A Ring for All Occasions



Labradorite, bi-color black and olive tourmaline crystal, double terminated quartz with hematite inclusion set in 18K yellow gold. Designed by Lainey Papageorge. Articulated by FM Abdulky. 

Susan and Bill came to Atlanta for a family reunion and while here made an appointment to design a custom made ring as a gift for her Birthday, their Anniversary, Christmas, and Mothers Day. Susan didn’t know what she wanted except that she desired bold, unconventional, and unexpected. To distill her vision, I asked lots of questions, then took her upstairs to the Mineral Collection where she became instantly drawn to a compelling triad of gems. The phenomena inherent in each stone stands alone, yet together create a playful and mesmerizing union worthy of Susan and her family.

“The ring is home. It’s absolutely beautiful. Thank you Lainey for making this masterpiece. All I know is that I do not want to take it off anymore.” — Susan Biersteker, Miami, FL.

Late summertime greetings from Ithaca,
Lainey

24K Wedding Bands for a Solid Gold Couple

These eco-friendly, edgy, elegant rings in 24 karat were hand made for a couple whose love spins pure gold. Alyssa dreamed in high karat gold. She imagined a ring that spoke of a devotion to earth’s organic textures and sky. Her fiancé, Jordan, a tall Texas transplant, wanted “a traditional looking, dome-top, dude-style ring in smooth 24K.”

Since they live in Ithaca and I was in Atlanta, we designed via text. The main challenge for this wedding set was to locate untreated tiny Turquoise nuggets from the American Southwest, not from China.

After several dead ends in pursuit of this Turquoise, I recalled an artisanal miner I had met in Tucson who had a cache of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise he mined during the 1970’s near Globe, Arizona. He sent me 13 nuggets that met our specifications for dynamic color and irregular, rugged contours. When the design was finalized, Alyssa messaged, “Lainey, even though I am very picky, you did it! You channeled something ancient for me, which is way cool in a ‘beyond space and time’ kinda of way. Your intuition and sensitivity to the unspoken is a magical element in your design process. Thank you so much! I’m in awe!!!”

Blazing Hot, Stay Cool,
Lainey

 

Wearable & Sustainable Summer Earrings

Lightweight Gold Wire Earrings that Celebrate Summer

Tina admired the “butterfly wing” motif earrings I made for her daughter and wanted a larger pair in the same style for herself. She brought in a heavy 18K gold and diamond ring that she no longer wore. We rolled out the gold ring into thin wire to form the wings shapes, reset some diamonds, and preserved special sections of the old settings, repurposing them into swinging and sparkling drops. The remaining gold was melted down and used as a credit toward the labor cost.  This was a simple and sustainable jewelry restyle that didn’t involve purchasing new materials. Tina loves her new earring’s wearability, its zero-footprint sourcing and the history it holds.

Bob and “Poo’s” 50th wedding anniversary was this June and Bob came to me for custom jewelry as he had in previous years. He requested that I make a playful pair of earrings for his beach-loving wife, Poo. “She IS the sunshine,” Bob said when describing her. He asked us to make smiley face sun earrings with emerald eyes, and “happily optimistic arched eyebrows.” In the end we achieved a joyful and lightweight pair of earrings celebrating Poo and 50 years of marriage.

Please contact me for your own special pair of everyday earrings or to upgrade your old jewelry in an eco-friendly way! I’m available for appointments over the phone or in person. Please call (678)-662-6156 or email lp@elainadesigns.com.

Elaina Designs is happy to be celebrating the Summer Solstice with you, our loyal clientele. You are the Sunshine and the Butterfly!

Love,
Lainey

 

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Pearl, the June Birthstone

June Birthstone: PEARL
 


Above: Sold pins/pendants and custom necklace and enhancer

Elaina Designs has long connected with dealers from all over the world in search of rare and unusual high quality pearls to use in our fine art jewelry. China produces 75% of the world’s freshwater pearls and with the recent Chinese import tariffs rising to 25%, the price for this beautiful material will also increase in response. However, we are not yet adjusting our pricing! There are several items in our showroom that incorporate gorgeous, lustrous pearl: the June birthstone. Our Atlanta showroom is open this summer by appointment while our online shop is open all the time! Please call or email Lainey to make an in-person appointment (678) 662-6156 or lp@elainadesigns.com. Or visit www.elainadeisgns.com.


Copper Pearl set in 14K rose gold and sterling filigree band, size 7.25, $1250


Golden and Pink Coin Pearl Earrings with Morganite and rose cut sapphires. Sterling omega backs, $2800


“Super Moon” silver pendant with Inclusionary Quartz, natural color petal pearl, champagne diamond. $1050
Photographed on faceted white sapphire necklace with 14K & Diamond clasp, 17″, $800. 

