You’re Invited! Radiance Embodied: 50 Years of Lainey Papageorge in Atlanta

Attention Georgia Clients,
I’m thrilled to announce a show and celebration of my 50 year career in jewelry. Atlanta will always be my personal and professional home and it’s been an honor to make jewelry with, and for you. Maune Contemporary on Miami Circle NE, Atlanta will be the place to go to shop for my jewelry through the holidays.

If you desire to meet with me for personal shopping or for custom order consultation, please schedule an appointment November 16-18 by calling or texting me at (678) 662-6156. Outside of these dates my trusted assistant, Aalia Mujtaba, can meet you at the gallery for consultations in tandem with me for custom work or repairs. Maune staff is always there for drop-ins Tuesday – Saturday, 11AM-5PM.

Would love to see you at the opening reception!

Be well and be safe,


Exhibiting this Season in Ithaca, Atlanta, & Skagway

Last winter I tried on the concept of retirement, but it did not resonate with me. I could not leave the colorful stones and each of you, dear friends who are also the bedrock of my profession. In response, creativity welled with an undercurrent to use gemstones I had been saving, and to try new designs ruminating for many years. Fareed is OK and remarkably still at the bench, and we lovingly craft unusual beauties to adorn you. I have wonderful opportunities in three cities to share my work with you this season.

Ithaca, NY, October 13 – 15
Greater Ithaca Art Trail
Green Door Studio: 152 Inlet Valley Way, 14850
Opening Party: Friday, 10/13, 4-7PM
Sat & Sun, Oct 14 & 15:  11-5PM (I’m only open this first weekend of the Art Trail).

Atlanta, GA , November 17 – 18
“Radiance Embodied: 50 Years of Lainey Papageorge”
Maune Contemporary: 747-A Miami Circle NE, 30324
Gallery hours, Friday and Saturday, 11AM-5PM,
Opening Party: Friday, Nov 17, 5-8PM
Please call or text Lainey for custom order appointments. (678) 662-6156.

I am pleased to present a solo exhibit of new jewelry at Maune Contemporary Gallery in collaboration with Atlanta-based art consultant and curator, Kate Chestnutt of Labyrinth Curation. “Radiance Embodied: 50 Years of Lainey Papageorge” will showcase pieces from several bodies of my work, and I could not be more excited to be co-creating with her and highlighting the magic and memories that jewelry can hold.

Skagway, Alaska, now until October 31,  reopening April-Oct 2024
Aurora Jewelers, 300 Broadway, 99840

With great pleasure I’ve found a new jewelry home in my old Alaska hometown with Shawn Kishnani and his wonderful staff. He’s featuring 25 pieces of my work in a special designer section within his store. He understands fine and unusual gems and was impressed with the fine craftsmanship of my unconventional designs.

Do what makes your heart sing,

Tanzanite, Sapphire & Sterling Anglewing Ring. $1100.

“Persephone Returns from the Underworld.” Tanzanite, Emerald, Boulder Opal, sterling, 14KY. $5000.

Montana Agate, faceted black lipped Tahitian Mother of Pearl, Sterling Earrings. $1330.
Montana Agate, Moonstone, Akoya blue Pearl, Sterling Pendant. $1670.

Purple and gold African Garnet, pink Spinel, lilac Amethyst, 14KY. $5000.

Spiral Orbit Post Earrings. Black circle Tahitian Pearls with peacock luster, green Diamonds, 14KP. $1550.







My Summer Alaska Travels


Blue Moon Over Lynn Canal, 1978                                Mt. Harding Under a Full Moon, 1976

I found my artistic voice among these dwarf pines, hundreds of years old yet only a few feet high. Beside massive mountain ranges scraped by glaciers 10,000 years ago, the stunted trees manage life in thin soil covered at their base by thick moss. About 48 years ago I began sawing hundreds of little crooked 14K trees under hanging diamond moons, nestled beside gemstone lakes with gold nugget mountains fashioned into pendants, rings and earrings; tiny beacons of survival against difficult odds.

 At 71, I return to lay upon the thick moss beneath these same trees to rekindle my spirit, to weep in awe and feel my artistic tenor strengthen in the untrammeled terrain surrounding the Canada/Alaska border.  I find these improbable trees unchanged from my youth, and my inspiration is re-ignited. 

During our recent SE Alaska trip I visited my son, Orion who is now 45 and running for Mayor of Skagway, my old town. It was thrilling to observe him speak as a seasoned City Assembly member. And seeing jewelry from my days at the bench as a young goldsmith being worn by old friends like Anni Stokes was validating for this aging artist. It made me ask myself, “How much does one’s inspiration change one’s art form over a lifetime?” I can only speak from my own view, but I’d say, a lot. And sometimes, not that much.
“Once in a Blue Moon…”, 2022

Montana Agate, Moonstone, Akoya Pearl, Sterling Pendant, $1670. Find online here. 

May each of you tune in to the Super Blue Moon energies pulling on you from within this week.



Gem Resonance & Astrology Workshop 8/6/23

Hello Ithaca friends and clients!
We are excited to offer this collaborative Gem Resonance/Astrology workshop held on the land around my home, and at the Green Door Studio on August 6, 2023.  Please let me know if you have any questions, and RSVP by July 31st by replying to this email or calling/texting me at (678) 662-6156. There is limited space. I hope to see you soon!


