Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The focal point of Seattle, Washington’s Hing Hay Park is an authentic pagoda that was constructed and designed in Taipei, Taiwan.

The thirty-seven year old structure serves as a symbol of the indomitable spirit of Asian immigrants. Washington State is also home to featured jewelry designer Samia Shalabi.

For Palestine-born Shalabi travel is integral to her design aesthetic. Not only do the vivid sights and sounds of her travels inform her understated handmade jewelry designs, but she has also studied with seasoned East Indian goldsmiths, and collects unique gemstones as well as sea glass.

A ten year veteran, through her designer jewelry company, Karazi Design, Shalabi creates jewelry that is organic yet subtle.

Though semi-precious and precious gemstones that include yellow sapphire, Mexican fire agate, olive jade, seed beads, and apatite are the focal points of her designs many are opaque in color giving them a sense of pragmatism and weightiness.

The textured, naturalistic outlines of 18- and 22-karat gold or oxidized sterling silver evoke ancient civilizations as the metals are eco-friendly materials “melted down from old pieces.” Words of empowerment, engraved in Sanskrit on the gold backing of earrings and pendant necklaces, are Shalabi’s finishing touch.

“Jewelry is not simply an accessory it tells a story; it has a meaning,” she says. “I studied geology and I have a deep love of the earth. My jewelry pieces include Indonesian lava necklaces, East Indian gold pendants, and Turkish coin bracelets.

Careful thought and conscious placement of color and texture is a part of every piece.

I do what I love and I hope each wearer knows love has gone into every part of making my jewelry.”
Photo 1 (top right): Lava Quartz Crystal Necklace
Photo 2 (bottom left): 20-Karat Hammered Gold Stacking Rings with Rough Cut Diamond

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