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Green Lake Jewelry Works is America’s leading custom jewelry store, where artists design and create hundreds of tailor made pieces every month right here in our Seattle area studios. We specialize in unique engagement rings, custom wedding bands, and other one of a kind jewelry.
In 2012, Green Lake was named the ‘Coolest Store in America’ by INSTORE magazine.


Artists at Work...

‘Artists at Work’ explains it all: The Green Lake team is a group of designers, CAD modelers, gemstone cutters, wax carvers, metalsmiths, stonesetters and hand engravers. Drawing on a diverse mix of talents and expertise, the Green Lake workshop crafts every piece from start to finish onsite.

Diverse Talents

Green Lake’s artists come to Seattle from across the country and around the world with formal training in gemology, jewelry making, metal sculpture, or industrial design. The opportunity to work on something new and challenging every day is what draws some of the most talented individuals in the industry.

Continuous Improvement

Many on our team were recruited directly from art school and train within various disciplines here in the workshop. By apprenticing under master craftsmen, each of our team gain a balanced understanding of old world techniques as well as state of the art approaches.

Artists, Not Salespeople

At Green Lake Jewelry Works, we don’t just sell rings; we make them. In fact, when our entire job is to help you discover exactly what you want and then go make it for you, there’s really no need to 'sell'. Our aim is to create & inspire you, with as much - or as little - help as you need.

We love jewelry!

With a mix of innovative young jewelry designers & experienced bench artists, we are passionate about great design. Our staff has hundreds of years of combined experience at designing and making fine jewelry, and it shows in our craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Look Through Our Galleries and See the results!


Simple, Artful & Fun

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(Green Lake artists having fun at what they do.)

Simple

From thousands of searchable and original ring designs to all the ways Green Lake approaches fine jewelry differently, we strive to make the custom ring experience as uncomplicated as possible.

Artful

Green Lake is home to artists, not salespeople. We care deeply for the craft of jewelry making, for the subtle nuances in superior quality, and the fine details of precious material. Artists are just not satisfied with ‘good enough.’

Fun

We make getting a unique engagement ring fun! After all, rings are something intended to last a lifetime. That’s why we work very hard to ensure your design experience is fun and stress free.

Unique & Original Designs...

Unique Engagement Rings

We specialize in unique, one of a kind engagement rings and wedding bands.

Original Designs

New designs are created here every day – that’s how we maintain the largest and most diverse portfolios of custom jewelry in the country.

Exclusive Styles

While most jewelers carry pieces ordered from a wholesale catalogue or outsource their ‘custom’ fabrication, Green Lake starts from scratch. Everything we sell is handcrafted right here in our Seattle area studios. When rings are made one at a time at the jeweler’s bench, instead of on the production line, they are imbued with exclusivity and distinguished with personality.

Integrity & Respect

We don’t copy other designer’s work (as a matter of fact, we rarely even remake our own designs).

Real Jewelry vs Computer Renderings

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Many sites display only computer generated images of jewelry on pristine white backgrounds, but few photos of their jewelry. How do you know the craftsmanship will satisfy the flawlessness captured in a rendering? That’s why we show real photos of our work, so you can rest assured what you see is exactly what you’ll get.

About CAD Renderings

As a company renowned for its pioneering use of CAD/CAM technologies within jewelry, With a world class CAD team in our studios, Green Lake’s artists regularly win national awards for their skill and innovative design solutions. Make no mistake, we are CAD aficionados, and renderings play a big part in developing custom designs. However, we believe you’re entitled to see more than what a ring ‘could’ be – we show you how beautiful they really are!

Price, Quality & Doing Good Work

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Price

It's often assumed that custom jewelry costs more than mass produced. However, most "Designer Brands" are marked up so much that our custom pieces are often less expensive that mass produced branded lines.

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How can we do this?

