With this ring…she got engaged. With this ring…she got married. With this ring…she raised kids, celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. It wasn’t the most expensive ring, as just starting out together, they did not have very much money. They did, however, have each other, and their shared hopes and dreams. The ring itself was not much. What the ring signified…promise, commitment, love…meant everything. And it was hers. Seldom did it come off her finger. Through happy times and sad, that ring saw a lot. So many memories are held by that little ring. But now, 20 years after she first put it on her finger, it seemed that her ‘little’ ring could hold no more. She was entering a new chapter of her life. She had her own style now, and wanted the most important piece of jewelry she owned, her wedding ring, to reflect that style. She also wanted her new ring to celebrate her accomplishments, and have space to hold her new hopes and dreams, and future memories. And she wanted to, somehow, transfer the energy of her old ring, into her new ring.
For that, she needed a guide. Someone that could interpret her thoughts, and turn them into ideas. Someone that could transform those ideas into the ring of her dreams. She didn’t know it, but that same person would also know that what’s in style isn’t what some fashion guru says it is. To know what’s in style, she need only know what she likes. There are no rules. Having no rules means there are no constraints. Having no constraints means anything is possible.
When she found Artelle Designs, it was like fate. An international award winning jewelry designer hiding in Plymouth, Minnesota? A Mom and Pop fine jewelry gallery run by, well, Mom and Pop. Or Ellie and Stuart as they are affectionately known. Married for 35 plus years, and in business together for nearly the same time, they truly understand the meaning of jewelry, and the powerful stories that give each piece life. Especially engagement and wedding rings.
More importantly, they are not only experienced, and skilled designers, they also do all of the making on the premises. Nothing is lost to translation. And they put Good Vibes, that you can really feel, into everything!
With this ring, she wasn’t pressured to do anything. With this ring, she was given options, and listened to. With this ring, she fell in love all over again. And she couldn’t wait to start the next chapter of her life…With this ring.
The one piece of jewelry you wear the most, like every single day, is most likely your wedding ring (formerly called your engagement ring). It collects a lot of dings over the years, and will most likely need some work done at 10 or so years to bring it back to life. The most common [...]
At least fifteen times a day the phone rings, and the question we hear most is “My ring/necklace/bracelet is broken, how much would you charge me to fix it?” Or, “How much would it cost to size my ring?” It seems like a simple question, right? Well, no, not really. That’s the hardest question there is! And I know [...]
First, I would like to apologize to our LGBT friends for the gender specific nature of this blog. The situation illustrated here is the one I see most often, and it is easier to write using gender specifics. Please feel free to switch Mr. Dude and Mrs. Dude as is appropriate to you. And now, [...]
Halo rings have been around for eons. Well, at least a few hundred years or so. Originally they were made with a prominent center stone, usually a gemstone like a sapphire or ruby, surrounded by pearls, or other gemstones. They just were not called ‘halo’ rings. [...]
So you know to listen to your inkling when buying jewelry, but what about jewelry repair? You just inherited Grandma’s ring, but it is too thin to wear, and you don’t know if the stones will stay in it, or what it is even made out of. But you would like to wear it, and your good friend tells you [...]
2011 is here, so better start thinking seriously about what to make for “the” Citrine. Okay, the entry fee for the Spectrum Design Contest was too much to handle, so instead of making the amazing Citrine into a contest design, I’ll just make it into an amazing jewelry design! Yeah! Just as soon as I am not so busy. And [...]
So it’s still 2004, and we arrive home from Tucson with our pretty gem in hand. What to make with it? Sometimes I get instant feelings about what a gemstone wants to be set into, and sometimes it takes a while. Sometimes I know right away what to make. The design just comes to me, pops into my head [...]
This story begins in February of 2004. That’s pretty much the dead of winter in Minnesota. And what do most Minnesotans wish for in February? Escape! Lucky for us jewelry designers the largest gem and mineral show in North America is held every year in Tucson, Arizona, in February! Perfect timing! A gemaholics paradise. You can find everything from quartz [...]
Happy October, Artelle friends and readers!My how the months are flying by. It’s officially fall - a time when plenty of changes are manifesting. Change is welcome here! In fact, it’s encouraged. Evolving is a natural part of life and art. That’s why we’re thrilled to talk about the latest birthstone shift. October is a [...]