Happy Pride Month — How You Can Help Effect Change June 01 2018
“How long have you been together?” I asked David and Patrick who were in for a wedding ring consultation. “About 22 years,” David responded, and I felt my eyes water hearing this. It was 2012, the year that same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington. That year I met with so many couples who had been together for decades and were finally able to marry the person who they loved and wanted to spend their life with. During each of these consultations that year, I was touched by their stories. It meant so much seeing the joy and excitement in their faces, and imagining what those rings meant to them. But, legalizing same-sex marriage was just one step. We still have a ways to go towards equal rights for LGBTQ people.
Right now, in 31 states, it is legal to deny someone housing or employment, or even fire someone from their job, because of their sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is still not a protected class under federal anti-discrimination laws. Many states have sexual orientation as part of their anti-discrimination laws, but the majority do not.
But—You Can Help Effect Change !
- Give to non-profits that are working to secure equal rights for LGBTQ people, like Lambda Legal and Freedom for all Americans.
- If you live in a state that does not have LGBTQ non-discrimination laws, contact your senator and representatives to let them know that this is an important issue to you. Find out if you live in one of those states here, and find out who to contact here & here.
- Patronize businesses that support full rights for LGBTQ people. Check out Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index to find out which business support LGBTQ equality.
- Get to your nearest pride parade. If you’re not queer, you can still go and be a straight ally. Last year, riding in the Seattle Pride Parade, I was touched seeing so many straight allies in the crowds. I can't tell you how much it means just to feel accepted.
I don’t normally use this space to get this political or personal, but I believe so strongly in equal rights for everyone. This is a concern and a driving force for me every day of the year.
Thank you for reading this.
Human Rights Campaign National Dinner Auction 2015 September 04 2015
These beautiful Silver and Alexandrite engagement rings will be included in the silent auction at the nineteenth annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, DC. These rings are our interpretation of the rainbow, as the alexandrite changes colors from bluish-green in daylight to purplish-red in artificial light.
"The Human Rights Campaign is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. It is organized and will be operated for the promotion of the social welfare of the LGBT community. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all."
New Work Studio & Parlor, Now Accepting Appointments June 18 2015
Aide-Mémoire Jewelry has recently moved studio locations, and we are delighted to present our new work studio and parlor in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. The parlor is now open to clients who are interested in a unique and charming experience while shopping for the perfect piece of sustainable, eco-friendly jewelry.
Our quiet space is perfect to sit and view samples, discuss options and work on finding the perfect piece for you--whether it be a wedding band, an engagement ring or the perfect stone. The parlor space has a timeless feel, filled with interesting antiques and vintage decor, plus a window where you can peek into the workshop! A nod to Seattle, a simple red "A" from the old Paramount Theater marquee hangs on a robin's egg blue wall.
If you are in the Seattle area and would like to look at rings in person you can now make an appointment online to visit our Wallingford parlor! Book a free half-hour consultation appointment here or at http://www.bookeo.com/aidememoire.
View a few photos of our new space below:
Not near Seattle? Don't fret! You can book a Skype session to discuss options at http://www.bookeo.com/aidememoire. We also have a library of brass samples for many of our rings, which can be shipped to you with a deposit and shipping fee. Contact us for details if you are interested in borrowing some of our brass sample rings.
Human Rights Campaign Silent Auction 2014 August 15 2014
These lovely silver and diamond engagement rings will be included in the silent auction at the eighteenth annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, DC. The dinner is sold out, but you can bid on them online here.
"The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all."
Love is Love February 10 2014
There is this great project, going on on Kickstarter right now (with only 4 days left), by Mitch Kitter and Shalem Mathew - The Love is Love project. Their goal is to capture the relationships of LGBT couples/families around the country. The goal is to raise enough funds to travel to all 50 states photographing couples. The end result of the project will be a book of their beautiful and touching photographs.
Valentine's Day Giveaway January 22 2014
Vote for your favorite story on
Win one $200 Aide-mémoire Jewelry gift certificate.
How to Enter
- To enter submit a photo of you and your partner, along with your story as a couple. Be sure to include names, location, story and photo.
- I will post your photo and story to the Aide-mémoire Jewelry Facebook page in a Couples' Stories album.
- Voting takes place on the Aide-mémoire Jewelry Facebook page. Each “like” on your photo and each comment on your photo will count as a vote, so each of your friends will get two votes (one like & one comment). Maximum of one like and one comment per voter.
Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with GIVEAWAY SUBMISSION in the subject line, your names, location, story in the body of the email, and include the photo as an attachment.
- Entries will be accepted from 1/22/14 - 1/31/14
- Deadline for all entries is January, 31st 2014 at 5:00pm Pacific Time.
- Photos will go live in a photo album on my Facebook page, and voting will begin on February 1st, 2014.
- Voting will close on February 13th, 2014 at 5:00pm Pacific Time.
The winning couple will be announced on Friday, February 14th 2014 on the Aide-mémoire Jewelry FB page.
See full contest rules here.