"Our passionate ambassadors are committed to quality, natural beauty, and sustainability. We know there are like-minded individuals out there who appreciate art and nature, and that's why we invite them to apply for our Ambassador Program. By becoming an Ambassador, you can help spread the word about our jewelry to the special community around you - and get rewarded for your effort." -Beth
Meet Our Fall '22 Ambassadors
Lexi is a recent Northern Michigan University grad who's new job in the phlebotomy field will have her traveling to several states from her home in Northern Wisconsin. She told us, "I am a huge lover of the outdoors and spend all my free time hiking, swimming, gardening, and downhill skiing. I am also very fond of art. I enjoy painting, drawing, and visiting art museums."
Grace 2019, 2022
Grace is a returning ambassador also from Northern Wisconsin! Since her last ambassadorship, she's taken over her own chiropractic practice, but she still finds time to enjoy the great outdoors. When asked why she enjoys BMJ, she said, "I absolutely love the CONNECTION this jewelry gives me to the outdoors and to nature. I love to spend my free time with my Husband, Daughter, Golden Retriever Kenai and my newly adopted Irish Setter Red outside!"
I’d like to first introduce myself; my name is Amber Aldridge and I’m originally from a tiny town located in the UP named Ironwood. I would also like to call a small town also located in the UP named Marquette one of my homes as well. I spent quite a few years in Marquette and I’ve met so many amazing and inspiring people that I now call good friends, but besides those little facts about me I also want to discuss everything I loved about the UP and everything I love about living here in Utah and the year beforehand living in Colorado.
Kristen 2019, 2022
This summer I was chosen to become a brand ambassador for Beth Millner Jewelry. What a treat! I’ve long admired Beth’s jewelry because, for this Yooper, what’s not to like? All of her pieces are nature-themed, and many of them are inspired by real places in the UP. In addition, she uses eco-friendly practices like using recycled copper from a local mine, and she also offers “fundraiser jewelry” where a portion of the jewelry sales are donated to non-profit organizations.
I’m so happy to be representing Beth Millner Jewelry this summer, and thought I would share a little bit of my story to tell you why I was so drawn to this opportunity. When I was really little, about 4 years old in 1980 or so, my family packed up a car and we moved from Kentucky where I was born to the wild UP wilderness of Rock, MI…a tiny town with one flashing light between Marquette and Escanaba. My dad built a little a-frame cabin, dug a well, and we lived deep in the woods off the grid there for years, 5 miles down a dirt road. My memories of that time are just pure bliss, running wild and free in the woods, learning how to not get lost in the woods, catching snakes, picking berries, climbing trees, building forts, learning to garden, skiing everywhere on some ancient wooden skis. I learned to ride my ancient banana seat bike on a gravel road, and promptly rode it straight into a ditch…40 years later I’m still kind of doing exactly the same thing!
I’m Marissa, a born and raised Michigan gal currently residing in Murray, Kentucky with my best friend, Kristin, and our very sassy cat, Willow. Born in Holland, MI, I grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, exploring dunes and old growth forests, getting muddy catching frogs, and freckling in the sun. So naturally, when it came time to choose a college and career, I chose to head north to Northern Michigan University, where I earned my Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. Through working with native flora, fauna, studying sustainability, food systems, and so much more, I realized being an interpretive naturalist and environmental educator is my true passion...
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.
Hello all! My name is Paige Courtney and I am thrilled to be a Beth Millner Jewelry ambassador for the next few months. My pitbull mix, Zia, and I live on the UP shore of Lake Michigan where I work as a Geological Engineer. We both enjoy the outdoors and you’ll usually find us next to the lake (Superior, Michigan or any of northern Wisconsin’s inland lakes!). I love to hike, camp, paddleboard, wakesurf, beach comb and practice yoga. And in the winters I enjoy snowshoeing, snowboarding, ice fishing, cross country and telemark skiing, and doing even more yoga.