Shakti Ellenwood is a renowned designer of ethical jewellery; whose handcrafted creations offer a unique blend of beauty and integrity. Her earthy, organic designs fuse an ancient feel with a contemporary aesthetic, incorporating diverse influences including the sacred symbolism of amulets and talismans, the sentimentality of the Victorian era, folklore and ancient civilisations, as well as her own travels across the globe. Inspired by rituals from Egypt, India and the Amazon, Shakti crafts every design using sung mantras and icaros to imbue blessing and protection for its wearer – a prayer captured in gold.
Shakti trained in San Francisco from 1995 under fifth-generation Armenian master goldsmith Hratch Nargizian, launching her own company in 2000. Her work now melds the artisanal skills passed down through centuries of fine jewellery craftsmanship with her own distinctive visual style. At the heart of Shakti’s creations is her passion for responsible design, shaping every piece from Fairtrade gold and conflict-free diamonds and other gemstones. All have been meticulously chosen from trusted sources around the world that support artisanal miners, benefit local communities and respect the environment. This commitment to sustainable and ethical practices guarantees the provenance of every jewel and metal, ensuring that it is truly beautiful from the inside out.
The quality of these precious materials shines through in Shakti’s delicately rustic designs – all of which have been intricately crafted by hand, making each one unique. Pure in style and in source, this is exquisite jewellery designed to inspire the senses and touch the heart. “To wear my jewellery, in the fast speed of our daily lives, is to add something comforting not only to the body, but also to the heart.”