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February 27, 2024

The Edit, Around the World: Latin America Edition

I
n our ongoing effort to highlight some of COUTURE’s international flavor, this month’s edition of our “Around the World” edit focuses on Latin America. From Argentina to El Salvador, from Brazil to Mexico, inspirations among these talented designers are taken from the lush surroundings of the natural world, vibrant cultural influences that span history and the rich deposits that are native to many parts of the locale.

Featured image courtesy of Rosario Navia

The diversity in aesthetics among these designers is as vast as the lands from which they hail.

Vanessa Fernandez

Image courtesy of Carol Kauffmann

The diversity in aesthetics among these designers is as vast as the lands from which they hail. Yet common among all of them is a unique juxtaposition of sensuality and permanence, a sort of ethereal-meets-attitude energy that can only be achieved with a strong foundation of knowledge and understanding of both the human body, and the art form’s various mediums.

Image courtesy of Ara Vartanian

Ara Vartanian:

A passion for Brazilian design and culture coupled with a profound sense of curiosity are the driving forces behind the jewelry of designer Ara Vartanian. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Ara grew up in São Paolo Brazil where his father worked in the gem trade and where he was immersed in that dazzling world. Ara’s jewelry is illustrative of the complexity of his understanding of gemstones and their most nuanced characteristics. Many of the pieces he creates push the properties of the gemstones and materials with which he works to the extreme of their boundaries, highlighting their most intensely beautiful qualities.

  • Image courtesy of Ara Vartanian

  • Image courtesy of Ara Vartanian

Image courtesy of Silvia Furmanovich

Silvia Furmanovich: 

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Silvia Furmanovich comes from a long line of Italian goldsmiths; her great-grandfather made ornaments for the Vatican, and as a child, Furmanovich spent hours working beside her goldsmith father in his atelier. Her work is rooted in a profound respect and admiration for the skilled craftspeople with whom she works. Traveling to the far corners of the globe, from Japan and India to Italy and the Amazonian Rainforests, Silvia discovers time-honored techniques that she strives to apply to her collections and thereby enhance the work of these master craftspeople.

  • Image courtesy of Silvia Furmanovich

  • Image courtesy of Silvia Furmanovich

Image courtesy of Carol Kauffmann

Carol Kauffmann:

The jewelry of Brazilian designer, Carol Kauffmann, evokes a sense of joy, a zest for life and an embrace of the beauty of her surroundings. Passionate about contemporary art, history and modern technology, Carol originally worked in textiles before being trained as a goldsmith and jewelry designer. Her collections are bold in their use of both color and design and include celebratory silhouettes and symbols of luck and protection. Mindful of a modern style sensibility, many of Carol’s pieces are convertible, offering women multiple ways to express themselves through adornment.

  • Image courtesy of Carol Kauffmann

  • Image courtesy of Carol Kauffmann

Image courtesy of Tangarart

Tangarart

Based in Brazil, Tangarart jewelry is a celebration of a well lived life. The brand is founded on the conviction that the secret to life lies in its unforgettable moments and the memories they leave behind. Their unique, impeccably crafted pieces incorporate only the finest gemstones, and their singular creative perspective renders their work perfect for commemorating life’s many milestones. From graduation to marriage to the birth of a child to professional landmarks, Tangarart creates heirlooms that are unforgettable symbols of life’s greatest accomplishments.

  • Image courtesy of Tangarart

  • Image courtesy of Tangarart

Image courtesy of Moritz Glik

Moritz Glik:

The signature style of New York City-based, Brazilian designer, Moritz Glik is easily identifiable. His Kaleidoscope Shakers, which were originally inspired by the lucite boxes in which he stored his gemstones, feature diamonds and colored gemstones alike dancing freely in windowpanes of white sapphires, resulting in a shimmering play of color and light refraction. This wistful, whimsical approach to design is actually steeped deeply in history, and the precision and balance of his collections bely the intricacy of its craftsmanship. Moritz continuously expands upon his mastery as a bench jeweler, and his fresh and timeless collections showcase this artist’s innovation and creative singularity.

  • Image courtesy of Moritz Glik

  • Image courtesy of Moritz Glik

Image courtesy of Vanessa Fernandez

Vanessa Fernandez:

Miami-born, Cuban Armenian designer and bench jeweler, Vanessa Fernandez, has literally travelled the world perfecting her craft. With a BFA at VCU arts, school of Fine Arts, she has worked designing for major, global maisons and spearheaded design projects for important, international organizations. She has applied the skills she’s honed over the years into her own, eponymous brand, creating bi-annual collections entirely by hand in her Miami-based studio. While the collection is inspired by her love of minimalism, there is nothing dainty about it. Her work is both sculptural and ornamental, and Vanessa is always mindful of the way her pieces will interact with the human body and ensures that comfort and ease of wear is never compromised.

  • Image courtesy of Vanessa Fernandez

  • Image courtesy of Vanessa Fernandez

Image courtesy of Rosario Navia

Rosario Navia:

Argentina-born, New York City-based artist Rosario Navia creates jewelry that feels both sumptuous and effortless. Using only the finest materials, Rosario hand-selects each of the diamonds with which she works and ensures that all of her pieces are meticulously handcrafted by expert artisans in New York City. Her jewelry reimagines diamond essential jewelry through the use of unexpected silhouettes and imaginative combinations of diamond cuts. An homage to the strong Latina women who have influenced her worldview, her collection is a reflection of her lifelong passion for art, and her decade-long career working as a designer in creative fields such as advertising, high-fashion and jewelry.

