Tucson Gem & Mineral Show Finds in Time for Valentine’s Day

I had a great time at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and returned with some lovely pieces in time for Valentine’s Day! There’s much more in the showroom and I invite you to call or stop by to find the perfect gift for love. Call Lainey for shipping details, (678) 662-6156.

Carved Double Heart Rainbow Obsidian Specimen, approx 4″ x 2″, $80.
(There are four more available and they’re a great tool for self-massage.)

Three 24KT Solid Gold Stacking Rings, size 7
Top:  .33ct natural color Burmese Ruby, $1480
Middle: Flush set diamonds, $1240
Bottom: Rustic Triangle Cut Diamond, $1540

Wind Rings, Left to right:
18KT Rose Gold Plated Sterling with Natural Rubies, size 5.5, $120
White Rhodium Plated Sterling with Blue Sapphires, size 7,  $120
18KT Yellow Gold Plated Sterling with Rose-Cut Diamonds, size 5.5, $175


Black Rhodium on heavy sterling chain with 14K Rose & Diamond Clasp, $440
Luscious lavender & cream Keshi Pearl with Kunzite teardrop, 14KP Pendant, $600 
Dreaming of the enormous citrine geode “wings” I saw in Tucson,

Make Your Gemstone Dreams Come True!

Happy New Year, friends! For me, each new year kicks off with preparing for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show where the world of gemstones is at my fingertips in one place for a week. It’s thrilling to seek out the best quality pearls and colored gemstones from vendors across the globe and bring them back to my Atlanta and Ithaca studios. If you’ve been daydreaming about a unique gemstone or a particular type of pearl with which you’d like to decorate yourself, let me know!  I’ll be in Tucson January 31 – February 6.

Winter is also a great time to come to me for repairs, restringing needs or custom design consultation. Call or email me at (678) 662-6156 and lp@elainadesigns.com

These recent jobs incorporate gemstones and pearls sourced at Tucson, one-on-one custom design, and my eco-friendly design approach — repurposing old jewelry.

25th Wedding Anniversary Ring
“capturing the ethereal beauty of the sea”


Many years ago I purchased this incredible natural color, 14.53CT cushion-cut, Aquamarine during the Tucson Show. It sat patiently in my gemstone drawer waiting for the right person. Last year, Karen called to ask if I still had it. She had seen it years before and couldn’t get it out of her head! She purchased the stone and we worked on this sleek platinum ring design. It was a challenge to find matching color aquas for the flanking stones, but we did it! Karen wrote this lovely note over the holidays:

“I really can’t thank you enough for all of your efforts to bring this ring into existence. It is perfect in ways that I couldn’t imagine or predict. I love it! ”  

HerStory Bracelet
“Gem alchemy: contemporary and antique elements unite”

Ruth Ann knew Elaina Designs was the place to come to upcycle her outdated, unworn jewelry. She brought in two Art Deco antique rings containing cameos carved from the rare black lipped oyster. She inherited the cameo rings but had never wore them. I suggested cutting and adjusting the rings to become bracelet segments and incorporated small gemstones and pearls extracted from other old rings.  The center orbit features the  diamond in its original setting from her mother’s engagement ring. The large, lustrous, white baroque pearls, found in Tucson, perfectly terminate the bracelet, pulling together her cameos and smaller center pearls. Antique and contemporary unite harmoniously in this piece which she wears regularly. Ruth Ann recently told me:

“The bracelet its a great conversation piece and I get compliments on it all the time! I love telling it’s story.”  

Many thanks to those who supported and purchased from Elaina Designs in 2018. I feel blessed to have worked with each of you to create beauty that is more than the sum of its elements.
Lainey Papageorge


Oyster Engagement Ring for Jeffrey and Amelia!

Rustic cut Red Diamond, Padparascha Sapphires, 14K Rose Gold

Last year, I received a call from the West Coast with a unique and fascinating request for an engagement ring. I knew Jeffrey Blumenthal as a young boy because he was classmates with my son at Paideia and I became a close friend of his mother, Janet. Jeffrey wanted a ring using an oyster shell he had collected during his research in San Francisco Bay. During the design and fabrication process of this unique ring, I learned so much about the important work that Jeffrey and his fiancée, Amelia, do.

