Vintage Vibes


Check out these 4 stunning vintage inspired designs! Click the photo to purchase. Ring 1: PLATINUM VINTAGE STYLE ENGAGEMENT Ring 2: PALLADIUM ENGRAVED SOLITAIRE     Ring 3: ANTIQUE INSPIRED SOLITAIRE     Ring 4: PETITE FILIGREE SOLITAIRE


The Top 13 Ring Hazards


  .   With our twenty years of experience making jewelry, we have heard a lot of stories from our clients about their jewelry mishaps. We made this list to help make you more familiar with some of the seemingly innocuous activities that can add unnecessary wear and tear, and ways to prevent losing your […]


Green Lake Wins ‘Best Wedding Rings’ in Seattle


  For the 6th straight year, the Puget Sound wedding community has nominated Green Lake for ‘Best Locally Made Jewelry’ and ‘Best Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands’ in the annual Best of Bride Awards from Seattle Bride Magazine — and we won (again)!   With other great area jewelers also nominated in these categories each […]


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 July 2018   #Congratulations Danielle & Bobby   “Thanks again for everything you did for us!” – Bobby Meet the Designer: Sophia #GreenLakeCouples “Hi Pia! I […]


Transparent Diamond Supply Using Blockchain


  Green Lake Jewelry Works is now able to offer ethically sourced, single-origin diamonds with complete transparency using blockchain technology. By partnering with Everledger, an emerging technology enterprise that tracks the provenance of high-value assets on a global digital ledger, designers and gemologists at Green Lake can tell you everything about your diamond.     […]


Custom Made : A Green Lake Look Book


    We’re really excited to share our look book Custom Made as an illustration of the range of Green Lake Jewelry’s artistry and passion for design. We collaborated with a talented group of experts and stylists to share 8 different wedding looks that took direct thematic inspiration from the jewelry itself. Here’s a sneak peak […]


10 Custom Wedding Bands You Can’t Just Purchase


  For over 20 years the Green Lake workshop has been turning out stunningly delicate, glimmery engagement rings that dazzle on the finger. We’re proud of that work and share it often, but we’re equally proud of the bigger wedding bands we forge and imbue with just as deep a meaning too. As with engagement […]


Best Rings of 2017


  Each year artists at Green Lake look back on their favorite pieces of the year. These are rings that dazzled and delighted us, but more so offered us the opportunity to design unique pieces within the most popular wedding ring styles today. Here are our 7 favorite styles  – and 30 favorite engagement rings […]


Happy Holidays with #GreenLakeGifts


UPDATE: This season we collected more toys from our Seattle & Bellevue Studios than ever before. Thank you for your participation in our Treehouse drive! . Make A Donation to Treehouse We’re excited to be supporting the Treehouse organization again this year! We will be collecting new toys & clothes for foster children in both our studios […]


Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October is National breast cancer awareness month and Green Lake Jewelry Works has partnered with Vital Couture – an e-commerce business centered around the needs of individuals navigating the life-threatening diagnosis of breast cancer – to host its first annual tailgate fundraiser, Seattle + Houston = 24 strong.   This event hosted by Vital Couture will specifically […]


THE FUTURE OF CUT


    Round brilliant cut diamonds are by far and away the world’s most popular diamond shape, but the criteria we use to separate one’s value from another can feel overwhelming and may well change for buyers in the future. We all know the ‘4C’s,’ that familiar line up of characteristics that lets us know how ‘good’ a specific […]


PAST EVENT: MINE FOR SAPPHIRES IN BELLEVUE


UPDATE: Thank you for participating in Green Lake’s first ever Mine your own Montana Sapphire event to support the Boys & Girls Club! Here are some of our favorite photos of miners hard at work at the light table… Lots of amazing gemological finds! Can you spot the REAL Montana miner, Russ? MINE FOR SAPPHIRES […]


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 […]