Rafia Cooper began designing jewelry in 1999. Her career took off after successfully selling one of her original designs to TV Soaps “General Hospital” and “Port Charles.” Shortly thereafter, she made a sample line and showed it to Christie Martin from Nina Segal at Fred Segal’s (Santa Monica) which became the first store ever to carry the Rafia Jewelry line. Ever since then Rafia’s designs have appeared on various TV shows, soap operas, Grammy's, films and on the runway for Mercedes Benz Fashion week. Rafia has had the pleasure of working with several celebrities styling and designing pieces for their specific needs.
Born in Rangoon, Burma, but having lived most of her life in Southern California, Rafia continues to draw influence from the beautiful landscapes that surround her. Many of her designs are inspired by nature and the colors that are visible outdoors which is apparent in her bird and butterfly designs, as well as in her line’s rich colored gems and stones. The new Ombre Bar Necklaces are inspired by the colors of the beach and sunsets. The Mini Charm Necklaces and Charm Bangles are also drawn from the same inspiration. The semi-precious stones and charms used in the line are paired with 14karat gold filled and sterling silver chains and findings. Her focus is on layering necklaces and stacking bracelets.
Today the Rafia line of jewelry is sold in many boutiques throughout the world. At one point or another it is more than likely Rafia will be in a city near you seeing as she takes part in wholesale trade shows, such as, the Atlanta Gift Show twice a year, the ENK and ATS Show in New York three times a year, the WWD Magic show in Las Vegas twice a year, FMNC in San Francisco, and lastly the California Gift Show in Los Angeles twice a year.
In 2011 Rafia asked her daughter if she had any interest in designing a line of jewelry and from that was born VidaKush which is designed by Rhianna Cooper. They have recently added a mens line Resilient Silent Kind designed by Ryan Kelly. All 3 brands are under the parent company of Cooper Collective.