Sheibani explains that she developed gardening as a hobby as a result of ‘living on English soil’. While succulents normally don’t thrive in England, she managed to grow them, especially cacti – in her south-facing window boxes.
She calls them “little survivors that multiply in number, bloom at unexpected moments in an array of shapes and colours, and have the most amazing graphic shapes of almost any member of the plant family.”
They inspired an entirely new body of work, begun in 2012, her most organic, free-form collection to date.
This bracelet takes the form of the opuntia cactus, arranged in a row, as links. Sheibani adds, “these shapes are inspired by the cactus, yet they’re so interesting in their own right, even without the source reference, which is what I love.”
Swiss • 1980
As the daughter of prominent Swiss art dealer, Bruno Bischofberger, Cora Sheibani grew up totally immersed in the world of modern and contemporary art and design, surrounded by art and artists.
She graduated with a degree in Art History, from New York University in 2001, and it was around this time that she decided to design jewellery and began work on her first jewellery sketchbook. After completing the GIA degree course, in London, she launched her first jewellery collection at an exhibition in London’s Mayfair in December 2002.
While Sheibani lives in London with her husband and three children, her jewellery is made almost exclusively made in Switzerland, France, and Germany, by highly skilled goldsmiths. From her first one-of-a-kind, individual pieces, Sheibani progressed to creating occasional themed collections, accompanied by small, beautifully produced books. Ettore Sottsass, (one of her early supporters and influences) wrote the text in the book to launch her 2006 Valence collection of openwork wire jewels. The 2008 Copper Mould Collection, inspired by the graphic shapes of baked goods and copper moulds, came with a recipe book. Other collections include Clouds with a Silver Lining, Cacti, Colour & Contradiction, launched at Miami Design in 2016, and Glow, exploring neglected fluorescent gemstones. Cora Sheibani is currently working on a new collection called ‘Pottering Around’, which will launch in autumn 2021.