Custom Design, Eve's Insight

While you were sleeping . . . .Eve was designing.

Did you know that artist Eve Alfillé designs every single one of the beautiful & varied gemstone bead necklaces in her Evanston Gallery?

necklace-treeIn addition to designing all the jewelry in her display cases, Eve designs every one of the many necklaces hanging on the wrought iron tree displays in the front of her artistic gallery space.  Its true, each necklace is from Eve’s fertile imagination using a wide array of gemstones and pearls held in her studio and gem room.

A consummate night owl, Alfillé also designs her jewelry treasures into the wee hours of the morning.  “At a certain point, somewhere around 1 or 2am, I reach a sort of “creative high” which results in very interesting blends of color and form.  These are especially intricate combinations, with exciting sterling silver accents and different pretty clasps.

While all together the quantity of necklaces she has could appear overwhelming, if you take a moment to look closely at just a few of the many unique necklaces she has created you will find many wonderful combinations of materials and visual surprises that you will enjoy for years to come.

The next time you need a jewelry pick me up, or a wonderful, one of a kind gift, spend some time exploring Eve’s ever-changing collection of interesting and beautiful necklaces.  “I especially enjoy designing these necklaces and bracelets for women who appreciate ‘unusual,’ and are not afraid of their feminine power,” Eve explains.

Here is a close up look at one of Eve’s many gemstone bead necklaces.

Running Rapids II beaded necklace necklace
Citrine, Flourite, Rose Quartz, Iolite and others with a 14k gold clasp.

Running Rapids II” necklace (left) from Eve’s “Les Petits Fruits” series features a pastel rainbow of different types of gems, including fluorite, citrine, rose quartz and iolite and others, with a 14 karat gold clasp.

Each necklace is unique – however, the mood and look of each necklace Eve creates will be harmonious and use a beautiful combination of faceted, smooth and carved gemstones.

Design Series, Eve's Insight, Gallery Events

Eve discusses Gems, Color and the Creative Process for “Voyage to Antarctica.”

In anticipation of the gallery’s upcoming exhibit opening party, artist and custom jewelry designer Eve J. Alfillé speaks about the gems, the colors, the creative process and the emotions surrounding her new design series “Voyage to Antarctica.”  RSVP Online for this special gallery event on May 4, 2013.

photos of Antarctica, photo by Paul Alfille
The purest white, and the bluest of sky.

Q. Does the sun have an influence in the creation of the jewelry?

Eve: The sun is a condition of working in Antarctica. There are only a few who have stayed there during the dark days and nights. There is no contrast without the sun.

Q. What emotions do you want collectors, visitors and guests to have when the view the new series ?

Eve: I believe they will feel ‘awe ‘: awe evoked by the beauty, the majesty and power of the experience. It is where humility balances the inspiration and the feeling of omnipotence. Being in ‘awe’ is a pause for reflection.

Q. Were you inspired by any individual gem?

Eve: I’ve always been fascinated by opals and moonstones. An opal is one of the most versatile gems. It could be used as part of a landscape, or like here, an icescape. It’s a place where the imagination can find scenes in Antarctica…reflected. And moonstones capture light in a filtered way, very much the same way ice does.

Night Snow Moon Earrings
“Night, Snow, Moon” earrings. 2 drusy black agate, 2 Brazilian chalcedony, 2 carved oval moonstones set in 18k gold +18k white gold

Q. Let’s talk about the creation process. Once you have the idea, what is the process you go through to make it come alive?

Eve: The process is more about isolating the emotion(s). I wait for years sometimes until I have a specific vision of the colors and shapes I want associated with a particular series, and I won’t release a piece for production until I am completely sure it ‘sings’!

Q. What is the emotion for the new Series?

Eve: Immensity. Solitude (which is different from loneliness). Being able to contemplate life from a very distant perspective.

When I identified where these emotions originated, I realized it was from the pictures I had seen from my son, Paul. Once the emotions and their origin are identified, then I start to see colors, textures and light as if I was standing in Antarctica seeing all the experiences for myself.

Q. What were some of the colors you started to see?

Eve: Pictures don’t really show all of the ‘sun’ colors, so I visualize myself in Antarctica. I begin to feel the experiences of seeing the sun rising and setting and the colors as they appear on the ice, the water and even the few animals that live in the immense space.

Now I can begin to identify the materials that capture the experience.

Eve's Insight

All that Glitters is not Gold

Q: When is a gold medal not a gold medal?

A: When you win a modern-day Olympic event.

With the Olympic Games scheduled to begin July 27 in London (They will run through August 12th, 2012), we found it interesting to learn that the modern Olympic gold medal is in fact, actually made mostly of silver, rather than gold. Current Olympic rules for the composition of their medals is very specific.

Interestingly, the last time the winner of an Olympic event was awarded a medal made of solid gold was in the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm, Sweden.

According to Wikipedia In ancient times they recognized a single winner per Olympic event and the winner was crowned with a wreath made of sacred olive leaves from a tree near the temple of Zeus.  It was supposedly not until the Summer Olympics in 1896 when first place was awarded a silver medal & second place was awarded a bronze medal. Things have since changed.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has created a set of standards and properties for the metal content of each of the 3 medals now awarded. All Olympic medals must be at least 60mm in diameter and 3mm thick.

The “Gold” medal for first place must be at least 550 grams of silver, which can be anywhere between sterling silver (925 parts per 1000 of pure silver) and pure silver (1000 parts per 1000 pure silver). This year’s medals are sterling silver grade (92.5% silver) with the balance, 7.5%, copper.  The medal is then heavily plated with 6 grams of pure gold (24 karat), which is actually quite a lot for a gold plating.  It also contains a small percentage of copper.

The Silver medal for 2nd place is the same composition as the first place medal, but does not have any gold plating.

And third place finishers will receive a Bronze medal, which is actually mostly copper (97%) with lesser amounts of tin & zinc.

Even if it is only plated, we still go for the gold!

Eve's Insight

You know its Eve jewelry when . . . .

High Power Compliment – Vogue Editor-in-Chief Stops Client in Park Hyatt Hotel to Compliment her Dramatic & Stylish Eve J. Alfillé Designed Pearls.

Tahitian Pearl strand necklace with 18 karat white gold and diamond.
Tahitian Pearl strand necklace with 18 karat white gold and diamond.

We often hear of clients traveling in Eve’s jewelry who are stopped by a fellow traveler to ask if the necklace, ring, etc. is “an Eve Alfille?”  They may not even learn the other person’s name, but they compare the Eve jewelry they are wearing and share stories about their Eve jewelry.

In this case, one of our clients was attending a meeting at the Park Hyatt Hotel a week ago when former Vogue editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour stopped what she was doing and came over to look at her Eve Alfillé designed pearls.

This is quite a mighty compliment.

Today I wore my gray pearls with my gray dress.” Our client always dresses beautifully and looks elegant.

“So I heed your advice and wear my jewelry often, and to work.  I was at the Park Hyatt, dressed nicely in work attire and with my pearls and… Anna Wintour, the famed former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, was there for an event.” 

She spotted our client looking chic and wonderful in her Eve necklace and “…she came over to me and said the pearls were fabulous!”

“Thanks guys!”