Procrastinator's Guide to Shopping Local - Beth Millner Jewelry

Procrastinator's Guide to Shopping Local

February 02, 2015

“God knitted a mitten of sand, rock and lime. Made a fountain to last through all time. He planted its forests with hemlock and pine, then blessed it with rain and golden sunshine. He feathered its forests, and flowered white fields, then gave it a history of automobiles. In all the wide world there's no other land that God himself patterned from his own left hand.”
 - Author Unknown

 Michigan Made Monday, On Wednesday

--Last-Minute Shopper Style!

Hello Wonderful Humans--Is it just me or was yesterday still September? And now here we are, neck deep in snow, and it's almost Valentine's Day!


If you’re like me, you may still be scrambling for local, meaningful and budget-friendly gifts for the cherished folks in your life, whether you're giving a gift to someone special on the 14th...or for a birthday that's in two days. Like me. 

So, how to live a busy, full-time life and still get that shopping done?

Enter the Internet Solution: Pre-shopping!

I use Pinterest and Etsy quite a bit to search for ideas before I go into the local stores--did you know that Etsy has a shop location search option, so that you can choose to buy items that are made in a certain area? 

As of today, there are more than 9,000 items available for sale from Marquette, MI on Etsy!  I can shop online during my lunch break, and either head into the stores when I get off work or buy online knowing my money will be re-birthed in Marquette to strengthen this beautiful community. 

I also use Pinterest to collect things I am considering into one place, so that once I've decided, I can head into a store after work and get exactly what I've been looking at and still be home in time to get the dog out. Check out our Michigan Art! Board on Pinterest for a look at things we like.

To get you started, here are just a few Marquette stores on Etsy that will inspire your gifts for any occasion!

Danny Holtan of Woodgrain and Hops uses his tattooing skills to burn beautiful designs onto wood.  Your craft-beer loving boyfriend would be a big fan of this sturdy, re-usable six-pack holder! With a built-in bottle-opener and a flush magnet to catch the caps, it’ll make a great conversation piece as he sits around with his buddies and discusses the hops, malt, and aroma of your favorite local brew. 


In fact, while you’re at it, fill it up with Black Rock Brewery’s new, limited edition North Third Stout!

                            It’s sooooooooo good.


Does your best friend’s house need a little perking up? The folks over at King Paper sell vintage and antique posters and illustrations that would look lovely in any part of the home--dorm rooms, nurseries, this  small poster-sized Mother Goose book cover! How cute is that?  And it’s only $10.  This is an antique Kay Nielsen (one of my favorite artists) print from my favorite fairy tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. $12, frame it, put it on my wall...awesome.  


If you’re going to visit brick and mortar stores (like ours!), there are several stores that you can pre-shop on Etsy during your lunch break and then visit within the next 12 days.


Superior Vitality has natural health supplements, herbs, and a huge selection of bulk teas.   For my big sister's birthday, she'll be getting some yummy-smelling Wild Oats and Honey Face Wash to replace the chemicals-and-plastic-beads version she uses now...and Superior Vitality makes handcrafted soaps and lotions for your sweetie as well!


Revisions Studio recently opened up a brick-and-mortar in Ishpeming! Hooray!  Michele’s gorgeous porcelain housewares are practical, stylish, and absolutely creative. Check out this adorable bowl with a built-in chopstick rest.

  Fill this up with some of Aoy's Pad Thai, give me some flowers and chocolate, and I'd say it was the best Valentine's date ever. Really.


Pat Virch’s gorgeous Rosemaling art is on Etsy and you can buy it at the Marquette Regional History Center’s giftshop--

 This small, hand-painted treasure box would be perfect for tucking secret, special things into--or with something special tucked into it for the receiver to find! 


Even if you’re not blessed to be living in the Queen City, or can’t make the drive up in time, Etsy’s shop locator and your local Chamber of Commerce will help you find stores that allow you to shop online AND shop local.


You now no longer have an excuse to shop at Big Box Stores for gifts in the NEXT 12 DAYS. Congratulations.



That’s all for now--

Be well and hope for more snow!




(who wants to go skiing real bad)

(and who will write a self-introduction blog about how cool it is to be working with Beth and the Crew later)

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Ring Sizing

Purchase this ring sizer to help determine your ring size. This sizing tool is most accurate for double band rings and bands 6mm and under.

Fingers can change size due to many circumstances, the best way to get an accurate size is to check the size a couple of different times to determine your best size. The majority of our rings can be resized, but if the ring has a stone setting other than a diamond, it probably cannot be resized unless otherwise noted in the item listing.

Some of our rings with stones are shown with the stone not set in order for us to size the ring to your specifications and set the stone afterwards. This avoids damage to the stone during sizing. Reference the individual ring listings for more details. Wide Bands 7mm and above have more friction against the finger and will need to be ordered a little larger.

Our double band rings fit like a narrow band, when getting sized for a double band ring, you can get sized for a ring that is narrow.

When getting your finger sized, inform jeweler of the width band you are intending on purchasing and rely on them to determine your ring size.

Look here for more information about resizing items that you have already received.

Engagement Ring Sizing

Purchase this ring sizer to help determine your ring size. This sizing tool is most accurate for double band rings and bands 6mm and under.

There are many sneaky options for getting the size right, but the best way is to have their finger sized by a professional.

You may be able to sneak one of their rings and bring it into a jewelry store and ask to check the size.

Beth Millner Jewelry has wish lists too, so they could come in to the store and fill out a wish list and hopefully they provides their ring size.

Bracelet & Cuff Sizing

Measure wrist circumference. Take your measurement just above the wrist above bone.

Use the chart below to determine the correct size.

The bracelets we make are designed to fit comfortably, but if a looser fit is preferred, the next size up may be suitable.


Beth Millner Jewelry Bracelet Sizing Beth Millner Jewelry Bracelet Sizing


Size Wrist Measurement (Inches) Wrist Measurement (cm)
Small 5.5-6 14-15
Medium 6-6.5 15-16.5
Large 6.5-7 16.5-18
X-Large 7-7.5 18-19
XX-Large 7.5-8 19-20.5
Bangle Sizing

Bangle Size is determined by hand size, rather than wrist size

Measure hand size by tucking your thumb in, just like when trying on a bangle. Measure around the thickest part of the hand while in this position.

Use the chart below to determine the correct bangle size.

Bangle Bracelet Sizing Beth Millner Jewelry Bangle Bracelet Sizing Beth Millner Jewelry
Size Hand Measurement (inches) Hand Measurement (cm)
Small 7-8 18-20
Medium 8-9 20-23
Large 9-9.5 23-24
Pendant & Earring Sizing

When determining the size of pendant or earrings you would like to purchase, please reference the item description which includes the size of the piece.

Also, there will be an image with a hand in the picture to help visualize the size.

When choosing a piece for another person, we find that our customers choose pieces that are similar to their overall stature.

People that are shorter and small tend to like smaller items, tall slender people tend to like our longer larger pieces.

Chain Length

When picking out a chain, 18 inch is the most common length.

This would cause the pendant to sit between the collar bones.

Beth Millner Jewelry chain length