Miss Washington Supporter Rings Available from Hartley Jewelers’ Website
In the spring of 2012, Hartley Jewelers was announced as the official jeweler of the Miss Washington Pageant presented by the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization. The announcement comes after several years of Hartley Jewelers donating a diamond pendant to each new Miss Washington. To celebrate the official partnership, Hartley Jewelers was asked to re-design the new Miss Washington ring (read about it here). They were also asked to design a ring for supporters, volunteers, friends and family. This would be come known as the Miss Washington Supporter Ring.
The Miss Washington Supporter Ring was designed in the likeness of the new Miss Washington ring. Working with Peggy Miller, Executive Director of the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization, and Talia Hastie of the Miss Washington Alumni, a series of hand-drawn sketches were created by Rick Hartley. From these sketches, a design was selected for making into a wax. The wax was hand carved to match the sketch. At this stage, it was decided to modify the edge of the ring to incorporate the velvet rope element from the new Miss Washington ring. Since the crown portion that holds the stones was going to be white gold set into a sterling silver ring, it was waxed independently and set into the ring as its own piece. After final thumbs up, the wax was cast into its components, the stones were set, and the ring polished. (To watch how custom rings are made right in the shop of Hartley Jewelers, watch this short video.)
Originally, five rings were created as incentive gifts to the top five fundraisers for the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization. They were given to the winners during the welcoming ceremony on July 1st, 2012 at Brotherton Cadillac in Renton, Washington.
Hartley Jewelers has made the Miss Washington Supporter Ring available on their website. Each ring is handmade as ordered, using the same wax as the original rings. Slight variations during the casting, stone setting and polishing promises each ring to be unique. The main part of the ring is sterling silver (92.5% pure silver or better.) The crown in the middle is 14k white gold , and holds nine CSz. Since each ring is custom made, there is the option of using white gold for the whole ring, yellow gold, platinum, and even different stones. Sizing is free, and the ring is originally priced at $450. Hartley Jewelers is donating 10% of each sale to the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization.