As a leaf lover, I’m head over heels for these designs. Any of them would be absolutely gorgeous for an ethereal outdoor wedding. Nikolaev Jewelry Designs‘ sterling, fine silver, and karat gold pieces are inspired by the beautiful botanicals of the western deserts and mountains, and expertly handcrafted. Each piece is handmade by Nikolaev, with the assistance of one or two talented artisans, in their Tempe, Arizona studio; therefore each piece will be slightly different, making for a truly individual piece of jewelry for your one-of-a-kind wedding day. Happy Friday, Violets!
About the Artist
Nikolaev began her training at 16 when she apprenticed with a successful goldsmith. From there she trained as a Metal Smith and Fine Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University, obtaining Bachelor and Master Degrees and later certification from G.I.A. During her college years she was influenced by historical Chicago architecture while working in the Antique Jewelry division of the original Marshall Fields department store in downtown Chicago. Early professional years were spent in the Advertising and Design field where she directed a large corporate art and package design department. All along nature, mountains and western deserts have inspired her art and craft.
“I spend many hours exploring the Sonoran Desert Wilderness. Over the years I have found that the native plants of the desert have a sort of language all their own,” says Nikolaev.
All photos courtesy of Nikolaev Jewelry Designs