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Our Solstice Sale Starts Today!

The days are getting longer and the sun is shining bright - we're celebrating the Summer Solstice with 20% OFF everything online June 21st- the longest day of the year! Use those extra hours to shop to your heart's content!
Click here to shop our annual solstice sale. 

Sale ends Sunday June 24th at Midnight EST

Enter code SOLSTICE! at checkout to receive 20% off your entire order on all jewelry and books. 

The June Moonstone Edit!

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Filled with a light that glows from within, moonstones are an ancient talisman of protection, love, and a tangible connection to the magic of the moon.

Moonstones are part of the feldspar family and have a magical inner glow that is sometimes referred to as a flash. We like to imagine someone thousands of years ago finding a flashy moonstone on a forest floor and intrinsically knowing it was special.

See some of our moonstone favorite pieces below!


You're One of A Kind

We are so excited about our new one of a kind pieces!

On our trip to the Tucson Gem show this past January, we fell in love with these natural amethyst stalactite slices and a peach sapphire - we just had to take them with us.

See the pieces we created below, and click here for all one of kind!

...and something for him, one of a kind aquamarine cuff links

The May Emerald Edit! 

We are so excited that Spring is here and all the plants in bloom!

One of our favorite and most popular stones we work with are emeralds. 
Emeralds are believed to embody youth, renewal and growth. It symbolizes unity, compassion and promotes friendship and balance between partners.

Check out some of our favorite emerald pieces below!

A Note to All Women

Mothers come in all shapes and forms, your fierce aunt,
independent mentor and badass friend. Sources of love, strength and inspiration
can come from female role models of all types.

In honor of this, my team and I wrote descriptions of one of these types of women in each of our lives. Keep scrolling to check them out!

xo Emilie


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We were completely blindsided when our son Wesley Orion was born 7 weeks early; when I was discharged  from the hospital, I felt like I was leaving a piece of me behind. We have so much gratitude towards every person in the NICU at Mt Sinai, but especially our primary nurse Jillian. Her compassion and knowledge for each and every baby being cared for got us through the toughest time of our lives. She cared for each and every little NICU warrior like her own, and met the nervous parents with knowledge, compassion and wit. Jillian’s love for what she does kept us going every day and we learned so much from her. 

- Emilie


 

 

My mom, Candace, has always been an inspiration to me, whether it's being a supportive and encouraging mom or a badass architect on a job site. She has taught me to be an independent, honest and caring woman who can do anything while not taking life too seriously. I'm so lucky to have my mom be one of my best friends. 

- Laura 

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My Grandma Scheffe is glamorous, hilarious, and tough as nails! Grandma found herself in hospice care twice over the past two years. She was expelled both times for thriving, and is now better than ever at age 90! Her strength inspires me. When I recently helped to save the life of a sick pet, she was not surprised. In her words, “All things respond to love.”

- Noelle


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New addition to the family!

Emilie and her husband Ben welcomed
Wesley Orion on March 22nd in New York City.


Our Top Picks For All Moms!


In honor of Mother’s Day coming up, we’re doing our annual fierce female giveaway on Instagram! Follow the link here to enter!

Contest ends Monday 5/7 at midnight EST. One winner will be picked for the necklace but lots of love will be spread 😍

The April Diamond Edit

Diamonds are the strongest natural stones and were known in antiquity as the “stone of invincibility”, bringing strength and courage to its wearer.

See some of the studio favorites below and
click here to see our fine collection!

The New Collection is Here!

I'm so excited to debut my latest collection, Weeping Willow. Inspired by the ability to adapt - not only the ability to survive but to thrive in the most challenging conditions. Weeping Willows are one of the few trees that are capable of bending in the most intriguing positions without snapping. Their vine-like leaves remind us to accept our innermost selves to gain deeper understanding of our subconscious. With sweeping forms and textures, this collection features blush rose quartz and earthy, rich emeralds to signify life, change and progress in even the darkest hour.

