A native of Southern California, Irene's fundamental inspiration is the ocean. Its purity, power and colors are all key elements at the origin of her designs. Her fascination with intense colors and raw, un-manufactured gem cuts, have become signature trademarks of the line. From the moment she began designing jewelry in her early twenties, Irene was inundated with requests to purchase her one-of-a kind pieces. In 2003, she brought a small collection to Barneys New York, where the buyer placed a significant order after their first meeting. One year after joining Barneys, Irene Neuwirth ranked among the store's top selling jewelry lines, a position maintained to this day. In 2012, 2013 and again in 2014, she was nominated for a CFDA Award, the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design; in 2014, she won this award. In 2013 she was the recipient of the Women’s Jewelry Association’s Design Award for Excellence in Fine Jewelry. In 2014 she was nominated for a GEM Award for Design, one of the fine jewelry industry’s premier accolades. THE BRAND Irene Neuwirth is an independent, fine jewelry company based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2003 by designer Irene Neuwirth and business partner Tracy Stoll, the company has emerged as a leading jewelry brand in the US, recognized by its uniquely modern and sophisticated designs. Irene's collections are widely anticipated season to season by a fashion-forward and discriminating clientele, who have come to expect a line that delivers a precise balance between timeless, collectable jewelry and the ultimate statement in modern luxury. The jewelry has generated tremendous editorial attention and is featured consistently in Vogue, InStyle, Town & Country, W, Elle and Harper's Bazaar. The jewelry is worn by some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, and Reese Witherspoon. In 2006, Irene was the recipient of the Town & Country Couture Design Editors' Choice Award at the Couture Jewelry Collection & Conference. In 2008, Irene was a finalist for the coveted CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund, the pre-eminent honor for young American fashion designers. In 2009, she became a member of the CFDA.