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Womens’ Group Creates Communal Jewelry

As the Holidays approach we reflect on the many things that bless our lives. For me, its been my family and my women friends. Here’s a story of enduring female friendship expressed in three pieces of jewelry communally created and communally owned.

Seneca Lake is the deepest in a series of narrow glacially carved “Finger Lakes” in central New York state. Rich in fish and fertile farmland, the Finger Lakes region sustained the indigenous tribes of the Six Nations, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy. Seneca also became the birthplace of the Women’s Suffrage Movement with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848.

Fast forward 170 years to a group of women friends from all walks of life and political affiliations who meet beside the drumming waters of Seneca Lake. Taking a respite from their demanding lives, they came together to pick berries, make pies, gaze into sunsets and bonfires. Early morning swims and dock reveries were punctuated by sessions of talking, compassionate listening, selfless counsel, and shared grief and joy. Each one rediscovered a part of themselves as their friendships deepened, and together they became the Ladies of the Lake.

Thirty annual “Ladies Weekends” have passed on Seneca Lake and over the years many of these women have become collectors of Lainey’s work. Three years ago, Marion, the originator of the group, had a dream that each one would contribute their old, unworn jewelry to be repurposed. About 175 separate items were given to Lainey to assay, saw apart, and reconfigure. It was a mammoth design challenge and ultimately their shared experiences over the years provided the inspiration to create these three talisman designs. Saving metal elements such as the tiny hearts provided a unifying theme. The fine metals were sold for income to pay Lainey for her time and the creation of the 14K gold pendants. No money was ever exchanged among the women. The precious talismans were finally completed in 2019 and are now being passed along every couple of months from one Lady of the Lake to another.

Each exquisitely crafted piece speaks to a shared experience of female friendship that is celebratory, evoking every small thing that lifts us to rise, to love, to turn to one another with gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Lainey

“Blue Sky Swim Seneca”    “Rainy Day Beside the Fire”   “Pink Sunrise on Seneca”

 

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Lainey Honors Her Mother, Irene A. Phrydas

Thirty years ago when my mother, Irene Phrydas, was diagnosed with breast cancer at 69, there were no support programs to help her through the physical and emotional challenges she faced. Mama chose to work full time throughout her chemotherapy treatments, concealing her illness. Our family was close and we supported her and each other though the trauma of cancer.

I turn 68 this month and am happy to report I am finally healthy after the challenges of a prolonged immune deficiency. I began a series of monthly infusions at Piedmont West and across the hall was the Chapman Cancer Wellness Center.  I got to know the staff and was deeply impressed by the range of free programs they offered to patients and caregivers that engaged body, mind, emotion and spirit. How I wish that my mother, father, sister and I could have been supported by such services when she became ill. Today anyone affected by cancer, regardless of where they are receiving treatment, can attend and benefit from the insightful programs the Chapman Cancer Wellness Center offers.

Through this Trunk Show, I am able to donate thirty percent of sales from the evening to the Center. This will support patients and their families during their tender and difficult journeys with cancer, moving towards improved wholistic health. Please join me for a lovely evening graciously hosted by Susan Powell of Good Living Real Estate with delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments prepared by Chef Nancy Waldeck.

Wednesday, November 13, 5:30PM – 7:30PM 
Chapman Cancer Wellness Center, 7th floor of Piedmont West
at I-75 and Howell Mill Rd.

1800 Howell Mill Rd. Suite 700 Atlanta, GA 30318 
please RSVP to Alice Papaceno: (404)425-7944, alice.papceno@piedmont.org

Please visit https://www.piedmontcancerwellness.org for more information.

I believe that beauty can transform and heal us–
Lainey Papageorge


“Swimming Through Mist on the Pond”
Rainbow Hematite, Mali Garnet, Bi-Color Tourmaline Crystal, 18K Heavy Gold Plated Sterling, $1533. 

 

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Jewelry Trunk Show Wed. Nov. 13 at Piedmont West Atlanta

NEXT WEEK!
Wednesday, NOVEMBER 13, 2019, 5:30-7:30PM

Please join us for a trunk show of Lainey Papageorge’s dazzling fine art jewelry with sales benefitting Chapman Cancer Wellness Center at Piedmont West, Atlanta. New works from the “Who Will Remember the Ice?” and “Pond Series” will be featured. Susan Powell of Good Living Real Estate hosts this evening with healthy and delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided by Chef Nancy Waldeck.

Piedmont West (on I-75)
1800 Howell Mill Rd. NW,
Suite 700 (7th Floor)
Atlanta, GA 30318

Please RSVP to Alice Papaceno (404) 425-7944


“Who Will Remember the Ice?”, Boulder Opal, Emerald, Sterling Pendant, $890


“Who Will Remember the Ice?” Series. Eyes of Sadness Earrings: Blue Topaz, Blue Flash Moonstone, Sterling & 14KY. $1007

Please mark your calendars for these shopping opportunities and our last Holiday show:

November 23 – November 30
limited hours, please call Aalia to make an appointment (404) 216-6870

December 1 – December 23 
Atlanta studio open for shopping or Gem Resonance, by appointment only
please call or email (678) 662-6156, lp@elainadesigns.com
2116 Lanes Lane NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

Dec 6, 7, 8, 11AM – 5PM
Atlanta Holiday Open Studio sale of jewelry, clothing and knit accessories.
Group Show with Aalia Mujtaba, Lainey Papageorge, Kathy Colt and Mary Donovan
2116 Lanes Lane NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

Enjoying our beautiful Atlanta Autumn,
Lainey

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“Art in the Park” Show this Sunday, Oct. 27.

