Some of Selin Kent’s best ideas come to her when she’s in traveler’s limbo—waiting in an airport terminal or staring out the window of a train—so it’s a good thing she is always chasing the next stamp on her passport.
While inspiration may flow pretty effortlessly for Selin—who has lived in Istanbul, Vienna, and Paris and is now right at home in New York—getting her stunningly slick fine jewelry line off the ground took some serious work. After two years of squeezing in night-and-weekend bench classes while plugging away at a market-research gig, she decided to quit her day job and enroll in a two-year intensive jewelry program at F.I.T. Summer breaks meant studying under master jewelers in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, and she spent her semesters getting super-comfortable with CAD—a necessity for someone as obsessed with clean lines as Selin is.
“The things that I gravitate towards have always been a little more stripped-down, a little more geometric,” she says. “The simpler the pieces are, the harder it is to make them perfect.” But she’s come pretty close since her line’s 2013 launch, turning out sculptural silver rings, diamond-studded bangles, and delicate bar earrings in blackened gold—all of which are simple, yah, but far from basic. —caitlin petreycik
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