Jeffrey is building a habitat model for the Atlantic oyster drill, an invasive predatory snail in SF Bay that feeds on oysters, barnacles, clams, and other hard-shelled invertebrates. The ultimate goal is to recover the wild Olympia oyster population. He gathers data to better understand these animals’ habitat requirements. Once it is  understood how these animals fit into their environment, he and his team can design projects that support the oysters without feeding the snails. Big picture, he is learning how to adapt and prepare our urbanized coastline for climate change while supporting local biodiversity in ways that are mutually beneficial.

Amelia works as a Ringside Geologist on a geothermal energy development project in the Fiale Caldera region of Djibouti, Africa. She inspects samples from drilling bores to determine geothermal potential and feasibility. Harnessing geothermal energy reduces our dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear energy, thereby reducing our carbon footprint.

It was an honor to design this ring using fair-trade gemstones and sustainably-mined rose gold for this conscientious, hard-working couple. Thank you and congratulations to Jeffrey and Amelia!

Happy New Year!


High Museum of Art Pendants Available for Purchase!

Anodized Aluminum Pendants on Black Steel Snake Chain, $180
Click here to shop our website for the High Museum of Art Pendants

14K Gold Plated Aluminum Pendants on Steel Snake Chains, $180
Click here to shop our website for the High Museum of Art Pendants

Seasons Greetings.

Fourteen months of sketches and production research resulted in this sleek, sculptural aluminum pendant commemorating Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. The process began in 2017 when Lucinda Bunnen, my friend and patron of the arts, encouraged me to approach the High to advocate for better representation of local artists in their Gift Shop. What evolved was a commission to design a specific piece of jewelry celebrating the High, with plans to present it at the 2018 reopening of the museum’s newly redesigned permanent collection galleries.

I initiated the design process with photos of a ceiling feature from the High Museum’s Stent Family Wing Atrium designed by architect Richard Meier. Striving for the most precisely pleasing curvature, I employed CAD (Computer Aided Design) and 3D printing technology to develop the final form. Many attempts were made to achieve crisp edges, a convex back, and a finish that would be stable, consistent, and comfortable to touch and wear. When I was satisfied with the aluminum prototype, it was presented to the Director of the High, Rand Suffolk, the Board of Directors, and Sylvia Roberts, Gift Shop manager, for final approval.

At the High Museum of Art Gala that opened the new renovation in October 2018, Monica Pearson, former Anchorwoman at NBC and the Master of Ceremony, wore the necklace, told its story, and introduced me to the attendees. I was both humbled and proud to receive this recognition.

As artists, our life experiences train our eye and inform our work. Creating this pendant was no exception. At 13, my mother took me to the groundbreaking ceremony for the High Museum of Art and I dug up red clay with a shovel where the museum now stands. My roots as an artist in Atlanta go deep. During my 20’s, I lived and produced jewelry in SE Alaska, often flying in a small plane over the expansive landscape, struck by its glacially carved features. Now, in my late 60’s, Meier’s architectural forms fuse with my aesthetic biography to create this contemporary talisman.

These pendants are available for purchase exclusively through the High Museum of Art Gift Shop, on my website, and in my showroom. These would make a great Holiday and year-round gift for any art lover. Free gift wrapping & shipping for purchases made through our website until December 17.

Lainey Papageorge
December 14, 2018


Free Domestic Shipping on Website Purchases!

The Holiday Season began with a great turnout for our Open Studio Sale last weekend. Thank you to all those who were able to come and buy.

Until December 17 we are offering free gift wrapping and free domestic shipping for all purchases made through our website www.elainadesigns.com.  There is still a great range of handmade and unique artisan jewelry pieces in all price points.

If you need extra help in picking out the perfect gift, you can visit Lainey at her Kirkwood Atlanta home studio through December 26 or call for an over-the-phone gift consultation (678) 662-6156.

