by Emilie Shapiro
Queens, New York
"I’m inspired by the beauty in imperfection -- whether those imperfections come from the natural gemstone, the texture, or the technique. I hope the wearers of my jewelry see a reflection of themselves in my work, celebrating both imperfections and natural beauty."
Emilie uses the ancient craft of lost wax casting which dates back to the Egyptians, wherein she carves sculptural pieces into hard wax and casts them into metal. Rough gemstones are incorporated into her work as a celebration of the beauty of natural imperfection. All production and resources are kept as local as possible, and every piece is handmade in Emilie’s studio in New York City.
This collection was inspired by the unique ecosystems of the ocean and the significance of flora and fauna. Vastly different species rely on one another in order to thrive in their shared environment. Garnet, grossular, turquoise, rose quartz, kyanite, ruby, tanzanite and emerald come together in perfect harmony to create this piece with a handmade clasp.
Each piece will vary slightly due to the uniqueness of the stones. All metal is nickel free.