Rita-Livia Erikson

I was born in 1990 in Tallinn, Estonia, and grew up near the capital, surrounded by nature.

I studied jewelry art in Estonian Academy of Arts, in the Department of Jewelry and Blacksmithing, and currently operate mostly in Tallinn. Since my graduation in 2012, I’ve been making jewelry and continuously improving my skill set. In my creations, I use mostly classical goldsmithing technologies and materials, like gold, silver, and natural gemstones. In the fall of 2015, I went to the United States for 6 months where I studied faceting stones, and widened tremendously my knowledge and skills in the world of gemstones. In 2017 I worked as a gem cutter for a ruby mining company in Mozambique.

Jewelry and gemstones are my life’s big passion and joy. Starting from the year 2016 I’ve kept going to the biggest gem and mineral show, that’s held every February in Tucson, Arizona. It has given me the chance to hand select every cut and rough stone I’ve brought back with me to Estonia. Going there year after year is also a great way to keep myself up to date with the latest news, changes, and discoveries in the gem industry.

I’m also a Graduate Gemologist. I started my formal education in the field of gemology in 2018 at Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Bangkok. I did the Graduate Colored Stones Program, which means I concentrated thoroughly on getting to know and identify different gemstones used in jewelry. The following year I returned to Bangkok to do the Graduate Diamonds Program as well. Spending all those months living in a city I consider to be the heart of the world of colored stones, I got very familiar with the gemstone market and expanded greatly my knowledge and skills in gem cutting and polishing.

Learning and self development never end and I see every new challenge as a new opportunity to discover and do something new.

I’ve found it difficult to express myself in words. But if one picture says more than a thousand words, then a piece of jewelry tells a worldful of stories on its own. With its wearer a new unique whole is formed.

To me, jewelry is something very personal that’s beauty and value are lasting. I enjoy creating beautiful things, working with my hands, and new exciting challenges in the field that I love.

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