Back in 2012, I was an 18-year-old senior in high school and lifelong jewelry addict dragging her mother to Beth Millner Jewelry’s grand opening. I don’t recall why or how we ended up outside the shop, but when I see the word “jewelry,” I am a moth fluttering to the bright light.
When I opened the door and peered inside the display cases--in what was once a single showroom--it became love at first sight. Beth’s work felt like an encapsulation of myself, from the nature inspired designs, to the sustainable production and practices of the business--I knew I needed to own a piece of her work.
On the beach of Lake Superior with some of my favorite jewelry.
I hemmed and hawed over whether I should invest all the money I had earned working at Quiznos, but my mom was the voice of reason hanging over my shoulder reminding me that next fall I would be off to college—a.k.a. broke. I walked out empty handed that day, but wouldn’t stop rambling about when I’d be back to make a purchase.
Fast forward to today, and not only have I purchased pieces from Beth over the years, but I have been fortunate enough to have worked for Beth, and now get to take part in being a BMJ Ambassador this summer. I wonder what 18-year-old Hannah would think…
Modeling the Pictured Rocks pendant while hiking at Pictured Rocks in Munising, MI.
I became a Yooper transplant and Marquette resident when I was 13-years-old. After graduating from Marquette Senior High School, I went on to attend Michigan State University and received my B.A. in Professional Writing. Post-grad, I had a rough go of trying to find a career fit, and it feels as though I have worked every type of job under the sun. Many of the jobs in my degree field were ones that required me to relocate to big cities--NYC, LA, Chicago, etc.,--something my college freshman self did not consider. The idea of living in a concrete jungle made my stomach turn, especially when I was the type who lived for driving down 550 and seeing my phone say, “no service.”
For years I took jobs that I could to keep me local, until finally, living in my hometown no longer felt financially sustainable--and then the pandemic hit. I had four different employers in 2020 alone, had moved to California and back, used up all my savings… I don’t have to tell anyone, we all know it was a hard, and terrifying year for most. However, a silver lining did emerge from the pandemic--work from home becoming the new norm.
Now, I am lucky enough to have a job where I can WFH. About a year ago, I was devastated and heartbroken that I had to tell the BMJ team I couldn’t return as a staff member to a job I adored, and was planning out my relocation to a city I didn’t want to reside in. Today, I get to write this blog as an ambassador for BMJ, and I get to stay in the town that has my heart.
Wearing my Lake Superior pendant, happy to be home!
Beth’s work and business practices have always been something I admire greatly. Now more than ever, I appreciate how her designs resonate the feeling of home, comfort, and peace for me. As I wear my Pictured Rocks pendant and catch a glimpse in a passing reflection, I smile knowing I am at home, and I get to stay right here. I get the opportunity to make an impact on my community, and give back to the place I love, just as Beth does every chance she gets. I walked into that Beth Millner Grand Opening in 2012 just wanting to buy some new jewelry, not knowing that almost 10 years later, I’d acquire a lot more than just beautiful pieces of wearable art.
Let customers speak for us1739 reviews
BMJ mixed metal pendants are my faves, but this one may be the new #1 in my collection. Sunflowers give off such a happy, cheerful vibe that I decided this was the piece that I wanted to wear to help me get through my first chemotherapy session. And you know what? It totally worked. My day sucked a little less wearing this little piece of sunshine. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us - I'll be your biggest fan for life!
I love how Beth's double-banded rings can make a bold statement but still feel light and fit so well. They're my go-to rings.
These are the best for polishing my jewelry
I recently purchased the hummingbird pendant and earrings. I absolutely love them and have gotten so many compliments. Very high quality.
Perfect birthday gift for my daughter-in-law :)
I love this pendant. My husband purchased it for my 50th birthday. We are Minnesotans and we love the UP. The fact that this stone is from the UP makes it very special. And I love that the pendant is reversable!
I love my new earrings, they are such a beautiful shape and color. They are a perfect addition to my Beth Milder collection of jewelry
I am so happy to have ordered this unique piece! as someone with metal allergies it is hard to find silver jewelry that doesn't cause me to break out and I have never had a problem through Beth Millner! Supporting a small local business is an added bonus!
Fifty years ago in September, I began my first semester at
Michigan Technological University.
Superior, its forests, rivers, and rock completely captured my mind and heart.
I return each year with my partner to continue to explore the beautiful, the wild, and epic of this place.
As a remembrance of all that it has meant, and continues to mean to me, I purchased your beautifully crafted “Two Hearted River” pendant.
Thank you to all of the artisans who contributed to this stunning piece.