Aide-mémoire Jewelry is bespoke gold and palladium wedding bands and engagement rings, using recycled materials in an eco-friendly studio. Aide-mémoire Jewelry is created by Aran Galligan in Seattle, Washington.
Aran 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.
As the founder and sole creator of Aide-mémoire Jewelry, Aran 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 Aide-mémoire Jewelry’s unique handmade creations and sets them apart from mass-produced rings.
Each ring is custom made to order, and Aran’s techniques merge tradition and technology – utilizing time honored metalworking skills as well as computer-aided design.
Aide-mémoire Jewelry uses 100% recycled precious metals -- recycled and lab-grown diamonds and ethical fair-trade 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 also regularly donates a portion sales to the following: Lambda Legal; The Hunger Project; Direct Relief; Human Rights Campaign, and Ethical Metalsmiths.