Silvia Furmanovich was born in São Paulo, Brazil, to a line of Italian goldsmiths who created sacred adornments for the Vatican. She established an appointment-only jewelry business in 1998, and opened her first standalone boutique in São Paulo in 2009. Her daring designs combine her meticulous attention to detail with her wide-ranging passions for the natural world, ancient cultures and unusual materials like oxidized copper, shells or woven bamboo. “I love to find something unexpected in a remote part of the world and transform it into jewelry that someone will cherish,” says the designer, whose pieces are all handmade by artisans in São Paulo.