Click here to see what's new!

The March Aquamarine Edit

The days are getting longer and the sun is shinning as we start daydreaming of warmer days ahead!

One of our favorite stones to work with are aquamarines. These beautiful blue stones remind us of sunny days at the park or beach. Originally used as talismans for people out at sea, this gemstone is used as a protective talisman for good luck for your journey through life. To celebrate the bright days ahead and March babes, we have selected some of our favorite aquamarine pieces! You can see more here.

Bench Jeweler Opening

We're looking for a bench jeweler to join our team in New York City!

Emilie Shapiro Contemporary Metals is handmade jewelry company based in Long Island City, NYC, just minutes from midtown Manhattan. Emilie's collection features recycled metals and natural gemstones and is sold worldwide at galleries, small boutiques and museums such as Anthropologie, Sundance and the Smithsonian Museum. 

Emilie Shapiro is looking for a bench jeweler to join their growing team. The ideal candidate has basic bench skills including the use of hand tools, sawing, flex shaft use, assembly, soldering and polishing. We are looking for the right fit, not necessarily the most experienced and will train this person with our unique studio practices. The position will entail, but not limited to, cleaning castings, metal fabrication, assembly, soldering, arc welding, stone setting and polishing. The ideal candidate has basic bench skills, a passion for handmade and is looking to learn and grow with the company longterm. 

This position is a full time position and looking for someone to start immediately. Compensation based on experience.

Please submit your resume, a short description of why you're the ideal candidate and images of any past work. Please submit inquiries to info@emilieshapiro.com with the subject "bench jeweler"

Charleston Magazine

Check out this beautiful spread in Charleston Magazine this month featuring the mosaic wide cuff with raw emeralds embedded in brass. Thanks to one of our retailers, Out of Hand in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina for putting this shoot together!

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shop the mosaic wide cuff here - http://emilieshapiro.com/shop/mosaic-wide-cuff

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Creative Admin Internship

Emilie Shapiro Contemporary Metals is a handmade jewelry company located in New York City inspired from natural elements and celebrating the beauty in imperfections. Emilie Shapiro is committed to sustainability in both material sourcing and studio practices, and all jewelry fabrication is done in house from concept, design to fabrication.

Overview: Seeking a creative individual who is highly motivated and organized to assist in all administrative tasks that go into running a small craft company for 1-2 days a week. This individual will work directly with designer and production manager in maintaining and implementing a marketing strategy including social media strategy and marketing emails. This may also entail editing photographs, maintaining company website and online shop, and administrative tasks involved in current and prospective wholesale accounts. This individual will work be working in a creative environment and experience all the moving parts of a small handmade jewelry company. This is a great experience for someone looking to gain marketing and administration experience in a creative environment. 

The ideal candidate would have a love for jewelry, crafts and handmade products with an eagerness to learn, outgoing personality and work with a fast growing company.

This is an unpaid internship with a travel and lunch stipend. School credit is available if applicable. This is not a design or bench jeweler position.

Please send resume, cover letter & availability to info@emilieshapiro.com

A note to my mom....

To the most strong, brave and beautiful woman I know - my mother. You have taught me everything I know - your selflessness, love for family, and your kind heart made of 24k gold. Your love for jewelry and art are contagious and planted a seed in me at a young age. Thank you for teaching me so much, being my number 1 fan, and letting me pick through your jewelry box. I love you past the moon and stars, and back again!  

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Here's a look at Bonnie's favorite pieces!

Job Opening - Bench Jeweler

We are seeking a bench jeweler to join our growing family! If you, or anyone you know may be interested please pass this along.

Emilie Shapiro Contemporary Metals is handmade jewelry company based in Long Island City, NYC, just minutes from midtown Manhattan. Emilie’s collection features recycled metals and natural gemstones and is sold worldwide at galleries, small boutiques and museums such as Anthropologie, Sundance and the Smithsonian Museum.

