Nadia Shelbaya

Copenhagen, Denmark

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 she founded her studio in 2016, she has developed a devoted following owing to her stunning handiwork 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 quickly inherited her grandmother’s passion for ornate jewellery. A lavish pair of 22 carat gold earrings now adorn her workshop as a sweet reminder of where her love for jewellery was born. Shelbaya describes her jewellery as part sensual, part rebellious and indeed, many of her pieces were named after French nouvelle vague actresses who exude a little bit of both. “I love women who embrace their ‘wholeness’ and own up to their sexuality, their flaws and their wit,” she explains and admits that even her creative process is a bit unorthodox. “As a designer, I’m guided by my aesthetic intuition and I often mix materials that you don’t expect,” she muses. “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 feel beautiful and feminine”.

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