The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, it’s time to get back in the studio and take a class with us!
Saturday + Sunday | July 16 + 17 | 11am-5:00pm | $240 | Register Now!
In this weekend workshop we’ll be exploring different styles and techniques to create your Perfect Pendant. Learn to construct bezel settings for cabochon, faceted gemstones, and fancy shaped stones. Working with sterling silver, we use hammer and stamps, as well as high polish, and oxidized finishes to accentuate textures and highlight designs. Students may bring their own stones or purchase from the tutor’s collection. Materials are provided.
Check out some of our students amazing work!!!
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!
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 – myminastones.blogspot.com. I currently sell online at http://www.myminastones.com
LJS: Have you been featured in any press?
Join us this weekend for a great foundation class in stone setting!
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.