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AEA's 3D-Printed Jewelry: 'Little Monuments' You Can Wear

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Welcome to Open Studio, a Racked feature where we explore the workspaces and showrooms of some of the city's most talented, up-and-coming designers.

Photos: Driely S. for Racked

For someone who began her career designing sweaters for ultra-traditional Ralph Lauren, Adrienne Alaimo makes awfully futuristic jewelry. The AEA designer has mastered the art of 3D printing, and she uses it to turn out chunky, architectural pieces studded with colorful gems—nothing like the droves of delicate, barely-there stacking rings and studs lining the shelves of most Brooklyn boutiques.

"Although my pieces are very unique, they're not trendy. They have their own identity," Alaimo says of her main label, and its nylon plastic diffusion line, AEA One. "Everybody wants me to reference a specific architect, but I'm my own architect. I'm designing these little monuments in my mind."

We recently stopped by the designer's Williamsburg waterfront studio to check out the high-tech printing process up close and her upcoming line of engagement rings.

· AEA Jewelry [Official Site]
· Open Studio [Racked NY]