Category: Holiday Gifts

Engraving – An Everlasting Gift

As so many of us have reflected on the importance of friends and family throughout this unusual year, we foresee many thoughtful gifts, full of extra personalization and meaning. An engraved jewelry can transform your lovely gift into a treasure for posterity; it might just be the perfect option. Sometimes a date is all that is needed; sometimes a name or monogram; sometimes a meaningful quote works the magic.

Silverplated Bells

You are probably familiar with our silverplated bells. They are a delightful Christmas tradition but are also appropriate engraved for the bride and groom or the newborn baby. They can be used to commemorate a special anniversary or birthday or as a remembrance to a friend. Choose a handsome style for engraving and create a lasting memory.

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Machine Engraving – Traditional A&L silverplated bell.

Pewter Boxes

Pewter covered boxes are another versatile gift. All three styles are perfect for personalization. Monograms on top are the most frequent choice, but dates and messages can be engraved around the perimeter, inside the lid or on the bottom of the box. This has also served as a wonderful gift to the bride with her new initials atop the box and a sweet note and gift inside for her to open on her big day.

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Baby Cups & Spoons

Cups and spoons for babies are among the most traditional gifts. Elegant sterling with a hand engraved name or monogram becomes a family heirloom.

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People often ask about placement of engraving on baby goods. Though there are no rules to govern the choice, most often we engrave cups with the handle on the right side so that the child can see his name. In general, script fonts are used for girls, and block styles for boys. Again, this is a matter of personal choice. Baby flatware is monogrammed with letters facing the bowl of spoon or tines of fork; or with a name reading from left to right on the handle. Occasionally, a name or date is engraved in the bowl of the spoon.

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Hand Engraving – a deeper engraving than machine engraving. Also, a one-of-a-kind look as it is done free hand.

Sterling Cuff Bracelet

One of our most often requested items is a sterling cuff bracelet. something we have sold since the 1960’s. Women wear this bracelet from their teenage years throughout their lives. This is the definitive timeless item! There are several ways to personalize both inside and outside the bracelet – a hidden message inside, a monogram outside, a date subtly placed at one end. The same is true of cuffs and bangles, whether sterling or gold.


An engraved locket may be optimal sentimental gift. A monogram on the front, a date on the back, the locket passes from one generation to the next as a cherished heirloom.

Machine & Hand Engraving

Sterling, silver plated, and pewter gifts can be machine engraved in house, at a very reasonable charge, and usually within just a week.

Hand engraving – truly elegant, a work of art etched deeply in gold or sterling. We offer this service year round. It is perfect for tiny items, curved surfaces, signature replication, flatware, and jewelry. A necessity for the truly discriminating client. Please allow three to four weeks to complete this exceptional work. There are dozens of styles to choose from, and the artist can adopt the basics to reflect the particular nature of the piece involved and of your individual style.

Items not purchased from Argo & Lehne can be engraved in the store. The fee for these items is $40 per item. We do recommend that you bring in the item so we are able to assess if it is in fact engravable. We can also assist with engraving placement and font selection.

Shop our collection of engravable gifts and set up an appointment with an associate to discuss your engraving needs.

Beautifully hand-engraved gold locket.





-written by Anne Wilson, Argo & Lehne associate and engraving consultant. Anne has created some of the most beautiful engraved pieces at Argo & Lehne and has a discerning eye for fine details.

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Dating in the City: An Interview With Nicci Sprouse-Grosso

Too often in the jewelry business we speak about those that are in love and ready to make big commitments, like engagements and celebrating milestone anniversaries. However, many of our customers are independent women who are making self purchases,  and some of those women are in relationships, but many are not. Our customers are the CEO’s of businesses, volunteers of local organizations, moms showing their daughters what it is like to be a confident woman and so much more. The point is, our customers are mainly women in diverse situations all with a common bond of individual style.

So, this Valentine’s we thought it might be interesting to share a different spin on love. Just like our customers have different stories, so do their dating experiences. We have seen and heard enough love stories to know many things work in finding the right person and if your heart is ready, there is someone out there for everyone. And if you choose to not find that person that’s ok too. Love comes in many different forms including things we are passionate about. Just be you and be happy.

But for those looking for a new way of dating, we interviewed someone we thought had a really interesting story and professional background in connecting love matches.

