Shirley Ephraim, Nigerian-born of Spanish and Hebrew descent, is an established fine-jewelry designer whose one-of-a-kind master hand-woven pieces are sought after by celebrity stylists and private clients all over the world.
Her craftsmanship was discovered at the young age of 19 when she was selected to design jewelry for a Hollywood lead actor and actress of feature film The Visitor. Her hand-woven pieces became a symbolic part of the script's story which was later on nominated for an Academy Award.
Born from a culture of West-African hand-weavers, her work is drawn from ancient, sustainable jewelry making techniques and 17th-century intricate lace-setting taught to her by her Spanish mother while growing up.
A classically trained ballerina and actress,she further went to study design at the prestigious PARSONS SCHOOL of DESIGN in New York City before designing collections for Donna Karan and CHRISTIE's Art Auction House. Shirley recently launched her precious metals fine jewelry collection during Paris Fashion Week at the honorable jeweler's district in Place Vendomé on Rue de La Paix.
The collection has been sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Bond street in London, Madison Avenue in New York City, and featured in magazines including VOGUE Italia, Haute Living, and JCK Couture. As well as on film in the Oscar Nominated The Visitor starring Richard Jenkins, and DARE starring Emmy Rossum.
"It is such a rewarding experience when a client sees a piece of jewelry they have commissioned for a loved one for the first time. That depth of love is communicated through the time we spend sourcing the unique one-of-a-kind stones, or limited elements, and materials, when the idea is brought to life in a gouache sketch, and when the final piece is woven together in a lace-setting by my hands. For me, it is truly an honor to be part of such an intimate and emotional experience."
Currently living in Los Angeles, Ephraim continues reinvent modern luxuries, contributing to preserving cultures of the world through her craft and designs.
photographed by Kei Moreno in Malibu, California.
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