New-York-based Andrea Lucille is one talented young jewelry designer. This Rhode Island School of Design graduate worked briefly for Maija Neimanis before launching her own brand 10 years ago. She specializes in sterling silver (including some argentium), 18k gold, gem, and pearl designs that are masterfully detailed; tiny earrings from the Willow collection are the mirror image of the oversize necklace they were modeled after. All large pieces are one-offs, taking anywhere from one to three weeks to carve in wax, while more affordable every day pieces are cast.
Lucille’s studio is quaint, chic, and …
A fully functional jewelry workshop.
Lucille works at the bench and receives outside production help from two other jewelers (she still puts the finishing touches on all creations). Retail prices start at $40, she has about 10 U.S. accounts, and all jewelry is cast and fabricated in the States. She currently exhibits in retail-only shows, but just got accepted to the Design Center in JCK Las Vegas (she actually got accepted today, she told me over the phone), so be sure to stop and see her.
Andrea the designer.
Lucille’s work has continuity from piece to piece. Her three main collections—Willow, Gavarnie, and Modern Hammer—all feature similar textured finishes, high-polish details, and organic-looking accents. Even if you can’t spring for a $6,500 one-off necklace, a petite pair of earrings or a pendant featuring the same styling doesn’t leave the buyer feeling blue; because the designs are so detailed, no matter the size of the piece, buyers feel like they’re getting a great value.
Andrea Lucille, New York; (718) 930-3461; www.andrealucilledesigns.com.
To see more of Lucille’s work, check out the April issue of JCK in the What’s Your Inspiration section, and, online on the Style 360 blog.
Gavarnie earrings echo the beauty of a one-off necklace from the same collection.
A one-of-a-kind necklace from the Willow collection features blue and colorless diamonds, and a hidden front-facing clasp.
Clasps in Lucille’s jewelry are simple and user friendly.
Willow necklace and matching earrings.
Pieces from the Gavarnie collection.
More pieces—in sterling and in 18k gold—from the Willow collection.
Pieces from the Modern Hammer collection.
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