A note from Steven Lagos, our Founder and Creative Director:
“This will be the first Mother’s Day without my Mom. She left in late February after a brief bout with brain cancer. She was 88 years young when she passed, and was vibrant and smiling until the end.
I miss her terribly. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t think about giving her a call or remember a fun moment we shared. In cleaning out her house we came across her jewelry box. You can imagine the collection she has. I first gave my mother a piece of jewelry for Mother’s Day in 1969, I was 12 years old. I can clearly remember going to the counter at Gimbels in Philadelphia and painstakingly selecting a “Sun” pendant made from base metal on a long chain – I think it cost me $12. Little did I know that this would be the beginning of a long tradition of gifting her jewelry for every occasion for the rest of her life.
The interesting thing that struck me the most was this “Sun” was right at the very top of her jewelry box. It was carefully placed to be the first thing she saw. As you can imagine, her collection is the most extensive collection of LAGOS jewelry that I know of. Pieces from the very beginning with experimental forays made from silver flatware and turquoise to one-of kind pieces using rubies, emeralds and precious materials. Jewels created during my many years of mastering my skills and defining my style, it contained a physical evolution of my craft and history of my career. You need to understand, there are over 500 pieces in her collection, some costing tens of thousands of dollars and yet, there it was, this silly piece that she cherished and saw every time she opened the box. It completely reinforced my idea that a gift of jewelry is a very powerful thing.
Throughout the rest of this year, I am going to highlight some of the pieces in her collection, the occasions they marked and the stories they tell. I plan to share these exceptional (and not so exceptional) treasures through the eyes of my daughter Kate on Instagram.
I want to wish every Mom a happy Mother’s Day; and look forward to hearing from you soon. Stay tuned and be well.”