About Us



We are what we remember…we are our memories. Rooted in human psychology, Shahla Karimi jewelry seeks to capture the deep seated longing of human beings to embrace and express their memories.

Each piece of jewelry reveals a story, each collection romanticizes a memory of times past. The work distills beauty from the ordinary, featuring duality and a sense of nostalgia, a modern remembrance that the designer has recalled: words spoken in classic movies, the graphic forms fashioned from the sounds of iconic women; an NYC subway line once traveled toward a bygone place, its mechanical route given organic fluidity. Both forged to wear. Both worn to remember.

All pieces are hand made in New York City with recycled gold and conflict-free stones.

The brand launched in 2014 and has adorned the hands and ears of Lena Dunham, Rebecca Hall, Carrie Underwood, Olivia Palermo, Gigi Hadid and Alexa Chung and has been featured in Elle, W, InStyle, Nylon, The Coveteur, WWD, and NY Magazine.


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Photo by Chloe Pitterson

Shahla Karimi

Designer / Resident Horticulturist 

Shahla spends her days meeting with clients (in person and recently, more often, virtually), designing in 3D (her hand drawings are next-level terrible), emailing with customers, vendors, and handling general inquiries. She also works as the in-house CFO, CPO, plant nurse and office manager.

Shahla has worked in product strategy and merchandising for some of the world’s most esteemed brands and campaigns. She produced multiple apparel collections for Vogue and the CFDA, working with over 50 leading designers including DVF, Marchesa, and Alexander Wang. She also served as Director of Merchandising for President Obama’s re-election campaign. She is Kentucky bred and Brooklyn based.

Likes: Puppy bean feet, comedy roasts, & scooting - everywhere
Dislikes: Urban raccoons, chipped nails (my own), & my turn at Karaoke 

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Emma Scaramozzino

Senior Product Manager

Each day is different for Emma as she oversees all aspects of our jewelry, physical and digital. You can typically find her visiting our vendors in the diamond district or writing our newest blog post, in addition to posting to Instagram featuring our daily office antics — and some jewelry too. 

A graduate from the FIT's fashion merchandising and product dev program, Emma worked in bridal and fine jewelry before aligning her two passions at Shahla Karimi. 

Likes: Cody Rigsby’s Peloton classes, singing in the shower, & blistered Shishido peppers with a cold cocktail.
Dislikes: Chuegy things, wet socks, & indecisiveness.

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Tim MacGougan

Managing Partner 

Tim has recently joined us as a managing partner and advisor. For the last 8 years he played an integral part in the runaway success of the dating app Hinge, as Chief Design Officer and Chief Product Officer, where he was responsible for its industry leading efficacy at creating relationships. It should also be mentioned that although he is Shahla's husband, there is no nepotism and he still makes her morning coffee.

Likes: New headphones, his hair, non-professional frisbee, ESPN the Ocho, his turn at Karaoke.
Dislikes: Old Headphones, conflict, professional frisbee, talking.

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Maisha Hanif

Product Manager

Maisha spends each day supporting our team in production, content creation, and site maintenance. If she's not in the diamond district overseeing production timelines, you'll find her photographing new pieces on her model-level hands or updating our site.

Likes: Being high off caffeine, being the cool intern, & sweaters
Dislikes: People being mean to me, door handles, & trains

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Emily Oliveira

Production Assistant

Emily spends her time supporting our team in production - QCing castings, sourcing stones, and meeting with our jewelers.

Likes: Coffee, high heels, & happy hour
Dislikes: Rainy days, broken nails, & making decisions