Custom-made eco-friendly & conflict-free fine jewelry, wedding bands and engagement rings, designed by Aran Galligan in Seattle, Washington.
Aide-mémoire Jewelry is bespoke fine jewelry, wedding bands and engagement rings, using recycled materials in an eco-friendly studio.
Aran Galligan is inspired both by principles of modern design – functionality, truth to materials, and beauty through simplicity – as well as an aesthetic value the Japanese call 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.
Each piece 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, with the exception of some chain components, which may not contain 100% recycled metal. We use ethical conflict-free diamonds and ethical fair-trade gemstones. We go beyond the Kimberly Process in sourcing our diamonds to ensure that they truly are conflict-free – since relying on the Kimberly Process alone does not actually mean that a diamond is conflict-free. Find out more about the diamonds that we work with on our blog post about ethical diamonds. All packing materials are reused and reusable, recyclable and compostable, with a minimal use of plastic.