Sofia Ramsay was born wearing pearls. Pink ears tipped with tiny frothy orbs, secured with screw-backs carefully lacquered shut with clear nail polish to dissuade fidgeting, to teach permanence. Tiny white dots punctuate large family portraits, generations of women who never left the house without something on their ears. This pointedly feminine virtue showed her the inherent sentimentality of jewelry; and it was the immediate bond between object and wearer that forms in that space so close to your skin, that drew her to the art of metalsmithing. Upon discovering the magic of metal, her aesthetic matured through geometric constructions. She strives to push the boundaries of conventional taste through the manipulation of this material.
Sofia graduated from Pratt Institute in 2010 with a BFA in Jewelry and Fine Metals. She excelled in the world of mass market fashion jewelry before leaving the industry to pursue a private studio practice in Brooklyn. Here, the designer is able to explore techniques and create original designs in production for her namesake label. The brand continues to grow through partnerships with organizations like American Design Club and Young & Able, as well as collaborations with accounts like Of a Kind and Lou & Grey, to name a few. You can find her selling handmade jewelry and clothes under OIKOBO at the Brooklyn Flea every weekend.