Atelier Leseine Announces Support For 'Sharing In The Rough', A DocumentaryFilm About Colored Gemstones

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New documentary follows the lives of individuals involved in the gemstone trade, from mining to cutting to jewelry setting.

Atelier Leseine is proud to support Sharing in the Rough, a documentary that follows the lives of the individuals that uncover and share in the transformation of a gem from the time it is mined by East African miners, to the faceter who expertly cuts each stone and brings out its beauty, and finally to the jewelry designer whose skills and talents create works of art that will one day become a lasting heirloom.

This exciting documentary into the world of colored gemstones is the first of its kind, as never before has a film documented this process from start to finish. The story will be conveyed in both an educational and informational way, documenting the unique story of each person’s special contribution to the final product that is a piece of beautiful jewelry.

Production for this much anticipated project began this January when the team touched down on Nairobi to begin production in Tanzania and Kenya.

We are so very excited about this film, as we feel it can help bring awareness to the mining process, and all the crucial steps that come after a gem is brought from the earth in the making of a faceted gemstone and finished piece of jewelry. It is our hope that this film will help enhance the lives of the miners and educate the world about the people that work so hard to bring these incredible gifts of beauty to us.

Please visit the documentary’s website at and follow their exciting journey via their social media. Atelier Leseine will also be commenting about the project on our blog, and social media as well at

About Atelier Leseine:

Paris native Nathalie Leseine saw inspiration all around her as a girl. Walking along the Place Vendôme in Paris, her creativity took flight spying enticing jewels in Cartier's windows — and at Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels and Chaumet. Moving to San Francisco as a teenager, Leseine studied Public Relations and Chinese language in part because of its artistic writing style. With an explorer's curiosity she traveled all over Asia and the South Pacific. An Internet marketing business she established in Silicon Valley sold in 2000, allowing her to immerse herself in French Polynesia, meeting pearl farmers and learning about the cultured pearl trade first hand. She became an expert in these alluring marine gems and founded an exotic carved cultured pearl business called Tahitian Designs in 2004.

In collaboration with famed New York designer Geoffrey Good in 2011 she thought her carved pearls might be good for his unique designs. Good’s jewelry had appeared at such firms as Cartier, Fred Leighton, Taffin, and Verdura; his pieces also sold at leading auction houses like Christie's and Sotheby's. After many creative conversations with the artist, she discovered it was really time for her to take the next step in this love affair with jewels. She would create her own designs. And so, Atelier Leseine was born. For her first collection, she debuted with Perle Captive. Her next collections of casual-chic Carved Pearls are artfully hand-carved Tahitian black pearls both exotic and trend-worthy--and have found audiences with sophisticated women who want to wear jewelry unselfconsciously while still making a statement.

Atelier Leseine expresses Leseine's love for design forms iconic to France, The United States, The South Pacific and Asia. The classic forms infuse Perle Captive with contemporary sensibilities and careful attention to detail in a nod to her French savoir-faire, while Leseine's Carved Pearls provides stylish women more opportunities to enjoy pearls in a form that takes them from business to the beach.

For more information, please contact Nathalie(at)atelierleseine(dot)com.

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