Custom jewelry is designed to reflect the love, struggles, joys and pains experienced throughout the life of the person wearing it. Here are some real stories about the people behind their custom jewelry projects.
Treasured Stones Transformed into Family Heirlooms
Article originally published on ThurstonTalk
When Mid Parmley’s mother passed away 11 years ago, Mid inherited her diamond wedding ring. It meant the world to her.
“I have two beautiful daughters, Stacii and Danah,” Mid says. “And I decided when my mother passed away that someday I would take some rings...
Hartley Jewelers Helps Turn an Unofficial Engagement, Official with Custom Ring
Submitted by Hartley Jewelers
Russ Gilsdorf and Linda McIntyre worked with Hartley Jewelers to create a custom engagement ring based on an antique original from Russ’s family.
When Russ Gilsdorf proposed to Linda McIntyre, he presented her with a cigar band.
“That’s all he had on him,” explains Linda, who had...
Washington jeweler preserves Vietnam memory for Texas vet
Jim Douglas, WFAA 10:54 p.m. CST November 11, 2015
OLYMPIA, Washington — At a small family jeweler in Olympia, Wash., an artist taps and files and brushes an old piece of narrow chain.
She’s turning it into a shiny new link between Vietnam veterans and the machine that came to symbolize...
Trusting Hartley Jewelers To Care For Irreplaceable, Precious Pieces
When James Dallas’ grown children, Kate and Ian, each asked him to retrieve special family jewelry pieces from the safe deposit box, he didn’t hesitate.
First, his daughter Kate wanted to see his mother’s wedding ring, a vintage piece from her marriage to James’ father, which she’d had re-set with...
Couple Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Redesigned Wedding Ring From Hartley Jewelers
Peggy and Mike Miller on their wedding day over 40 years ago.
“My original wedding ring was just a solitaire,” says Peggy Miller, who recently celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary to husband Mike Miller. “We were only 19 years old and on a shoestring budget.”
Many years ago, Peggy went to a...
Hartley Jewelers Transforms Cherished Heirloom Wedding Ring for a New Generation
“When my Granny passed away she left me a legacy – her wedding band which my Grandfather had designed. This started as a simple gold band to which he added a diamond every anniversary. On their 26th year of marriage he replaced one diamond with a Ruby. This continued until...
Hartley Jewelers Helps Widow Repurpose Husband’s Wedding Band To Make Granddaughter’s Wedding Day Even Mor...
It was a year of loss and gain for Pam Docsanes.
Her mother passed away in January of 2013, followed in June by the death of her husband of 48 years, Nick Docsanes.
But in December, Pam gained a new grandson, when granddaughter Veronica Nickle married Brett Hatch.
And through a very...
Hartley Jewelers Transforms Family History into Magnificent New Ring
When Carolyn Hendricks’ mother passed away a few years ago, she was the only one left in her family.“I had the duty of going through all the things,” Carolyn explains. “My mother wasn’t a great jewelry person and I was surprised by some of the pieces I found.”
A hand-drawn heart by deceased husband becomes a lasting pendant
Some people use words to share stories of enduring love. Hartley Jewelers does it through carefully crafted jewelry and excellent listening skills.
Jolene Bellows has wonderful memories of her 34 year marriage to Ted, who died in 2012. Throughout their relationship, Ted had the habit of drawing hearts for his...
Vietnam Veteran Surprised, Comforted By Custom Huey Rotor Chain Bracelet
When Ron Millar’s Bell UH-1 (“Huey”) helicopter ambulance was shot down by enemy fire in Song Vi Valley, Vietnam, on March 11, 1970, he and his crew eventually did what many servicemen in the same situation had done before: they made bracelets from a helicopter rotor chain to wear...
Hartley Jewelers Designs Custom Pendant Necklace For Miss Washington USA
For many years, Hartley Jewelers has donated and presented a custom designed gold and diamond pendant for the newly crowned winner of the annual Miss Washington Pageant. Last year, the company was appointed official jeweler of the prestigious organization. They celebrated by redesigning the Miss Washington ring, and designing public supporter...
A 50th Wedding Anniversary Gift Of Custom Rings From Hartley Jewelers
Bob and Sandy Barrett celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by having custom wedding rings made for each other by Hartley Jewelers.As a career naval officer, Bob Barrett spent many years unable to wear his wedding band. So after retirement, and as he and wife Sandy’s 50th wedding anniversary approached,...
