Outdoor Fall Festivals in October!

Autumn Greetings,

After 9 months of creative, careful preparation the Elaina Designs 2016 jewelry collection is ready. A dynamic experience awaits you in which to view my new work and discuss future custom design projects in these two unconventional showcase environments. Travel to north Georgia (near Clayton) to the Hambidge Center’s Great ARTdoors Festival Saturday, October 15, then up to Ithaca, NY to see the beautifully renovated 1880’s threshing barn now the Treman Center, for the H*ART*Fest Gathering the following Saturday Oct. 22.

After October 31, visit my Atlanta studio to leisurely shop the collection in the cozy Elaina Designs home showroom in Lake Claire. Please call or email me if you’d like to schedule an appointment (678) 662-6156 or lp@elainadesigns.com. Together, let’s envision beauty in gems.

I invite you to stretch time, peruse the stones and enjoy the scenery along the way *~*

In Resonance,

Saturday, October 15, 10AM – 5PM
105 Hambidge Ct. Rabin Gap, GA 30568

Saturday, October 22, 3PM – 9PM
95 Hines Rd. Newfield, NY 14867

Cufflinks to Celebrate Fifteen Years of Marriage

Please note the Elaina Designs Fall show schedule:
Rabun Gap, Georgia 
The Great ARTdoors Festival at the Hambidge Center
Sat. October 15, 10AM-5PM
105 Hambidge Court, Rabun Gap, GA 30568

Ithaca, New York H*ART*FEST Gathering at the Treman Center
Sat. October 22, 4PM-9PM
95 Hines Road, Newfield, NY 14867

Atlanta, Georgia Holiday Show at Lainey’s studio/home
Featuring jewelry by Elaina Designs and Metaalia Jewelry
Fri. & Sat. December 2 & 3, 12PM-4PM both days
1780 Marlbrook Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

XV Wedding Anniversary Gift for her Husband

The norm is for a husband to buy a precious gift for his wife, so imagine my delight when a lovely client wanted me to custom design cufflinks for her husband to celebrate their upcoming 15th wedding anniversary! Since Erich wears french cuffs to work everyday and already sports two pairs of “Lainey” links, these had to be extra special with space for hand engraved roman numerals, XV.

Over several meetings Tate and I carefully perused gems paired for the vibrant colors that her husband favors. Together we arrived at this eclectic design which Erich cherishes and which will certainly be passed on to their son someday. Fareed did a fantastic job of housing the stones into elegant, secure and durable sterling settings.

Erich exclaims, “Forget Yurman, all I enjoy wearing now are my Elaina Design cufflinks, made especially for me.” Erich W. Atlanta, GA


Elaina Designs Fall Show Schedule

Dazzling jewelry in Lainey’s trademark palette of brilliantly colored gemstones is traveling to a location near you this Fall!  Please mark your calendars with our show schedule below. We invite you to bask in the beauty of the new “Green Door Series.” To read more about the Green Door and its significance, go to Lainey’s essay here.

Rabin Gap, Georgia The Great ARTdoors Festival at the Hambidge Center
Sat. October 15, 10AM-5PM
105 Hambidge Court, Rabun Gap, GA 30568

Ithaca, New York H*ART*FEST Gathering at the Treman Center
Sat. October 22, 4PM-9PM
95 Hines Road, Newfield, NY 14867

Atlanta, Georgia Holiday Show at Lainey’s studio/home
Fri. & Sat. December 2 & 3, 12PM-4PM both days
1780 Marlbrook Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

If you can’t make these shows but want to see more, please visit www.elainadesigns.com. For a private appointment for custom jewelry or RE-design, please call or email Lainey: (678) 662-6156 or lp@elainadesigns.com.

“Dancing before the Mystery” Abalone Pearl, Lab Grown Opal, 14KT yellow gold, sterling. $1050

“Rainy Day along the Creek” Pink Tourmaline, Peridot, Rainbow Hematite, sterling and 14KT. $800

Equinox Orbit Bracelet

Pink Tourmaline, Freshwater Pearls, Imperial Topaz, Cat’s Eye Mint Green Tourmaline, Pear Shaped Diamond, Bi-Color Tourmaline, 14KT White and Pink Gold. Designed by Lainey Papageorge, executed by Fareed Abdulky.

Equinox Orbit Bracelet 2016

The Autumnal Equinox is a date when the earth receives equal parts of light and dark when the sun is directly above the Equator. We enter a time of increasing dark hours each day moving toward the Winter Solstice. I celebrate this seasonal change as an opportunity to embrace the coming darkness with equanimity and positive possibilities.

