TULSA - As the nation celebrates the month of June as Pride Month it turns out the city has a lot to have pride in.
Nate McPherson and Greg Shelton fell upon the jewelry business almost 15 years ago; Now, there's something to be said about a Spexton custom ring.
Every year thousands of people both on Etsy and in Spexton Fine Jewelry trust Nate with designing one of the biggest purchases in a person's life.
"What's unique about our rings is ultimately the most popular styles still have to be handmade," said Spexton Co-Founder Nate Mcpherson.
In their quaint Tulsa workspace Nate and his husband Greg craft wedding bands, specializing in men's.
"We rely on each other. If he quits, I can't do this," he said.
A large part of their clientele is gay and lesbian couples.
"You're not going to be treated with anything but love, kindness, and generosity when you're in our store and that's just what we are."
Most of their customers just know them as ring sorcerers.
"Just the craftsmanship that goes into them is just incredible," said Spexton Fine Jewelry Ring Designer Steve Cluck.
Not always as a trailblazing same-sex couple.
"If there's someone out there that doesn't want to shop with us because of that, I don't care," Nate said.
Much like their craftsmanship, it's been a process.
Nate said they do face adversity in a day when a Colorado baker doesn't have to sell a gay couple a wedding cake, but they achieve far more success.
"Whether you're female, whether you're gay, whether you're black - whatever it is that makes it harder for you, which it will. We just keep working."
However, if a little clarity or "shine" can happen in the process, they're ok with it.
"It's changed a lot of people's minds and they've told me that like, 'I never knew any person that was gay. I want to tell you that you've changed my life.'"
As long as at the end of the day the perfect ring ends up on someone's hand, or in their store...
"His talents and my talents have created something that's bigger than us and so I'm really proud of it."
The only label with the perfect "ring" to it for them is 'successful.'
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