Who is Annie? How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Wonderfully weird, happy hippie, lover of the strange and unusual, resident clean freak, creator, and friend of animals, plants, & insects.
The people! I’m free to be myself while surrounded by my completely delightful bunch of coworkers who ~get~ me. Our staff is wonderful.
Favorite part of the job?
Cleaning the jewelry (gimme the grime!) or seeing the before and after on jewelry repairs
When you aren’t at Argo’s?
Kitty cuddling with my 3 floof babies, crafting my own jewelry to sell, at church activities, or gardening my teeny heart out.
How do you sparkle?
If it’s not my nails, it’s my eye shadow, probably.
Favorite A+L piece?
I love a good –VINTAGE- statement piece! The gemstone color and elongated shape are so refreshing.
Local Hot spot?
Studio 35! Movie theater & bar with themed cocktails and pizza? I’m in.
By Glenda Argo
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Green is the color of the day – the wearing of the green, shamrocks, green beer, a river of green, etc. I’m not Irish, but after visiting Ireland a few years ago, I feel a kinship with and affection for that beautiful country and its people, and a new appreciation for their national holiday. And I’m wearing green!
“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”
Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spanish poet and playwright, 1600 – 1681Continue Reading
It may be cold outside but it’s not putting a damper on bold looks and colors for the winter season. From blooming flowers to flirty tassels, this season is anything but boring. It is all about standing out in a bright and cheerful way. This may be just what you need to inspire gorgeous holiday gift ideas or even a few gifts for yourself.
Fringe and Tassels
of different metals, lengths and styles. We love the bohemian look which seems to frame the face in necklace and earrings and provide a bit of whimsy. Below (bottom row) are our vintage yellow gold buckle earrings with a matching bracelet, a pre-owned yellow gold bib necklace with filigree and a sterling choker necklace with dangling discs.
This year we bring you our top gift categories with our favorite and most coveted pieces for the holiday season. The buzz around the holidays is that shopping early has it’s benefits, well, we couldn’t agree more. We have had such a successful year and we anticipate the holiday to reflect the same. We have prepared by stocking our inventory early and can’t wait to share some of our staff and client favorites. Michelle, our President at Argo & Lehne will sit with a new guest from the store each Friday morning at 9 am and advise on our top gifts for all your loved ones during our Fireside Chats. So, kick back, get cozy and enjoy our chats live or at your convenience on our Facebook page. Jump to the bottom of the post to find out how to be entered to win our grand prize of a $250 gift card, announced on Black Friday.
As the saying goes, “what goes around, comes around”. This is true with jewelry as well as clothes. Of course, timing on these trends is of utmost importance. With an acute eye for fashion forecasting, we are here to tell you about all the vintage jewelry trends that are back in style. This way, you can be your most fashion forward self and be ready to dazzle in the upcoming season.Continue Reading
Since Biblical times, each month of the year has been assigned one precious gemstone known as a birthstone for the month. The association of gems with birth months comes from the breastplate of Aaron which held a different gem for each of their tribes of Israel, each of which was celebrated in a different month. Christian culture associated each disciple with a month and kept the tribe’s gem for that month. Other gems are linked to the twelve signs of the zodiac which do not quite coincide with today’s.. Many cultures throughout history have believed that birthstones hold magical powers or protection for the wearer, and this belief has permeated modern jewelry myths to this day.
The month of August is classically linked to a particularly extraordinary gem: the Peridot.
What Is Peridot?
Peridot (pronounced PEAR-A-DOE) is a beautiful gem of the mineral olivine, known for its distinctive vivid green coloring. The intensity of yellowish-green is deeper with more iron content, It’s value is more because of this beautiful coloring. Peridot has the nickname “evening emerald,” as it glows prettily under lamplight.
The gem peridot has been found in numerous locations throughout the world, and is also one of the first known gems to also come from outer space! Extraterrestrial peridot found in Pallasite Meteorites is not large enough or strong enough for use in jewelry but is evident as flecks of olivine crystals. Peridot is softer than many gems, with a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Most peridot mined for jewelry is from China, Myanmar, Tanzania and the United States.