Meet Nicci Sprouse-Grosso.

She has a great love story of her own, years of executive matchmaking experience and a new venture with her husband which is a social club for singles. (more…)

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Black Friday Weekend Wishlist Event

Do you have your eye on one of our pieces of jewelry for either yourself or a loved one this Holiday Season?

This Black Friday you may be able to have the piece at a discount as high as 20% off! 


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Argo Approved: Sugar Artist & Pastry Chef, Scarlett Kilzer

Lovely Couture Cakes

This edition of “Argo Approved” we delve into the world of luxe! Who would have thought a wedding cake could be considered couture? Well, I’m the first to tell you the moment I saw the work of Scarlett Kilzer from Miam Cake it was obvious that this was not like any other cake I’d ever seen. From the sugar flowers that mind you look absolutely real to the handmade locust painted with edible gold, this was the work of an artist. Can you say, gobsmacked?!



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Holiday Sparkle Event: Winter Wonderland


Consider yourself cordially invited to the biggest sale of the season!

Thursday, November 17th from 5:00-8:00 PM

Join us at Argo & Lehne where you will enter a Winter Wonderland and for this exclusive night you will find in stock jewelry up to 1/3 off.

 Sip on sparkling wine, nosh on sweet treats and try on those gorgeous pieces!

You are encouraged to create a Wish List of all your favorites in advance on our website so we can direct you straight to those pieces when you arrive.

All in-stock jewelry is 1/3 OFF and vintage jewelry is 15% OFF!


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Mother’s Day Photo Contest

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We are excited to announce the winner of our Mother’s Day Photo Contest: Katie!

The contest is now closed. Head over to our facebook gallery to see all the great pictures and read the stories submitted during the contest. Columbus is full of so many beautiful, inspiring, wonderful Mother’s. Happy Mother’s Day to all!


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Argo & Lehne’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year! The holidays are upon us and Argo & Lehne is here to help you with all of your gift giving needs.

Holiday shopping can be overwhelming, but always remember that a thoughtful gift is a good gift and bringing joy to your loved ones is what counts! We have something for every special person in your life.

View our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide on Pinterest to see what we recommend for your loved ones this year!

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Top 5 Tips to Thoughtful Gift Giving

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  1. The first thing to remember about gift giving over the holiday is that it is never wrong to give a gift.
  2. Always keep in mind, that a thoughtful and well-intended gift is more impactful than something that is expensive and breaks the budget you have set for gift giving.
  3. (more…)

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Diamond Studs or Diamond Hoop Earrings?

There are so many tough choices in this world: chocolate or vanilla, heels or flats, cappuccino or latte, and hoops or studs. Luckily, Jennifer is back with her latest “I’m Loving It” video to walk us through selecting the perfect earrings.



How Much Do You Love Me?




These pack a big bang!


You can never go wrong with a classic.

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Custom Jewelry for your Loved One

It’s October already and a great time to start thinking about gifts for the holidays. While it’s fairly easy to buy a ring, a necklace, or earrings for a loved one for Christmas or any other holiday – it might be time to try something new.

Consider designing a one-of-a-kind piece of custom jewelry to mark a special occasion this holiday season or to give a gift that no one else has.

If you’re considering using this time of the year to propose, a custom engagement ring could make your special time even more special and unique. But you want to get started on the process soon to make sure you have time for several consultations with an Argo & Lehne artisan. We’ll want to make sure we get everything right when it comes to your specifications, gemstone and precious metal selections, and your overall design.

If you do not have custom bridal or engagement needs, you might still keep custom earrings, rings, or a necklace at the top of your holiday wish-list. When it comes to the design, we can work with you to make sure your own ideas come to life or we can help customize a piece for you so that you know you’ll be giving your special someone the only one like it… any where.

The symbols, the shapes of the jewelry, any inscriptions you might want, the color of the gemstone, and the type of metals we use can be entirely up to you. We’ll sketch out ideas and finally present you with a formal design for your approval.

The cost of custom jewelry does tend to be higher but these pieces are nearly always of heirloom quality and can be passed down to generation after generation with that special story from your loved one of how it happened one holiday season.

Stop by our store in Upper Arlington and speak with one of our custom jewelry consultants today to find out how you can make someone’s December a very special time to remember!

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