Currently residing on the Oregon coast, jewelry designer and owner of Manna (www.themannashop.com), Whitney Shelhamer, specializes in fine metal and precious stone pieces. Certified conflict free diamonds and colorful gems are carefully selected, gold is carved and sanded by hand. Striking, forged solitaires and curated cluster settings are formed into one of a kind pieces with signature organic bands and earthy, etched textures. Using historic jewelry method tools, Shelhamer's collections reflect the stroke of a file, notched details and custom finishes for clients. Beyond her own bench work, Whitney carefully selects unique fine jewelry pieces that are available here as well as in Manna, her brick and mortar shop space.
With a family history rich in creative engineering and design, although in the aviation realm rather than jewelry, the strong impulse to work with her hands has run through her veins since childhood. As a young adult, Whitney spent years in the fashion industry working regularly with designers including Oscar De La Renta, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Monique Lhullier and Zac Posen, to name a few. Working in close contact with some of the world's greatest artists and wearing their creations, in some instances, having them built on her, was where her acute attention to detail, high-end artistry and craftsmanship were honed. After leaving that industry and devoting years of uncompromising benchwork to her craft, torch and hammer in sooted hands, and countless hours of precision stone setting, Whitney's love for forging and the art of working directly with precious metals and stones was sealed. The self taught goldsmith and designer has become an established fine jewelry artist, sought after for her perfectly-imperfect aesthetic, bespoke wedding/engagement rings, delicate layering pieces and feminine, organic adornments.
Whitney and film-maker husband, Zak Shelhamer (www.zakshelhamer.com
), live with their two boxer pups, working and playing along the California and Oregon coastlines. In 2016, the Shelhamers opened MANNA (www.themannashop.com
), their working studio and retail shop where customers can try on the jewelry in person and often times, witness the pieces being constructed within ear shot.