The History Of Peridot
Some think “peridot” comes from the Arabic word for gem, “faridat.” Valued in many ancient and medieval cultures, peridot can be traced back to the second century BCE in priests’ jewelry and chalices, and even further back to the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. In fact, a small island off the coast of Egypt once known as Topazios (now Zabargad) is the oldest recorded source of peridot. Cleopatra was famous for her vast collection of emeralds, which historians now believe must have included many specimens of peridot.
The Power Of Peridot
Some believe gemstones hold supernatural powers providing good luck and protection to the wearer. The birthstone of August, peridot is associated with harmony, good health, and peacefulness. Supposedly, peridot can calm anger, free the mind of envious thoughts, and ease depression. It symbolizes strength and has been used for hundreds of years as a protective charm that shields its owner from evil spirits. Specifically, peridot that is set in gold is thought to ease “terrors of the night”, protecting from nightmares and restless sleep.
Whether you are drawn to this gorgeous gemstone for its purported benefits, its lovely color, or because you were born in the month of August, there is no doubt that Peridot has a colorful history as a valuable gemstone. Contact Argo & Lehne Jewelers today for more information about our assortment of Peridot and other birthstone jewelry. View our collection here (https://www.argolehne.com/?s=peridot&post_type=product)
Show images of the three sale peridot items. Find these three pieces at an exceptional value all this month in our 97th Anniversary Sale.
As one of the world’s most popular gems, many ask what makes a ruby so beautiful and how does one tell if the ruby they are looking at is of high quality? This is a great question! You don’t need to be a gemologist to understand the quality and value of a ruby, but we all might benefit from more education shopping for rubies. In this article we will tell you all you need to know about rubies and answer the common question “How Can You Tell The Quality Of A Ruby”.
The History Of Rubies
Many cultures have considered rubies the gemstone of kings. Historically, the stone was worn in many battles as it was thought to be a stone of protection. Some cultures even went as far as inserting the stone into the skin as they believed this would protect them. Ruby goes back as far as the Bible and is still ever so popular. With its intense red color it only makes sense that it also symbolizes wealth and passion. It is the birthstone of July and Cancer and both the 15th and 40th anniversary stone.
Shopping for wedding bands is such a wonderful and personal experience for the bride and groom. Your wedding rings symbolize the joining of two unique individuals into one union and what better way to personalize them further with an engraving?
There are so many options for what to engrave on your wedding rings. At Argo & Lehne Jewelers, we think the most important thing is that your engravings signify something special to both of you. These inscriptions will be on the inside of your wedding rings, meaning primarily for your eyes only as a constant reminder of your bond and love. Although your engraving can be almost anything (as long as it will fit inside the band), here are a few ideas to consider:
- A Special Date – A special date can be your wedding day, the day you met, or a day that might be completely random to anyone else but has special meaning to the two of you. Dates are very popular to engrave, especially the wedding day date as for generations to come it will be on the ring and signifies the start of married life.
- Nicknames – Do you have a name you call one another? Engraving is a great way to always remember that affection and name that only your husband or wife calls you. This is a less traditional option but can be very sentimental and unique.
- Initials – The use of each other’s initials adds a timeless inscription symbolizing the joining of two individuals. The nice thing about using initials is that you also will have room for your wedding date as well given the small area inside wedding bands.
- Last name – Two last names often become one after marriage. You can begin that joint voyage with a last name engraving.
- Sentiments – “Forever Yours,” “I do,” and “Happily Ever After” are examples of sentiments that echo your commitment. A sentiment from your vows or something you always say to each other is also very personal.
- Verses, Song Lyrics, or Poetry – Many couples have a special bible verse, song, or poem that perfectly represents them. Using the bible verse or song title is something you can work with the engraver on to see what will fit the best.
- Shared Phrases – Splitting a message into two rings, so the message is only complete when they are read together, is also a great way to signify your togetherness.
- Secret Message – A word or phrase may not have any meaning to anyone else, but the two of you due to a past shared experience.
