The designer Sylva Yepremian is an artisan jewelry designer with more than twenty years of experience creating and manufacturing unique pieces for the discerning client. Sylva recently opened the doors to the atelier Sylva & Cie, an old-world manufacturing house based in the heart of the Downtown Los Angeles jewelry district.
Sylva & Cie is a joint venture with her husband, Raffi Yepremian. The couple has two sons, Nicolas and Thomas.
An avid collector of antique jewelry, Sylva cites the vintage looks from the Art Deco period as a significant source of inspiration for her contemporary collections. What makes these pieces unique, however, is Sylva’s uncanny ability to incorporate her affinity for nature and the environment into the molten metals and colorful jewels – her respect for their organic and unrefined beginnings gives her rings, bangles, earrings, charms and pendants their singular allure.
Sylva was born in Lebanon, and spent her formative years in Paris. At the age of sixteen, she and her family moved to Los Angeles. She completed her baccalaureate studies in Languages. She always had a keen interest in the Fine Arts, and enjoyed painting and working with mixed media. While in college, she designed posters for the Los Angeles Athletic Club, and created silkscreen prints for a Los Angeles-based fashion company.
Sylva’s father, Jirair Guiragossian, had served as a master jeweler for The Maison Cartier in Paris. It was under his skilled tutelage that Yepremian received training at the craftsman’s bench.
She always had a passion for crafting jewelry, but her first foray into the world of jewelry was less than romantic – after the untimely passing of her aunt in 1992, her mother, Sima Guiragossian, needed a partner to run SN Queens, a retail operation in the Downtown Los Angeles jewelry district.