Emilie Shapiro is looking for a bench jeweler to join their growing team. The ideal candidate has basic bench skills including the use of hand tools, sawing, flex shaft use, soldering and polishing. We are looking for the right fit and will train this person during the apprentice program, not necessarily the most experienced. The position will entail, but not limited to, cleaning castings, metal fabrication, assembly, soldering, arc welding and polishing. The ideal candidate has a passion for handmade and is looking to learn and grow with the company.

This position is a three month paid apprenticeship that will transition into a full time roll. Compensation based on experience.

Please submit your resume, a short description of why you’re the ideal candidate and images of any past work. Please submit inquiries to info@emilieshapiro.com with the subject “bench jeweler”

Custom Tourmaline Engagement Ring

I recently made this custom engagement ring for a super sweet and newly engaged couple, Casey & Austen. This ring features a rose cut deep green tourmaline surrounded by a halo of rough diamonds embedded in recycled 14k yellow gold.  

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An initial sketch for the custom ring

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I selected a few different stone options, but Casey picked this stunning rose cut tourmaline that has a really magical iridescence! 

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The finished product basking in the morning studio light. 

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The finished ring features a rose cut, deep green tourmaline surrounded by a halo of rough diamonds embedded in recycled 14k yellow gold. 

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A final look before we sent finished ring off. 

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She said yes! Congratulations to Casey and Austen! 

Online Sample Sale

We're having an online sample sale! Click here to shop from March 1st - 7th. 

100% of the profits will be donated to Cycle for Survival: a fundraising event for innovative studies and clinical trials that are accelerating progress in the fight against rare cancers at Memorial Sloan Kettering. To learn more about the event click here

These are discontinued, studio samples or pieces with a small blemish looking for a home. All pieces are sold as is and are final sale.

My brother in law Jon passed away almost 3 years ago from a rare cancer. He was an incredible husband, father, brother, son and friend. He was so supportive of me and my business, some of favorite memories are designing special pieces of jewelry for my sister with him.

Unfortunately, I know many people have a story like this and everyone has a loved one affected by cancer.

100% of all profits will be donated to Memorial Sloan Kettering for research for rare cancers from our online sample sale March 1 - March 7. 

With Love,
Emilie

All You Need Is Love ❤️

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I try to remember to spread love everyday. I really believe kindness is contagious, even if it's simply smiling at a stranger on the subway - it's a chain reaction. Here are some of my favorite love inspired pieces to gift a little sparkle for someone special... or yourself!

Top left: ruby crystal earrings

Top right: unity ring with pink sapphires (email for inquires), rough diamond solitaire ring, unity ring with rough diamond  

Bottom left: mini lunar ring

Bottom right: ruby crystal pendant

The making of an engagement ring

In the late Summer, my sister's boyfriend came to my studio and asked me to create an engagement ring for her! I was so excited that he was planning on asking her to marry him, but also so honored that he asked me to make the ring. Luckily my sister had shown me a ring she loved a few months back that was a vintage ring from the 1920's which I modeled my design after. It was so fun and special to make this ring for her and really get to know her boyfriend during the process. Since I don't normally make work like this, it was also really nice to shake things up and step outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself as a designer. The hardest part of working on this project was keeping this secret from my sister and whole family for 2 months! Luckily, my other sister Steph also knew so we could talk about it with each other without imploding with excitement. Derek asked Alli to marry to him this past Saturday, October 29 at our family's house in Montauk. Montauk is such a special place to my whole family and we've been going there since we were kids. That spot is especially meaningful to me since my husband and I were married on that beach last year! It's definitely filled with lots of love. See the step-by-step of how I created Alli's engagement ring below.

 Diamond shopping! It's hard to go wrong when everything is so sparkly. We take into consideration the "four C's" - carat, cut, clarity and color

Diamond shopping! It's hard to go wrong when everything is so sparkly. We take into consideration the "four C's" - carat, cut, clarity and color

 To create the model for the ring which will eventually be cast into platinum, I start with hard jewelry wax. Here is the beginning of the band.  

