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About Lexi

Lexi Erickson Designs began in 1988. While studying for an advanced degree in archaeology, Lexi wanted to learn about bronze, and how the Age of Bronze emerged from the Stone Age. Photo of Lexi in front of the Chephren Pyramid“Metals fascinated me," she says, “and while we found beads and jewelry objects in excavation sites, the only jewelry I really knew about was 'jewelry store jewelry.' That didn’t interest me a bit.” At the persistent insistence of a friend, she took a university level jewelry course to learn about bronze. The rest is history. Lexi earned a Masters Degree in Jewelry Design and Fabrication, and fell in love with making her own unique style of jewelry; not the high polished gold and diamonds found in the mall jewelry stores, but earthy, natural and organic looking pieces. By using distinctive, museum-quality cabochons, unusual shapes, and distressing her work, her pieces look like they came from another culture and were dug up yesterday. These one-of-a-kind pieces have given Lexi Erickson’s jewelry the instantly recognizable features of adventure and travel to ancient, exotic cultures. Lapidary Journal Cover

This love affair has continued, and now that she has “retired” from teaching college archaeology, anthropology and jewelry making, Lexi has turned to full-time jewelry making and world travel. As a Contributing Editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Lexi writes numerous articles on techniques and tools. She writes frequently for Jewelry Making Daily. “I am blessed in the fact that I get to continue my love of teaching through writing numerous step-by-step articles, and with the six DVDs I’ve made for Interweave Press, my How to Solder Jewelry book, and also featured articles on tools or my travels, I enjoy every minute of it.” The award-winning jewelry artist and five-time cover artist for Lapidary Journal (“Well, 4.5 times cover artist,” Lexi jokes, “One of the pictures was small.”) has taught workshops all over the world and charms students with her wit and relaxed, professional teaching style. Students are instantly put at ease while learning the exacting, and some times frustrating jewelry making techniques. As many students have experienced “Lexi makes it so easy and explains why things work. That helps me understand techniques so much better,” they exclaim.

Lexi also teaches one-on-one private lessons in her Denver studio. Loving the mountains which spring up outside of her hometown, Fairplay, Coloraoshe says “I am inspired by the geology, colors and light of the Rocky Mountains in which I live. With this, I blend my Northern European heritage with its strong Scandinavian design ideals. Combine this with the mysticism of long forgotten civilizations where I have studied, taught and worked as an archaeologist, and the spirituality of the people of the Four Corners area of the Southwest, where I grew up.” Mix this together and you find a unique style of jewelry not usually found in today’s market. “From the open-air markets of Cairo to the beaches of Easter Island, I personally select each stone, traveling throughout the world to find exotic and unusual accents, that perfect color, that exact shape needed.” Ruby Necklace And that’s what makes Lexi Erickson’s jewelry so distinctive and remarkable.

Lexi speaks about her work: "I use only the finest materials. I hand finish each piece using the ancient techniques. Little or no electricity is used during the entire process. Because of this, almost every piece is a one-of-a-kind treasure. I make each piece myself, therefore my yearly output is less than 100 pieces, all designed, made, and hand-finished by me. It’s a very spiritual process for me.” Each piece is stamped and numbered, to become a collector’s item to be cherished for many generations to come.

I hope your choice of Lexi Erickson jewelry will give you eons of enjoyment and continue to delight your eyes. Become a collector.

Artist Statement

“I am inspired by the geology and geomorphology of the American Southwest, the patinas of her canyons and the archaeology of the Ancients. My design exercises are hikes into her backcountry, looking for and recording textures, colors, and the Spirit of Place, which then emerges in metal and stone as a piece of my soul.

“I’m doing the kind of work that I love to wear. It’s earthy, bold, and romantic. My pieces are usually conversation starters. If others love what I find beautiful, and choices I’ve made, and get the same feeling from my work, and wish to purchase it, then that’s delightful. However, I feel that to make a piece only for an economic reward at the end ruins both the spirituality of the piece and the joy I have in creating it. My reward comes from the joy of watching something I create come to life in front of my eyes.”