“I love women who embrace their ‘wholeness’ – own up to their femininity, their flaws, and their wit. This is the woman i have in my thoughts when i design”. – Nadia Shelbaya
Nadia Shelbaya is a Copenhagen based gemmologist and jewellery designer known for her eye-catching mix of Middle Eastern opulence and Scandinavian minimalism. Since founding her studio in 2016, she has developed a devoted following owing to her stunning and novel use of precious metals and delicately flawed gemstones.
The daughter of an Egyptian mother and a Danish father, Shelbaya spent her childhood summers in Cairo, where she adopted her grandmother’s passion for ornate jewelry. A lavish pair of 22-carat gold earrings now adorns her workshop as a sweet reminder of how her love for jewelry was born.
Shelbaya describes her jewelry as part sensual, part rebellious and indeed, many of her pieces are named after French Nouvelle Vague actresses who exude a little bit of both.
“As a designer, I’m guided by my aesthetic intuition and I often mix materials that you don’t expect, but I’m very perceptive to what women like and that’s probably my greatest gift. I have a sixth sense for the things that make us women feel beautiful and feminine,” Shelbaya says.
Read more about Nadia Shelbaya here.