Furmanovich’s Bird of Paradise marquetry wood clutch features green tourmaline and 18k gold.
Photo: Courtesy of Silvia Furmanovich

Silvia Furmanovich

Her jewelry, handbags, and decorative accessories have been described as “unconventional” and “visionary”
Silvia Furmanovich. Photo: Marcelo Krasilcic

Silvia Furmanovich once took two planes, a car, and a canoe to meet an artist skilled in wood marquetry whose work intrigued her. “Whenever I am attracted to a new technique or form or craft, it becomes an obsession,” admits the designer, whose father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all goldsmiths. “I am led by the potential and possibilities I can envision in a material or technique, and I will do anything to reach the source and explore further to create something new.”

Her jewelry, handbags, and decorative accessories have been described as “unconventional” and “visionary” due to her use of uncommon materials, like the aforementioned marquetry; her penchant for unexpected pairings of metals, stones, and other natural elements—like oxidized copper with diamonds and fire opals; and her continual search for new creative partners, like the trek through India she took to find, and ultimately collaborate with, artists who specialize in miniature painting. “Innovation is how you keep yourself relevant,” she says. “Innovation has the power to surprise people.”

Lily marquetry earrings set in 18k gold with diamonds and rubies. Photo: Courtesy of Silvia Furmanovich
Butterfly marquetry earrings made with 18k gold, light brown and dark brown diamonds, and emeralds. Photo: Courtesy of Silvia Furmanovich
Furmanovich’s Water Lily marquetry wood clutch features green tourmaline and 18k gold marquetry. Photo: Courtesy of Silvia Furmanovich

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Spring Issue under the headline Creative Minds. Subscribe to the magazine.

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