Launching her collection in 2011, little h designer Hisano Shepherd specializes increating intimate, delicate jewelry through thought-provoking and innovative pearl designs. With an appreciation for the delicacy required to work with petite pearls and the organic shapes of baroque pearls, the designer is well aware of the challenges behind pearl-based creations. No longer meant for just special occasions or “women of a certain age,” Hisano’s goal is to break the stigma and preconceived notions surrounding the gem and create new, modern ways to style the pieces.
Her most recent collections, Geode and Finestrino, use pearls and gemstones in a way never before seen, earning Shepherd the 2014-2015 Orient Award for compelling design aesthetic from the Cultured Pearl Association of America and won the Design Excellence Award of 2015 Vision Awards Competition by MJSA. Each one-of-a-kind piece uses the most luxurious and sought after pearls in the world - Soufflé, Tahitian and South Sea - that are then sliced down their access, bored and polished to a smooth concave filled with carats of colorful gemstones including natural-color sapphires, rubies, peridot, amethyst, seed pearls and black and white diamonds. The effect is a stunning interpretation of a natural-forming geode. “It’s a romantic notion that the interior of a pearl can be filled with luscious gems. The techniques used to create these collections require such precision and are really groundbreaking when applied to something like a pearl, creating a new dialogue in modern jewelry,” says Shepherd.
Spotted on such A-List celebrities as Taylor Swift, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Selena Gomez, Anna Sophia Robb and Emma Roberts, little h has also been featured in top tier publications such as InStyle, W and Teen Vogue.
Please note that each Little h piece will have slight variations because of the custom nature of the stones used.