Artist Spotlight : Emilie Shapiro!

We absolutely love Emilie Shapiro’s work so much. Not just her incredible use of natural stone elements and recycled metals but how she pairs them with contemporary techniques and experimentation that are incorporated into her work as a celebration of the beauty of natural imperfection. All production and resources are kept as local as possible, and every piece is handmade in Emilie’s studio in New York City.

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She’s also one of our dear friends and a Liloveve instructor.  Emilie has a fantastic book launching April 5th at Artist & Fleas, however we have her giving a lecture in Jewelry Production here at the studio April 2, check out more info here.

“How To Create Your Own Jewelry Line”

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Here’s a fun Q & A we had with the talented designer:

Liloveve Studio: When did you first start making jewelry?

Emilie Shapiro: I started making jewelry when I was 13 and haven’t stopped since!

LS: What class(es) have you taught at Liloveve? 

ES:  I’ve taught just about everything but focus on wax carving, jewelry production and special techniques like keum boo and water casting.

LS:  Where do you draw your inspiration when designing your work?

ES:  Textures, color and movement in nature. I studied dance for twenty years and am very inspired by how the body moves and how pieces move with the body.

LS: Where do you exhibit / sell your work?

ES:  My work is sold in galleries, museums and specialty boutiques nationally like Anthropologie, Sundance Catalog and The American Museum of Natural History.

LS:  Have you been featured in any press?

ES:  My work has been featured in publications such as Vogue Japan, Elle Greece and Brooklyn Magazine.

LS:  What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?

ES:  That’s a difficult question because it always changes! My current favorite piece is the mosaic wilted collar. The construction and movement of this piece are really wonderful.

Mosaic Wilted Collar

LS:  If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

ES:  Mars. I can’t even imagine the colors and textures you would find there….

LS:  If you could collaborate with another designer/artist, who would it be and why?

ES:  I think I’d like to time travel to meet my great grandfather Abe Parker. He was an inventor and designer, most famous for his invention of the blue dot light that were used as flash bulbs for cameras. I would love to work on lighting and large scale mechanical sculptures with him – so waiting until time travel is possible!

LS:  What’s the most fun aspect of being a jewelry designer?

ES:  Working with my hands every day is so satisfying. Being a designer connects me with so many interesting people and brings me to interesting places.

LS:  Where can we see your work?

ES: | @emilieshapirojewelry

Book Launch Event details / ticket sales –

Register for the Production Workshop with Emilie here

Here’s a slideshow of just some of her fabulous work!

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MJSA Expo! Spotlight ~ Gangi Gems

Hi all!

This past Sunday – Tuesday was the jewelry industry’s MJSA Expo.  I went to the Jacob Javits Center on Manhattan’s west side on a cold rainy Monday morning to check out what’s new and exciting in the industry.   I’m so happy I did!  Among all the new CAD programs and laser machines I found a handful of local vendors that I would happily recommend to our students here at the Liloveve Studio.

One of which was the amazing and unusual gems that Bill Gangi presented.

Here’s some cool pics!

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Learn how to set some of these interesting stones in one of our 6-week classes!

Intro to Wax Carving


Mar 23rd – May 4th  (no class 3/30) | Wednesdays| 6-9pm | wax included + tool list | Register Now!


Class Spotlight! The Amazing World of Wax Carving

Spring classes are starting soon!  Intro to Wax Carving is a fantastic class to get your feet wet in this versatile medium!

You may ask What is Wax Carving?

Well, the art of wax carving dates back all the way to 3500 BCE!  Probably even earlier!  Ancient civilizations used the beeswax that had been leftover from harvesting honey to sculpt interesting forms, mostly depictions of animals and gods.  Today we have many different types of jewelers carving wax, each kind having its own special properties.  Carving wax is a wonderful technique for creating jewelry. Intricate details can be created in wax that you can’t achieve in metal. We are essentially making mini-sculptures, using  additive and / or subtractive techniques.

In this 6-week class we explore how to build up wax, carve and file it away at it to reveal a design.  Wax is extremely forgiving & versatile and can be used to make rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings or any other small object.  You’ll start off by making a ring for the first project and then a pendant for the second.  Students are encouraged to explore the wax as a medium as well as be challenged as designers by the instructor.   You can design, experiment, play, and create with the inexpensive wax until you get your piece just right.

We include a tour of the jewelry district and a complete list of trade references and supplier resources to provide the new student with a full introduction to the jewelry industry. Small class sizes are perfect for both beginners or those looking to refresh their wax carving skills. You don’t need any jewelry knowledge to take this class – absolute beginners welcome!

for all the class details check it out here!

Mar 23rd – May 4th  (no class 3/30) | $450 | Wednesdays| 6-9pm | wax included + tool list | Register Now!

here’s a fun slide show of our last classes finished projects, get inspired!

