Growing up just outside of São Paulo, Brazil, jewellery designer Fernando Jorge was inspired by his artful grandmother to do something creative. One of his first jobs was for a jewellery manufacturer, where he was responsible for overseeing the development of pieces from illustration to production. But after almost ten years working at various labels, Jorge wanted a “challenge” and left for London to attend Central Saint Martins, eventually earning an MA in jewellery design.
Taking inspiration from the laid-back and effortless sensuality of his native Brazil, Jorge’s launched his debut collection in 2010 to critical acclaim. Barneys New York launched him in November 2013. Jorge splits his time between London and Brazil to supervise production, two locations where the brand opened retail spaces. The designer is widely considered to be a bright talent in the jewellery and fashion worlds.
Jorge’s pieces are imbued with energy and movement, with very curvy shapes and delicate gold snake chain as his signature. He often uses locally sourced gemstones and minerals from his native Brazil, which he says are overlooked given their abundance.
At the Couture Show in Las Vegas, Jorge won Best in Coloured Gemstones (2014), Best in Diamonds (2017) and Editor’s Choice (2018). He was also awarded Diamonds of the Year by Town & Country in 2018, was nominated for Best Emerging Accessories Designer by the British Fashion Council in 2014 and 2015, and was awarded the GEM Award Designer of the Year in 2019.
Jorge’s collections are stocked in 25 cities globally, in spaces such as Bergdorf Goodman, MatchesFashion, Le Bon Marché and Net-a-Porter. The designer’s showroom and headquarters are located in London and he has a by-appointment space in São Paulo. The offering has also expanded to include high jewellery pieces.