Having spent five years in her early career in the art department of the film industry, followed by 10 years in the office of a large recruitment company, Nikki Shepherd became desperate to pursue a creative outlet and find joy in her career – something that would connect with her inner spirit and give it a voice in the world.
In 2010 and close to the age of 40, Nikki took the plunge. She gave up her career in pursuit of her passion for creating beautiful jewellery and studied jewellery making in Egypt for two years. She came back to South Africa and started what has now grown into a full-time business called Spirit Jewellery.
Nikki is inspired to create jewellery that people find some personal joy in. She uses motifs and symbolic images from nature that customers are able to attribute some meaning to, for themselves, or when giving someone a special gift.
Often using sterling silver, gold and rose-gold plating over silver and incorporating semi-precious stones, she is able to create a huge variety of colours and textures with a natural feel. Nikki says her favourite colours are greens, aqua, delicate blues and dreamy pastels.
Through the use of natural shapes, Spirit Jewellery’s pieces create a sense of movement. The leaves seem to rustle. The trees seem to be growing. It is truly intriguing – the idea that movement can be captured in a hard material such as silver or gold. Spirit Jewellery manages to capture the vitality of nature in a beautiful metal mould.
Don’t miss Spirit Jewellery at KAMERS/Makers Irene in Pretoria from 28 November to 4 December 2016. And if you just can’t make it or want to send a gift straight to a friend this Christmas, find their products in the KAMERS Online Marketplace.
Photos: Spirit Jewellery