Sparkle and Shine

Jill Lewis has jewelry-making in her blood. She essentially grew up behind the counter of her family’s jewelry store, learning the trade and experiencing the impact a show-stopping ring, or necklace, or pair of earrings can have on a person’s life.

In the 1980s, she decided to attend the Gemological Institute of America to become a graduate gemologist. In 1997, she opened J. Lewis Jewelry, located in Bellevue, and has built lifelong connections with clients.

Step inside J. Lewis Jewelry with us, for some insight into trending designs, exclusive stones, and more.

J Lewis Jewelry

Trends:
“Over the years, I’ve watched trends come and go and come back again. The classics are always timeless. White gold Art Deco styles are still the most popular. We are seeing a trend that is leaning toward creating these pieces in yellow and rose gold. However, we are so strong in custom design and in-house custom manufacturing, so the possibilities of a truly one-of-a-kind unique piece are what we specialize in, which are pieces not seen at other jewelry stores.”

Rare stones:
“At J. Lewis Jewelry, we have two full-time graduate gemologists on staff, so it’s easy for us to educate our clients on rare and unique gemstones. The most exclusive and rare stone of them all is the “pink diamond,” which can range in color from a soft pink to intense pink. Diamonds actually come in all colors, with pink being the rarest. There is mainly one mine in the world that the pink diamond comes from, which is located in Australia and is named the Argyle mine. More colored diamonds come from Argyle mine than any other place in the world.”

Custom designs:
“I personally have been designing and custom-manufacturing fine jewelry for over 35 years and, in my experience, I find our clients love to sit down with one of our designers and put their dreams down on paper. From there, our next step is to turn that design into a CAD- (computer-aided design) generated 3D vision of the piece, and it’s then approved by the client. A wax model is then created of the design to exact proportions and is once again approved by the client. We then cast the piece in-house into the metal of their choice, and our master jeweler does all the finish work, from cleaning the cast to setting all the diamonds or colored gemstones. Many times, our clients entrust us with their family heirlooms to create a more modern piece that fits with their lifestyle; our clients find comfort that all jewelry never leaves our store during the custom manufacturing process.”

Head-turning inventory:
One special piece we just created for inventory is a unique 8.0 carat canary-yellow emerald-cut diamond framed by multiple rows of pave-set brilliant round-cut colorless diamonds; it is truly a rare and one-of-a-kind special piece.”

Cultivating lifelong relationships:
“Over the last 35 years, I have created and delivered thousands of unique pieces. I feel blessed that I get to be part of our clients’ life stories, from a birth present to that child growing up to be our client needing that special engagement ring, then progressing to birthdays and anniversaries. That special piece becomes part of their life story. So, I feel that all our pieces stand out and are special, because the client has come to us to be part of their lives.”

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