Studio Tour: Laura Tedesco Jewellery Design

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For Laura Tedesco, jewellery design is a part of the family. A 3rd generation jeweller, she trained with her father Dino Tedesco, the owner of Venetian Jewellers before travelling to Italy to study at the Gemological Institute of America. “I was taught the traditional style of drafting and rendering jewellery in paint,” says Laura, “This organic style allows me to express myself freely and create pieces that I could never have dreamed of.” With a connection to Hamilton, Laura returned to build her own presence within the community. Through her newly opened custom design studio on Locke Street, she is helping others to create beautiful and meaningful pieces of their own. “I feel fortunate to have people come to me to create them their very own custom jewellery designs,” Laura explains, “Seeing the concept made into reality, as well as witnessing the reaction of an individual when they first see their finished custom piece of jewellery is the most satisfying part of my job.” 

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Excerpt from Beaux Mondes' City File in Hamilton Magazine Fall 2012

Q&A

What is it about jewellery that you love so much?  
Everything!  The design aspect , the inspiration and story behind each piece, the metals, the mixing of metals or the textures and finishes that can be obtained within the metal. Gemstones with their unique cuts and endless array of colours.  The rarity of diamonds and that no two diamonds are alike. The feelings jewellery can evoke when you see  pieces that blow you away or for the first time.  The history of antiques pieces and the fact that someone was wearing it generations ago.  The beauty of the gift of jewellery, the personalized touch of custom jewellery, the symbols and amulets that are used in jewellery.  The craftsmanship  and various techniques that go into each and every piece. The statements that are made with jewellery, whether it be for fashion or to show eternal love to that special someone.  I love wearing it and mixing & matching it with my wardrobe depending on my mood or outfit.  I love jewellery so much I could really  go on and on ...

What inspires your designs each season?
It can be anything.  A dream, nature, a place I've travelled, an object, a feeling,  something or someone. 

How would you sum up your brand and aesthetic in 3 words?
Eclectic
Elegant
Bold

Can you describe your design process? What is the most satisfying part of the process?
If it's a commissioned piece I ask my client several questions in order to get a feel for what they want to see in their design.  For instance, with engagement rings I would design the ring around the centre diamond or stone. Also, I would find out the taste and style of the individual it is for.  After several sketches and once the design is approved it goes into production.  The most satisfying part of my job is seeing the concept made into reality as well as witnessing the reaction of an individual when they see their finished custom piece of jewellery for the first time.  

What are some of your favorite materials to work with and create with?
Mechanical pencils for my sketches, water colour when rendering my designs in paint and when the opportunity arises, platinum and diamonds! (Canadian preferably).

Any advice you would give to aspiring designers?  
Believe and be yourself.  Don't be afraid to take risks and don't let anyone discourage you.  

You just opened your studio on Locke Street. What is it that keeps you in Hamilton?
I was born in Hamilton.  I feel connected to the city.  I want to build a presence within the community first and foremost.  I also live in the area, there's nothing like being able to walk to work.

What is your favourite object in your studio?
Either my antique scale that belonged to my Nonno or my vintage drafting table.

Who is your favourite jewellery designer?
I have several favourites, past and present.  But, ever since I experienced a Cartier exhibit, I feel in love with Cartier for his early twentieth century jewellery and art deco creations.  The quality and craftsmanship of that time just can't be matched.

What would surprise people about you?
How long it took for me to design my own engagement ring.  

Laura Tedesco Jewellery Design
1-195 Locke Street South
Hamilton, ON
(By appointment only)

Laura's studio space on Locke Street South

Laura's studio space on Locke Street South

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Collections of family mementos fill the shelves in Laura's studio.

Collections of family mementos fill the shelves in Laura's studio.

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