Maneli Sarmadi was born in Tehran, Iran. She has worked as a professional industrial designer since 2009, but her lifelong fascination with the world of jewelry in addition to successful watch design experiences led her to pursue her passion and moved to the United States to study and experience contemporary jewelry in a world-class setting. She has a BFA and MFA in industrial design from the University of Tehran, and is currently seeking an MA degree in Jewelry from Savannah College of Art and Design.