Jewelry

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 are virtually at your fingertips to compare. Be careful, though, because with all that convenience it’s easy to get caught up with technical […]

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, […]



IN THE PRESS: Green Lake Jeweler Jeremy Dunn

(Spectra (Summer, 2012) Retailer Spotlight: Green Lake Jewelry Works, American Gem Society Las Vegas, NV. ) Spotlight: Green Lake Jewelry Works – Green Lake Jewelry Works was founded by Jim Tuttle in 1996, where it originally opened in an impossibly small wedge of retail space overlooking Green Lake; a scenic Seattle park and charming neighborhood in […]

PROCESS VOL. 5 – Chumlee’s Birthday Pendent

The world of gemological study and fine jewelry fabrication can be a bit of an incestuous industry; everyone knows everyone. One friend of Green Lake is actually a gemologist for Gold & Silver Pawnshop on the Vegas strip – also the set of the hit show Pawn Stars on the History Channel. Recently, as one of America’s favorite […]

Pin to Win! How Pinning from Green Lake’s Galleries could Earn a $500 Credit

Pin the coolest engagement rings for a chance to win $500 for the creation of your own! Here’s how to do it: Go to Pinterest – the pin-board style social photo sharing site – and follow all of Green Lake Jewelry Works’ boards. Don’t have a Pinterest account yet? No worries, sign up here. Then, create a new […]

DAMSCUS STEEL: Q&A with Green Lake Gold, Platinum, and Blacksmith Celeste Tracy

Here at Green Lake Jewelry Works, there’s been an increase in requests for Damascus steel bands –sturdy rings patterned with organic waves and reminiscent of antique weaponry. It’s no wonder; they’re super cool. Not just any jeweler can craft this sort of ring either, as forging steel this way requires specialized training and tedious practice. […]

PROCESS, VOL. 4: Flower Ring



ARTIST AT WORK: Green Lake Metalsmith Kirk Lang obtains Prestigious Fellowship

SEATTLE –After completing his Masters of Fine Arts, serving as an adjunct professor to the University of Washington, fabricating cutting-edge kinetic and exotic metal jewelry, showing a multitude of sculptural collections throughout the Nation’s leading galleries, and having work published in an array of fancy coffee table books; one could say Kirk Lang is a […]

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT: Green Lake Designer Tomas Wittelsbach Speaks at Seattle Metals Guild

April 12 2012 Seattle Metals Guild – Green Lake Designer Tomas Wittelsbach speaks on how he sculpts virtually with robust 3D modeling programs originally intended for the film industry, but now redefining the production of high-end jewelry.

ENGAGEMENT STORY: JOSH & KAREN

When we heard the story of how Josh met Karen, it was difficult not to draw some strong parallels to the hit show, Glee. If you haven’t seen the show, here’s one of the drawn out romantic plot lines in a nutshell: Tall, dark, and handsome teacher whom all the kids adore falls in love […]

“SKILLFUL & IMAGINATIVE” Metalsmith Magazine reviews Green Lake Engraver Harry Caldwell IV

Here at the shop we’re always throwing around this this notion that we’re not just a ‘normal jewelry store;’ we’re really all artists at work. So we’re all very proud when one of our own is highlighted nationally for their artistry and craftsmanship. This month Harry Caldwell – Green Lake’s go to man for masterful […]

ENGAGEMENT STORY: Josh & Aleya

This past winter season Josh collaborated with Green Lake designer Sophia to create an engagement ring that would both punctuate his love and accurately represent the uniqueness in his bride-to-be, Aleya. The ring is stunning, sure, but it’s the story of how it was presented that really caught our attention here at the workshop. Josh […]

SMART SHOW: Interview with Green Lake Founder, Jim Tuttle

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VOLUME 3: Platinum Dragon

A ring that recently left our Seattle studio caught the eye of many within our design team; Boasting a gorgeous asscher-cut center stone, this ring came to be known as the ‘Platinum Dragon.’ It was a really cool concept brought forth by a client who worked with Green Lake Designer Sophia from clear on the […]