Emily Wheeler’s passion for jewelry began as a young girl when she would accompany her father, an architectural photographer, on his road trips through Arizona, collecting exotic stones and Native American jewelry. After a stint as a fashion model in her teens, she landed on the West Coast, where she began to design jewelry. Her childhood influences—architecture and fashion—filter through her sculptural creations, which are handcrafted by artisans in California. A recent collection of rings teems with bold cigar bands, black diamonds and edgy stackable platform rings, all inspired by the Prada store in Tokyo, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the ultimate fusion of fashion and architecture.
IN HER WORDS
“My father was an architectural photographer, and I grew up surrounded by architectural imagery, literally covering our walls. My first job was his assistant. Because of this and because of a recent trip I took to Japan where the architecture is amazing, the built environment influenced this capsule collection. It’s clean, edgy but wearable, and is meant to be built upon and stacked together.
My jewelry reflects who I am in a lot of ways. I have always had a deep love of fashion and been intrigued by luxury and glamour, but simultaneously, mountain biking with my husky-shep Leon is my favorite thing to do.
This line is made with the finest materials and created by incredibly skilled jewelers. It’s very chic but also approachable and not just for dressing up.”
WHAT WE LOVE
Emily Wheeler’s rings have gained a serious following, thanks in part to their edgy yet approachable feel. The rings are glamorous, loaded with gems, but wearable enough for every day. We love how she combines an architectural sensibility with a fashion editor’s eye for detail and color. Wear one platform ring or stack several to create your own look. Her use of diamonds in unexpected ways surprises us every time. With her commitment to local, sustainable and ethical sourcing (every piece is made in California), we feel good about wearing her designs, too.