Larisa Zolotova (Carlsbad, California)
Larisa developed her technical skills and knowledge for working with precious metals and gems at the School of Jewelry Arts in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Later she continued her training by learning how to create jewelry using CAD software and evaluate gemstones at the GIA in Carlsbad, California, where she was named the winner of a Student Choice Award for creating her Marilyn Monroe Collection. The following year in Milan, Italy, she obtained The Iron A’ Design Award in the Jewelry, Eyewear, and Watch Design Category for her Ballerina Ring. Later Larisa’s Marilyn Monroe Ring was awarded a prize in Golden Line Nomination at The International Russian Diamond Line Contest, in Moscow, Russia.