Tate was given small, unmatched opals and diamonds from her beloved mother-in-law, Boo. She wanted an Orbit necklace that would be a standout statement suitable for day or nighttime wear, emitting the soft blue/green glow from the Australian opals. The choker needed a stunning focal point so I decided to shop for a large Opal at a reasonable price at the Tucson Gem and Mineral show last February. I selected this Ethiopian oval Opal, flanked it with Boo’s ten diamonds and accented the smaller orbits with tiny tanzanites to pull out the bluish/purple from each of the opals. Tate received the spectacular rolling flash Opal ring as a surprise birthday present from her husband, to create the perfect ensemble.
Happy summer from Ithaca! I hope to see you in the Fall–
Last summer, Bennett came to me with an ambitious pile of items she wanted to RE-design. We began by harvesting diamonds from an inherited platinum watch that show wanted to melt down. These diamonds were given new life in personal jewelry worth preserving, an in new items designed especially for her. We met over many months to make the best use of existing jewelry and to offset fabrication costs using her gold melt credit. In her own words, “What fun! Working with Lainey is a win-win situation.” Bennett now has a refreshed and sparkling collection to enjoy wearing for years to come and to pass down to her loved ones.
Opening Party Tonight, Friday, 5 – 8PM
Saturday 11AM – 4PM
167-1 Calkins Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850
Enjoy a cocktail and tasty treats while strolling around the koi pond or kick off your shoes to soak in the warmth from the “yoga rock.” Enter the Green Door Studio & Gallery where attention to detail in every piece of jewelry glows. Enter an environment where the intimate wonders of the mineral kingdom bring joy just by looking or by purchasing a special piece for yourself or a loved one.
Please click on the corrected link to read the Green Door essay by Lainey. The door’s history is fascinating, from Lainey’s childhood discovery of its niche in a stone wall to the present day outdoor expansion of the Fernbank Natural History Museum in Atlanta, GA.
at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show…
where the experience was PURE immersion in the Mineral Kingdom. Exciting color palettes emerged while the desert landscape clarified my artistic vision. (more…)
I invite you to join me as I celebrate a new chapter of creative expression that will support me in a balanced way so that I may continue to show up for you at my very best. After 10 fantastic years, I am closing the Elaina Designs studio on Drewry Street at the end of October. Available by appointment only, I am delighted to work with you in Atlanta or Ithaca. The ED website and contact information will not change and amazing Aalia will continue to assist me.
As you may be aware, (more…)
Wearing Your Family Close to Your Heart
Please take a look at recent custom jobs
using family birthstones and inherited gems.
On a personal note, Lainey is still in recovery mode from recent foot surgery, but Aalia is back at work at Studio 8 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30AM-3PM. Please call her at (404)216-6870 to drop off your repairs or pick up orders.
The “Chloe Hope” necklace named in honor of Jan’s grandmother.
“Lainey’s MOCA retrospective inspired me to meet with her to discuss the possibilities of restyling the family jewelry I inherited. Her creations all have a story to tell…so she interpreted my family story. The result is a beautiful orbit necklace with my mother’s and grandparents’ wedding sets, antique filigree pins, diamonds, and rubies from charm bracelets. The loving memories of my dear mother and grandparents are embedded in this joyful necklace. My family’s own circle of life.” ~ Jan M., Atlanta
Click here to view a video of the design process.
Please mark your calendars for the
Green Door Barn Studio Show & Sale
167-1 Calkins Rd. Ithaca, 14850
June 11-14, 11AM-4PM and June 15 &16 by appointment only
Please contact Lainey at 678-662-6156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
These clients brought gemstones they had kept for years, received as a gift or purchased as a long term investment. What you might not know, is that natural colored gems are gaining value in a market where demand is now exceeding supply. What might you have that begs for the light of day?
Designed by Lainey Papageorge and handmade by F.M. Abdulky.
Mother’s Day Atlanta Show
May 8 & 9, 10AM-5PM
675 Drewry St. NE #8, Atlanta, GA 30306
Green Door Barn Studio Show
June 11-14, 11AM-4PM & June 15-20, by appointment, (678) 662-6156
167-1 Calkins Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850
Ruby, Imperial Topaz, Kunzite, Freshwater Pearl, Red Spinel, 14KT Pink, Green & White Gold
Greetings, friends of Elaina Designs!
Recently David and I took a trip to Sapelo Island, GA where lazy beach-combing offered intriguing, fresh shapes into my jewelry designs. While gazing upward yesterday at the Venus/Jupiter conjunction the muse called again. Blessedly I have lots of time this summer to let my imagination wander while recovering from surgery to repair the arthritic toe joints in my left foot. I cannot walk for at least 8 weeks, yet I eagerly await the wonders inherent in going within to heal.
The Atlanta Studio 8 will be closed July 4-26 as I recover and while Aalia spends time in Ithaca for an apprenticeship with Elaina Design’s master goldsmith, Fareed Abdulky. Please hold on to your repairs and special orders and we’ll be happy to help you upon our return to Atlanta Studio 8 on July 27. Please call Lainey’s cell (678) 662-6156 to schedule an appointment.
