Adel Chefridi's curiosity for the arts began in his childhood. He had walked into the back room of a jeweler's studio. The man had a torch in his hand and large magnifying glasses on his face. He thought the way the man worked with fire was magical…and Adel loved magic. He also loved collecting antique coins, and growing up in the Mediterranean city of Tunis he found an assortment of them including Punic, Roman, Byzantine, Vandal, Jewish, Islamic and French.
Later on in life he moved to New York City and his excitement for the lit torch re-surfaced.
He studied Gemology at GIA and finished intensive programs in goldsmithing and diamond setting. To broaden his knowledge even more he went to India and searched for gems. He then started setting them in gold and silver.
Ever since his trip to India, gems and all the beautiful patterns around us have given him inspiration.
Adel attributes his childhood as the source of what defines his sense of beauty and creative choices.
Adel Chefridi has a deep respect for the earth, which he touches upon in the following quote:
“I believe that the world is waking up to the reality that we cannot maintain our current way of living on earth. It is unsustainable to treat everything around us as lifeless resources. Respecting the earth is not just a poetic concept anymore…it is necessary for survival. We simply cannot afford to see ourselves as separate entities living “on” earth rather than being of the earth itself”.
Chefridi believes the change will only happen when we are fully aware of the effects that out daily choices make.
They’ve taken big strides at the Adel Chefridi Studio. They source gold from artisanal mines whenever possible and reduce their footprint through the use of recycled metals.
Adel typically uses 18K yellow gold, 18K rose gold and sterling silver in his work. He finishes the metal with a satin finish giving it a soft glow. Diamonds, garnets, sapphires, spinels and rubies are just a few types of gemstones he uses.
There’s a sense of tradition in Chefridi’s jewelry, but with a refreshed twist. There is a beauty that comes with the old and new being married. It’s a familiar that you can love and feel connected to with a diverse flavor that compliments your everyday lifestyle.