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Welcome to our ILADESIGN jewelry shop! _We are proud to present the Ancient Gold Collection - a unique art jewelry pieces, created and made in Montreal by the artists of ILADESIGN. Our one of a kind bracelets, earrings, broaches, necklaces and rings are inspired by ancient art works and hand crafted from pure gold 24 kt., sterling silver and semiprecious stones. Using the ancient technique of repoussee we create contemporary pieces of adornment.

ABOUT ILADESIGN

Our studio was created in 1976 by us: Lydia Ilarionova and Marin Marinov. Since then we live and work together as a family of artists, goldsmiths and equal partners in Montreal. We are both graduates of the School of Fine and Applied Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria with major in metal art and jewelry design. Marin has mastered many ancient…

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  • Joined February 20, 2011

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Pure gold, silver, gem stones

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About

Welcome
Welcome to our ILADESIGN jewelry shop! _We are proud to present the Ancient Gold Collection - a unique art jewelry pieces, created and made in Montreal by the artists of ILADESIGN. Our one of a kind bracelets, earrings, broaches, necklaces and rings are inspired by ancient art works and hand crafted from pure gold 24 kt., sterling silver and semiprecious stones. Using the ancient technique of repoussee we create contemporary pieces of adornment.

ABOUT ILADESIGN

Our studio was created in 1976 by us: Lydia Ilarionova and Marin Marinov. Since then we live and work together as a family of artists, goldsmiths and equal partners in Montreal. We are both graduates of the School of Fine and Applied Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria with major in metal art and jewelry design. Marin has mastered many ancient techniques in his work as a goldsmith, in his restoration training in The Institute of Archeology in Milan, Italy and in his work on the restoration & conservation of museum objects for The National Institute for Cultural Heritage, Sofia, Bulgaria. Lydia has worked on many projects with extensive research on symbols and signs from ancient cultures. Her Bachelors of Fine Arts/Design Art ’97 in Concordia University, Montreal complimented her knowledge of sculpture and art jewelry into the creation of an award winning pieces inspired by Bulgarian folklore design. In our years as artists we are following different paths of expression with one thing in common - our interest in the rich cultural heritage of our country and our passion for ancient artworks. We are working on one-of-a-kind pieces, commissioned work, production of limited series, and jewelry restoration. Our work is recognized for its originality and has gained many awards and honorable mentions. Marin - an award for the restoration on the touring exhibition “The Gold of Thracian Horsemen” shown in the Palais de la Civilisation in Montreal ’87; Lydia – a prize for all round participation in the biannual “Gold&Silver” exhibition, in Erfurt, Germany 1986._For the last 10 years our works were part of many exhibitions some include: SOFA(Sculptural Objects and Functional Art) Chicago, One of a Kind-Toronto, FIMA (Festival International Montreal en Arts ), SMAQ (Salon des Métiers des Art du Quebec) and The Nutcracker Market - Palais des congrès de Montréal. Our work is sold at the following galleries: “ Boutiques des métiers d’art - Marché Bonsecours” and “Farfelu Gallery Westmount” in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
We have received two honorable mentions at the F.I.M.A. and have been noticed by Francine Grimaldi on the Saturday 3th of July, 2010 morning emission of Radio Canada. Recently we were honored by the artist Marc Taro Holmes in his wonderful sketches and story published at urbansketchers.org:
“...It puts you into some kind of Lord of the Rings fantasy world. Talismans and magical rings emerging from the smoke and sparks of the forge. In this world of iPhones it seems dedicated beyond belief...”
This year we are celebrating 35 years of creative work.

ABOUT THE ANCIENT GOLD COLLECTION

We began in 1997 with the creation and making of few pieces inspired by the beauty of some zoomorphic images found on 5 century B.C.. Thracian jewelry. The first mini collection of Ancient Gold was shown with great success at the “ Philadelphia Buyers Market”, Philadelphia, N.Y. in 1998. In the following years we added Scythian, Celtic, Roman and Greek art as a source of inspiration and as our collection grew we kept including more ancient and contemporary images. Each season our new works reflect different cultures adding variety to the collection and perfecting our knowledge of ancient techniques.
Our creative process begins with a drawing. Sometimes it is the beauty of an actual ancient object, a picture or a verbal description that stimulates our imagination. We translate the design to a pure gold plate, and raise the relief using the technique of repoussee. Since 10 century B.C. pure gold was raised by hand supported with wax and used as a decoration on objects, clothes and jewelry. The versatility of this ancient technique inspired us to modify, improve and apply it to the creation of functional contemporary jewelry. _The Ancient Gold Collection keeps growing. We find working on it exciting and full of challenges. The best part of it being in its limitless sources of inspiration and in our dedication to bring ancient beauty into unique contemporary jewelry.

ABOUT OUR SERVICES

Our studio creates and makes unique art jewelry pieces. Every piece is handcrafted from pure gold, sterling silver and semi precious stones and stamped for purity and authenticity. The quality of the materials used is guaranteed. We work with Canadian gold, silver and fairly traded gem stones. We also customize our existent creations by request or do work by special order with designs provided by customers. To inquire, please provide picture, sketch or description on the desired piece and we will give you an estimate on price, materials and time frame. Contact us with your questions via the Etzy network or e-mail your designs to info [!at] iladesign.com.
 Our products come in a packaging with certificate of authenticity providing them with a life time guarantee. They will be repaired free of charge if defects occur and the product is shipped to the studio at client’s expense.
The trade mark of ILADESIGN •™,'81 appears as a stamp on all of our works as a guarantee for quality and authenticity. To see it please, visit this link www.iladesign.com/Pages/Studio.htm


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