High Museum of Art Pendants Available for Purchase!

Anodized Aluminum Pendants on Black Steel Snake Chain, $180
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14K Gold Plated Aluminum Pendants on Steel Snake Chains, $180
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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.

Gem Resonance Workshop at Mary & Martha’s Place, Atlanta

Response to Lainey’s innovative method of placing gems and minerals on the body has been overwhelmingly positive. As a result she has been asked to present at the esteemed Mary and Martha’s Place in north Atlanta. If you are interested in learning more about it, this is a fine opportunity.

Mary & Martha’s Place (MMP) was established in 1994 by a group of women who were deeply committed to theological education, spiritual growth, social justice and ecological consciousness.  They believed that people needed a community where they can reflect on their lives, find their voices and articulate their unique spiritual experiences.  MMP explores concepts of spiritual transformation and provide a place where people can learn to put these ideas into practice. In these times of change in the culture, the church, and our personal lives, MMP is a center for resilience and vision that helps people stay grounded. They provide intentionally designed, complex, in-depth programs using a diverse network of teachers and thinkers.

Gem Resonance with Lainey Papageorge
Thursday, August 16, 10 am – 12:30 pm, $30
Mary and Martha’s Place
4393 Garmon Road NW, Atlanta GA 30327

In this 2-hour 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.

 Register for Gem Resonance Here!

LoveLocket Celebrates 35 Years of Marriage

Joanne and Corky recently celebrated 35 years of marriage and requested this 14K handmade “Love Locket” to commemorate their anniversary. They selected two gems in colors they favored, that also reflect their eyes: Aquamarine for her blue and rare Diopside for his green. Like all relationships, the locket is complicated…two gems form a union, spin on an axis, and hinge open. The interior of this tiny piece of art reveals the mastery of hand engraver, John Franciscus, with a message and symbols chosen by Joanne and Corky:  “Of all the fishes in the sea” and two fish. The result is a contemporary, sculptural heirloom that will be worn and loved.


This is the fourth spinning Love Locket I’ve created over the past 10 years, beginning with the one I made for myself when David Hudson and I first fell in love. All four have been handmade by fine jewelry craftsmen in Atlanta. It is an intriguing piece of art jewelry that always reflects the people it’s made for.

With love and gratitude,


Luna and I await you! Green Door Studio show Friday & Saturday.

Hi Everyone,

Donning my 50 year old dungarees, Luna and I have been preparing the Green Door Studio gardens, and setting up the jewelry gallery for your viewing pleasure at our Ithaca show this coming Friday & Saturday.  We are both getting older, but we are here, hoping you will find time to visit and take in the beauty, and maybe make a purchase for yourself or a loved one. The Elaina Designs collection is stunning in every price point.

As you enjoy the views from my studio, you might see the brightest bluebird who has taken up residence in a “bluebird” house that Orion made for me on Mother’s Day about 15 years ago. Lie on the yoga rock warmed by the sun. I am here next week and through September, If you can’t make it this weekend call me. I’d love to see you. 678-662-6156.

Blessings abound!

THIS WEEKEND Green Door Studio Show
Friday, June 15, 12PM-7PM
Saturday, June 16, 11AM-4PM
152 Inlet Valley Way, Ithaca, NY 14850
Search this address when using GPS: 167-1 Calkins Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850 


 Purple and White Boulder Opal on Purple Silk Necklace, $300.

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