Be it custom made or mass produced, most fine jewelry is designed in one place, cast in another, then sent to a 3rd or even 4th location to be set and finished. That’s a lot of middlemen with rent to pay! With all our work done onsite in our Seattle studios, we keep our costs down and pass the savings to our clients.
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Doing Good

"When Love and skill work together expect a masterpiece." - John Ruskin
There are no shortcuts to quality workmanship, no easy way to make something last a lifetime. Many jewelers can claim to be bigger, cheaper, or more ‘branded,’ but assuredly few can make good on our promise of quality. Here’s how we do it:

We only make genuine pieces

Our rings are cast in house of solid noble metals; we don’t plate cheap materials with razor thin layers of gold or rhodium and pass it off to our clients as something of superior value. These gimmicks are short lived, and while it could help us make a buck in the short term, the plating will eventually wear off – as will the trust our clients place in us. Instead, we employ smarter alloys to make solid gold and platinum jewelry to look as good on your 50th wedding anniversary as it did the day you bought it.

We make each piece from scratch, not just finish them

For many jewelers who have their production outsourced, simply polishing up a rough piece constitutes their ‘custom’ offering. Our artists get started with a ring from the sketch and follow the piece all the way to delivery – they wouldn’t dream of having someone else start or finish a piece with their name on it. The fact is, it’s increasingly rare to interact with a jeweler like Green Lake. The old world skills of hand made fine wire filigree & hand engraving have increasingly been replaced by more 'efficient' modern techniques, yet hand done work is obvious and cannot be matched by cast in place substitutes.

We work together as a team

Each of our rings are the product of not one, but many artists working together. Whether in our Seattle area studios or working with us online, our process is very transparent. You and your designer work directly with the entire team, from sketch to final polish. Working with artists and craftsmen directly, under the same roof, is the best way to nuance all elements of your design and ensure the absolute best quality.


Ask a Friend...

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(Green Lake custom engagement ring couple Ryan + Jess)
Many learn of Green Lake from a friend, and really who better to trust? Even if you’re not a local client here in the Seattle area, you can easily find recommendations from other satisfied customers from the engagement stories we share on our blog or the reviews folks share on other sites.

Knowing we’ve done a good job is a big source of pride for us in the workshop and we love reading customer reviews.

Years of Experience...

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It was in a tiny wedge of space along Seattle’s Green Lake Drive where the store originally opened in 1996. Founded by veteran jeweler and metalmith Jim Tuttle, Green Lake Jewelry Works started out as a one man shop, but didn't stay that way for long. As more artists joined the shop, they too moved between the bench and display case to meet with customers. At Green Lake, the artists are in the forefront.

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Green Lake isn’t a typical jewelry store. We don’t just sell rings, we make them. There’s no sterile lighting, hovering salespeople, or repairmen hidden in the back; instead, designers, jewelers, and craftsmen work with custom ring clients directly, from start to finish. Today there are over 50 artists at Green Lake, each bringing with them their own experience, insight, and skill. Added up, that’s over 400 years of combined experience in crafting fine jewelry – all in the same open workshop.

Green Lake Jewelry Works approaches the sale of a ring with artistry, experience, and consideration of what’s best for our clients. It’s why year after year, Seattle Bride recognizes our studio for the best wedding and engagement rings, INSTORE Magazine named us as the Coolest Store in America 2012, and our customers recommend us to their family and friends when it comes time to pop the big question.

“Real custom jewelry design is about working with people every day to create great new styles, tailored to each individual. Designing alone is too easy; I find that the interaction between artist and client creates a synergy that leads to new and innovative designs. I am delighted to see our work bettered by this kind of interplay.”

-Jim Tuttle / President & Founder, Green Lake Jewelry Works

Modern Tools & Techniques...

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Green Lake Jewelry Works maintains a state of the art workshop where each of our stone setters, hand engravers and filigree artists have a personal bench microscope for the finest detailed work.
Our casting equipment melts the metal electrically, under partial vacuum and an inert argon cover gas to protect against oxidation and microporosity. This means it creates amazingly dense, detailed castings.
Our shop has everything, from computereized milling machines, to several 3D printers and growers to create the right type of model for every cast piece.

Perfected by Hand

We combine these modern tools with the time tested techniques of hand crafting fine jewelry one piece at a time. From hand forged fine wire filigree details to hand engraved patterns we use all the best of modern and traditional jewelry making techniques.