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Student Spotlight: Huan Wang of Jewelyrie

LJS: What’s your background? How did you get into jewelry making, and when?

HW: I have been a stay home mom ever since one year after I graduated from prestigious Parson’s school of design, I wanted to be a top notch high end fashion designer back then. Instead I spent the past 20 years build my family, I have 3 beautiful kids, and loving husband. Somewhere along the way I found out that my love was in metal, not fabric. It started when I was browsing Ebay back in 2007 and was fascinated with all the jewelries and with not much money in my hand to indulge my new obsession, I purchased a piece of handmade necklace, made by the seller, a necklace of multi-link opaque freckled earth tone square stones with hand cut grove all around and wire wrapping that fit in the grove and some wire pattern that later I found out were made by using a tool called jig. This the very first piece of jewelry that inspired me to start making my own, because I said to myself, I’m not gonna spend rest of my life drooling over my expensive obsession and get torn inside because I wouldn’t be able to afford it. So I came to a solution: I’ll make my own jewelry. After I tried to bend a piece of silver wire, and ball up the tip with a butane torch, I could never stop.

LJS: Describe your process, from inspiration to final product. Do you draw a design first or do you just start creating? Is it different everytime?

HW: I’ve been selling what I created on Etsy for 8 years and recently shifted direction to go pro and do wholesale. So the design process is very different before and after. But either way my inspiration is alway technique driven. Before, I make whatever I want to, randomly. Through out the years I’ve alway been self teaching, so Etsy became a great platform for me to learn, practice, and sell what I created. When I wanted to test out a new technique, I usually do lots of research and then I came up with what I wanted to do. I never sketched out ideas, just picked up my silver stock and start working, and I’ll say it’s the working process that inspired and guided me, and I let the design take shape gradually, step by step. It’s a painful process because some time it take lots of attempts, but I work till I can please myself. Now with enough skills and techniques to deliver the designs that’s truly original, I design with much clear direction, I plan out the whole collection before I start working. I will focus on one design detail and expand that concept to the whole collection, and I found its a very good way to keep your design cohesive.

LJS: Do you ever hit creative road blocks? How do you remedy that?

HW: This also has a before and after difference. Before when I sell on Etsy, I got creative road blocks all the time!! Main reason was lack of design direction, and also because of the mindset that I wanted my creation to be different. What I did was I had to see a lot, and I slept on it, and eventually I would get a light bulb. For now, I feel that I’ll never run out design idea! I already have 5 or 6 collections sketched out and only waiting to be turned into reality! I can’t wait! But I constantly look back to my random pieces I made before, because there were lots of originality in those earlier creation and I believe I can further expand and explore and turn those into collections.

LJS: What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?

HW: My favorite pieces I’ve ever made are very often the last piece I created. That makes me want to create me more. My favorite piece for now is the first project we did in the Introduce to Wax Carving class with Kate. It’s the biggest ring I’ve ever made, carved out in wax first then casted in silver. I had no idea what to make at the beginning, simply follow along the process until 30 minute before the session about to be done, I got the light bulb, and start carving these stripes and dents all around the ring. It turned out great. I was lucky I got it done on time. And now I want to explore more on that and work on a collection base on the same concept.

LJS: What class(es) have you taken at Liloveve?

HW: I took Introduction to Wax Carving class with Kate, and the Business for Designers workshop with Caroline.

LJS: If you could collaborate with another designer/artist, who would it be and why?

HW: I would love to collaborate with Jeanette K. Caines. I have been an admirer for years, and I’ve been saving money to take her classes! I’m fascinated with her intricate fusing and granulation on high karat gold technique. I’m more into metal smithing than stones I think that’s why!

LJS: Where do you exhibit / sell your work?

HW:  You can view my work at and my artist number is 28587. I will be also showing my latest collection and expecting 1 or 2 more collections.  I’ll be in JA New York March show at the Jacob Javits Center.




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Student Spotlight: Lotanna Amina Egwuatu of Mina Stones

LJS: What’s your background? How did you get into jewelry making, and when?

LAE:  I am Nigerian. Born and raised in the Northern parts of Nigeria. I have a Bachelors in Engineering from Nigeria and Master in Business and Innovation from Lancaster, UK and a Diploma in Gemstones from GIA. It has always been about the gemstones for me. They inspire me to create. I started collecting stones at a very young age and only started creating pieces with them in university/ college.

LJS: Describe your process, from inspiration to final product. Do you draw a design first or do you just start creating? Is it different everytime?

LAE:  Inspiration for me comes mainly from gemstones. I am also inspired by where I come from and nature

LJS: Do you ever hit creative road blocks? How do you remedy that?

LAE:  Yes I do. I just take short trips if I can or visit my favorite nature tumblr blogs.

