Erika began her foray into jewelry and metalsmithing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, PA, in 2001. From the moment she stepped onto the fifth floor of the visual arts building she was hooked. As a crafts major at UARTS she was lucky enough to study under Sharon Church, Lola Brooks and Mi-Kyoung Lee (in Fibers) to name a few. Upon graduating Erika took a position as a bench jeweler, honing her skills and the speed necessary to be a professional maker. Yearning to work on her own designs again, Erika set out to create her own studio practice, and has been making jewelry privately off and on since 2005. In addition to creating limited edition, and custom designs, Erika continues to further her education by taking workshops and classes at renowned schools such as the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine and Peter's Valley in Layton, NJ. She also teaches beginner to advanced level courses at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, MA, and most recently has taught in the high school summer program at Snow Farm-the New England Craft School, in Williamsburg, MA.
Erika's jewelry and metalwork draws inspiration from growing up in her dad's industrial metal recycling shop, city landscapes, old-school hip-hop culture, indigenous textile patterns, the art deco era, and repetitive forms in nature. Erika loves to push the boundaries of size and the idea of "preciousness," using materials such as antique buttons that have their own inherent hierarchy. Using buttons as a focal point she begins to question the norms we apply to "high end" jewelry.
All items are constructed completely by hand from start to finish by Erika in her studio. From sketching to rearranging raw materials like a puzzle, Erika saws, files, solders, sands and polishes pieces to a perfect finish. Buttons selected for use are carefully stripped of their backs, flattened and set as traditional cabochons in fine and sterling silver.
Info & Policies
Many items are one of a kind or limited edition, depending on the materials used. Antique buttons are often sourced from many different locations without consistency in availability. Erika will purchase buttons by the dozen and often mix and match for use in earrings, rings, and necklaces and will also buy individual one-off buttons never to be found again. Items listed in the shop will state if they are one of a kind or if limited edition and how many of an edition are available.
If you have buttons of your own that you would like to see made into a piece of jewelry, do not hesitate to get in touch!
Commission rates for work in Sterling silver begin at a minimum of $75.00 per item
Items made of Sterling silver and containing no stones or buttons can be easily made in multiples and for wholesale. Most finished pieces made of Sterling silver will also have a stamp of authenticity with maker's initials "EAJ" and .925 denoting silver content.
All prices are listed in US dollars, acceptable forms of payment include Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
If in stock, items will ship within two business days of ordering, for custom orders, items out of stock, and wholesale inquiries please email Erika directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for production time
All items will be shipped using USPS priority mail unless otherwise requested, fees for expedited service will be added accordingly. International orders will be shipped USPS first class international mail (this does not include tracking, for an additional flat fee of $35 tracking may be added).
United States- 2-7 Days, Canada- 10-14 business days, International-10-24 days
Erika Jorjorian Jeweler and Metalsmith is not responsible for the ordering of wrong sizes, or change of heart upon receiving material, all items will be sold as is, with no refunds given unless damaged upon arrival. Do not hesitate to get in touch with questions about individual pieces, so that we can ensure that you are receiving exactly the item that you want each time!
CARE AND PRESERVATION
Metal oxidizes with time, changing color and sheen, sterling silver will develop a patina in the range of light gray to a dark gray color. Periodic cleaning with a polishing cloth will restore your original finish, avoid harsh chemical solutions that can damage the buttons and stones, and swimming or showering with your jewelry on.