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De­sign­ing jew­ellery that has a com­pelling vis­ual vo­cab­u­lary is no easy task. But, luck­ily, for São Paulo-based Sil­via Furmanovic­h, it’s a tal­ent she was born with. Com­ing from a strong line of jewellers — her father, grand­fa­ther, and great­grand­fa­ther were skilled gold­smiths — Sil­via is car­ry­ing on the fam­ily tra­di­tion.

It was dur­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship in 2000 that she dis­cov­ered her true call­ing. “When I saw gold for the first time be­ing melted in that big fire, I re­mem­bered the garage of my house where my father used to work

— he was a huge man, with big hands, do­ing lit­tle things. On that par­tic­u­lar day, I de­cided it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life — to work with gold, with stones, and by my­self.” It was not un­til a few years later, af­ter she lost her hus­band, that she de­cided to launch her own com­pany and turn her jew­ellery de­sign­ing — a hobby at first — into a full-fledged ca­reer.

Sil­via has al­ways deeply ad­mired hand­craft­ing skills and ven­tured afar in search of ar­ti­sans who could help re­alise her vi­sion. For her, the true value of an ob­ject, in­clud­ing jew­ellery, lies in its ori­gin, and what goes into its making. “When some­thing has a story to tell, it tells you about the cul­ture, the in­her­i­tance, and the gen­er­a­tions of peo­ple who have been prac­tis­ing the craft.”

A 40-day artis­tic pil­grim­age through In­dia re­sulted in the In­dia Col­lec­tion, fea­tur­ing one-of-a-kind jew­ellery pieces that draw upon the an­cient art of minia­ture paint­ing. Mar­quetry, which, for the past few years, has been em­ployed in her jew­ellery and wooden clutches ac­cented with gems, is a tale of bravura artistry. Al­though she has worked with gold, wood, co­ral and even bam­boo, she has a deeper love for nat­u­ral wood. There­fore, clutches that once were just a col­lec­tion will “now be­come a per­ma­nent fea­ture”.

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