Where Tahoe's Beauty Finds Expression in Exquisite Craftsmanship

By Shanie Matthews | Monday, December 4, 2023

Nestled within the serene embrace of Lake Tahoe's splendor lies a family-owned gem that shines just as bright as the lake's pristine waters. Bluestone Jewelry, with locations in both Tahoe City and Truckee, is a labor of love that began with an intuitive calling and has grown into a beacon of beauty, community and creativity.

"From the moment we began, we knew it was all about the little things – hospitality, helpfulness and creating a unique experience," says Marc Bigelow, father of Aaron and Benton Bigelow, who now run the two stores. These little things have set Bluestone Jewelry apart by helping couples plan proposals and design customized rings that reflect personal lifestyles. 

The experience of working alongside the Bigelow family infuses each custom piece with a touch of Tahoe's energy and warmth, creating not just jewelry but cherished memories.

"We pride ourselves on making any idea happen for our customers, both in design and choice of stones," Aaron says. “The Computer Aided Designs (CADs) at Bluestone Jewelry offer a glimpse into the future, showing exactly how a ring or pendant will look, making it easy to make adjustments and get everything just right.”

The Bigelow family members pride themselves on forging personal connections with each customer. 

"We love to do both bands for a couple as the design features for men's style bands are so unique now,” Benton says. “We have seen that women are more involved in the process of developing their style ring and band. They know what they like, and a fiancée can get it right from the start.” 

The frontlines of this creative process are open to the customers. “The guys like to build their own bands on a screen to see it as they select it, determining the metal and selecting design features,” Benton adds.

Jessica, a client from New Orleans, describes her experience at Bluestone: "First greeted by Ollie the Doodle, their adorable dog, and then a wonderful staff. Benton spent the better part of an hour just sitting with us both and explaining ring styles, showing tons of different pieces and shapes. He took detailed notes and was so kind and friendly to work with. Zero pressure, great conversation. They also had a really beautiful selection of jewelry with different stones and unique styles you don't usually see. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a great jewelry experience!”

Adding to the chorus of satisfied clients, Mike and Paula share their experience: “We commissioned Marc at Bluestone to create a wedding ring, guided by a very intricate design we saw. He then sent us drafts of multiple designs inspired by this idea. The one we chose was perfect and has resulted in many compliments and admiration for Bluestone’s craftsmanship. Our experience was wonderful and rewarding!”

From the shores of Lake Tahoe to the heart of their stores, the Bigelow family's dedication to crafting exquisite jewelry is a tribute to the landscape that inspires them and the individuals they serve.

(530) 581-4298 

495 N. Lake Boulevard, #170
Tahoe City, CA


(530) 582-0429 

10046 Donner Pass Road, #3
Truckee, CA

About the Author Shanie Matthews
A longtime Lake Tahoe local, Shanie is a freelance writer, Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and positivity warrior. A true lover of the the gorgeous Tahoe region, she connects with the serenity of the mountains via skiing, biking and backpacking. She also believes in the gift of yoga and its way of allowing one to become his or her true best self, a passion she shares with the world with her online yoga studio.