H&H Jewelry Designs

Lorie Hodny, Elkhorn, WI   

Welcome to H&H Jewelry Designs - Fabulous Jewelry for Your Collection!

Platinum Rating Platinum
Member since 2006

In memory of Mary Lou Hertel - Artisan Designer Upscale Jewelry for Stylish Women~


About H&H Jewelry Designs

Our Service Pledge
I will respond to your orders and questions promptly. I promise to provide excellent customer service, and realize that without customers, my business would not exist. I have a winning combination: Quality jewelry combined with top notch customer service. I want you to be THRILLED with your purchase! H&H is a platinum rated shop - so please shop with confidence. Are you a first time shopper with Ruby Lane? It is quick and easy to register! I would love to become YOUR favorite jewelry shop!!
About Us
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For the love of jewelry!

H&H Jewelry Designs was started in 2005 by me, Lorie Hodny, and my Mom - Mary Lou Hertel. We both love love loved jewelry, and it was only natural that we would create it, as we also loved to create and craft just about anything.

In 2005 we started to dabble in jewelry making, and quickly became obsessed with all things "beads"!!! Really, it's just so much fun! We shared something so special in that love of making jewelry.

We started small but quickly found success, and found ourselves working at local craft fairs and displaying our jewelry at local salons.

This led to eventually selling our pieces online, which really opened up a whole new world. We started with our shop on Rubylane, and then added a shop on Etsy. We attended the yearly bead show in Milwaukee which was always a blast, and talked endlessly about all things "beads"! We had the pleasure of working with hundreds of lovely customers, from all over the world. We often talked about how much we loved making and selling jewelry and both were sure that we had found our life's purpose! What a grand time it was!

EDITED June 2016:

***In May of 2012, Mary Lou suddenly and tragically passed away. Between shock an grief, the next several years were a blur. Since that day, I have taken over running the business, obviously on a much smaller scale. My main goal was just to try to keep making jewelry, which at times was comforting, but at times just too emotional. Sometimes I would make tons of jewelry and add it to my shop, but other times, I just couldn't even look at my beads without becoming a mess. I just knew that I could never close my shops, because if I did, I felt like I would be saying goodbye to her forever. I try to create in that same spirit that we originally brought to the business, and now in memory of my beautiful Mom. It has taken me years to even put these thoughts out for public viewing, as Mary Lou was such a private person. However, she was such a huge part of this business, that without conveying this part of our story I feel that it would be incomplete. I will always love and adore her and hold this unique business in the most special place in my heart.***

In my shop you will find colorful jewelry made with Swarovski Crystals, gemstones, lampwork glass, Czech glass, rustic stones, and more! I love long dangly earrings, and bright colorful pieces that will get noticed!! I am drawn in particular to Swarovski Crystals and pearls - that love affair started when I first began beading, and ordered my first supply! I could not believe how sparkly and perfect they were and still feel that way about them!

I use a variety of metals, from sterling silver, gold filled, gold vermeil, pewter and more!

Thanks for taking the time to read my bio, please contact me if you would like, I would love to hear from you!!~

Sincerely,
Lorie Hodny









Original Shop about page:

H&H JEWELRY DESIGNS was officially started in early 2005 by a mother/daughter design team; Mary Lou Hertel and Lorie Hodny. We are both passionate about jewelry, and have been for many years! In the late 80's, living in St. Louis, Missouri, we started making bracelets with elastic cord! Mary Lou, then a piano teacher, would make the bracelets, and Lorie would take them to high school and sell them to classmates and even to the lunch ladies during the lunch hour! The prices were great; $.50 a bracelet!!! We were making a tidy little profit until the principal of the school put an end to selling at school! After that, jewelry making became a hobby while we both lead busy lives as wives and mothers. In early 2005, two events happened that turned our "Hobby" into a profession: Lorie's hair stylist saw some of our designs, and asked us to display our jewelry on consignment in her Salon, and Lorie, a Registered Nurse at a busy local Hospital, started making long beaded badge holders for her many female co-workers. Our business was born again!!! By late 2005 we were so busy making and selling jewelry, that it became a busy and rewarding profession!

Our jewelry pieces have been featured in five local salon/spa's and have been well received at local artisan shows. The next natural step for us was to debut our collection online, allowing a wider range of customers to discover our creations! We are very proud to have a featured shop on Ruby Lane which allows us to share our creations with you.


We use many different elements in our creations, the list is too long to mention (and would be quite a bore!). We would never limit ourselves to just a few select type of beads or metals, when there are so many high quality and fabulous components available to designers today. The combinations are endless and quite exciting!!!

