Customer Stories

Diamond Eternity Ring and Hammer Texture Flat Men's Band in White and Yellow GoldWe discovered Aide-Memoire after looking for a local jewelry maker in Seattle, where my partner is from. We were immediately smitten with the beautiful designs they had, and knew we had to drop in to see if they were just as gorgeous in real life. From the moment we arrived at the shop we felt so special and taken care of. Alaina was super helpful and let us try on so many different rings and styles until we could find the perfect fit for us both. She graciously answered our many questions over email and ensured that we were getting exactly what we wanted. When the rings arrived in the mail, we were completely smitten! We are over the moon with our rings and love them both so much. They're unique and classic at the same time, and uphold all the values we hold dear when shopping for jewelry (eco-friendly, conflict-free, etc.). Most importantly, they are stunningly beautiful! If you're looking for wedding rings and are in Seattle to try some on, make sure you check out Aide-Memoire. -Nora L
Knife Edge Ancient Texture Band in 18k Yellow Gold"I was interested in one of Aide-memoire's rings but I live too far from Seattle to dream of getting there to try it on. So, I emailed and was told that they could send a sample to me. In wearing it around the house, I discovered that I actually liked the look of the back of the ring better than the ring itself. I asked Aran if she could do that and she said yes. So, for a very reasonable price, I have a custom ring I like. Aran and Alaina went out of their way to make sure I got my ring in time for my engagement party as well. Thanks!" -Ezra F
6mm Chunky Ancient Texture Band with Scatter of Flush Set Blue Diamonds"Simply stated, my experience with Aide-Memoire was absolutely wonderful: I have a bespoke work of art that I can wear everyday, and the Aide-Memoire customer service and value were impeccable. I found Aide-Memoire because I was determined to choose a source for conflict-free, sustainable wedding rings, and I am convinced that I found the best one. I had some ideas about customized rings that I shared with Alaina at Aide-Memoire, and with her help we customized a ring I love at a very reasonable cost. In fact, I am not located near Washington and we did the entire transaction via email. I tried on their test rings to get the correct sizing and had my ring resized before it was finished. If you can go to their Seattle studio, all the better, but it was not necessary for me. My fiancee and I also have worked with the jeweler that is the big player in conflict-free wedding rings (initials B.E.), and, hands-down, Aide-memoire is better in terms of eco-consciousness, *price*, and artistic design subtlety. From direct experience, I can also say that Aide-memoire is also more accommodating with regard to customizations. I customized my ring substantially to remind me of my wonderful fiancee, and this beautiful result I now have will be a happy reminder." -Ray B
Eight Custom Pendants using Family Heirloom Diamonds"I can not speak highly enough about Aran and her team. Having had her previously create my husband and my wedding bands, and being very pleased with her work, I asked Aran to take on a big custom project. She reset 15 of my late mother's diamonds (one solitaire stone and 13 small stones) into three rings and 8 necklaces, one of each for her daughters and nieces. Each of the rings and necklaces came out beautifully. The quality is outstanding. Aran and Alaina were such a pleasure to work with throughout the whole process. I had a personal video consult with Aran, after which she created drawings of exactly what I wanted and gave so many options for each piece. Alaina helped me get the stones insured and shipped. Overall communication was exceptional. Aran was able to create exactly what I wanted and I can not be more grateful. I recommend her 100%." -Jennifer A
6x1.5mm His & His Men's Engagement Ring Set in Silver with Flush Set Diamonds"My fiance and I absolutely love our engagement rings! We purchased the silver bands as "practice rings" to get an idea of what we want from our wedding bands down the line. We selected the matte finish, which I recommend, because silver is soft and scratches easily. This is trivial though because a quick light scrub with a Scotch Brite dish sponge restores an even, lovely finish. And, we knew to expect this ahead of time because of the informative guides provided by the site and the truly, truly excellent communication with Alaina and Aran. Stellar. The packaging was lovely, and we are happy that our rings were sourced in eco-friendly ways and that Aran and crew support LGBT charities. We WILL be back again for our wedding bands! :D" -Bruce S
Custom Three Stone Ring Heirloom Diamond Center Stone Champagne Diamond Side Stones"My mother gave me a diamond (formerly my great-grandma's) to use when I proposed to my then, girlfriend. My girlfriend found Aide-memoire on etsy and immediately fell in love with Aran's work. After I proposed with the tab from a beer can, we set up a consultation with Aran at her studio in Wallingford. From the beginning we were impressed by Aran's commitment to her values (which we align with), from the use of recycled precious metals and gems to the sustainable, fair trade sourcing of diamonds. After working with Aran to come up with a design proposal, I handed over the diamond and received a fair-priced quote within the week. I picked up the finished ring 5-days ahead of schedule. When I first saw it, it brought tears to my eyes. The ring was everything we ever wanted. Because it was finished early, I was even able to surprise my fiance by re-proposing (with a ring this time)! I can not recommend Aran highly enough. We are setting another consultation up with her in the near future to pick out our wedding bands! Thank you Aide-memoire!" -Gage
Hammer Texture Flat Men's Wedding Band in Palladium We worked with the seller on a custom palladium wedding band for my husband, and it turned out beautifully. We had some urgent issues with sizing, and the seller was great about pausing our order until we could provide an update, and then getting it completed quickly afterwards. The ring is stunning, high-quality and comfortable for him to wear. I was nervous to order such an important piece of jewelry online, but am glad I did and would recommend this jeweler to anyone - amazing work and communication throughout the whole process! -Chelsea K
7mm Flat Edgeless Handmade Men's Wedding Band in PalladiumI am so grateful for this wonderful vendor! My husband wanted a wedding band that was light and durable. I completed a lot of research on Palladium and it is a difficult metal to find in jewelry stores as it is an up and coming material. I found Aide-memoire and couldn't get enough of their beautiful pieces! Not only that, but I couldn't find anything comparable in stores. I placed my order within only a month of the wedding and Alaina quickly contacted me to notify me of the earliest ship date and that they would do their best to get it to me in a timely manner. Long story short, the ring arrived even earlier than expected and was not only a perfect fit, but EXACTLY what my husband was looking for in a wedding band. Thank you so much for being so patient, professional, and accommodating! We love the end product! -Kayla E
2mm Wide Low-dome Wedding BandThe ring was beautiful and made the proposal even more wonderful. Every time I see my best friend wearing it, it makes me so happy! Every person who worked with me was considerate and very quick to reply. The fact that their product was so elegant, clearly made with care, and that part of the proceeds go to charity made it perfect! If I had to buy another ring, I would definitely work with Aide Memoire! -Jessie S.
"My fiance and I went non traditional with him proposing without a ring so I got to pick my engagement ring. I first saw Aran's rings on Etsy and LOVED her style, and was even happier that she was local to Seattle! I was specifically looking for a small simple engagement ring with a non-diamond stone; while I liked that she used recycled diamonds, i more liked that she had plenty of other gems and lab made stones. I was able to find the style I wanted and also fell in love with a unique wedding band. She was fantastic to work with, her and her assistant answered emails very promptly and were thorough with answering questions, for an online vendor they definitely made me feel confident about buying something without trying it on or seeing it in person . She agreed to make both rings as a set and they arrived exactly within the quoted time. Im beyond thrilled with how they turned out! My fiance was impressed as well and we ended up getting his ring from her as well. She now has a studio space so we were able to make an appointment for a consult since she’s in our area. She’s even more awesome in person and she really knows her stuff. She was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, she didn’t try and push any particular thing onto us and was very helpful to my fiance who had very little idea of what he wanted. I cannot recommend her enough.” -Jamie J.