Growing up on Hilton Head Island, Selina King always had a great appreciation for the natural beauty of the Lowcountry - the majestic oak trees, salt marshes and tranquil waves of the Atlantic.
Those Southern roots, along with her Native American and Sephardic Jewish heritage, her bohemian upbringing and a healthy dose of creativity passed down from her parents, have all shaped who she is today. They have also inspired her line of jewelry, which is loved by women of all ages and backgrounds around the world.
At the age of 18, King moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design on a full scholarship and began a career in the fashion industry. She had the opportunity to work with numerous publications and fashion houses, including Italian Vogue, L’uomo Vogue, Elle Magazine, British Glamour, Dolce and Gabbana, Diane Von Furstenburg, and Lacoste. King worked alongside fashion stylists Giovanna Battaglia and Joanne Blades, and photographers Greg Kadel and Terry Richardson. She has styled celebrities, including Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Bruce and Patti Scialfa, Rachel Weisz and Chloe Sevigny.
After years of working in the corporate world, King began selling vintage clothing at a flea market in the East Village. During that time, she began transforming vintage jewelry into more modern pieces.
King continued making jewelry for years, while working other jobs in fashion styling. She soon realized creating jewelry was her true passion. Not much of a surprise there as her father was a skilled jeweler; the talent must be in her blood.
King decided to leave the fashion world altogether and launched Selina King Jewelry in 2009. She apprenticed with master metalsmiths in Georgia, South Carolina and California, and now designs and creates her own pieces by hand.
King has recently expanded her brand to include handcrafted fine jewelry and custom engagement rings. Her jewelry is created with vintage, ethically sourced stones. King employs ethical practices in all of her work. She works with a combination of metals, including 14 karat gold, sterling silver and brass, as well as natural gemstones, such as moonstone, clear quartz and turquoise.
Characterized by a spare, graphic elegance, King’s pieces are both contemporary and evocative of artifacts unearthed from ancient times. Her versatile pieces have an effortless fluidity and can be worn on their own or layered with other pieces and styles.
King now has studios in both Brooklyn and Hilton Head, where she splits her time with her artist husband of 22 years. Her southern studio is nestled on a dirt road, on the same property where she was raised, and she still uses some of her father’s old tools to create jewelry.
Selina King Jewelry is sold online and at shows across the country. She enjoys traveling to different regions of the country where she loves to meet her customers in person at these shows.
King’s experience working in high fashion has helped her develop her own personal style and a desire for quality-crafted pieces. Her Lowcountry roots have kept her grounded and loyal to the place she will forever call home.
Photo by Jen Davis