Portrait by Jessie Cagliero
Olivia Shih offers jewelry for the bold and the inquisitive. Celebrate your inner iconoclast with ultralight acrylic jewelry that evokes the edgy look of stone but defies gravity and expectations.
For Women, By Woman
Olivia Shih is a woman-run business inspired by women who speak their own minds. Her jewelry helps these women look as confident as they feel, as they navigate the challenges of modern society. Made to last, each piece of jewelry is hand sculpted to draw out the texture of urban life.
Olivia's eponymous jewelry brand came from a desire to transform acrylic cut-outs she rescued from the waste bin at art school. She had no idea what to do with them, but she saw potential where others didn't.
When she stumbled across the image of an iceberg that had flipped upside-down, she knew exactly what to do—she wanted to capture the starkness of the deep sea-green iceberg. The iceberg looked naked without its blanket of snow but remained defiant despite its vulnerability.
Olivia's exploration into this paradoxical combination of vulnerability and strength led to her first acrylic collection, Glacial. Soon after, she developed her second collection, Black Gold. This collection is named for its interweaving tones of black and gold and its play on crude oil (also known as black gold), an essential ingredient in acrylic.
As an advocate of conscious consumption and conscious making, all Olivia Shih collections feature eco-conscious and locally sourced materials when possible.
A percentage of each purchase is donated to a local organization that empowers women to better their lives.
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