LJS: What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever made?

LAE:  It has to be the clustered pendant neck-pieces,

LJS: What class(es) have you taken at Liloveve?

LAE:  The Gold Workshop

LJS: If you could collaborate with another designer/artist, who would it be and why?

LAE:  I don’t know too many designers but I recently saw Hampley Design online. I would work with them because they have unique style and a similar inspiration to mine.

LJS: Where do you exhibit / sell your work?

LAE: I have exhibited in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and Washington DC. I plan to do more shows locally and internationally. They will be listed on my blog – I currently sell online at

LJS: Have you been featured in any press?



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Class Spotlight; Soldering Intensive ~ Chain Making

This Weekend hone those soldering skills in our awesome Chain Making class!


Saturday + Sunday | Jan 23+24 | 11am-5:00pm | $240 | Register Now!

Handmade chains are works of art – each link is individually created, so like snowflakes, they are similar, never identical. Choose between different gauges and shapes of wire such as round, squared, flat and triangle. Learn how to shape and form the links, to solder and join them, and how to shine, oxidize or add texture to create dimension. We finish with a handmade clasp.

Learn to coil wire to make circles and loops, how to use pin connections for bar pieces, or create a more intricate link to be cast and a matching toggle. The use of hammer texture and assorted finishes such as matte, oxidized, or high polish will also be covered. You can then complete your chain with a handmade clasp.

Class Spotlight: Bezel Setting!

Join us this weekend for a great foundation class in stone setting!

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This Saturday and Sunday, Dec 12 + 13,  11am-5:30pm Register Now!

The bezel setting is the earliest method for setting gemstones into jewelry – and hasn’t changed much over the last few thousands years. To create a bezel, you take a piece of metal and fabricate it to the size and shape of the outside of the stone. You then place the stone inside the bezel and push the metal over the top the stone.

Bezels are a simple, clean and secure approach to setting gemstones. They keep your gem safe and clean from dirt and don’t catch clothing.


2015 Holiday Markets and Fairs in New York City

Support your local artisans and shop around the city’s Holiday markets!  We know a number of designers and jewelers that participate in these fairs and we love to shop for something unique and special as our holiday gifts.  We’ve compiled a pretty extensive list below for your shopping pleasure!


Bryant Park Holiday Shops, New York CityHoliday Shops at Bryant Park’s WInter Village
Date: Opens October 30, 2015-January 3, 2016
The Holiday Shops include more than 125 boutique-like shops offering exquisite gift ideas from distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more. There’s something for everyone – adults, kids, and even pets. The Holiday Shops are laid out along the park’s allees and terraces, and housed in Bryant Park’s own custom-designed kiosks. Look for Surya Brasil’s shop with the brand’s coveted products including skin, hair, and shave collections, as well as vegan lip balms. Surya Brasil is also collaborating with emerging artisanal Brazilian brands like Bambusa, Natural Fashion and Natural Cotton Color, creators of 100% organic cotton intimate apparel, products for the home and men’s, women’s and children’s fashion that is produced with natural dyes made from plant extracts.

Hours: Monday-Friday: 11am-8pm; Saturday: 10am-9pm; Sunday: 10am-6pm
Location: Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue

Grand Central Holiday MarketGrand Central Holiday Fair
Date: November 14-December 24, 2015

Grand Central Terminal’s 16th annual Holiday Fair is the only holiday market in the city to operate indoors. This season, the Fair will fill Vanderbilt Hall with 76 vendors for six weeks each offering a wonderful array of holiday gifts for all your loved ones including art, clothing for adults and children, handbags, jewelry and accessories for men and women, bath and body items, home goods, collectible toys, holiday items and gifts for pets.

Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 11am-7pm; Thanksgiving Eve Closing at 8pm; closed Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve Closing at 6pm
Location: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, 15 Vanderbilt Ave. (42nd St. and Park Ave.)

Date: November 19-December 24, 2015

Over 100 merchants are on hand to bring you the most unique gifts available. The Union Square Holiday Market is the place to do your holiday shopping. Some of the items you may find this year include: Hand-blown glass housewares; Local, handmade leather belts; Bags and accessories made from recycled plastic; A variety of handmade jewelry; Gloves, hats, Tibetan crafts and more!
There will also be nibbles and noshes throughout the market. Dig into German delights, both sweet and savory treats. Top things off with a hot apple cider or cappuccino to stay warm. There are so many beautiful things to browse and relish!


