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ARTIST PROFILE

SILVIA FURMANOVICH

Silvia Furmanovich has become one of the most visionary artists working in fine jewelry today.

Color is something that São Paulo-based jewelry designer Silvia Furmanovich doesn’t fear in the least”

PAULA KNIGHT, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The designer was born in São Paulo, Brazil, to a line of Italian goldsmiths. Her great-grandfather created sacred adornments for the Vatican and her father worked as a goldsmith. “He taught me the importance of craftsmanship,” she says. “I learned to pay attention to every hinge and every clasp.”

Furmanovich’s daring designs combine her meticulous attention to detail with her wide-ranging passions for innovative craftsmanship, the natural world, ancient cultures and unusual materials. And while her lifelong love of travel has inspired her many of her collections, her interpretation of those cultures — from Egypt to Japan — is rarely straightforward. Employing a unique alchemy of found artifacts, traditional techniques and materials both humble and precious, the designer creates wearable art that feels timeless and one-of-a-kind.

“The resulting technique has become a brand signature, applied to designs ranging from witty trompe l’oeil wooden gemstones to dainty figurative scenes”

MAIA ADAMS, FINANCIAL TIMES – HOW TO SPEND IT

Among the unusual elements she has used in her collections are wood marquetry, ebony, oxidized copper, vintage lacquer, shells, woven bamboo and netsukes (small sculptural adornments worn on kimonos); these are balanced by the rich opulence of yellow gold, rose gold, diamonds and the dazzling colored gemstones for which Brazil is known.

“I’ve always collaborated with artists and artisans to make something new. In this technological world, everything is being made by machines and we must all fight to keep traditional handicrafts alive.”

Furmanovich has won the prestigious Couture Design Award three times; in 2015, 2016 and 2019 in the ‘Innovation’ category. Her India Collection won the Town & Country Jewelry Award 2018 in the ‘Collection of the Year’ category and she was a nominee for the Jewelry Design Award at the Jewelers of America’s GEM Awards 2019