|Double Stone Gold Ring |
with Diamond Accents
Built in the 18th century, the magnificent baroque structure served as a homestead for colonial governors. Brazil is also the home of featured jewelry designer Manoel Bernardes.
Over the last 20 years or so, Brazil has made enormous strides in cultivating a thriving jewelry industry.
Not only is the country a virtual hive of the world's most spectacular gemstones, Brazilian jewelry designers are also gaining more prominence.
Bernardes learned about the jewelry and gemstone industry firsthand from his father, who founded Brazil's premier gemstone and jewelry association; and was also an exporter of Brazilian gemstones.
When his father died in 1975, Bernardes assumed the company's administrative duties bringing the corporation into the forefront of innovative jewelry design.
In the past, Brazilian jewelry designers often emulated European designs, but they are presently embracing their vivacious, spirited culture. "We [Brazil] have found our way. We have the freedom to create something that translates our national culture," Bernardes enthuses.
All of Bernardes' designs implement beautifully faceted quartz and chalcedony stones in a myriad of colors, and showcased in alternately bold and streamlined pieces.
The stones are prominent with their textured, fluid color looking like succulent lumps of candy suspended from gold or cushioned within a ring setting. Inspiration for the pieces ranges from the tattered, wooden planks of a tiny, makeshift bridge to the bold, festive colors of Brazil's Carnaval.
"We believe, above all, that the brand should interpret the most profound and true feelings of those who buy and wear our jewelry," he says, "This is what really matters. This is what lends meaning to our work."
|Gold and Diamond Drop Earrings |
with Floral Motif
Photo 1 (top right): Unnamed Double Stone Gold Ring with Diamond Accents