Geologist Turned Jewelry Designer Peels Back the Curtain on What Makes Her Tick

Geologist Turned Jewelry Designer Peels Back the Curtain on What Makes Her Tick

Geologist Turned Jewelry Designer Peels Back the Curtain on What Makes Her Tick

 

Rhode Island-based designer Erika Young gains inspiration for her stunning line of handcrafted jewelry from the jagged coastline of her home state. Each copper-and-stone piece is perfectly imperfect—just the way we like it.

Five Fast Things to Know About of Erika Young of Lazuli Handcrafted

  1. I have a full-time job as an offshore geophysical surveyor. When I was in pursuing my BS in Geology, I felt this urge to transform the mineral samples that we were studying in class into wearable art. I’ve been making jewelry since I was a kid, I began electroforming a year and a half ago. Of the techniques that I have researched and attempted, electroforming best preserves the raw quality of the materials I use. My work requires frequent travel and the schedule can be inconsistent, so making jewelry at home helps to ground and center me. 

  1. I have a ball exploring greenhouses. There’s a fantastic one called Peckham’s Greenhouse in Little Compton, Rhode Island. There are some gorgeous scenic roads around here, too and I brainstorm in the car all the time. Folks around here tend to share a pride for the state's history and an appreciation for the natural beauty that's all around us.

  1. I really love my moonstone ring. I find moonstone so alluring, like there’s a tiny world inside each stone.  

  1. I wish I'd had some basic business know-how when I first started out.  Because my educational background is in science, I’m learning the rest as I go. I’m lucky that my customers and stockists are typically pretty patient with me.

  1. My personal style is minimalist, boho-beachy, and comfortable, with a hint of vintage. My closet is 80% neutrals, and I really hate spending too much time trying to figure out what to wear.