All too often jewelry is simply regarded as an aesthetic object, but for designer Carole Shashona, it is about creating designs that are both visually enticing and experiential. Her jewelry melds the iconic sophistication of the Art Deco period with classic American glamour, tinged with influences of the Far East. But the jewelry is more than what you see at first glance. It is rooted in the art of Feng Shui, and designed to bring harmony and positive energy to the women who wear it.
We chatted with Shashona to get the scoop on her Black Diamond Collection, which might just strike the perfect balance between the sumptuous and the spiritual.
How did you get into jewelry design?
When I moved to Hong Kong with my husband, I took a job as an interior designer, and it was there that I learned the art of Feng Shui thanks to an fortuitous encounter. I had arrived at my hotel in Hong Kong jetlagged and wandered down to the lobby at four in morning, where I saw this man walking with an entourage of people behind him and I had no idea what was going on. The doorman told me he was using Feng Shui to help enhance business.
Days later, I was on a job site, and in walked that very same man. An hour later, after watching me arrange a table, he came up to me and asked if I would like to train with him in the art of Feng Shui. I studied with him for over 20 years one-to-one. I then returned to the States and began bridging Feng Shui with everyday American lifestyle. My products are designed to increase harmony, balance, flow, prosperity, and health and wellness.
How do you incorporate your lessons in Feng Shui with your jewelry?
Feng Shui is about balance and finding energies. I have found working with my clients, it is all about making the invisible visible. I have taken all the tools of Feng Shui and have slowly tried to evolve it into what I call sensory design, which is more visible, tangible energy. The Black Diamond Collection emerged from something called cracked ice, which is about finding a breath and energy. Each part of my collection is symbolic to the wearer. I like to call my jewelry “portable energizers,” meaning that it provides support for my clients.
What inspired the Black Diamond Collection?
I’ve always been fascinated with the Art Deco period because of the sheer glamour of it. I also like to fuse a European sensibility with Indochine influences. My designs are trying to capture the spirit of all those things from an aesthetic point of view.
How do you imagine women will wear the collection?
It is meant to be versatile– you can wear it from morning to night. You can glam it up or wear it with a t-shirt and feel comfortable. I think that is very important today. And I also try to mix and match and layer pieces. It is not about wearing one necklace or wearing one bracelet.
Who is the woman wearing Carole Shashona?
I think my jewelry transcends age groups. It can go from very young up to the older generations. And I think it is because it manages to have an edge while also conveying a sophistication, with a little whimsical mixed in. Whomever wears my jewelry, I want it to embrace her.
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