Larisa Zolotova, 3D Jewelry Designer,

certified gemologist GIA GG, AJP, JDT

 I love making and designing jewelry. I use 3d scanning and 3d cad cam technology.  I am eternally grateful to my first tutor Denis Sitnikov for help, invaluable consultations and encouragement.  He turned my hobby into a passion and helped to start making jewelry in 2014. After taking my first jewelry fabrication class in Saint Petersburg, Russia, I changed my life immediately and decided to pursue the art of jewelry making it a new career. I continued to develop my technical skills and knowledge for working with precious metals and gems at the School of Jewelry Arts in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I was inspired while working with my experienced mentors and continue to enhance my studies as a jewelry designer through traveling, nature and the utilization of bright colors. Later I continued my training by learning how to create jewelry using CAD software and evaluate gemstones at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California, where I was named the winner of a GIA Student Choice Award for creating my Marilyn Monroe Ring and was nicknamed “Lady Faberge” for designing my Fine Jewelry Egg "The Movie Theatre". My signature is the connection between the function and the sculpture. I experiment with all types of shapes and natural forms like flowers, birds, animals, and people. My vision is to create dynamic, intriguing, complex and unique jewelry that appeals to extraordinary women: independent spirits forging their own path and inspiring others to do the same. My aim is to design beautiful, timeless pieces of jewelry while ensuring each piece has that ‘wow’ factor that people of all ages can truly appreciate. And I am also one proud mom. I have the smart, funny and talented son. 

Awards.

2016, Student Choice Award GIA, CARLSBAD/USA 
2016, Iron A’Design Award in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design, MILAN/ITALY
2017, Golden Line Award, The International Russian Diamond Line Contest, MOSCOW/RUSSIA

 

Education

 

2015, Bench Jeweler, School of Jewelry Arts, SAINT PETERSBURG/RUSSIA
2015, Graduate Gemologist and Accredited Jewelry Professional, GIA, CARLSBAD/USA
2016, Jewelry Design & Technology, GIA, CARLSBAD/USA

 

 

Exhibitions


Exhibiting at The Fallbrook Art Center since February 2018
Hearts on Fire exhibition at Brandon Gallery (Feb 1 - 24, 2018), Fallbrook, CA, USA
7th annual Artist Guild Show (May 20, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018) at The Fallbrook Art Center, CA, USA
2018 San Diego County Fair, (June 1, 2018 - July 4), Del Mar, CA, USA

Jury Membership


A'Design Award & Competition, MILAN/ITALY, 2018

 

Press Appearances


Jewelry Review” #6/2017 - Cover magazine and pg. 62-64 an article with an interview about sculptural trends in jewelry design and CAD software for the jewelry industry 
RUSSIAN DIAMONDS & JEWELLERY Spring 2018 pg.31 Marilyn Monroe Ring, pg.36-37 an interview
The Fallbrook Village News, Volume 22, Issue 9, March 1, 2018, pg.A-6
The Union-Tribune San Diego, March 7, 2018, pg.B3 invitation to the presentation at the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society "Amazing Journey to become an Award Winning Jewelry Designer" and about CAD technology in the jewelry field

 

Memberships & Associations


Association of Designers of Russia February 1, 2018 - Present
The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California November 2017 – Present
Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society October 2017 – Present
Women's Jewelry Association
September 2017 - Present
American Gem Society 2016
American Gem Trade Association 2016

 

Events

2017, "Workshop/3D modeling with Matrix", Jewelry School, ST.PETERSBURG/RUSSIA

2018, Research in the field of restoration sculpture and jewelry using 3D modeling together with The State Hermitage Museum, CAD Designer, ST.PETERSBURG/RUSSIA
2018, March 8th, The presentation at the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society "Amazing Journey to become an Award Winning Jewelry Designer" and about CAD technology in the jewelry field