Holiday drop-in hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9AM-3PM
Tuesday, Thursday and weekends by appointment.
(678) 662-6156

Elaina Designs: Match-making people with jewelry!

Go with Beauty through the dark and the cold,

Bronze/Pink Pearl, Sunstone, Tanzanite, Sterling Cube Post Earrings, $175. 

Pink & Blue Sapphire Necklace
14K Rose Gold & Ceylon Sapphire Heart Clasp, adjustable 18″ – 20″, $875

Chocolate Zircon with 14KP bezel, sterling Baja Ring, size 6.5 $450. 

Holiday Open Studio Show & Sale, Nov. 30-Dec.2

THIS WEEKEND: Our annual Holiday Open Studio Show & Sale

featuring Elaina Designs Jewelry and Kathy Colt/Works in Cloth & Fiber
In Kirkwood, at 2116 Lanes Ln. NE, Atlanta 30317

Friday through Sunday, November 30, December 1 & 2, 11AM-5PM
On Friday, appointments are preferred but not required:
please call Lainey (678) 662-6156 or Kathy (678) 362-2861


“V Ring II” Ethiopian Opal, Padparascha Sapphire,
Sterling Angel Wing shell casting, 14K Rose Gold. Size 8. $1400
Sterling cast GA Vine Earrings, 14K Yellow Gold hooks, $170
St. Simon’s Island Shaggy Oak Acorn Top Earrings,
Pistachio Pearls, 14K Rose Gold, $1170

Custom Rings Are Our Thing!

I’ve had the pleasure to work with some phenomenal clients over the past several months to manifest these two rings. Meticulous selection of the finest colored gems, plus exceptional craftsmanship are the hallmarks of an Elaina Designs piece and these rings are no exception.  If you’d like to commission a holiday order, now is the time to contact me. Call or email (678) 662-6156, lp@elainadesigns.com. 

Please mark your calendars for my annual Holiday Open Studio Show & Sale
featuring Elaina Designs jewelry and Kathy Colt/Works in Cloth & Fiber
Friday through Sunday, November 30, December 1 & 2, 11AM-5PM all three days
On Friday, appointments are preferred but not required, please call (678) 662-6156.
2116 Lanes Ln. NE, Atlanta 30317.

Hannah is in graduate school and works full time as an Oncology nurse. She wanted a bold index finger ring to both give and receive energy. The white Opal was given to her by her father 25 years ago. To pull out its subtle color, she selected green & chocolate zircons with the help of a Gem Resonance session. 14K yellow gold bezel set gems accent the gracefully sculpted sterling ring. 

 Hana is a collector of my work and lives in the UK. Though I’ve never met her, we communicate via email when designing this ring. She gave me a budget and requested a spectacular Opal. She selected this trio of Boulder Opal, Aquamarine and Chrysacolla from a photo collection of opals and accent stones. 14K Gold border and bezels contrast the hand engraved sterling band. After receiving the ring, Hana wrote “It is always such a huge pleasure to receive a piece of jewellery from you. I love your work. This ring is a stunner. Fit is perfect.”

Grateful to be a part of creating such beauty from the Mineral Kingdom —


Forgotten Gems Discover a New Dance

As the most stable form of color in the universe, gemstones never fade. These artisan jewelry pieces were designed with clients’ under-appreciated gems that had languished for years. This is a great approach to sustainable jewelry design and manufacture: use what you already have. You can also recycle gold into new pieces of jewelry.  Now is a good time to meet with Lainey to plan a custom, eco-friendly, wearable art gift for the holidays. Call or email to make an appointment: 678-662-6156, lp@elainadesigns.com.

By adding a touch of color here and there, a new gem song emerges. If you have smaller stones that aren’t exciting enough alone, this is a convenient opportunity to select complimentary, dynamic color. Choose from a collection of gems at my show with Wild & Petsch in NW Atlanta, October 20 & 21.