Attention Atlanta Friends and Clients,
Get a sneak peek of my new jewelry offerings this Sunday at “Art in the Park,” Ansley Park Beautification Foundation’s benefit art sale. Every time I cut through Ansley Park, my brain rests as I take in the lovely median flower plantings. And that’s why I participate in this event every two years by donating 30% of my sales. It’s a great time to do some good and  shop early for the Holidays. I hope to see you there!

ART IN THE PARK
Sunday, October 27, 12PM-5PM
69 Inman Circle, Ansley Park, Atlanta, GA 30309


“Who Will Remember the Ice?”
Chrysoprase, Prehnite, Boulder Opal, SS, 14KW post omega back earrings, $1055

“Swimming through the Pond”
Bi-Color Tourmaline Crystal, 14K Pink & White gold married metals band, size 7, $2300

“Swimming Through the Pond”
Prehnite, Grossular Garnet, and Peridot Necklace with Vermeil Clasp, 17″, $300.

 

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New Jewelry Series: “Who Will Remember the Ice?”

“Who Will Remember the Ice?”

My artist self found inspiration in the glaciers and colors of S.E. Alaska 46 years ago. Today my oldest daughter, Alex Van Nostrand works as an Assistant Expedition Leader on Linblad/National Geographic ships that travel to Antarctica and the Arctic Circle. Her vistas though different, are familiar to me. Her somber observations of the rapidly melting polar ice caps tear at my heart: the starving polar bears, the sea bird, seal and walrus colonies losing their homes, the delicate ecosystem of 12 different whale species losing their food supply. Meanwhile Atlanta, Venice, Ithaca and Skagway all experienced record breaking temperatures making everyone miserable, painfully aware of the looming crisis upon us and all creatures.

I tried to make what was overwhelming more palpable and manageable through the act of designing this new jewelry series: “Who Will Remember the Ice?”  As the glaciers crack into crystalline forms, a color of ethereal blue becomes visible, rising water froths, and brown earth is exposed where ice used to be. I chose stones for their symbolic hues to express these changing patterns. I am only one person, yet I have faith that beauty can be transformative.

I’m excited to premier this collection at the Green Door Studio this Friday and Saturday, October 4 & 5, 12PM-5PM. 152 Inlet Valley Way, Ithaca NY 14850. My friend, the prolific “quilt lady” Nancy Briggs, joins me in showing her striking array of quilts and wall hangings. We hope to see you there.

Who Will Remember the Ice?” Pendant I. Aquamarine, Boulder Opal, Sterling, $1100. Designed by Lainey Papageorge

“Who Will Remember the Ice?” Earrings I. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Nugget with Pyrite Inclusion, Silver Keshi Stick Pearl, Rhodium Plated Sterling & 14KW post $1050. Designed by Lainey Papageorge.

Please note these upcoming events and shows in Ithaca and Atlanta this Fall:
October 13, Sunday 10AM – 5PM
Rasa Spa — 310 Taughannock Blvd, 2nd Floor, Ithaca, NY 14850
Gem Resonance Workshop
Space limited, no previous experience needed.
Call Abby at Rasa Spa to register:  (607) 273-1740

October 16, Wednesday 6PM-8PM
Chapman Cancer Wellness Center, Piedmont West building on I-75, 7th floor
1800 Howell Mill RD, NW, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30318
A jewelry trunk show to benefit cancer wellness programs
Piedmont Atlanta Health Care Foundation sponsors
Hosted by Susan Powell, Good Living Real Estate
Please RSVP to Alice at (404) 425-7944

Oct 27, Sunday, 12 Noon – 5PM
“Art in the Park” show to benefit Ansley Park Beautification Foundation
Public is invited
69 Inman Circle, Ansley Park, Atlanta, GA 30309

November – December 23 — by appointment only
Atlanta studio open for shopping or Gem Resonance, by appointment only
2116 Lanes Lane NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

Dec 6, 7, 8, 11AM – 5PM
Atlanta Holiday Open Studio Sale
2116 Lanes Lane NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

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Fall 2019 Show Schedule


Lainey’s Upcoming Events

Ithaca, Juneau, Skagway, and Atlanta 
Contact Lainey to make appointments (678) 662-6172, lp@elainadesigns.com

Now through November 12
Green Door Studio —  Ithaca, NY, 152 Inlet Valley Way, 14850
Jewelry & Custom Design, Gem Resonance by appointment only

September 13 – 24
Juneau & Skagway, AK
appointments available for custom design

October 4 & 5
Green Door Studio —  Ithaca, NY, 152 Inlet Valley Way, 14850
Jewelry Show, 12 Noon – 5PM, Friday and Saturday
Handmade contemporary quilts by Nancy Briggs

October 13
Rasa Spa, 310 Taughannock Blvd, 2nd Floor, Ithaca, NY 14850
Gem Resonance Workshop, Sunday 10AM – 5PM,
Space limited, no previous experience needed.
Call Abby at Rasa Spa to register:  (607) 273-1740

October 16, Wednesday 6PM-8PM
Jewelry Trunk Show,
Chapman Cancer Wellness Center,
1800 Howell Mill RD, NW, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30318
A portion of proceeds to benefit cancer wellness programs
Piedmont Atlanta Health Care Foundation sponsors
Hosted by Susan Powell, Good Living Real Estate

Oct 27, Sunday, 12 Noon – 5PM
“Art in the Park” show to benefit Ansley Park Beautification Foundation
69 Inman Circle, Ansley Park, Atlanta, GA 30309

November – December 23
Atlanta studio open for shopping or Gem Resonance, by appointment only
2116 Lanes Lane NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

Dec 6, 7, 8, 11AM – 5PM
Atlanta Holiday Open Studio Sale
2116 Lanes Lane NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

With Katydids in chorus as summer draws to a close,
Lainey

 

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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

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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

 

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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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