Emilie Shapiro's work is inspired by natural elements and experimentation. She incorporates natural, rough gemstones celebrating the beauty of imperfections. Emilie uses the ancient craft of lost wax casting, which dates back to Egyptian times, allowing her to carve sculptural pieces into hard wax and then cast them in metal. For a primitive yet modern feel, Emilie casts gemstones in place so that they are embedded in the metal, creating a marriage of materials in each piece.
Emilie uses recycled metals and natural gemstones and employs ethical metal-smithing practices in her studio. Emilie is committed to sustainable business practices, using recycled packaging materials and working with vendors who share this ethos. All jewelry is handmade in her New York City studio.