Hartley Jewelers Gives Couple A Second (And Third) Chance At A Custom Wedding Set
The first was a marquise-cut solitaire engagement ring, which was joined on their first wedding anniversary, in 1972, by a five-stone anniversary band.
Jan loved the set but the marquise stone, set at an angle, sat up high on top of a plain wedding band and often caught on things....
In the summer of 2005, Travis Thornton brought a sand dollar from the shores of Puget Sound into Hartley Jewelers in Olympia. He wanted to have something truly unique created: A full-scale sterling silver replica of a natural sand dollar.
The idea was inspired by a romantic evening on the...
The Olympian: Jewelry store’s dedication to service thrives in Olympia
Hartley Jewelers sees many industry changes since starting in 1967
Originally printed Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 in The Olympian Newspaper
Did you know? Linda Hartley’s brother-in-law is Doug Sisk, a former relief pitcher for the New York Mets. The Mets won the World Series in 1986 and Sisk received a World Series...
Hartley Jewelers Helps Husband Surprise Wife With The Ring Of Her Dreams
Hartley Jewelers Helps Husband Surprise Wife With The Ring Of Her Dreams
Written by Thurston Talk, January 10, 2012When Jamie and Wendi Stover got engaged nearly 12 years ago, they went to Hartley Jewelers to buy an engagement ring.
“Wendi wanted something that was a little different, kind of custom,” says Jamie.
Crafting A Stunning Engagement Ring To Perfectly Fit One Couple’s Dream Design
For Linda Hartley, co-owner and manager of West Olympia’s Hartley Jewelers, the people and the stories they bring through the doors is one of her favorite things about the shop.
“There’s a really poignant story every week,” she says.
One such recent account occurred when Amy Evans, proprietress of Olympia’s Bon Lemon, turned to Hartley...
Brittney Henry, Miss Washington 2011, First To Wear New Custom-Designed Miss Washington Ring From Hartley Jewe...
A few weeks ago, as the outgoing Miss Washington 2011 Brittney Henry was turning over her crown to her successor, she received one last surprise: a custom-designed Miss Washington Ring created especially for the occasion by Hartley Jewelers.
Miss Henry was the very first recipient of the ring, which will now be...
In their fifth year of service, FBI agents receive a gold lapel pin. Many of the agents convert the pins to rings, so they can wear and share them more often. The State of Washington does something similar for its tenured and retiring employees. Two of these employees, inspired by...
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...
Heirloom stones from both families unite into new wedding ring
When Joe Lozito began his quest for the perfect engagement ring for his fiancée, Jen O’Neal, he had an inkling of where to begin, but no idea about the long journey the ring would take, nor about the journey the stones had already taken.
Jen sums up the ring’s journey:...
NOTE: We have recently acquired a few sections of Huey and Cobra rotor chains that are in good condition for creating bracelets. They have been authenticated by NW Helicopters in cooperation with engineers at Bell Helicopters. They have provided us signed and notarized documents of authenticity. We have both bright...
A star in our collection of fine gems, this rare Spessartite Garnet is sometimes called a “Mandarin Garnet.”
From the flowers of spring to summer melons, from autumn leaves to winter sunsets, orange is a color seen throughout the seasons. Boasting the same rich hues, Spessartite is a gem with...
Hartley Jewelers: Artisan Crafters Creating And Repairing Precious Family Heirlooms
“You wouldn’t believe how many people walk in the door and say, ‘Oh my gosh, they’re working back there!’” says Linda Hartley, co-owner and manager of Hartley Jewelers.
People are often surprised to see the Hartley Jewelers team of goldsmiths and designers peering down over their workspaces behind the store’s...
One of our customers found a very unique piece of pearl that she wished to make usable as a pendant. After several consultations, we learned her appreciation for the ocean, and decided to find a design that fit that theme, while respecting the shape and origin of the pearl,...
Hartley Jewelers Appointed Official Jeweler of The Miss Washington Pageant
Hartley Jewelers of Olympia, Washington, has been selected to be the official jeweler of the prestigious Miss Washington Pageant. To celebrate and mark the occasion, Hartley Jewelers is designing the official Miss Washington ring, which will be awarded to the pageant winner for the first time this year.“Since we started...