“Wild Conch Ring” Pink & Watermelon Tourmalines, 14KT Pink Gold & Sterling, $720.
“Seaweed Tendril Earrings” 14KT Yellow Gold, White Pearls, $320.
“Moonshell Pendant” Sterling, $90.
Here’s to Independence! Happy Fourth of July!
A peak at the new Lovejoy Comet Series inspired by Lovejoy Comet sightings earlier this year.
Diamonds, Paraiba, Blue Flash Moonstone, Goshenite, Aquamarine, 14KT White Gold, size 7.
Mark your calendars for a Mother’s Day show coming up the weekend of May 9. Please call or email Lainey for an appointment to drop by the studio to shop.(678) 662-6156 or email@example.com
Happy Valentine’s Day from Elaina Designs
Make your heart throb with delectable gems made in the earth and from our precious waters, touched gently with fine craftsmanship.
Open studio hours February 9-14:
Monday & Wednesday, 9AM-3:30PM
Friday, 9AM-4PM & Saturday, Noon-3:30PM
Or please call Lainey (678) 662-6156 to make an appointment for an alternate time.
Square Ruby & 14KT pink gold size 6, $310.
Champagne Diamonds in 14KT black rhodium bands size 6.75, $675.
Faceted Red Tourmaline, 14KT white gold spacer bead with Ruby inlay & peaches & cream Petal Pearl earrings, $342.
Ruby lozenge beads and pink/peach Tourmaline faceted chunks with sterling spiral hook earrings, $135.
Noon-4PM: Make an appointment to meet and discuss your ideas. My design books and a delicious collection of gems will be available for brainstorming.
4PM-6PM*: New Year’s Open House Party (*Please note time correction)Sunday – Tuesday, January 18-20
Available for appointments at your convenience
If you’re interested but cannot attend, I’ll be in Ithaca throughout the year and can meet with you at your convenience. Long distance consultations via email are also an option.
Friday, 9:30AM – 5PM
Saturday, 11AM – 5PM
675 Drewry St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
14KT Yellow Gold, Orange Garnets & Sapphire Pendant $1800.
Hand Engraved Sterling, Mexican Opal, Oregon Sunstone Ring, size 6.5, $420.
Rust & White Baroque Pearls, Faceted Chunky Tourmaline Necklace, 57″, $900.
November 21 & 22, 11AM-5PM both days675 Drewry St. NE #8, Atlanta, GA 30306Leisurely select your gift items or meet with Lainey to design your own custom jewelry using old or new materials. Here’s a peek at what others have recently done… Please forward to friends you think might be interested.
Clients’ Family Diamonds,
The Lucky Blue Diamond
Karen inherited diamond rings from her beloved aunt who had recently passed away. She wanted a symbol of their love to carry into her daily activities and imagined these versatile earrings. To make a pair with the ring’s single center diamond, a careful match was purchased. The melee or smaller diamonds were not matched in size, and this required innovative setting techniques to create 14K Rose gold Huggie Hoops. Hand engraved “sun ray” lines encircle the detachable diamond jacket drops. Now pink and white move in a mesmerizing dance that brings love into form.
with the colors we’re enjoying in our city’s trees. Elaina Designs Atlanta Studio 8 is ready to provide you with another
stress free shopping experience this holiday season. We have dazzling
jewelry to suit all budgets and styles and it’s our mission to help you
find the perfect gift for your dear one!
Please mark your calendars with upcoming Open Studio dates:
Saturday, November 22, 11AM-5PM
Friday to Sunday, December 5, 6 & 7, hours TBA
or call Lainey to make an appointment: (678) 662-6156
Please note that our Atlanta studio will be CLOSED
the weekend after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29 & 30.
Ring: Star Ruby, Watermelon Tourmalines, 14KT Pink Gold, size 5.5, $1835.
Orbit Bracelet: Tourmaline, Sapphire, Sugelite, Rutilated Quartz, Peridot, Sunstone, Topaz, Spessartite Garnet, Sterling, 14KT Pink & Yellow Gold. $6300.
in conjunction with the 40 Year Retrospective of Jewelry Design
at MOCA GA
Saturday, October 18, Reception 2PM, Talk 2:30PM
Visiting hours to MOCA GA are Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM-5PM. I will also be at the museum the following three Saturdays and on weekdays, by appointment, to meet you for a private tour. The show closes Saturday, November 8. Please call or email me at (678) 662-6156 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
The museum presentation is impressive and gives a fine overview of my varied approaches to jewelry design over the past four decades. The depth & breadth has surprised even me, and makes for an interesting show whether you’re a jewelry connoisseur or not. To spread the word, and for those of you far away, there’s a 10 minute video interview with me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYqbuxbLaF0.
Feeling great with lots of gratitude for each of you–
75 Bennet St. NW, Suite A2
Atlanta, GA 30309
Please email or call them for details
Please click here to view a YouTube video of an interview with Lainey and a glimpse into what inspires her designs!
Lainey’s Papageorge’s 40 Year Retrospective continues through November 8, 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA). A reception and artist talk will be held October 18 at 2PM.
75 Bennett Street, Suite A2
Atlanta, GA 30309