  • Image courtesy of Rosario Navia

  • Image courtesy of Rosario Navia

Image courtesy of Sara Beltran

Dezso’s by Sara Beltran:

The jewelry that artist Sara Beltran designs for her Dezso brand is an extension of her life as a whole. Dezso, which means Desire in Latin, is an apt name for a collection that reflects Sara’s holistic approach to both her life and her creative endeavors. Born in El Paso, Texas, of Mexican descent, Sara now splits her time between homes in New York City, Mexico and Jaipur, India. A self-titled collector, her vast collections include art, vintage fashion, home accents and artifacts, all of which seamlessly integrate into the aesthetic of her jewelry designs.

  • Image courtesy of Sara Beltran

  • Image courtesy of Sara Beltran

Image courtesy of Onirrika

Onirrika:

Designed and created by Gloria Batlle, the Onirikka collection is intended to be comfortable and understated enough for even the most casual pursuits, while also conveying a range of emotion and introspection. Now based in Florida, Gloria grew up in El Salvador where she was surrounded by the magnificent colors of nature; the beaches, the mountains, the flora and the fauna all became fundamental components of her world view. This intimate connection with nature provided Gloria with an ease and confidence in working with color in her jewelry, which includes an eclectic mix of colored gemstones, enamel and diamonds conveying a sense of whimsy, joie de vivre, and quiet elegance.

  • Image courtesy of Onirrika

  • Image courtesy of Onirrika

Image courtesy of Jorge Adeler

Jorge Adeler:

A profound understanding of gemstones, history and cultural nuances fuel the creativity of designer Jorge Adeler. Born in Argentina, Jorge’s proximity to the mines from which many of the world’s most spectacular gemstones are procured ignited his fascination for gems and their hidden mysteries at a young age. His over 30 years of experience traveling the globe served to deepen his knowledge and allowed him to develop relationships that uniquely position him to secure the finest sources for gemstones, pearls, Italian gold and shipwreck coins. Joined in the family business by his daughters, Valentina Adeler Armour and Wendy Adeler Hall, Jorge Adeler’s jewelry is created for a bold, sophisticated woman who likes to express her unique personality through her choice of jewelry.

 

  • Image courtesy of Jorge Adeler

  • Image courtesy of Jorge Adeler

Image courtesy of Carolina Neves

Carolina Neves:

Brazilian designer, Carolina Neves, has always been surrounded by precious gemstones. Her father was fascinated with the abundance of gemstones in their native country, and Carolina’s friends would often be gifted gemstones and ask the budding young designer to transform them into versatile pieces full of history. Influenced by her mom, who worked in fashion and art, Carolina fell in love with creative pursuits from a young age and, in 2011, she launched her eponymous collection with pieces that suit the sensibilities of a contemporary woman. Known for her unique use of precious gemstones and interesting color combinations, she is especially passionate about emeralds, rubies, diamonds and tourmalines.

  • Image courtesy of Carolina Neves

  • Image courtesy of Carolina Neves

Gaya Joyas @ JULLS:

Gaya Joyas is an authorial fine jewelry brand from Peru which serves as a tribute to Mother Earth, generator of life and beauty. Gaya comes from the Greek: aía, which in Greek Mythology is Mother Earth as a primordial and latent element with incredible, generative potential. As legend is written, Gaya, which on earth produces noble metals and precious stones, and in its rivers and seas, sublime pearls, is presented to man, who transforms them into breathtaking jewels. The mission of the Gaya brand is to pay homage to what Mother Earth offers us through the creation of beautiful designs.

  • Image courtesy of Gaya Joyas @ JULLS

  • Image courtesy of Gaya Joyas @ JULLS

Casa Castro @ JULLS:

Founded in São Paulo in 1922, family owned and operated, Casa Castro is helmed by Antonio Carlos de Castro Tinoco Cabral and his daughers, Vivi and Kika. The brand’s jewelry is marked by the unique and delicate reproduction of nature in gemstones. Earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets become true sculpted works of art, and the delicate and sublime contrast of 18k yellow gold with diamonds in hand-carved designs brings lightness and sophistication to the jewels. The sisters credit their father with imbuing them both with his discerning eye for quality and pursuit of an ‘impeccable finish’ in the art of jewelry making. “It’s been a part of our lives from day one,” they say.

  • Image courtesy of Casa Castro @ JULLS

  • Image courtesy of Casa Castro @ JULLS

Mika Ferrari @ JULLS:

Mika Ferrari’s jewelry extends beyond the realm of adornment into the magical world of alchemy. His intricately detailed amulets are breathtaking in their own right, yet each is also a vessel for potent compounds containing the quintessence of several components. Mika’s background in spagyric alchemy, Brazilian shamanism and tarot inform his current body of work in both form and function, with pieces that are of the earth, by the earth and for the earth. Drawing on vibrational forces, astrological energy and the powers inherent in math, geometry and symbolism, his work can serve to enhance and protect the wearer.

  • Image courtesy of Mika Ferrari @ JULLS

  • Image courtesy of Mika Ferrari @ JULLS

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