October 20 & 21, Saturday: 11AM-5PM and Sunday: 11AM-3PM
Wild & Petsch Gemstones and Elaina Designs Jewelry
Lucinda Bunnen’s home
3910 Randall Mill Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
(678) 662-6156

Finding a new song,

 Rare Abalone Pearl sashays below Kate’s trio of small blue sapphires, as two white sapphires join the procession in recycled 14K yellow gold.

Tsavorite Garnets frame Kay’s spectacular heirloom Opal in an 18K yellow gold square dance.

Pale Prehnite added to Beth’s Amethyst and Black Mabe Pearl draws a color chord that taps its own beat in this silver sculptural pendant. 


Fall 2018 Show Schedule

Elaina Designs is excited to share some new collections with you this Fall at our shows in Ithaca and Atlanta. It is also a great time to reach out to me for custom design consultations in time for holiday gift giving.
Please mark your calendars for these show dates and call or email me to schedule an appointment. (678) 662-6156, lp@elainadesigns.com. Please check our website for anytime browsing and shopping: www.elainadesigns.com. I hope to see you soon!

FALL 2018 Elaina Designs Show Schedule

September 28 & 29, 11AM-3PM
Green Door Studio Show
(GPS search) 167-1 Calkins Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850
Driveway #152 Inlet Valley Way
Lainey cell: (678) 662-6156

October 20 & 21, 11AM-3PM
Wild & Petsch Gemstones and Elaina Designs Jewelry
Lucinda Bunnen’s home
3910 Randall Mill Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

Nov 30, Dec 1 & 2
Holiday Open Studio Sale
Lainey Papageorge Jewelry & Kathy Colt Wearables
Friday by appt. Sat & Sun 11AM-5PM
2116 Lanes Ln. NE, Atlanta, 30317

Natural color Yangtze Fireball Pearl, Paraiba, Grey Spinel, Zircon & 14KY post with omega back earrings. $2700

Pink Watermelon Tourmaline Slice, Pink Quartz, Ruby Briolette, Red Spinel Necklace, Rose Gold Vermeil magnetic clasp, 16″. $1800. 


Anniversary Jewelry using Repurposed Materials

An artist sometimes creates from a well of percolating inspiration and sometimes from blessed patrons who commission jewelry to celebrate the turning years. I love recycling, restyling and repurposing heirloom jewelry. Here are a few pieces made to commemorate anniversaries using ethical jewelry practices such as recycling gold, diamonds and gemstones into new pieces.

Diamonds, 14K white gold 

Jean just celebrated 19 years with Ed, and wanted to use her mother’s diamond in a new and unique ring. She expresses,“I just love the way it sparkles and I love that I have my mom close by.  She died when I was 15 and everyday since I have missed her.”


Diamonds and platinum

These three diamonds were in an heirloom pin, passed down from Helen’s grandmother-in-law. We repurposed them into a new, sculptural  platinum ring to celebrate 40 years of marriage. In Helen’s words, “I love the ring!”

42 year Anniversary Bracelet, mixed gems, 14K yellow gold and oxidized sterling 

We recycled the clients gold jewelry and repurposed gemstones from a necklace and pin the client no longer wore. The result is a contemporary, gemmy cuff that makes quite a statement.  “My husband thinks the bracelet is gorgeous. I love it’s easy, wearable style. Lainey is our favorite Atlanta artisan jewelry designer.”

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming shows in Ithaca, NY and Atlanta, GA:
September 28 & 29, 11AM-3PM
Green Door Studio Show
(GPS search) 167-1 Calkins Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850

October 20 & 21, 11AM-3PM
Wild & Petsch Gemstones and Elaina Designs Jewelry
Lucinda Bunnen’s home
3910 Randall Mill Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

Nov 30, Dec 1 & 2
Holiday Open Studio Sale
Lainey Papageorge Jewelry & Kathy Colt Wearables
Friday by appt. Sat & Sun 11AM-5PM
2116 Lanes Ln. NE, Atlanta, 30317

Shop online at www.elainadesigns.com. Email or call Lainey to shop the collection in person or for a custom design consult: lp@elainadesigns.com, (678) 662-6156.

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