ILADESIGN1's Shop Policies
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.
Our studio was created in 1976 by us: Lydia Ilarion and Marin Marino. 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 designs.
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 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 - 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 Metier des Art du Quebec) and The Nutcracker Market - Palais des Congrés 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 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
We accept payments by PayPal or international postal money order. Payments and money orders must clear bank prior to shipping. Prices are in US dollars.
We ship to CANADA and USA using Xpresspost. It takes from 2 to 5 business days and costs from 15$ to 30$ depending on the location. For custom works the additional time will be calculated in addition to the specified shipping time.
Please, contact us and request information prior to purchasing.
INTERNATIONAL mailing times and shipping cost are calculated in accordance with the destinations and specific countries regulations. We use Xpresspost - International but we are happy to provide additional shipping options (Priority, Express Mail, Fed Ex,etc). Please, contact us and request information prior to purchasing.
Buyers from Montreal can choose to pick up their works from our studio.
Purchases must still be made through the etsy store. Contact us for info.
INSURANCE AND BORDER CROSSING
We automatically insure, at no additional cost, any piece of our jewelry.
Please, note that we are not responsible for any taxes, duties, customs or other fees that may be added when your package arrives in your country.
Refunds and Exchanges
RETURNS AND EXCHANGES
Returns are accepted within 2 days after you receive your order and exchanges within one month. They are processed promptly, provided you contact us in writing to tell us about the return. The item must be in its original condition and shipped back to ILADESIGN at your cost in the same way as it was originally mailed and in the same packaging. Returns for custom made pieces are not accepted. Custom pieces include jewelry already available but ordered by you with a change in materials, stones and designs or jewelry made to order with your designs. In case of an error made on our part in custom works, we will pay the postage both ways, otherwise shipping is not refundable with returns. If your jewelry returns for repairs as part of our free of charge life time guarantee, the postage will be paid by you the same way as in the returns and exchanges policies.
Additional Policies and FAQs
The quality of our gold and silver creations is guaranteed. However it is important to understand the nature of the materials used. Silver and gold are soft metals:
Avoid rubbing your jewelry against rough surfaces like concrete, sand, stone. Keep it in separate container away from keys, coins, screws, bolts, ceramics or stone beads. Remove your jewelry when applying cosmetics or washing laundry. Some substances that cause immediate tarnishing are: iodine, bleach, peroxide or cleaning products with active oxygen. Pure gold never tarnish but silver does. If you need to clean the silver, please, use soft flannel cloth with a bit of baby powder. Silver cleaning solutions and ultrasound cleaners are not recommended. Every finished piece of pure gold repoussee in our collection is supported with durable but not heat resistant material. If soldering for resize, repair or remodel is necessary please let us do that. In addition, if accidents occur and your jewelry is damaged, please do not attempt repairs. We will do that free of charge as a part of our guarantee.
We provide our works with certificate of authenticity printed and signed by us.
Here is the text on it:
“This is to certify that your Ancient Gold Collection art jewelry is an original, designed and handcrafted by the artists of Iladesign. This piece is inspired by images from 5 century b.c. Thracian, Scythian, Celtic, Roman and Greek art and made in 24 kt gold, sterling silver and semiprecious stones. It is stamped with the sign of the studio as a guarantee for quality, authenticity and purity. Every piece of pure gold repoussee in our collection is raised by hand and supported with durable material in a technique, developed by us to secure the long life span of our jewelry. The unique nature of our work requires that any changes (resizing,repairs, remodeling) must be handled with care and only by our studio. Repairs are free of charge as a part of this guarantee. The quality of this piece is guaranteed by the artists of iladesign. Enjoy wearing our Ancient Gold Creation.”
Thank you for choosing ILADESIGN and supporting our work.
We appreciate your business and hope that you enjoy wearing a piece of our Ancient Gold Collection.
© ILADESIGN All images and works are property of ILADESIGN © and the rights to produce them is reserved. Photography by Marin Marino ©. All rights reserved.
To learn more about us please, visit our web site at www.iladesign.com
Last Updated April 18, 2013