Creating Jewelry That’s Unique and Personal

Some jewelry pieces evoke warm memories, have an important story, or once belonged to a loved one. These pieces are cherished as a family treasure that is passed on through generations. That’s the life jewelry should have, says Phyllis Harrison. She’s the co-owner of LeRoy Jewelers and The Art Stop with her husband, Steph Farber. “We believe jewelry should be deeply personal and be made to last lifetimes,” Harrison says.

That philosophy is at the heart of each piece of custom jewelry created at LeRoy Jewelers in downtown Tacoma. Harrison spends time learning not only about what the customer might want, but also why. She shares an example:

“A groom wanted a simple white gold wedding band, but also somehow wanted to use a yellow gold ring that was his grandmother’s. The groom’s grandmother had raised him and was a significant figure in his life.”

Harrison and Farber proposed casting a new ring around the old ring. The finished piece, from the outside, looked like a simple white gold man’s wedding band. On the inside his grandmother’s ring was clearly visible, including the engraving.

Another couple wanted matching wedding bands, but had differing ideas about what they liked. By learning more about them, Harrison found that the schwa (a vowel symbol that looks like an upside-down letter “e”) was meaningful to them. With the help of computer-aided design software and a 3D printer to create molds, Farber crafted matching rings that were beautiful and unique. These are characteristics that have described the workmanship at LeRoy Jewelers for more than 75 years.

“We can do just about whatever a client wants,” notes Harrison. That starts with finding the spark that sets the initial design concept in motion. Working within the client’s budget, the jewelers determine the best methods to achieve the desired outcome.

“We really pride ourselves on helping our clients tell their stories the way they want them to be told,” concludes Harrison.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

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LeRoy Jewelers

940 Broadway, Tacoma

253.272.3377

ljewelers.com

Fair Trade Gems Protect People

Do you think about where the products you purchase come from and how they were manufactured? Social responsibility is a growing concern for many consumers and businesses. Whether it’s coffee or computers, beauty products or building supplies, or food for pets or people, we want balance between what we’re buying and how it was made.

The jewelry industry was put in the spotlight in 2006 when the movie Blood Diamond illustrated the illicit measures occurring to fund extremist activities. Improvements have been made in the diamond trade since, but little had been done to formalize fair trade practices for colored gem stones.

“We have always done our best to work with ethically sourced gems, but there were few industry standards,” explained Phyllis Harrison, co-owner with her husband, Steph Farber, of LeRoy Jewelers and The Art Stop. “We’ve found a great partner in Columbia Gem House, which is a world leader in fair trade practices for gem stones.”

Based in Vancouver, Washington, Columbia Gem House promotes that its fair trade gems are closely tracked from mine to market to ensure that every gem has been handled according to strict protocols. These protocols include environmental protection, fair labor practices at the cutting and jewelry factories, and a tight chain of custody. Columbia says these protocols eliminate the possibility of treated gems or synthetics being introduced into the supply chain.

“We are confident that we are now getting the full backstory for gems we purchase,” said Harrison. “We know who mined it, how it was cut and what the profits are supporting. That means we can assure our customers that they can wear their jewelry with joy and pride.”

LeRoy Jewelers is a family-owned and -operated business in downtown Tacoma. For more than 75 years, it has been helping customers convey their personal stories through beautifully crafted and unique jewelry.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information:
LeRoy Jewelers
940 Broadway, Tacoma
253.272.3377
ljewelers.com