If you get the chance to work with Krista, do it!
She did an absolutely wonderful job on this project. She took everything I said (which was quite a bit!) and incorporated all of it into this beautiful ring.
Just about everything on the ring has some kind of significance. Probably the aspect that is most special to me is the diamond, which originally belonged to my grandmother. My mother very graciously allowed me to use the diamond for this ring, and I think brings a great deal of meaning and significance with it. The Hebrew saying is from Genesis two, and it says, essentially, 'they became one flesh'.
The rubies are in reference to Proverbs 31, which my mother asked me to memorize when I was a young teenager to aide me in my discernment of what kind of woman I should be looking for to marry, and I certainly believe my soon-to-be fiance meets the Proverbs 31 standard.
The vine that is engraved behind the Hebrew words is in reference to John 15, and the two rubies in the top face are intended to be fruit on the vine. Also, there are three vines, three stones visible from the top face, and three stones visible from each side face, and there are a total of seven stones.
I think that covers everything; if I remember something else I will report it here!
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The GLJW designer, Ellie, did a fantastic job and was extremely patient with me as I went back time after time requesting modifications in an effort to create a unique ring that Anna would love and treasure (Let's hope she does when the time comes...) :)
Anna's ring is made of 18K yellow gold; and has a round/split shank with pierced detail. It has a 4-prong trellis setting, with floral accents on either side. Other design elements include red sapphire accent stones, hand-crafted filigree, and custom engraved scrollwork on the faces. The center stone is a round brilliant, ideal cut diamond (0.75 carats, near-colorless, & internally flawless).
Ellie and GLJW were fantastic, and created a beautiful, custom engagement ring for about the same cost as that of a mass produced ring sold by chain jewelers. I highly recommend them if you know anybody who is jewelry shopping!
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Sophia. My dragon is in hand and I don't even know what to say.
No matter how many pictures you sent, I wasn't ready. It's incredible. There are no words to say thank you enough. You made him EXACTLY what I wanted him to be - when I didn't even know for sure myself. He is artistically amazing, and technically perfect. Please relay my gratitude and my awe to everyone who had anything to do with him.
So just a few more comments on things I wasn't expecting (all good). The stone is amazing !! Thank you for being my eyes on that. I've never seen anything like it. It has amazing fire. I took it into the sun and actually ended up making a video of it because of the sparkle. Unreal. Also - dude - it's HEAVY !! I like that but wow - that's a lot of platinum!
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Melissa, here is our "Why Green Lake?" Story
After shopping around at other jewelers, we were so happy to find Green Lake Jewely
Works. The staff was friendly, warm, and gave us lots of great ideas for choosing
our ring. At first we were a bit overwhelmed with the idea of creating our own ring;
we didn't know how it would turn out. But we knew that the other jewelry stores
didn't have exactly what we wanted. After just a short time with Melissa, we knew
that we were in good hands, and every step of the process was more and more exciting.
The whole experience of designing our ring was wonderful. Having a one-of-a-kind
ring means a lot to us. We feel that our love is very special and unique, as I'm
sure a lot of couples do, and only a very unique ring would feel right. We love
looking at our ring together. It's perfect!"
-Misty & Andrew
Sophia, I wanted to share our proposal and how much everyone loved the ring!
I took Abby to a small mountain town called Saluda in North Carolina. Just a few miles from town is a trail that leads to a water fall. One of the things that we like to do together is hike and go to the mountains. Well I got her up at 730am and made her get in the truck and ride with me.
She was excited about her 'mystery trip'... Well we got to Pearson Family trail, and we were the first. We hiked and when we got to the falls she told me how sweet I was and that the falls were beautiful. She has always wanted to go to that small town as well, so I just decided to put it all together. Well, while we were standing at the water fall I told her to turn around and face it so I could get an 'artistic picture' from behind of her staring at the falls ;-). I forgot to mention, but I we were all bundled up with heavy coats and scarves. It was pretty chilly.
So while she stood there waiting on me to take the picture, I was actually trying to dig the ring box out of my inner coat pocket. I got down on one knee, then I said, 'Abby.... Will you marry me?' Before I could even finish the sentence she was shrilling, 'yes, yes, yes' with tears in her eyes. Now I don't cry often, but seeing her face and the amount of joy while she looked into my eyes, made me tear up pretty bad.
She absolutely fell in love with that ring! We were clinched in a tight hug however before she really looked at it. After that nice, warm, hug I stepped back and placed the ring on her finger. She stared in amazement at it. I have never seen her so happy before in my life. I actually have never been so happy before in my life... It was an amazing morning. We spent the rest of the day visiting the town of Saluda and all it's little antique shops. We bought some wine and, in typical North Carolina fashion, we dined at a BBQ restaurant.
The rest of the weekend was amazing. All our family and friends told us how amazing the ring was, and how brilliant it looked. I totally appreciate all the work that went into it, in the short amount of time given. Thank you.
