Beth Millner Jewelry is designed with the modern individual's active lifestyle in mind, to provide them with simple pieces that can be worn all day, no matter the occasion. Our nature-inspired designs are timeless, connecting wearers to the beauty of the natural world and to the values of our community. Wearing our jewelry means more than just a fashionable accessory – it is a reminder of our dedication to the environment, and to ethical practices that we strive for in all aspects of our work.
The jewelry created by Beth Millner is crafted with not only skill and precision, but with a deep love and respect for the natural world and our beautiful home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Each piece is made by hand in our little studio above the storefront in Marquette, Michigan, using recycled metal and copper sourced from the White Pine Mine in Ontonagon, Michigan. Many of the gems and stones used in the jewelry are locally sourced, with special care taken to ensure that each piece is imbued with joy, connection, and a lasting reminder of the beauty of our home. Our engagement rings come with Recycled Diamonds, Lab Grown Diamonds, Montana Sapphires, or Moissanite for extra sparkle and beauty.
The drawings, paintings and photographs Beth creates are used to make paper design 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 pieces of jewelry using the jewelers saw, files, and hammers. They also use a the lost wax casting process in the studio. This process involves mold making and working with wax and investment. Wax models are surrounded with a plaster-like substance. The wax is melted out of the investment, then molten silver or gold is injected where the wax once was. They also do lapidary work to cut and polish some of the agates used in the finished jewelry.
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, woodpeckers, waves, trees, butterflies, and flowers from her local environment. She finds nature an endless source of inspiration.
Gifts that Give Back
We have a deep-seated commitment to giving back and collaborating with local non-profit organizations through our Jewelry Fundraiser Program and jewelry donations, and proudly sponsoring events hosted by non-profits. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and spread love and joy to those around us.
Beth has a special connection to the beauty of Lake Superior, which is why she often photographs, sketches and paints her backyard scenes, goes on camping excursions and road trips around the lake, and collects Lake Superior Agates to be used in her jewelry. She also collaborates with her assistant, Nina, to design the jewelry, and has an exclusive line of artisan goods produced from her marker drawings and paintings, along with belt buckles and wallets made by local artists. This line of artisan goods is a touching testament to Beth's love of the lake, and the connection it has to her creative spirit.
"My husband and I have been married a dozen years, and both of us have always thought rings were silly. But you know what? This may be the first ring I've ever owned that truly represents me: outdoorsy, with just the tiniest hint of sparkly femininity. The folks at the shop were super helpful with finding me the correct size, because I've never liked the feel of a ring being too tight around my finger. This one fits me perfectly!" -Kristen G.