Lauren Bilek's Profile

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Welcome and thank you for stopping by. My name is Lauren Bilek.

I originally joined Etsy in 2008 but life happened and I was not able to devote my time then. I am here now, I am committed and look forward to a long relationship with you.

I want to bring unique, stylish, funky and yet classic jewelry to all women who love to be adorned and are not afraid to make a statement. My pieces are big and bold and need to be worn with confidence. It makes me extremely proud when customers are asked "where did you get that piece of jewelry?". I know then that I am creating something unique which is what I strive for.

L Designs jewelry is totally handcrafted using various techniques including metalsmithing, fold forming, etching, wire wrapping, etc. My favorite material to use is Argentium…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 15
  • Joined September 5, 2008

Favorite materials

Argentium sterling silver, semiprecious gemstones, fossils and boulder opals, copper, crystals

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About

Welcome and thank you for stopping by. My name is Lauren Bilek.

I originally joined Etsy in 2008 but life happened and I was not able to devote my time then. I am here now, I am committed and look forward to a long relationship with you.

I want to bring unique, stylish, funky and yet classic jewelry to all women who love to be adorned and are not afraid to make a statement. My pieces are big and bold and need to be worn with confidence. It makes me extremely proud when customers are asked "where did you get that piece of jewelry?". I know then that I am creating something unique which is what I strive for.

L Designs jewelry is totally handcrafted using various techniques including metalsmithing, fold forming, etching, wire wrapping, etc. My favorite material to use is Argentium sterling silver which consists of .925 sterling silver with the additive of Germanium for tarnish resistance, because lets face it, who enjoys cleaning? I also use, copper, brass and 14kt. gold filled wire for my mixed metal designs.

My main inspiration comes from the beauty of nature with all the shapes and textures that can be found all around my home. I love kyaking, fishing, hiking, 4 wheeling etc. which means that I am often surrounded by inspiration. My designs are definitely of an earthy and organic quality.

My style is kind of eclectic, I like contemporary, primitive, minimalist and a lot of other things. Mostly my designs are classical in style because of their simplicity. Nothing I design is over-complicated and I let the materials speak for themselves.

My earliest recollection of my art began at age 5 when I painted myself and my cousin with a gallon of tar from my fathers workbench. My parents were not impressed with my artistic expression. Was it art or was it a big mistake? Let me tell you it was a big mistake, brillo pads to clean the tar off our skin hurt like heck! I did learn alot from mistakes.

My signature is a simple Forget - Me - Not flower that is either stamped, etched or hangs on the back of my jewelry. This is in memory of my mother who passed on December 3, 2011 from end stage Alzheimers. She was the kindest, most gentle person I have known and was privileged to have her as my mother.




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