By Arwa Lodi
You’ve got to love a woman who has named her rescue dog ‘Miss Piggy.’ But we admire Shelly Mantler for her jewellery talents too.
After having worked as an interior designer in San Diego, she started Shel. Jewelry over five years ago, and since then, she’s sold her collections not only to high-profile friends and boutiques, but to art galleries as well. So popular have her designs become, they’ve even been featured on two bridal magazine covers: My Day Weddings and Bridal Magazine, DC, as well as between the covers of several prestigious fashion and bridal magazines.
Inspired by the power of nature and timeless feminine beauty, Shel mainly creates custom, one-of-a-kind jewellery from ethically sourced semi-precious stones, crystals and fresh water pearls.
Combined with her expertise in color, proportion and scale, Shel’s natural eye for design and fashion is the seed of her work. Her pieces are sexy, classic, and with their touch of boho chic, they can be worn on the beach or on the red carpet.
But let’s get back to Miss Piggy. Shelly is a passionate advocate of animal rights and gives a portion of her profits to the Humane Society each year, meaning that a Shel couture purchase could also help save the lives of abandoned pets.
A brilliant idea indeed!
Editor’s note: Shel Couture will be featured at our Trunk Show at Matignon the 27th June, 2012.
To see more of Shel’s work, click through the slideshow.