How to Engrave Your Wedding Rings
Take some time to consider your engraving. Don’t forget to consider the limited space available. Once you have settled on the perfect choice, write the engraving down and double-check all spelling before turning it over to your jeweler. Upon return delivery, check carefully to make sure the engraving is correct. Didn’t get your wedding rings engraved initially? No matter where you are in your love story, it’s never too late to have your wedding rings engraved.
There is no right or wrong answer for the perfect engraving for your wedding rings. Your rings should be as unique as you are. Argo & Lehne Jewelers welcome the opportunity to be a part of your wedding story.Continue Reading
Cocktail rings are and always have been a symbol of independent women! During the 1920’s, alcohol was strictly prohibited in the United States. As a result, secret trendy bars popped up everywhere. People flocked to these hideaways for fun and illegal cocktails. It was the first time in US history that women stepped onto the bar scene. They did it in style, wearing long pearl strands, stackable bracelets, and large flashy rings meant to be seen as they sipped their forbidden beverages. Although prohibition has long been in our rearview mirror, the cocktail rings remain timeless. These rings are still big and bold and as unique as the women who wear them!
So how do you choose the one that is right for you? At Argo & Lehne, we always encourage individual style, and there are so many beautiful and unique options in vintage cocktail rings. Here are a few things to consider when selecting your vintage piece.
What To Consider When Buying A Vintage Cocktail Ring
When considering purchasing a vintage cocktail ring there are a few factors that need to be looked at in order to make sure that you find your perfect ring. Doing some preliminary research can lead you to your special piece that you will love for years to come!
You will be able to find a beautiful vintage cocktail ring in any price range. Because of this, you should think about your budget before beginning the search. This will help you narrow down the selection so you can spend time focusing on rings in your price range. At Argo & Lehne, we have a wide assortment of vintage cocktail rings, ranging from more dainty and demure styles to beyond WOW!
Platinum vintage princess cocktail ring set with an approximate .80 carat center diamond and 42 other diamonds. Total diamond weight estimated 2.07 carats. Current size 6 1/4.
You can expect to see some visible wear and tear in many vintage cocktail rings. It’s what adds to the character of a vintage piece and holds stories of past decades. You should make sure that the ring is in good condition, however. No stones should be missing and the enamel shouldn’t have any cracks in it. You’ll also want to make sure the prongs are not bent or out of place. They should be secure with no loose gemstones. Of course many of these items are fixable but unless you really know what you are doing it would be difficult to price additional work into your total cost. Selecting a ring that is in good condition or better is a smart way to purchase. We pride ourselves on the flawless presentation of our vintage jewelry pieces and will make sure it is in tip top condition!
You want to make sure that you are purchasing from a reputable seller like Argo & Lehne Jewelers. If you are buying from a fine jeweler, you should check their credentials. For example at Argo & Lehne Jewelers we are a member of the AGS (American Gem Society), GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and the BBB (Better Business Bureau). You can also look at a jeweler’s reviews as well as their longevity. If they have been in business for a long time more times than not it is because they have been a reputable jeweler. If you have purchased or are thinking to purchase a vintage piece, we are always here to help. We clean jewelry and check stones complimentary while explaining the condition of the piece. If any repairs need done to the item we will let you know.
Make sure you ask about what metals and alloys the ring is made of to prevent any hidden nickel allergies. Metal will determine how much upkeep is needed for the ring. For instance, a sterling silver ring will tarnish over time and needs to be stored in airtight storage when not worn, and a platinum vintage ring will be less maintenance when not being worn.
Your comfort is key. The whole purpose of the cocktail ring is to make you feel like a queen, so make sure you’re comfortable in it. Trying on vintage cocktail rings at Argo & Lehne is a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon, seeing how the light catches the ring and how comfortable it is on your hand. Book a Consultation with one of our sales associates here: https://www.argolehne.com/contact/
The Perfect Vintage Cocktail Ring
The bottom line is to choose the ring that makes you feel bold, stylish, independent, and fearless when wearing it! Cocktail rings can be a wonderful topic of conversation and tell a lot about a woman’s style.
If you need help searching for a vintage cocktail ring, then get in touch with vintage jewelry experts at Argo & Lehne Jewelers today. We will work with you to find the right cocktail ring for your style and budget. Get in touch today to get started.