Terrence & Abby
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We just wanted to let you know that Saturday, April 23rd Jason popped the question with the ring(s) of our dreams =)
It's the first time Whitney had seen the rings since they had been finished (even the final pictures were kept a secret!) and it is absolutely perfect. We are especially thrilled with how much color and life the opal has for its size, and the intricacy and perfect fit of the engagement ring and wedding ring, and Jason is disappointed he doesn't get to wear his ring yet because he likes it so much!!!!
Thank you so much for all your hard work and effort. We have been recommending Green Lake Jewelry to everyone who is considering customized jewelry - and we will definitely be back for any future plans!!
Thank you again -- please feel free to use this message to share "Why Green Lake was for
Whitney and Jason.
View Whitney & Jason's Gallery Pages for Their amazing 3 piece wedding set:
Whitney's Engagement ring
Whitney's Wedding band
Jason's Wedding band
I never would have thought that I would design a new wedding band and never meet my designer, see the diamond I selected, or held the wax impression. Last week I received this ring and it was perfect--everything from the design, the beautiful diamond, and the fit.
Why Green Lake?
After I lost the diamond from my well worn wedding band, I started searching the internet for a jewelry designer who creates wedding bands that are different from the usual jewelry store variety. I finally found the Green Lake Jewelry Works site and spent hours looking at bands. I finally asked about cost and designs, and Elise became my designer. She was very patient and helped me get the look I wanted with helpful suggestions. She also help me pick the best diamond for my budget and ring design. This process took several months but I wasn't in a hurry and wasn't sure what I wanted. All in all, working with Elise and Green Lake Jewelry Works was a very positive experience. If anyone has doubts about dealing by internet, please know that it worked for me!
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Krista & Kelsey
OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!!
I love it... WE love it! And love isn't even enough of a descriptive. I am so thrilled with it I can't stop looking at my hand, and Tony keeps "holding" my hand so he can admire it too. Yay!
You and Kelsey and your team did such a great job, I can't imagine it being any better (design, quality -- WOW, service, everything)... You have absolutely dispelled my skepticism about creating a custom designed ring over the internet, sight unseen. I'll continue to tell people who ask, who made my FAH-bulbous ring.
And, we inherited a couple small pieces of jewelry and will likely have them re-set, which naturally would mean that we would need a MAH-velous design. So, we'll be in touch when we embark on that creative adventure.
I could keep gushing but I don't want to nauseate you.
Thanks again Krista, and I look forward to 'creating' with you again in the future,
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Adrienne, this is from a note I sent to my family:
I was asked how wise it was for me to send my diamonds off to a company I found on the web, so I thought I’d share the finished rings, which are now in our hands.
These are the rings we had designed by Green Lake Jewelry Works in Washington State (they are even more beautiful to the eye). I HIGHLY recommend them. What a fabulous experience. You work with them through a internet blog and fabulous photos. Adrienne was our designer and it was just a great process and experience all the way around for custom made jewelry. Www.greenlakejewelry.com
The diamonds in the ring are my Mom’s. They are from the stones from the wedding rings she had
with our Dad. They are beautiful stones. The green stones are African Tsavorites, only discovered in the 1970s.
(Green Lake Jewelry Works supplied these)
They are more beautiful than their photos expressed. We'll be sure and recommend you to others!
Thank you, Adrienne. We are so pleased!
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I have been wearing my rings now for over four
months and each time I look down, I smile on how happy the design and workmanship
makes me feel. Your company definitely has the gift of creativity and patience.
I truly appreciated the non-pushy environment and non-opinionated suggestions. You
truly allowed “me” to be the person to make the choices and didn't make me feel
obligated if it turned out – I didn't like my first wax. Thank you again for such
a beautiful ring design and your patient attitude. It was worth it!
As you know by now, Jason and I couldn't wait to get the rings so we came in on Sunday and picked them up. They look terrific! I can't thank you enough for everything you did to make us happy with our end product as well as the process. We know you have clients who spend significantly more money than we had to spend and we both felt like we were treated just as well, regardless. You totally understood our priorities and didn't ever pressure us to do more than we felt comfortable doing. I also love that you were able to help Jason with my birthday earrings- I think that was the first time he's been able to keep a secret from me for a surprise (he has a problem with that) and he definitely benefitted from your assistence.
We will definitely be back to see you for future jewelry purchases. Jason said in the car on the way home "I'm never going anywhere else to buy jewelry again". A ringing endorsement! :) This, I can honestly say, has been the most pleasant and exciting part of the wedding process for both of us.
Thank you and take care, until we shop again-
Kathryn Kite and Jason Boyer
Please do share what we've said- I know how important it is to get the word out to customers. We were apprehensive at first thinking that a custom jewelry store would be more expensive than your traditional jewelry store and were delighted to find it is actually the opposite. And I love my earrings. Jason botched the proposal (even though I knew it was coming) because he was SO excited he was practically bouncing so I was shocked he held it together for my birthday. He even had a decoy gift for the actual day so I thought that was it.
