Beth Millner Jewelry is designed for the active, modern individual with simplicity and ease of wearing in mind. We make unique pieces that can be worn every day, in casual or formal settings. Our strong nature themes offer a timeless connection to a more natural lifestyle, and our dedication to the environment, our community, and ethical practices means you can feel good about wearing our jewelry.
Each piece of Beth Millner jewelry is carefully handcrafted in the studio above our storefront in Marquette, Michigan with a high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Each handmade item is made from recycled metal, and most of our copper is locally sourced from the former White Pine Mine in Ontonagon, Michigan. Our diamonds are even recycled!
Inspired by Nature
Our passion is crafting quality, wearable art inspired by the natural landscape of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Lake Superior. Beth draws inspiration from her adventures in the Northwoods including fishing, hiking, and biking. Her signature designs include shorelines, landscapes, wildlife, and pebble and wood grain textures.
Our mission is to provide artisan jewelry that is fabricated in a socially and environmentally responsible way. We use certified recycled diamonds in our ethical engagement rings. We emphasize eco-friendly business practices by using eco-friendly and recycled packaging. We use green cleaning products, and our jewelry studio avoids harsh chemicals at every step of the production process.
We have a strong commitment to giving back to our community and collaborating with various non-profit organizations. A portion of the proceeds from the jewelry in the fundraiser jewelry program is donated back to our partner organizations. We also donate jewelry each quarter to local fundraisers, events, and silent auctions.
Gifts That Give Back
In addition to our Fundraiser Jewelry Program, Beth Millner Jewelry has partnered with the National Forest Foundation to support our natural forest and give back to the environment. With every item sold from our Artisan Goods collection, we'll donate one tree to be planted in a National Forest!
Beth's designs are inspired by the natural environment in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The shoreline of Lake Superior is a constant source of influence, some of her favorites are the pebble beaches and the cresting waves. Her designs feature chickadees, wood peckers, waves, trees, butterflies and flowers from her local environment. She finds nature an endless source of inspiration.
Beth is often photographing scenes in her backyard, or sketching and painting them from her imagination. She loves going for camping excursions and road trips around Lake Superior to find her ideas for designs. Beth collects Lake Superior Agates on her travels that are used in some of our finished jewelry. She also has an exclusive line of artisan goods produced from her marker drawings and paintings. The artisan goods collection also features collaboratively designed belt buckles, and wallets made by local artists.
The drawings, paintings and photographs Beth creates are used to make paper templates that are glued to the metal allowing the studio to make matching earrings, pendants and repeating design elements. Beth and her team hand fabricate many of the pieces of jewelry using the jewelers saw, files, sand paper and hammers. They also use a the lost wax casting process in the studio above the storefront. This process involves mold making and working with wax and plaster. Wax models are surrounded with a plaster-like substance. The wax is melted out of the plaster, then molten silver or gold is injected where the wax once was. They also do lapidary work used to cut and polish some of the agates used in the finished jewelry.