Born in South Africa to a jewelry-making family, Philippa was naturally drawn to working with metals and stones. After graduating from Miami University (Ohio) with a BFA in Metal Design and Photography, she moved to San Francisco in 1994 to start her career in jewelry design. She progressed steadily from a home office to a small studio to a much larger East Bay design studio in Oakland, from which she now produces several new collections each year. Philippa’s signature look is simple, organic shapes in silver and gold vermeil combined with beautifully cut gemstones. Her selection of new stones for each season defines how her collections will come to life.
“I love going to the gem shows and being inspired by all the stones I see. To put the colors together and develop a collection is one of my favorite parts of the job.” The soft edges and contours of her pieces are inspired by natural forms, yet they also incorporate lines and patterns that echo urban architecture and design.
Philippa creates beautiful, simple, and timeless jewelry that can be worn formally or informally by women of all ages. “I love to hear from customers that mine is their favorite everyday jewelry, or that they have been wearing one of my pieces for the past ten years." We think you might find a new favorite in her collection.
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