New “Wedding Rings” for a 91 Year-Old

Upcoming Events and News

Work on the new Elaina Designs website is underway and will soon feature online purchase capability. Stay tuned for updates. I continue to take custom orders by phone or in person and my Kirkwood showroom is open by appointment for shopping. I love our new light-filled Atlanta home and studio.

Ithaca, NY:  Divining with Light and Gems
Sunday, March 11, 2018 1-5PM
The Treman Center (Just past entrance to upper Treman Park)
95 Hines Rd, Newfield, NY 14867
Four spots are still available, please contact Lainey. 678-662-6156,
Cost: $50

Atlanta Spring Studio Show featuring new designs…treasures from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
Wednesday through Saturday, April 18 – 21
2116 Lanes Ln. NE, Atlanta 30317

Gem Resonance sessions in Atlanta and Ithaca have been highly successful and I’m extremely grateful to the many volunteers who helped with my inquiry into light, gems, and trace elements. This overwhelmingly positive response has encouraged me to offer future one hour sessions for $60 to anyone interested in the benefits from this experience. Please contact me at 678-662-6156, for details and appointments.

Oslo, Norway: International Light Association Conference
May 12 – 15
Light in Action workshop: Elemental Techniques on May 14.

Jessie’s New “Wedding Rings”

“I can’t wait to show the “Lunch Bunch” my new wedding rings!” 
As a 91st birthday gift to herself, Jessie commissioned this meaningful 14K scalloped bar necklace using the diamonds from her wedding set which she no longer wore. The necklace was fabricated using recycled gold from her wedding set and funds from a gold sale offset the final cost.
Jessie was delighted with her new necklace and so was I!

Light and warm wishes–

Divining with Light & Gems Workshop in Ithaca, NY

Divining with Light & Gems with Lainey Papageorge 
Like elements attune to like.
In this Ithaca workshop Lainey will bring her exquisite mineral collection for participants to explore the subtle impact of gems and crystals when intentionally placed on the body. We will add the frequencies of sound and light to these billion-year-old forms of color and beauty. Creative exercises will integrate our experience and the day will close with Linda Ruth offering astrological symbols to each participant.

Sunday, March 11, 2018 1-5PM
The Treman Center (Just past entrance to upper Treman Park)
95 Hines Rd, Newfield, NY 14867
Cost: $50 (PayPal, check, cash or credit card accepted)

Space is limited, please contact Lainey to reserve a spot.

Through my 40 year career in jewelry design, I’ve become aware of natural relationships and affinities between the gems and the people who wear them. My insight as an artist is that something beyond beauty occurs when a person is in contact with the mineral kingdom, whether by wearing it, walking on the bare earth, or with intentional placement. It is a fact that like elements resonate with one another and are essential for organic function on all cellular levels. The trace elements in our bodies and the trace elements found in all crystal, mineral, pearl and gemstone formations are resonating with each other on a subtle level all the time. Can we tune in, dial it in, sense which elements feel most beneficial? What other messages might we receive while experiencing this deep and calming resonance?

Snacks and tea will be provided. Please bring:
–Notebook and simple art supplies you might want to use
–A cushion and a light blanket
–A small flashlight if you have one
–A pendulum if you have one. Lainey will provide extra pendulums and guidance.  No prior experience needed.

Shop Elaina Designs for Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day offers an opportunity to love the earth while thinking of those you might love to gift. Please call or email Lainey to make an appointment to browse our collection in person or by phone.
2116 Lanes Ln. NE, Atlanta 30317 or (678) 662-6156

Sand dollar fragments found on Sapelo Island, GA, cast in sterling. Post earrings with Rubies. $480

Faceted Ruby and Pyrite Necklace, 16.5″, 14K White Gold. $530

Watermelon and pink Tourmaline, 14K Rose Gold vermeil, $220.

“Wavy Acorn Top Earrings” with natural color “Fireball” freshwater pearls and oxidized sterling. $400


Weaving a Family Together

Lanes Lane has enjoyed a great beginning! Thank you for continuing to support me through moving three times in three years, but since we bought this house, I plan to be here for many years to come. 2017 ended with the completion of many special commissions which I’ll be featuring in upcoming newsletters.

Weaving a Family Together

2.98ct Ceylon Natural Blue Sapphire, platinum
Family photo taken right after the proposal.

This engagement ring holds the hopes and dreams of a blended, modern family made permanent by the commitment of marriage between the two parents and three daughters. When Christopher came to me, he was uncertain about the style or stones his beloved Layne might desire for her engagement ring, yet certain he wanted to surprise her.
We spent a month purveying possible gems and designs she might like, and he selected this spectacular natural-color blue sapphire, to be set in pave Platinum. Two braiding streams of lighter blue sapphires envelop the center gem to signify the joining of their two families.  With their daughters, Christopher planned a surprise proposal at the end of a family picnic when he dropped to one knee and presented her with this rare jewel. It was an honor to be a part of this joyful process and to make Layne so happy.

Happy New Year,


Jewel Street Interview with Lainey Papageorge

Originally posted on Dec 08, 2017 by Jewel Street

One does not ask to be born an artist, but Lainey Papageorge couldn’t be happier that she was one of the chosen ones. Before finding gems in her mid-twenties, Lainey was an athlete, a swimmer, a choreographer and a modern dancer. But after she picked up a jeweler’s torch for the first time and hammered her first piece of metal, her love for the industry was instantly ignited.

