Selina King grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, surrounded by the unmistakable beauty of the Atlantic Ocean, live oak trees, and saltmarshes. Her mother owned a crystal shop and her father was a jeweler, two factors that would distinctively form King’s own creative impulses. At eighteen, King moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design, and began a career in the fashion industry. Mining vintage stores on the side, King began to buy old jewelry and rework it into more modern pieces. Designing jewelry became her true passion, and Selina King Jewelry was born in 2006. After apprenticing with master metalsmiths in Georgia, South Carolina, and California, King is now both designing and creating her own pieces by hand in Brooklyn, New York.
King draws inspiration from an unlikely combination of sources - the natural surroundings of her childhood, her Native American and Sephardic Jewish heritage, art deco jewelry design, and the bohemian vibes of the 1960s and 1970s - and marries this unique aesthetic with the unmistakable edge of the New York City streets. King works with a combination of metals – 14 karat gold fill, sterling silver, brass, and bronze – and natural gemstones such as lapis, moonstone, clear quartz, and turquoise. Characterized by a spare, graphic elegance, her 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.
In the fashion industry, King has worked with numerous publications and fashion houses including Italian Vogue, L’uomo Vogue, Elle Magazine, British Glamour, Dolce and Gabbana, Diane Von Furstenburg, and Lacoste. She has worked alongside fashion stylists Giovanna Battaglia and Joanne Blades, photographers such as Greg Kadel and Terry Richardson, and styled celebrities including Mary Kate and Ashley Olson, Bruce and Patti Springsteen, Rachel Weiss, and Chloe Sevigny.