The beauty and purpose of jewelry has
captivated Erika since childhood. She began as a teenager
selling beads in an up-scale bead boutique where she
was given the freedom to design for her customers. Her
fascination with jewelry continued moving to silver
smithing designing and producing her first silver ring
in 1993. From there, Erika began to work at the jeweler’s
bench of renowned jeweler, artist and metal smith, the
late Enid Kaplan. Wanting to learn and explore more,
Erika enrolled at The Gemological Institute of America
(GIA) in New York City where she earned the title of
Graduate Gemologist. She then moved to California to
apprentice under a former Van Clef and Arpel designer.
Her other designations include Graduate Jeweler Gemologist
with Design and Wax Diploma, CAD/CAM Design Certificates
and others specific to the fine jewelry industry.