To create the model for the ring which will eventually be cast into platinum, I start with hard jewelry wax. Here is the beginning of the band.  

 The first step to creating the setting is making a perfect shape seat for the stone.  

The first step to creating the setting is making a perfect shape seat for the stone.  

 I used a square template to create the octogan shape for the outside of the setting. The ring is inspired by a 1920s setting - the circle inside of an octogan is very Art Deco and was used in jewelry a lot. 

I used a square template to create the octogan shape for the outside of the setting. The ring is inspired by a 1920s setting - the circle inside of an octogan is very Art Deco and was used in jewelry a lot. 

 The octogan setting is carved with a channel for sapphires to surround the stone. 

The octogan setting is carved with a channel for sapphires to surround the stone. 

 The underside of the setting is angled to continue the Art Deco feel. Each window was also hollowed out to let light come through and to bring down the weight of the model. 

The underside of the setting is angled to continue the Art Deco feel. Each window was also hollowed out to let light come through and to bring down the weight of the model. 

 The band is attached to the setting using heat to mend the waxes together. The diamond is just resting on the setting, just in the photo for emphasis!

The band is attached to the setting using heat to mend the waxes together. The diamond is just resting on the setting, just in the photo for emphasis!

 A leaf shape is added to either side of the setting - once in metal accent diamonds will be set in these. 

A leaf shape is added to either side of the setting - once in metal accent diamonds will be set in these. 

 One more image of the finished wax model! Next this model goes to a casting house to get cast into platinum using the lost wax casting technique. 

One more image of the finished wax model! Next this model goes to a casting house to get cast into platinum using the lost wax casting technique. 

 Here is the raw platinum casting of my wax model. You can see the extra metal on the top of the setting - this is called a sprue. A sprue acts as a passageway for the molten metal during the casting process. Next I will saw the sprue off and sand the entire ring rid of scratches until it's smooth.  

Here is the raw platinum casting of my wax model. You can see the extra metal on the top of the setting - this is called a sprue. A sprue acts as a passageway for the molten metal during the casting process. Next I will saw the sprue off and sand the entire ring rid of scratches until it's smooth.  

 A side view of the raw casting. 

A side view of the raw casting. 

 The casting has been finished and a channel for the sapphires has been opened up in the metal. Next, the ring goes to a stone cutter who specially cuts the sapphires to fit into the channel. 

The casting has been finished and a channel for the sapphires has been opened up in the metal. Next, the ring goes to a stone cutter who specially cuts the sapphires to fit into the channel. 

 Sapphires have been cut - here I begin to lay them into place to make sure the fit is just right.  

Sapphires have been cut - here I begin to lay them into place to make sure the fit is just right.  

 One last stone to set! Small beads were raised to set each stone which is called "millgrain" - this is a very traditional way of setting stones and gives that vintage feel.

One last stone to set! Small beads were raised to set each stone which is called "millgrain" - this is a very traditional way of setting stones and gives that vintage feel.

 The finished ring! All the stones are set and the final polish has been applied to the ring.  

The finished ring! All the stones are set and the final polish has been applied to the ring.  

 A side view of the finished product.  

A side view of the finished product.  

 The ring features a 1.31 carat round brilliant diamond surrounded by 8 trapezoid shaped sapphires in a calibre style octogan setting. 2 diamonds are set in either side of the ring into leaf shapes set in recycled platinum.

The ring features a 1.31 carat round brilliant diamond surrounded by 8 trapezoid shaped sapphires in a calibre style octogan setting. 2 diamonds are set in either side of the ring into leaf shapes set in recycled platinum.

 A picture of the newly engaged couple right after he proposed on the beach in Montauk, NY this past weekend. I'm so happy for my sister and soon to be brother! 

A picture of the newly engaged couple right after he proposed on the beach in Montauk, NY this past weekend. I'm so happy for my sister and soon to be brother!