Since her start in 1972, Judith Arnell has developed her standing as a distinguished designer in the world of fine jewelry. After studying at the Gemological Institute of America, Judith apprenticed with French master jeweler Roger Coudert from Van Cleef & Arpels for seven years to cultivate her techniques and artistic sensibility. Soon after opening her flagship store in Chicago, she cofounded of the midwest chapter of the Women’s Jewelers Association. In addition to operating her Portland and Chicago studios, Judith also serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of Trustees at the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Foundation. A portion of every sale at Judith Arnell Jewelers is donated to Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center. Philanthropy provides funding for new technologies in patient care, research on new treatment for disease and capital improvement projects to serve patients and families. Judith is also the chairman of the Culture and Style Committee at the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC).
With an aesthetic founded on classic European designs, Judith’s ethos is based on the idea that every piece of jewelry should be as individual as the owner. She values the needs of clients to creatively express the feelings and styles that a piece of jewelry should embody for a particular occasion. With her technical and stylistic craft developed from decades of experience, she has honed her expertise in translating client ideas so that every hand-made piece embodies its meaning as an “exceptional work of wearable art”. As a conscientious businesswoman, she carefully balances the criteria of size, cut, coloration when procuring diamonds for clients to select for their custom piece. By providing her expertise at every point of the design process, she ensures that clients make informed decisions on their investment. In addition to GIA certified diamonds, Judith continually travels the world to find the best valued colored gemstones, contemporary designer lines, and vintage jewelry.
Our mission at Judith Arnell Jewelers is to create luxury custom jewelry with services that enhance your bridal or fashion vision. With over 40 years of experience in designing important, one-of-a-kind pieces, Judith Arnell guides clients through the art of fine jewelry to create extraordinary custom pieces. By catering to your stylistic vision, budget, special occasion, and unique personality, we strive to create an experience as personalized as your jewelry. Our engagement specialists ensure the best value by searching for the diamonds which demonstrate the best overall beauty for your specific design. We specialize in ideal-cut GIA certified round brilliant diamonds, and procure diamonds of every shape and size. Judith uses her expertise to procure the finest unheated, untreated natural sapphires as well as other rare and unusually colored gemstones. Our showroom displays hand-picked collections of fine contemporary and vintage jewelry from around the world.