018

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!

Read below to find out what forecasters and industry professionals are reporting for this year’s bridal jewelry.
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Custom Jewelry: Exactly What You Want!

 It may seem early to think about holiday gifts but with just a few months away, now is the perfect time to start planning on a custom piece of jewelry, guaranteed to please!  To get you started, we have demystified the custom jewelry process, interviewed a few Argo & Lehne custom customers and selected a few great gifts ideas to get your creativity flowing – Everything from re-purposing an heirloom piece to creating your own unique wedding band. 

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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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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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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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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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