Atlanta Trunk Show this Sunday, 5/21/23

“Rosey Glow on the Snow” earrings: Rhodochrosite, Sapphire, Petal Pearls, 14KP. $2700
“Apex and Hexagram” earrings: Amethyst, Rhodolite Garnet, Sterling. $1540
Sugelite, Royal Lazel, 14KY. $1630.
“Dancing Ladies” earrings: Pink and Watermelon Tourmaline, Pearl, 14KP, 14KG. $1800. 

These earrings celebrate the colors that burst forth from our earth during the spring and summer seasons. My recent work features rich and harmonious natural gem combinations and I can’t wait to share these with you. It’s been three years since I moved to Ithaca and I miss my Atlanta community! I hope to see you at my One Day Pop Up Show in Ansley Park at 66 Golf Circle, Atlanta, 30309

Please note the change in hours:
Sunday, May 21, 12-4PM, Pop Up open to the public
Monday, May 22 – Friday May 26, by appointment only. Please text or call to schedule (678) 662-6156. Shop online anytime www.elainadesigns.com follow me on Instagram: @elainadesigns

I look forward to seeing you!



Rich and Adam’s Wedding Rings

Rich and Adam had already shared ten years of happily married bliss, having met at CDC in Atlanta where they both work and fell in love. Referred to me by mutual friends, we scheduled a meeting at their Peachtree Hills bungalow to discuss options for their first custom wedding bands. Meeting them in person allowed me to study their hands and get a feel for who they are as a couple and as individuals.

They had no idea what they wanted but Rich had inherited traditional 14K jewelry from his mother. It took a while to find the right combination of gems that would make him happy to wear & to gaze upon. Adam only had one desire: to incorporate a section of his Father’s well-worn Native American Turquoise and Coral inlaid ring.

This in-depth collaborative creative process between Rich, Adam, Fareed and I took about three months from its inception to completion. The family history set within the soft geometry of sturdy white gold bands symbolize that which Rich and Adam cherish and want to protect most. Matching diamonds were flush set into the back of each ring to symbolize their private, luminous love for one another. Working with them has been a creative treat for me.

I’m in Ithaca these days trying to embody this strange winter with its powerful atmospheric rivers, out of control tick populations, and short days of light. I will return to Atlanta  at the beginning of February. Please call or text me at 678-662-6156 if you desire an in-person appointment.

Faithfully Yours,




Winter Solstice “Teapot” 2022

On the darkest night, the brightest stars shine.

The teapot shaped asterism within the Sagittarius constellation inspired Sarah to request a “Teapot” necklace. Sarah has a Sagittarius birthday, is an avid ceramics collector, and teapot connoisseur. We extracted diamonds from a white gold stacking ring she no longer wore, melted the ring, then forged it into wire. The bezel set diamonds served as the stars, and in our Atlanta workshop we made a tiny replica of something enormous.

Pour some holiday light from your inner teapot and have a blessed Winter Solstice. Thank you for your loyal support — it means so much this day and every day for the past 49 years.

Seek within, become the Light,


Atlanta Appointments Available

A resounding thank you to the amazing turnout and purchases made at the MAGG (Metal Arts Guild of Georgia Metalsmith’s Guild) show. I was thrilled to see everyone after such a long dry spell. Your presences lifted me up, as I hope the jewelry will continue to do for you.

My jewelry collection is now available for private browsing in the comfort of my cousin’s home in the Virginia Highland area of NE Atlanta. Please text or call for an appointment through Dec 9, or online anytime: 678-662-6156. Free gift wrapping as always! Also shop online at www.elainadesigns.com.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving,


Jewelry Show & Sale in Atlanta, Nov. 12

Three years with no show in Atlanta, “but the times they are a-changin’.” I’m returning to Atlanta in November for six weeks and I’m thrilled to exhibit at the Metal Arts Guild of Georgia (MAGG) Jewelry Show and Sale, Saturday, November 12, 10AM – 5PM.

Briarcliff Woods Beach Club
1830 Morris Landers Drive NE
Atlanta, GA  30345

Parking is free and it’s easy to find, I hope to see you there!

Please call, text or email me (678) 662-6156, lp@elainadesigns.com to make private appointments for shopping, repairs, or custom consultation.  Browse or shop my updated website, www.elainadesigns.com. 


Transformation Ring: reconfigured, weathered conch shell core cast in sterling, $300.
Tahitian Pearl Necklace: 15mm-17mm jumbo pearls with white rhodium magnetic clasp, 20″ long, $2000. 

Lavendar Pearl Necklace: 11-14mm jumbo pearls with rose gold vermeil clasp, 20″ long, $1700. 

Bi-Color Tourmaline Crystal Earrings: 14KY, $550.
Angelwing Ring: reconfigured shell shard cast in sterling with custom-cut, seven-sided Fibrolite & Blue Diamond. Size 8.5, $1500. 


“Primal Face” bolo tie or wrapped bracelet: Carved face in fossilized wood, black Opal, Boulder Opal, leather, sterling, $950.
Aquamarine, Amazonite & Apatite threader earrings: sterling, $85.

Blazing with color,


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