Jewelry

Best Rings of 2017

Here are our 7 favorite styles and 30 favorite Engagement Rings from 2017. They are the Best of the Best!     We love when our Artists use old-world jewelry techniques to create flowing filigree, delicate pierced patterns, and the finest milgrain to vintage-inspired pieces.     1. Vintage Filigree Swirl Engagement Ring     […]

Happy Holidays with #50GreenLakeGifts

  Here’s a list of our favorite gifts to give this holiday season as a part of our #FiftyGreenLakeGifts. Keep checking back for more fun gift ideas! . 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 […]

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

Join us in November to meet with our leading diamond cutter from Antwerp and discover diamonds with more fire, sparkle, and life than you’ve ever seen!    FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 & SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18 We’re excited to host a global leader in diamond cutting direct from Antwerp for one-on-one consultations and evening talks on innovation within […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Unique Engagement Rings from 2013

Ever since the very first one-of-a-kind engagement ring we crafted, Green Lake has been fashioning increasingly delicate, precise, and creative custom pieces year after year. The art of fine jewelry making demands decades of skillful apprenticeship that evolves into confident mastery. Artists at Green Lake are ever chasing new design challenges, creative interpretations of old […]

A LUXE HALLOWEEN : Couture Jewelry that’s Scary Cool

Here are some of the most unique, one-of-a-kind pieces you will ever see in a noble metal. As Halloween approaches, we at Green Lake Jewelry Works are pulling these rings, watches, and necklaces out from the crypt and showcasing their darkly chic appeal. Each were designed and handmade here in our Seattle workshop and are […]

Celtic Rings – Not Just for Celts

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend and it’s that time of year where many of us seek out a little Irish flavor – be it a pint (or two) of Guinness stout, a savory lamb roast, or just some bright green socks to add a dash of holiday flash. Perhaps the most recognizable hallmark of […]

ENGAGEMENT STORY: Brian & Shannon

  An engagement story came back our way recently from Designer Melissa Tuttle that’s all about college sweetheart love. With so much southern scenery and hometown pride, it’s difficult for us Seattleites too not think of Edward Bloom’s dramatic proposal in the surreal drama Big Fish. Here’s what Brian wrote us: After classes on Friday October […]

DESIGNER PROFILE: Susan Meier’s Palladium Fern Cuff, Hand Crafted by Jeweler Joe Worley

Green Lake Jewelry Works recently placed 20 pieces of some of  the most elaborate and complicated designs we’ve ever produced for a national design contest for palladium – see them all in our Facebook Gallery. One piece particular, entitled the ‘Palladium Fern Cuff,’ represents this brief departure from our day-to-day focus on bridal wear.  Fabricated […]

DESIGNER PROFILE: Sungwoo Hong’s Venus Hairpin

About the Artist: At Green Lake Jewelry Works, ‘Eric’ Sungwoo Hong is a skillful jeweler, setting the smallest of gemstones with steady hands and confident mastery. He recently represented Green Lake at the 2012 Chicago Smart Jewelry Show Bench Pressure Challenge – a national competition that gathers a select few of the most seasoned and […]

Happy Halloween from Green Lake Jewelry Works!

It’s that time of year again, where the artists at work here at Green Lake get to step up the creativity. This Halloween brought forth an array of in-store costumes; from unicorns and bananas to sailors and hunters – and let’s not forget the not one, but two Green Lakers who dressed up as the […]

PIN TO WIN: Here are the winners from Green Lake’s 1st Pinterest Contest

Congratulations to the winner of  Green Lake Jewelry Works’ pin-to-win contest. This is where Pinterest power users incorporated one-of-kind pieces from Green Lake’s extensive online galleries of custom jewelry to create a board for cool engagement rings. The winning board was selected based on adherence to contest rules as well as the overall originality, creativity, […]