Words by Jennifer Wang
When Adrienne Alaimo began to experiment with jewelry creation, she dove headfirst into the medium and knew she would want to start her own line one day. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Adrienne was an active child, raised by creative parents who encouraged her imagination. She began her fashion design studies at Parsons in 2002 and eventually moved to London to attend Central Saint Martins, where she graduated with a degree in sweater design in 2006. While working at Ralph Lauren, she began to take jewelry courses in her spare time, which ultimately drove her to contemplate her own line - AEA Jewelry.
Officially launched in 2012, the line features strong architectural pieces in varying configurations often referred to as "monuments for the body." The designs come in different metals and finishes to suit each individual wearer. Each sculptural piece is meant to be a bold and beautiful complement to the human body.
“I have always designed in shapes, it’s just how my brain is wired. Structure, sculpture, balance, repetition - all things my designs fall back on. I think the medium of jewelry really gave me that outlet to create all the forms I dreamt up in a permanent way.”
When considering how she was able to make AEA a reality, Adrienne credits many years of apprenticing with a master jeweler who took her under his wing, sharing his expertise while training her one on one. She culled much of her knowledge from this experience and the two still work together on AEA samples and production. The line has grown immensely and, as Adrienne says, has become more mature in its identity. Most recently, she launched a collection of 3D printed jewelry - AEA ONE - which is just as cool as it sounds. The line is a natural evolution of the same AEA forms, but using new materials like nylon and 3D printing technology for a futuristic feel. All of her creations are the result of an organic design process through sketching that has served her well over the years. “Stay true to your identity. Your identity as a person and design wise should exist as one in the same really," says Adrienne. “If you have that, the rest is a lot easier. You just live it."