What we focus on is this: Top quality materials, Second: An eye catching color combination and a combination of luxurious textures, and Third: A unique look that you would not find elsewhere. Our goal is that when you wear one of our items, you look in the mirror and say "WOW" I look beautiful!!!

We realize that it may be difficult to purchase items on line that you are not able to see and touch in person. We try to provide very accurate descriptions and clear pictures. Please know this: We are very serious about making top quality products and providing a level of service that you would not find elsewhere. If you ever have a question or comment, please do not hesitate to email us.


Most of the items in our shop can be resized, and this is a service that we happily provide free of charge for our customers. If you are interested in an item but need resizing, just send us an email and we will customize it just for you!

We hope you enjoy browsing our store and find just what you are looking for! If you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear from you! Thank you for taking the time to visit us!

Sincerely,
Lorie and Mary Lou




***CUSTOMER QUOTES***


Dear Lorie and Mary Lou,

I just received the heart necklace today. I am thrilled beyond belief! it is sooooo beautiful! I want one just like it! I can't wait for my french friend Marie-Antoinette to get it! I know that she will be touched and thrilled with it as well. just wanted you to know how happy I am with your artisanship. keep up the good works ladies! warmest regards,

Lisa Eberhardt, Wi

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Dear Lorie and Mary Lou,

I received my order and I love my necklace. I wore it last night and today and already received compliments on it. Thank you for your promptness in shipping.

Thanks,
Janet

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Hello Lori & Mary Lou,

The bracelet arrived on Saturday and it is just as gorgeous as I thought it would be!!! I will wear it and have much enjoyment from it. Thanks for making & offering such a beautiful piece! Good luck to you both on Ruby Lane.

With kindest regards,
P.L., Oregon

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The jewelry arrived today and it is stunning - I can't thank you enough - it was exactly what I wanted

M.F.
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Hi Lorie and Mary Lou.

I received the bracelet today and I am
absolutely thrilled with it! It is so beautifully made and I will
treasure it for many years to come. May I also say that you are wonderful sellers who pay attention to detail and have kept me informed since I first ordered the item and delivery was extremely quick to me in the UK.
Many many thanks and best wishes to you both.

F.G., UK

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Hello Ladies!

I wanted to let you know that the bracelet arrived today and it is absolutely stunning! I loved it in the pictures, but WOW, it is even prettier in person! You have such an eye for color, and use some of the most beautiful stones and crystals! Your workmanship is top rate, and the details are what make your work stand out. Keep it up--you will hear from me again very soon!

L.G., Boston

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Dear Lorie and Mary Lou,

My new necklace has just arrived, and I couldn't wait to email you both! I LOVE IT!!! It is exactly what I wanted, and have been searching for for a long time! I am so happy that I decided on this one because it matches three outfits in my fall wardrobe! I will wear it and treasure it always! You do such beautiful work and have such a variety of jewelry to choose from! I'm sure that I could find something to match every outfit that I own! Thanks again!

G.R., New Mexico

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I received the 60in blue and white necklace today and I am looking forward to the black and white one. Thank you so much - it's just lovely. I really love my purchase and I'm looking forward to doing business with you again.

H.S., Canada

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Lorie and Mary Lou,

Just wanted to let you know that Sue and I received our bracelets on Saturday and both of us are just ooooing and ahhhhing over them. She was so surprised and now has to go out and buy something new to go with it. Thanks once again for your talents and generosity. I absolutely love the matching earrings. It must be so rewarding knowing that your creations make people feel so special.

S.H., Wisconsin

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Hi Ladies,

I received my necklaces today - OH they are so beautiful, better than I could have imagined! You can be sure
that I will keep your store in my favorite file!!

K.W., New York

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Dear Lorie and Mary Lou,

I picked up my package at the local post office after work yesterday. Gosh -- the jewelry is outstanding. The tangerine and orange bead necklace (and earrings) are luminescent. I love the ingenuity of the mahogany obsidian items. And I love that
stone ... this is the first I have heard of and seen it. Many many thanks!

All the best / SANDRA

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Hi Ladies,

The set arrived safely today. I'm very pleased with both the necklace and the earrings. They are even prettier than they appeared online! You can tell a true jewelry lover when they set their eyes on a new piece. They make this
soft little purring sound ("Ooohhh") much like I did when I opened the box!
Thank you for the fast shipping. I'm sure now that I've found you, you'll be hearing from me again soon.
Take care,

D.L.

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Lorie,

I received the two pairs of earrings mid-week & they are
lovely! As always, thank you for your quick response & I so
appreciate your creativity and wonderful taste in designing your
jewelry!!
Shari