Thanks again for a great experience! We truly enjoyed working with you.
Well I must say you have worked some of your magic in the creation of these magnificent
rings. Thank you for all your creative artisan work both of the practical kind and
also the imaginative suggestions made along the way.
I must acknowledge that it
is one of the most enjoyable and educational processes I have undergone for a long
time. Best regards,
We wanted to write and express our appreciation for the beautiful job you did on
our wedding rings. Your staff was remarkably patient with us as we went through
wax after wax, seeking the perfect ring. Our rings are far more than we ever could
have hoped. We get constant compliments on them — both their beauty and the skill
with which they were smithed. We look forward to enjoying them both for decades
to come. Thank you again, so much
- E & TS
I just wanted to say to you and all who participated in bringing my dream to fruition,
thank you! My fiancée loves her ring and everyone who sees it is astounded at its
I was showing the pictures, from the CD you made for me, to a few
of my colleagues and to say the least, there were mouths agape, and mesmerized eyes
on all! It is truly a work of fine, exquisite art! Cheers,
I'm writing to inform you of the incredible experience both my wife and
I had in dealing with your employee Amber. With us living in Park City, UT my wife
had made prior arrangements to meet with a designer while we were in Seattle, as
it turns out this was to be Amber . If I can back track a little, we had originally
been in your old location looking at rings approximately 3-years ago. At that time
my wife had picked a design that she thought was the ring she wanted.
During our visit with Amber, she showed the intuition that you don't see in many
people. This eventually led to design of my wife's ring that we could have only
dreamed of. Amber took the time to talk with us and ask questions that gave her
a better understanding of our life style. Amber then came up with a design of Hibiscus
leaves in a continuous pattern around the ring. Without taking the time ,Amber would've
never understood how special of a place that Hawaii is to both my wife and I. Not
only is this where we were married & have lived, but we both have very special ties
My wife is also trying to get involved in designing and making jewelry & at some
point working in the jewelry industry. Amber was kind enough to take some time and
talk with my wife & gave her some information on how to get involved with the apprenticing
In today's hurry hurry everyday lifestyle it's very rare that you get the opportunity
to be treated in such a way as I described above. With our many visits to the Green
Lake Jewelers, I can tell that this type of customer service is what is expected
of your employees. However, it's also my experience that there's one thing you can't
teach and or train people in & that's in the personal touch that Amber shared with
- Jim & Andrea
I would like to sing the praises of Greenlake Jewelry Works.
You guys are amazing!!
My Fiancée and I came into your studio with a picture of what we wanted for my engagement
ring, and your beautiful creation came out 10x better then we had hoped! We worked
with your designers and couldn't have been more pleased. There was no pressure and
we enjoyed the laid back atmosphere that fostered our creative thinking! My ring
is perfect and I can't wait for you all to do my wedding band. Thank you so much
Thank you so much for the excellent work on my family crest ring. Your program of
design review at each stage was very effective, especially being able to do this
Buying a custom designed ring long distance is somewhat daunting, but
you did it to perfection. Next time you are my first choice.
I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to you all for the gorgeous, perfect wedding ring
you designed for me.
My partner brought it home for me on Valentines day as a surprise.
It is spectacular! The transformation from sketch, to wax, to real live gold got
better and better with each step. Sincerely,
Thanks so much for your terrific help with my recent design and purchase of a “family”
ring for my wife.
She and our kids really love it – it turned out perfect. I appreciate
your helpfulness and great ideas, and for making the process easy and enjoyable.
P.S. I already see that this ring will be a treasured heirloom – it's a nice
feeling knowing that this was done right!
I just want to tell you that I LOVE my lotus ring!
I'm glad that we all persevered
to make it what I wanted. Every time I look down at my hand, I am thankful and smiling.
Take good care, and I'll see you again.
Take good care, and I'll see you again.
Dear Green Lake Jewelry Works,
Thanks to all who contributed to the creation of
my anniversary band! I am so pleased with the way it turned out.
to Jim for restoring my wedding band and sizing the new one together, they look
great! Your skill as jewelers and friendly customer service has made my experience
Dear Green Lake Artists,
What can I write that will capture the amazing experience we have had with your
My engagement ring and our wedding bands were off of our expectation charts
- and then there was the next custom piece - the pearl ring.
This pearl was from
a very special ring given to me by my father on my 16th birthday. Let's just say
the setting was outdated and it was sitting in my jewelry box for quite some time.
You took my thoughts and created a one-of-a-kind treasure.
My father was thrilled
to see the pearl in the new setting!
Thank you simply does not say enough. I am
sure we will see you again for our next dream gem.
- N R & T