Erika Laureano grew up in the New England area, surrounded by art and inspiration. Her fascination with art began when watching her mother, an artist and painter, work with enormous canvases in her attic studio. Erika graduated Virginia Commonwealth University, with a BA in Fashion Design and soon after attended Lorenzo di Medici in Florence and the University per Staneri in Perugia, Italy. There she studied language, art history, figurative drawing and painting. Her time in Italy fueled her captivation with rich colors, flowing lines, and dramatic history.
Upon her return to the United States, she honed her skills in the fashion design industry for over a decade before embarking on her path in jewelry design. Studying at Danaca Design Studio, Erika become proficient with metalsmithing techniques. Over the years, she perfected her craft, studied the concept of jewelry design and acquired a new vocabulary in the arts, learning from some of the nation’s top jewelry artists.
Her work is found in over a dozen locations throughout Washington State including her own retail location in downtown North Bend, Washington. Each year brings new opportunities and evolution.