Hours: : Monday–Friday 11am-8pm; Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 11am-7pm; on December 24 market closes at 4pm
Location: Union Square at 14th Street

Date: December 1-December 24, 2015
Located in one of the most stunning locations in New York City, historic Central Park, the market is the perfect place to enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts and spend time with friends and family.
Some of the items you’ll find include:
•    Handmade wooden puzzles
•    Gingerbread houses and kits
•    French truffles
•    Mother and daughter apparel
•    Shearling
•    Handcrafted home accessories
•    Gorgeous handmade jewelry

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am to 8pm; Sunday 10am-7pm Sunday; on December 24 market closes at 4pm

Location: West 59th St. and Broadway

20th Annual Crafts at the Cathedral
Date: December 4, 5, 6, 2015

Welcome to the site of one of the top crafts events in the New York Metro Region for the holiday season. Crafts at the Cathedral celebrates its 19th Annual Fair with excellence in arts and crafts in a high quality and well attended 3 day event. Over 60 Artisans will be exhibiting their finest work. Our goals for the show are to provide a great environment for skilled crafts people to exhibit and sell their work and to provide a great buying experience for all who come. Hope to see you at the show!
Hours:  Dec 4: 5-8pm; Dec 5: 10am-6pm; Dec 6: 11am-5pm; $6 / day, $7 / weekend

Location: St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave and West 110th St, Manhattan

Date: December 19-20, 2015

More than 200 vendors will participate in our two-day holiday shopping extravaganza — more than 200 of the best craft, handmade, vintage, and tasty treat vendors to our brand new space in the vibrant heart of Greenpoint for our ninth BUST Holiday Craftacular in New York!

Hours:  Saturday and Sunday: 11am-7pm
Location: Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Date: TBA
The 163rd Jolly Holly Fair: This popular holiday event is brought to the North Shore community through the labor, donations and enthusiastic participation of the congregation at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island. Once again perennial favorites will include home-baked Christmas goodies; the Boutique, which displays an abundance of gently used items; White Elephants; raffles and 50/50. New this year: DIY Crafts table; Fair Trade coffees, teas and chocolates. And, as always, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus who will drop by at 1pm. to delight the children. Breakfast and a delicious home-cooked lunch will be available at a modest price. Admission to the fair is free.

Location: Unitarian Church of Staten Island, 312 Fillmore St, Staten Island

Date: December 6, 13, 20, 2015, 12-6pm

Astoria Market is an artisan market filled with handmade, baked, and vintage goods. The market is based out of the Main Hall of the famous Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. The creators of the Astoria Market also occasionally work on creating various pop-up events at other locations.

Hours: 12-6pm

Location: Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Avenue between 29th and 31st Streets, Queens

Artists and Fleas Holiday Shopping, New York CityArtists and Fleas at Chelsea Market 

Date: Daily. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market is an exciting Fall / Holiday seasonal pop-up shop bringing a curated collection of independent designers, emerging artists and vintage collectors from the Artists & Fleas family over time to the heart of Chelsea Market and the Meatpacking District. Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market is where old world bazaar meets new world chic, where globe-trotting Romany culture meets the best of boho Brooklyn. Part designer showcase, part maker’s market, the market will host over 30 independent creators, makers and designers of art, jewelry, design, home accessories, vintage clothing, and all things indie, funky, Brooklyn and bespoke from both Artists & Fleas’ 9 years in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the larger creative community across New York City.
Hours: 10:30am-7pm
Location: Chelsea Market, 88 10th Avenue at 15th Street

Brooklyn Flea Holiday MarketBrooklyn Flea/Smorgasburg Holiday Market
DateSaturdays & Sundays, 10am-6pm
The New York Times called the Flea “One of the great urban experiences in New York”; Travel + Leisure, Country Living, Budget Travel, and Fodor’s have ranked the Flea one of the best markets or antiques shows in the U.S. and the world; and Time Out NY named the Flea one of New York’s Essential Pick-Up Spots.
November through March, Brooklyn Flea moves indoors for the Winter Flea + Holiday Market with 100 vintage/antique/other vendors plus 25 vendors selling food every
Hours: 10am-7pm until Christmas; 10am-6pm from Christmas-March
Location: 241 37th Street, Industry City, Brooklyn


Winter Solstice Celebration & Holiday Marketplace

Date: Sunday December 6 2015

Enjoy nature, music, food and shopping for a full day at the Queens Botanical Garden’s holiday marketplace. Children can participate in a variety of activities from storytelling to interactive crafts, and parents can impress the whole family with unique gifts come holiday season.

Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

Class Spotlight – Gold Workshop!

We have an awesome workshop coming up this weekend, Gold!

Sat + Sun ~ Nov 7 + 8 ~ 11am-5:30pm  there’s only a couple seats left, Register now!

In this exciting 2-day workshop you’ll be creating either a set of stacking rings, a ring with a bezel set stone, or earrings with set stones.  If you have experience in metalsmithing but not in gold, this is a great opportunity to get your feet wet and have your very own hand-made piece of finished gold jewelry!  Check out some of our previous students work below:

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