I have always known what I wanted to do when I grew up. As a child, I was designing necklaces, bracelets and earrings in my free time. Antique jewelry inspired me and I found myself creating designs that paired periods such Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Edwardian with the modern needs of today. The result, “The Fusion Collection,” has been my pleasure to create.
The seamlessly woven jewelry that Rachel Zolotov creates involves patience, precision, and a skill that is no longer seen in contemporary jewelry. Incorporating cultured pearls, gemstone beads and found vintage jewels, she designs and creates one-of-a-kind pieces for those who appreciate the beauty of craftsmanship.
This lattice-like style of weaving was last popular in the 1920s, when sautoirs of seed pearls graced the necks of flappers out on the town. Fascinated by the construction of these necklaces, Rachel taught herself the complicated techniques required to re-create this look, through trial-and-error and years of effort. Her repertoire now includes many different styles of “lace,” from plain and simple to highly intricate.
In addition to the pieces available for sale at Elleard Heffern, Rachel also creates custom jewels for clients wishing to incorporate a piece of their own jewelry. She is available by appointment for personal consultations in the store.
Rachel attended the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California and graduated with degrees in Graduate Jewelry (GJ), Graduate Gemology (GG), and Applied Jewelry Arts (AJA). She furthered her education at the HTL School of Engraving in Steyr, Austria, where she studied under Master Engraver Martin Strolz.
She resides in St. Louis with her husband and young daughter.