Jane wanted a custom designed Orbit Bracelet and after inheriting her late mother’s dramatic pear shaped diamond ring and other pieces that were not her style she suggested selling them for credit toward the project. As we started to move forward I sensed her hesitation in selling the large diamond. Her mother had loved the diamond, but Jane had always thought that it looked harsh. When she asked me if I could transform the energy of the diamond into the orbit bracelet in a way that would feel beautiful and honor her mother, we both recognized an opportunity to embrace  this powerful maternal symbol. I then selected gems as companions to soften the pointy shape of the diamond and attune it to the gentle, brilliant painter/gardener/outdoor enthusiast that Jane is.

In Jane’s own words, “I absolutely love, love, love this. Each stone is amazing – and I’m thrilled that my mother’s diamond will be included and celebrated. The entire bracelet radiates light and warmth, happiness, a tribute.” Jane T. Portland, OR.

Please mark your calendars for Elaina Designs’ upcoming show dates:

Rabun Gap, Georgia The Great ARTdoors Festival at the Hambidge Center
Sat. October 15, 10AM-5PM
105 Hambidge Court, Rabun Gap, GA 30568

Ithaca, New York H*ART*FEST Gathering at the Treman Center
Sat. October 22, 4PM-9PM
95 Hines Road, Newfield, NY 14867

Atlanta, Georgia Holiday Show at Lainey’s studio/home
Fri. & Sat. December 2 & 3, 12PM-4PM both days
1780 Marlbrook Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Happy Equinox–

Tate’s Custom Orbit Necklace

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–

A New Jewelry Wardrobe for Bennett

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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.

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Green Door Studio Show in Ithaca, NY

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Opening Party Tonight, Friday, 5 – 8PM

Saturday 11AM – 4PM
167-1 Calkins Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850

Lainey invites you and your friends to experience dazzling new jewels and so much more: 
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. 
Drop by, share the joy with Zoe, Lainey & David, and please forward this invitation to your friends! 

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.


Green Door Series, Prehnite, Pearl, Tsavorite, 14K Rose Gold, Fine Silver Ring, size 8, $2100.


Pink Patsyite, Freshwater Pearl, Green Beryl, Watermelon Tourmaline slice & sterling bracelet, $1500.

Marine Diatom Cells Inspire Bracelet Design

Dear Friends,

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…)

Family Birthstone Jewelry

 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.

 Alexandrite, Pink Tourmaline, Diamond, Emerald, Cognac Diamonds, 14KT Yellow Gold.
Rupesh wanted to surprise Samantha with a Mother’s ring to commemorate their family using birthstones. We had to wait for their baby daughter to be born to determine whether she would be a May Emerald or another June Alexandrite like her father. She arrived right on time, and we selected (4) square cut gems of high color/clarity overlaid onto a line of fiery cognac diamonds. The effect is as dynamic as their young family, with each gem representing not only the month, but the personality of each family member.


Jan’s Chloe Hope Necklace

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.


Got Loose Gems?

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 lp@elainadesigns.com

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?

Steve received this lovely 2.35ct aquamarine from a friend who was traveling in Brazil. He chose emerald cut diamonds set in 14KT white and yellow gold for a masculine and tailored ring that he could wear to work. I hadn’t seen Steve in 17 years, since he used to shop at Illumina and we were both thrilled to reconnect.
Designed by Lainey Papageorge and handmade by F.M. Abdulky.


Talisman for a Mother

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

“To guide me on the journey to be the best mother I can be.”


Summer Inspiration

Greetings, friends of Elaina Designs!

Inspiration is not complicated, yet allowing time for it to come to fruition is the challenge. Here’s to a relaxing summer when the mind softens by listening to one’s inner voice.

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!


Changes Afoot at Elaina Designs & Ithaca Show this Weekend


 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.

Life is all about change and Elaina Designs is in a happy transition. I’m honored to have been invited to become an in-house custom jewelry designer for Mednikow: A high-end, family owned, retail jewelry store across from Lenox Square on Peachtree Road. Elaina Designs has outgrown its capacity to provide you with the service you deserve.  Mednikow empowers Aalia & I to keep doing what we love most; interacting with you to custom design exceptional, personalized jewelry, plus a professional year-round staff to assist you in picking up repairs and shopping from my signature jewelry collection. 


Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

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. 


Lustrous pink, peaches & cream Petal Pearls with faceted Tourmaline necklace, 19″ $575.

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.

I saw one daffodil yesterday….warmth will follow,



GEM ALCHEMY: Jewelry RE-design with Intention

This is just a reminder of the “GEM ALCHEMY, Jewelry RE-design with Intention” event at my home,

167-1 Calkins Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850, tomorrow. There is no charge for consultation.

Saturday, January 17

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

Call, text or email Lainey 678-662-6156

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.

Please forward this email to any friends who may be interested. Thanks for your support. I hope to see you this weekend!



Holiday Open Studio Dec. 5 & 6

this weekend…

Holiday Open Studio Show & Sale
December 5 & 6,

Friday, 9:30AM – 5PM

Saturday, 11AM – 5PM

Elaina Designs Studio #8

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.