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Picking up a piece of our shared past- Beth goes agate hunting along Lake Superior

April 25, 2019

Picking up a piece of our shared past- Beth goes agate hunting along Lake Superior

Inspired by Nature 

Beth's passion is crafting quality wearable art inspired by the beautiful natural landscape of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Lake Superior.  Drawing inspiration from her adventures in the Northwoods, Beth uses regionally sourced agates to incorporate a literal piece of her beloved land into pendants and rings. The use of agates in jewelry dates back to the Egyptians, humans have always been attracted to the powerful and grounding nature of agates. 

The land around Lake Superior is prime agate picking territory, and Beth has been taking full advantage of the treasures to be found right in our backyard! Last fall Beth started cutting and polishing locally harvested stones, wearing away billions of years to reveal unfounded beauty within these coveted stones. 

In the Lake Superior region, the most common type of agate is comprised of concentric, patterned rings. These mesmerizing rings draw in the eye, fascinating all those who gaze upon them. 

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The formation of agate is a collaboration between time, fire and ice.

The story begins over a billion years ago when the Lake Superior basin was formed by massive lava flows. When the lava cooled, air pockets formed. Over the course of hundreds of millions of years, cracks developed in the cooled lava. As quartz liquids flowed through the cracks, the air pockets became filled and the liquid hardened slowly. One layer at a time, fortifications formed. 

Here is where the ice comes in: During the ice ages, giant glaciers tilled up and deposited tons of sand, dirt, and stone, bringing these treasured agates to the surface to be distributed across our landscape by waterways like rivers and lakes. 

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polished agates  

New Jewelry featuring Beth's agates

As seen on the Upper Peninsula's "Discovering"

Watch the episode here: 


You will see a diverse selection of jewelry featuring Beth's locally and regionally harvested agates being released moving forward. Come on by the shop and we would love to show you what she's come up with, and discuss the whole process from picking up the raw stone all the way through setting it into a one of a kind piece of wearable art.

We will still be carrying stones sourced from other areas surrounding Lake Superior, to find Beth's agates on our website make sure to check the "details" section of the listing. We will make sure to let you know! 

It took over 1 billion years, fire, ice, searching, grinding and polishing for your agate to finally make it to you. By owning a piece of our shared past you will carry the energy and fortitude that an agate represents through our shared future. 


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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 throughout a several day period 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.

If you need a ring resized that you have already purchased please contact us. 

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 them 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 we will try to get their ring size written down.

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 the 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.

Chain Length reference photo by beth millner jewelry