Growing up just outside of Sao 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 exclusively in November 2013. With the help of his sister, who runs the operation based in London, Jorge splits his time between London and Brazil to supervise production. The designer is widely considered to be a bright talent in the jewellery and fashion worlds.
“Having my studio in London was a natural decision after finishing my Master’s. London is a culturally mixed and inspiring environment. It stimulates an inquisitive state of mind, which is what heightened my perception and drew my attention to my Brazilian background,” he told Barneys’ The Window.
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.
He won the award for best piece in Coloured Gemstones Below $20K at the 2014 Couture Show in Las Vegas, and was nominated for Best Emerging Accessories Designer at the 2015 British Fashion Awards. Stockists include MatchesFashion, Net-a-Porter, Le Bon Marché, Bergdorf Goodman, and others.