 

 

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Natalie Gets a State-of-the-Art Diamond

Natalie Gets a State-of-the-Art Diamond

Asscher Cut laboratory grown Diamond semi bezel set
with (9) natural diamonds set in platinum.

Natalie and Matthew recently celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary and she inquired about an upgrade to her original engagement ring that had lost its center diamond. Their primary concern for this important purchase was insuring transparency in the mine-to-market supply chain for natural diamonds. Though all dealers who sell diamonds mined from the earth are eager to provide paper certificates stating fair trade, sustainable sourcing, etc.,. it is impossible to know for certain what activities these enormous overseas diamond conglomerates fund. Block-chain technology that is in its development stage promises to offer secure documentation on each individual diamond, but it’s not available yet.
So today, how do I provide my trusting clients with a quality diamond worthy of their ethics and principles? I suggested a Laboratory Grown Diamond.

Lab grown diamonds are made of the same material as natural diamonds—pure carbon, crystallized in an isotropic 3D form. Simulated diamonds such cubic zirconia (CZ), Moissanite, and YAG, though having similar optical properties, do not have the same physical or chemical properties that a diamond has. Laboratory grown diamonds can match the optical properties of the finest earth mined diamonds in clarity, white color, and transparency and they all have the same properties of hardness, thermal conductivity, and electron mobility in naturally formed diamonds.

Natalie fell in love with the “infinity mirrors” effect that an Asscher cut presents and wanted a 2ct stone to achieve the full effect!  Though it’s still difficult to grow large, clear, white diamond crystals in a laboratory, this one met our criteria and exceeded all expectations for beauty. The simple Platinum setting features Natalie’s (9) original earth mined diamonds beside the 2 CT state-of-the-art, “real” diamond.  Natalie says she loves everything about this ring: it’s simple geometry, how it feels on her hand, its representation of her love for Matthew, and the story behind sourcing it.

 

20% OFF Mother’s Day Sale!

A Special Mother’s Day Offering
 20% off all jewelry through May 12

If purchasing through our website,
please use the coupon code EDSALE20 during checkout.

Or shop the sale in our Atlanta showroom in person.
Please text or email Lainey to make an appointment:
(678) 662-6156, lp@elainadesigns.com.

This sale will enrich my Gem Resonance research. I plan to attend the Australasian Light Association conference in Cairns, Australia this July.

 

 
Pink Tourmaline Slice Necklace with Pink Quartz & Ruby Briolette, 16″  now $1440 (orig. $1800)
Ruby Eternity band, 14K Rose Gold, size 6.5, now $620 (orig. $775) 
Pearl Earrings with Tanzanite and Sunstone, sterling posts, now $140  (orig. $175)
Pink Watermelon Tourmaline and blue sapphire earrings, 14K rose and sterling, now 
$1440 (orig. $1800)

 

Power Bracelets for Powerful Women!

Lucinda Bunnen and Virginia Schenck are women who contribute to our fabric of cultural/social awareness. Lucinda is an ‘intrepid’ photographer and philanthropist who supports both artists and institutions around the globe. Virginia as a singer and vocal improvisation artist with three albums to her name. These women pump a dynamic signature on all that they touch and they wear talismans to empower their own energetic presence. I am honored that these Elaina Designs bracelets have become a part of their creative force for good in the world.


MOON & VENUS RISING OVER CRATER at KILAUEA


Photo of Lucinda Bunnen by Sara Hanna for Simply Buckhead


Sterling and 14K Bracelet with bronze natural color Puddle Pearl, Oregon Sunstone, Yellow Zircon, Ruby accents. 

After the death of my beloved Papa in 2013, I visited Hawaii’s Big Island and designed this bracelet while there. I was blown away by moon glow on the lava bubbling through the crater at Kilauea before its 2018 eruption. This bracelet tried to connect my deep love with the majestic fragility of all life. Imagine my wonder when Lucinda Bunnen selected it from a show years later at The Green Door Studio during an Ithaca visit. That she would choose this particular piece, not knowing its provenance, then choose to wear it for her photo feature in Simply Buckhead Magazine; “Bold Women Of Buckhead” brought tears to my eyes. In Lucinda’s words: “Being a bold woman means doing things you have dreamed up that other women haven’t dared to do.”


KUNDALINI RISING


Photo of Virginia Schenck by Michael Boatright Photography
14kt Gold Snake hand forged and engraved, Indicolite eyes. 