With a jewelry career now spanning across 43 years, Lainey’s utterly fascinating journey has been full to the brim of twists and turns. We chat with her about what it was like growing up with learning difficulties, how a special bespoke commission brought her and her husband together and some of the incredible remote locations she’s designed jewelry in.


EASY Holiday Shopping!

Dazzle your jewelry-lover with an Elaina Designs piece for the holidays! 
If you haven’t been to Lainey’s new home studio in Kirkwood, now is the time to visit us for a fun, relaxing, no pressure, holiday shopping experience. You can find a broad range of styles and prices in our collection of one-of-a-kind, handmade jewels.
2116 Lanes Ln. NE
Atlanta, GA 30317

Lainey is available by appointment for holiday shopping through December 23.
Please call (678) 662-6156 or email
We ship anywhere in the US and gift wrapping is free! Hope to see you soon!


Holiday Show and Sale

 Elaina Designs and Metaalia Jewelry
Holiday Show and Sale THIS WEEKEND
Fri. & Sat., DECEMBER 1 & 2 
11AM-5PM and 10AM-4PM

2116 Lanes Ln. Atlanta, GA 30317

Lustrous, natural materials and unique design are the hallmarks of our work. Come out, bring some friends and spend a relaxing afternoon at the Elaina Designs home studio for sipping, snacking and shopping.

Wedge & Crescent brass earrings with sterling posts, $85
Wedge & Crescent brass necklace 22″, $145
Eye of Horus ring, size 7.5, brass & sterling, $225

Bronze Petal Pearl Necklace with Magentic Clasp, 35″, $400.
Bronze Petal Pearl Sterling Threader, $100.

Lapis & Faceted Pyrite, sterling, 36″ Necklace. $350
Four-strand Faceted Pyrite, Vermeil C-clasp, 18″ Necklace. $450
Faceted Ruby, Pyrite, 14KW, 16.5″ Necklace. $530

We hope to see you this weekend!
— Lainey and Aalia

Celebrating Friendship, Jewelry, and Collaboration with John Franciscus

Celebrating John Franciscus’ 35 Years Hand Engraving in Atlanta

Lainey Papageorge Trunk Show at LJ Lewis Silver Company
Opening Reception Thursday, 10/19, 4PM-8PM
October 19 – 21, Friday & Saturday, 10AM-5PM

164 West Wieuca Rd., Suite 3
Atlanta GA 30342

(404) 255-5661

I believe strongly in the collaborative creative process, and my profession as a jewelry artist would have nosedived long ago without it. The friendships forged over the years bring joy, as well as expand my artistic vision.  John Franciscus’ mastery as a hand engraver are impressive so when a piece needs it, I request his gentle skill and eagle eye.  I hope that you can stop by next weekend to salute his 35 years in Atlanta and to view my Fall collection.

“Of Heaven and Earth”, Azurite-Malachite, Gem Silica Chrysacolla, Hand Engraved Sterling Pendant $1000.
Engraving by John Franciscus

“Red Sky at Morning”, Cuprite,  Blue Zircon, Red Coral (sustainable), Hand Engraved Sterling Earrings $1000. 

Monogram gold and turquoise family charms for grandchildren, an example of a past collaborative project between Lainey and John Franciscus. 


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Father Day Gift Ideas from Elaina Designs!

Memories are made in tuxedos. Make sure the father in your life has a tuxedo set to honor him. Imagine how many pieces of jewelry you have, yet this may be the one piece of jewelry he will pass down for generations to come. Elaina Designs has a new collection of cufflink and stud sets with options to customize. Please contact Lainey if you’d like to purchase or order, Father’s Day is June 18. Please contact Lainey at or (678) 662-6156.

My Papa, Demetrius T. Papageorge, 1970
Natural Pyrite embedded in Slate, Sterling Tuxedo Set. $1000
Electric Pink Natural Color Pearl and Sterling Tuxedo Set. $900
Sparkling Charcoal Black Druzy and Sterling Tuxedo Set. $900
Sand Dollar Fragment Cufflinks. Blue zircon, Tsavorite, Yellow Beryl, Sterling. $430
Studs can be ordered for an extra $400
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Ithaca, NY Green Door Studio Show May 19-21

The Ithaca Green Door Studio opens its jewels to you this coming Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Come, bask in the sweetness of late spring and explore the therapeutic benefits the Mineral Kingdom offers.

Gratitude flows to each person who has bought and supported my work at the International Light Conference show in Ft. Lauderdale and at the Atlanta studio show over past few weeks. Wow! It has been a fantastic season in spite of, or perhaps because of the uncertainty in our world today. Minerals and gems ground and calm us, because resonating at a consistent frequency is what they DO!

Please bring a friend to come hang out with me this weekend for nibbles as you drink in the beauty.

Green Door Studio Show, May 19-21 
152 Inlet Valley Way (formerly 167-1 Calkins Rd.) Ithaca, NY 14850
Friday, 3PM-8PM  *  Saturday, 11AM-5PM  *  Sunday, 12PM-4PM

For questions or to schedule a private consultation, please contact
Lainey Papageorge, or (678) 662-6156


Blue Topaz and natural Abalone Pearl post earrings $1600. 


Tahitian Circle Pearl, Sterling Whelk Shell Pin, $430. 
Sand Dollar Fragment Cufflinks in sterling with Tsavorite, Blue Zircon, and Yellow Beryl, $430.
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