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Aide-mémoire Jewelry


Aide-mémoire Jewelry creates bespoke wedding bands and engagement rings, made in the US. Aide-mémoire is dedicated to marriage equality and an eco-conscious studio practice. Using 100% recycled precious metals, ethical…

The Designer

Aran Galligan is inspired both by principals of modern design – functionality, truth to materials, and beauty through simplicity – as well as an aesthetic value of the Japanese, called Wabi-sabi, where beauty often lies in the imperfect mark of the hand. This aesthetic celebrates the beauty in the slight imperfections of nature. It accepts the process of growth and decay, valuing modesty, simplicity, humbleness and integrity of purpose. These principles are integral to Aran’s unique handmade creations.

Aran is a Seattle transplant from the East Coast. She received a BFA in Craft/Material Studies with a focus in jewelry from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000, and her MFA in Metal from SUNY New Paltz in 2012. Previous to her MFA she completed a two-year fellowship at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, N.C., and has taught jewelry at SUNY New Paltz, North Seattle Community College, Penland School of Crafts and Danaca Design in Seattle.

The Process

Each ring is custom made to order. Our techniques merge tradition and the latest technology – utilizing everything from time honored metalworking skills to computer-aided design. Sometimes partnering with local master stone setters and engravers to ensure the highest quality. Aide-mémoire Jewelry pieces are crafted from 100% recycled precious metals — conflict-free, recycled and lab-grown diamonds and gemstones in a low-impact studio environment. All packing materials are reused and reusable, recyclable and compostable, with a minimal use of plastic.

Aide-mémoire Jewelry makes monthly contributions to the following organizations: Lambda LegalThe Hunger ProjectDirect ReliefHuman Rights CampaignEthical Metalsmiths