Like any good Brazilian, Ana Khouri is very focused on the body—well, more specifically the connection between the body and the mind. She started her career as a sculptor but soon realised that she was more interested in designing art for the body than recreating the body in art. She uses traditional gems in an experimental setting: think triple-band earrings and three-quarter necklaces that challenge perceptions of typical jewellery.
The British designer is inspired by jewels from India and still travels to Mumbai and Jaipur every year on gem-scouting missions. For William Welstead, the gem is king and his settings are entirely inspired by the jewel itself, many of which are flawless pieces found in Burma, Colombia or India and cut in unique ways using techniques now very rare in the West. Think vast yellow sapphires set in gold as rings, earrings or necklaces.