DIAMONDS + FUTURE OF CUT


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 & SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18 Green Lake Jewelry Works celebrates 20 years of design with its first-ever sale, where we’re also excited to host a leading diamond cutter direct Antwerp for one-on-one consultations and evening talks on innovation within the industry. Friday the 17th through Sunday 18th, we’ll be offering 10% off all […]


PAST EVENT: MINE FOR SAPPHIRES IN BELLEVUE


MINE FOR SAPPHIRES IN BELLEVUE     SUNDAY, SEPT. 17, 1 – 5PM  Green Lake Jewelry Works invites Montana’s famed Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine to recreate its operation in front of the Bellevue Studio. A $10 donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue will earn you a large scoop of genuine sapphire-rich gravel from Montana […]


Awesome Reviews & Green Lake Couples


We love receiving photos and reviews from our clients of their new custom jewelry.  Thank you for sharing us in the excitement! – The Designers & Artisans of Green Lake Jewelry   September 2017 #GreenLakeCouples   “I love my ring so much, it is beautiful. I appreciate all the time you and Grant spent on making […]


Wedding Ring Inspiration for Same-Sex Couples


  As we approach the 2-year anniversary since the US Supreme Court at last ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right for everyone in this country, more and more rings crafted in our workshop are delivered to LGBTQ clients nationwide. Same-sex wedding rings at Green Lake, however, are nothing new; we’ve designed thousands over […]


16 Unique Engagement Rings from 2016


  Each year at Green Lake Jewelry Works, designers reflect on the most innovative, challenging and unique custom engagement rings created in the workshop. These are designs that we’d never seen before, pieces that pushed our technical abilities as jewelers and expanded our repertoire as artists. We’re not into picking favorites (there’s way too many […]


How We Won the Best of Western Washington


  This year Green Lake was lucky enough to win both awards in jewelry from Evening Magazine’s annual Best of Western Washington contest, Best Jewelry Designer and Best Wedding Rings. Voted on by thousands across the region, this people’s contest recognizes the very best goods and services our area has to offer – and we’re […]


Jewelry Gift Ideas


  There’s nothing quite like receiving the gift of fine jewelry, and high quality jewelry can be as unique as it is affordable if you know what to look for. Pieces that include small gold accents, semi-precious gemstones or personalized engraving can run anywhere between $200-$500 and are sure to be worn for years to […]


‘White’ Gemstones for Engagement Rings – Diamonds, Moissanite and Sapphire


Diamonds are of course the most popular choice of center stone for engagement rings, but in recent years the industry has seen a shift to alternative stones such as moissanite and sapphire. While choosing the center stone for your engagement ring comes down to personal preference, it’s important to consider each gemstone’s strengths and weaknesses. […]


Spectrum Award Entry, “The Trembling Lily”


For the past thirty years, the AGTA Spectrum Awards has recognized designers within the jewelry industry. Considered the finest jewelry competition in the world, the Spectrum Awards places emphasis on use of natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls. Each piece is carefully inspected during the judging process by a panel of experts from a variety […]


12 Unique Engagement Rings from 2015


At Green Lake, we get to make engagement rings that really challenge creativity and test technical ability. Pieces start out as wild ideas that are eventually translated into the perfect ring for our clients – picking ‘favorites’ is near impossible, which is why we post our work at least twice daily on Facebook and Instagram. Still, there’s […]


Why We Decided to Use Fairmined Gold


Right now, Green Lake is one of only a few places in the world where you can design your own engagement ring or wedding band and have it cast in Fairmined certified gold; Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold from empowered small-scale miners who meet world leading standards for responsible practices (It’s much […]


ARTISTS AT WORK: Krista Robertson Wins 2015 Vision Award


Each year MJSA – the U.S. trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design – announces winners from its Vision Awards Competition. Created to recognize outstanding achievements in design and manufacturing, awards are segmented into categories most representative of the modern jeweler. One of those areas of distinction is ‘Custom Design’ and […]


ARTISTS AT WORK: Goldsmith Everett Hoffman Wins National Recognition


‘Artists at work’ isn’t some empty tag line here; our bench jewelers regularly have art on display in galleries around the country. Most recently, Green Lake Gold & Platinumsmith Everett Hoffman won entry into the first ever annual chasing & repoussé international exhibition, hosted by Denver’s Outnumbered Gallery on behalf of the Society of North […]


SCOTT + RHO: A Most Thoughtful Custom Design


It could well be that Scott now holds the distinction as our most thoughtful custom ring client yet (and that’s saying A LOT considering Green Lake’s clientele is full of people going above and beyond to make something truly special). All the way from Indiana, Scott got in contact with Sam here at the workshop […]


BEAU + TANYA: Talk About A Cool Wedding


A few month’s back Beau, a custom ring client working with Designer Emily J and a professional wildlife photographer doing work for National  Geographic and REI, asked if he might be able to film the setting of his ring. We said, ‘OF COURSE!’ Later on Beau sent us his wedding ‘video’ that looks more like […]


