Rock Picking in Washington by Erika Vossbeck - Beth Millner Jewelry

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Rock Picking in Washington by Erika Vossbeck

January 31, 2019

Rock Picking in Washington by Erika Vossbeck


It’s no secret that winters in Washington can be long and difficult to get through, especially along the coast. Wind and rain are the norms through the winter months and storms often come in from across the Pacific Ocean pummeling the shoreline. Most Washingtonians don’t let poor weather get in the way of their plans and a common phrase around here is, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”. So with that, we don our Gore-Tex and muck boots and enjoy the outdoors to the fullest. One common past time for many people around here is rockhounding. Washington has an immense variety of rocks and fossils and while the shorelines are constantly being bombarded with waves, depositing little bits of nature’s treasures, the winter months are the perfect time to go agate hunting!

Seashell, Rock Picking and Agate Hunting from Beth Millner Jewelry to Washington State

As a child, I remember finding rocks with my dad, not just on beaches, but also along trails and wooded areas close to home. My dad was a geologist and he had an old tumbler that we would use to polish all of my great (and not so great) treasures. I remember the machine would take nearly two weeks to polish a stone, and as a child, it may as well been a million years because I had zero patience and too much excitement. I would frequently check on my rocks, replace the grit every couple of days, and though the process was tedious I look back on it with fond memories. After it was all done, when my rocks were finally finished, I remember most of the stones having a shiny, glassy appearance from being polished but none of them were very colorful, nor did they contain any inclusions or crystalline structures, they really weren’t unique in any way, but they were special to me because they were mine. To this day I still have several polished rocks that my dad and I found and they will always remain special to me.

Beth Millner Jewelry Agates

Beth Millner’s pieces containing agates are by far much more beautiful than anything I’ve ever come across, and while the types of agates that are found on the shores of Lake Superior are far different from those on the coast of Washington, they’re very similar in the way volcanism has created them. What I love most about Lake Superior agates is the coloration of rich reds, oranges, and yellows. This is mainly caused by the high concentration in iron oxides that were deposited in the lava flows following the shift in tectonic plates, which created Lake Superior as well as what’s known as the Minnesota Iron Range region. Some of my favorite pieces of Beth’s are those that incorporate the red Lake Superior agate in a copper setting, combining two of the most abundant mineral resources in the Lake Superior area – iron and copper. Not only are the colors warm and rich, the pieces themselves feel like they are a small reminder of industry in the region and exciting geologic past.  

It's amazing how much meaning can come from a simple stone. They are little pieces of the Earth that hold memories of the places we have wandered and the loved ones who accompanied us. 

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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