While we love working with precious gemstones such as sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and aquamarine, we’ve recently come to appreciate the properties and simple elegance of other less known gems such as pyrite, (known as Fool’s Gold but with a density near to sapphires) and black spinel, as well as opal, apatite, lapis, tanzanite and labradorite.
We highlight each necklace with 18 karat gold beads or dazzle them with a hand-carved gemstone or natural pearl centerpiece.
Pearls have been sought after and have adorned women from around the world since ancient times. They are an alchemical product that occurs due the defense mechanism of oysters and mussels and come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries. Because of this, pearl has become a metaphor for beauty and wisdom.
Whether you choose a classic wire-wrapped pearl hanging from a fine leather cord or a natural pearl enhanced with a tiny gemstone or a pave diamond bead hanging from a diamond-cut chain, you will feel their reflective beauty.
We love versatility and flexibility, so we created the wraparound convertible! A stunning strand of gems or pearls, sometimes with a centerpiece, wrapping around your wrist three to five times, making a beautiful bracelet. When the mood strikes you can take it off, wrap it around your neck one to two times, and VOILE, you’ve got a necklace. Two pieces of jewelry in one! The perfect travel piece.
Many years ago I created a very simple, yet elegant blue sapphire necklace for myself, highlighted with tiny 18 karat gold spacer beads. It was both delicate and stately and received a tremendous amount of attention. The Amma Collection, honors the feminine or goddess within each of us. The collections’ use of small faceted gemstones (aquamarine, gold, green and blue sapphires, rubies, labradorite or tanzanite) makes a statement. These necklaces are delicately balanced with 18 karat gold beads, a natural pearl drop, or a pave diamond centerpiece and will become an essential part of your wardrobe. Knowing that sometimes one piece of jewelry isn’t quite enough, Amma necklaces invite you to layer with other LeLa pieces.
Medium-sized base metal and fine Italian diamond-cut chains are delicately adorned with pendants of sliced gemstones. Stones include: labradorite, moonstone, sapphire, larimar and geode crystal. Chain lengths vary for your personal look. These are great layering pieces and compliment many of the other LeLa Collection. Liberate yourself by playing with different combinations. The Italian black sterling diamond-cut chains are sold separately and are available in 16″, 18″, 20″, 24″ and 30″ lengths.
We’re not so into matchy-matchy but we love complimenting and contrasting your necklace and bracelet with a pair of unique LeLa earrings. Try the modern lines of our Speardrops in sterling silver or 18 karat gold; both adorned with pave diamonds that bling from quite a distance. Or, our gemstone drops in opal, pearl, moonstone, tanzanite, blue topaz, and chalcedony in 18 kt. gold.
When we return to our design studio after traveling to India or Gem shows to hand select our stones and metals we’re freshly inspired. The energy of the gems themselves influences the direction of the piece. This is where LeLa shines. The creative forces are alive and beautiful designs literally flow. These are one-of-a-kind pieces that can’t be reproduced due to the rarity of the gems, centerpiece or beads. This makes them very special to both us and the fortunate collector.
We would love to create a special piece, designed especially for you or your loved one. Choose your favorite gems, metals, clasp, length and look with our help and care. Please allow 4 – 6 weeks for personal pieces.