It’s Difficult to Know the Diamond You Buy Online, Especially the Color


Despite being considered ‘white,’ diamonds actually come in a range of color. Most fine jewelers offer diamonds from a ‘D’ grade (perfectly colorless) to typically a ‘K’ (some hint of yellow to brown), with ‘H’ and ‘I’ graded diamonds in the middle accounting for a majority of engagement ring purchases. Though color grades are evident on a […]


Be Mine: Lovely ‘Roses’ for Valentine’s Day


Roses are a go-to gift for your sweetheart for sure, but on Valentine’s Day nothing says you mean business more than jewelry. So we thought we’d share a few of our favorite recent pieces that deliver on both – roses and jewelry. -ROSE GOLD- One popular noble metal used in many of our recently crafted […]


NATURAL MONTANA SAPPHIRES: Mine to Market


  FROM the SOURCE To spend a day sifting through rocks with Montana miner Drew Barns, you might come to believe sapphires are anything but rare. On his sprawling property along a bend in the Yellowstone River stands a hard-worn sluice, the go-to machine for a placer miner like Drew, who loads the hopper with […]


10 Unique Engagement Rings from 2014


It’s that time of year once again where we look back at the most daring designs, expert craftsmanship and dazzling sparkle to leave the workshop. We’re perfectionists here and so it can take weeks to ensure the absolute finest rings are delivered – Green Lake only makes but a few thousand each year (which is […]


OPAL: Birthstone for October


Birthstones are always a tricky subject around here because the question of “who made up these rules anyway?” invariably comes up. Sure enough it’s a tough one to answer. Some say birthstones originated from ceremonial breast plates worn by high priests of the Ancient Israelites (called a ‘Hoshen’), which bore 12 different gemstones to represent the […]


RESTORATION: Some of the Coolest Repairs Yet


An Engagement Ring for the Ages  It’s a rare sight indeed to see an actual Victorian era estate piece show up in the Seattle studio, but when this 1890’s ring came in we knew it was going to be a fun restoration. Originally set with two identical old European mine cuts, one of the diamonds had […]


RESTORATION: How to Save a Channel Band with Missing Diamonds


Many brides wear tiny, delicate diamond bands alongside their engagement ring to add sparkle to the hand and serve as a life-long reminder of the big day, but after years of wear they may discover something truly awful – There’s a diamond missing! This is actually a rather common occurrence, and here’s why: Firstly, these […]


ERIC + IRENE: Our New Favorite Clients


Well, no one’s playing favorites, but Charlotte North Carolina’s Eric E. and Irene G. were especially delightful to design for – there we said it. It would seem they liked working with us too; after a year-and-a-half, a hundred correspondences, and two trips to Seattle to visit the workshop, Green Lake must have played its […]


ARTISTS AT WORK: Custom-Cut Sapphire


The Green Lake workshop crafts custom made-to-order engagement rings and wedding bands day in and day out. In order to bring each client’s vision alive, designers and jewelers must often push the limits of noble metals and precious gemstones to the max. We’ll extrude impossibly thin wire for delicate filigree,  blaze and electrify metals to […]


EMERALDS: A Family of Precious Beryl Revealed


We humans have considered emeralds particularly valuable for a very long time. Ancient Egyptians are credited with being the first to mine these jewels, out from the shadows of what Romans would later call Mons Smaragdus or ‘Emerald Mountain.’  Just a short thousand years later the Spanish returned from new world conquest, flaunting richly green […]


BEST IN SHOW: Shinya Takahashi Wins Again


  As Green Lake’s Technical Director, Shinya Takahashi keeps our considerable online gallery of work neatly indexed and organized, a purpose-built collaborative design platform serving our friends out-of-state, and an internal production tracking system – as well as a proprietary client resource management strategy – all buzzing with reliable efficiency and regular updates. Shinya is […]


ARTISTS AT WORK: Green Lake in Chicago


At Green Lake, you’ll see our little ‘artists at work’ slogan just about everywhere; it’s on our signage, on our letterhead, and on the little copper boxes in which each ring we craft is delivered. This slogan (by the way) is absolutely true, and this month there are two artists in particular you really need […]


MELTING GOLD: Watch Pouring Ingot to Make a Ring


From the crucible to the ingot mold, watch where a ring truly begins to take shape. Fire in the Green Lake workshop is as daily an occurrence as is hammering and filing, and truth be told it ignites some magic and excitement in us every time: MELTING GOLD from Green Lake Jewelry Works on Vimeo. […]


Buying a Diamond Online? Here’s what Diamond Certificates Don’t Always Show


     It’s never been easier to search the world’s diamond vaults for the absolute best quality and value. From your armchair, all of a diamond’s cuts, carat weights, clarity, and color (The 4 C’s) are virtually at your fingertips to compare. Be careful, though, because with all that convenience it’s easy to get caught […]


What Makes Sapphires So Blue?


    From Victorian era jewelry to contemporary design, sapphires are a favorite gemstone for bridal pieces to last the ages. Second only to diamond in hardness, sapphires are an especially durable gemstone for jewelry to be worn on a daily basis. Where diamonds are treasured for their lack of color, sapphires are most valuable when […]