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Silvia Furmanovich is a Brazilian jeweler with unique techniques and pieces that combine efforts in both wood marquetry and the intermixing of both colored gems and natural sources in her work. One such example is her newest project, Amazonia Bamboo.


When asked by Forbes to describe the inspiration of her new Amazonia Bamboo Collection, Furmanovich said, "Since the beginning, I have admired objects made by the hand of artisans. We live in a time when technological advances are all the rage and I am a firm believer in the importance of supporting unique forms of craftsmanship. I have also always been drawn to unusual, natural materials, and the possibility of elevating their value by mixing them with diamonds and precious stones. Through my travels, I encountered the art of bamboo weaving, and I found that the material lent itself spectacularly for jewelry. During my research, I was very inspired by the artistry we see in Japanese baskets, which are woven from thin strips of bamboo in a variety of shapes and colors. I was specifically looking at the work of masters Abe Motoshi, Morigami Jin, Shiotsuki Juran, and Jiro Yonezawa."


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Although bamboo is commonly linked with Asia, Furmanovich explained the importance of it in her home country of Brazil, saying, "During my research for the Amazonia Bamboo collection, I discovered that the state of Acre in the Amazon rainforest—the region where we make our marquetry pieces—has one of the largest bamboo plantations the world. This was a very surprising finding and synchronicity that brought me back to my own country and showed I was in the right path. In addition, we did a partnership with Instituto Jatobás, founded by Brazilian philanthropist Betty Feffer, a non-profit organization committed to influencing and expanding sustainable living and consciousness in the country. Instituto Jatobás has dedicated over 88 hectares to plantations of bamboo—a material which has over 5,000 recorded uses—and is pioneering the use of the material in sustainable developments across the country. Our company will be supporting the institution’s craftsmen to teach them Japanese knot-weaving techniques and we plan to bring craftsmen from Japan to teach them this particular art."

Information originally sourced from Forbes.