In ancient text, Kundalini is a form of divine, feminine energy coiled at the base of our spine, often symbolized by the snake. Through spiritual practice, or as a result of profound life events, Kundalini uncoils upward, awakening one’s creative forces. Virginia had a dream about energy coiling up her arm into her throat, helping to send her voice out. She felt this as a potent sign of Kundalini Rising. She commissioned me to interpret her dream into reality. We had several fittings using a copper wire model, then solid 14K wire was used for the final design. I recently heard her perform at Fernbank Planetarium to celebrate the 2018 Winter Solstice. WOW! Check out her website www.virginiaschenck.com to find events for a keen and dynamic listening experience.

Light Equals Dark Jewelry Show March 29 & 30

Light Equals Dark Jewelry Show
featuring Elaina Designs and Metaalia Jewelry

 Friday, March 29, 11AM-6PM
Saturday, March 30, 11AM-5PM

2116 Lanes Ln. NE, Atlanta, 30317

   

“Lotus Pond Reflection Earrings” Natural bronze color petal Pearls, green Tourmaline, bi-color Tourmaline crystals, 14K rose gold, $1490, by Lainey Papageorge.
“Ouroboros Pendant”, gold plated sterling, white South Sea Pearl, $475, by Lainey Papageorge.


“Aegean Link Bracelet” with hand-forged links and rare natural color pink, blue and purple Spinels. 14K Yellow and Rose Gold, 7.25″ long. $3400by Lainey Papageorge.


“Harvest Ring” Sterling, Bronze, Pink Tourmaline, size 8, $600, by Aalia Mujtaba

 

Anne’s Gift to Herself

Sometimes if we’re lucky and live long enough we get to see ourselves spiral around and revisit where we began. With fresh vision, our experiences lean toward wisdom. One spiral began in 1987 with the opening of Illumina Gallery in a tiny mall that now touches Piedmont Park, Midtown Atlanta. We sold art, mineral and crystal specimens, and sculptural fine jewelry from metalsmiths around the world. I remember finding this Rhodocrosite specimen from a South American dealer at the Tucson Gem and Mineral show 33 years ago. It was exquisite then and the story it now carries makes it even more precious.

Anne purchased the rare, heart-shaped Rhodocrosite cluster from Illumina Gallery and kept it on display for three decades, referring to it as “her heart.”  She inherited diamonds from her mother and grandmother after her mother’s recent passing and knew she wanted to bring the Rhodochrosite and the Diamonds together into one heirloom jewelry piece that she could wear.  “This pendant is so me even though I don’t think of myself as wearing fancy stuff. It honors the relationship between mother and daughter for three generations, all of them ongoing, now symbolized in one piece in my heart!”


Repurposed heirloom Diamonds, rare Rhodocrosite specimen, 14K Rose Gold.
Designed by Lainey Papageorge, articulation by FM Abdulky.

Gem Resonance: DIY Gem Kits, Workshops, and Private Sessions

Full Launch > Gem Resonance

Obscured by thick clouds, the full moon was unseen yet felt. Wet, potent… something big had completed its cycle and new beginnings were astir. Same with me.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…or felt in the subtle vibration.
The mineral substance outside the body comes into coherence with the minute trace elements inside our body. To date, over 50 people have participated and the response has been stunning. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this research and development. Each person’s experience was individual, but these words were often used to describe it:
Calming
Centering
Release of habitual pain patterns
New connections, reconnections
Heightened awareness, smiling inside
Alignment, stillness, earthiness
…..and many others

Private Gem Resonance sessions using my rare mineral collections in the Atlanta and Ithaca Jewel Rooms can now be scheduled by voice or text to 678-662-6156. $100/one hour, $140/1.5 hours. You can gift a session to another, or take a dive into the jewels yourself.

In response to client requests I now have unusual minerals that can be purchased. Prices start at $2/specimen and if you wish, I will help you to create your own gem kit during a private session. I’ve curated a Basic Gem Kit for $108, composed of 26 stones & crystals chosen for the various trace elements that stimulate and open pathways in the body. If you’d like to learn how to use the gem kits, sign up for a mini, introductory, 2-hour workshop for $60. Purchase of a gem kit is optional. Space for each workshop is limited, first come first served. If you are interested in reserving a spot, please respond to this email or text me with the date you desire.

Available Gem Kit Workshop Dates:
Wednesday March 6, 1-3pm
Wednesday March 13, 7-9pm
Saturday March 23, 12-2pm
Tuesday March 26, 1-3pm
Thursday March 28, 10-12pm

In Resonance,
Lainey

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