Susana Martins Jewellery
Susana cultivated a passion across all aspects of jewellery from an early age.
Born in northern Portugal in a traditional goldsmithing town between Porto and Braga, she was heavily influenced by the region’s history. After initially training as a stone-setter she undertook her goldsmith apprenticeship, learning the world’s oldest and most complicated metal techniques.
Wanting to enhance her knowledge of jewellery craftsmanship further still, Susana undertook a post-graduate diploma in Jewellery Design from the School of Arts of Oporto Catholic University in Portugal.
Upon additional qualifications as a gemologist and diamond grader, Susana began exhibiting her designs in international trade shows.
Thereafter Susana brought her deep industry knowledge to a range of professional roles as a consultant, including managing luxury jewellery brands and overseeing product development and design. Her own designs are now exhibited on a global scale, including the permanent jeweled sculpture featured in the Jaguar Lounge at the Automobile Museum of Malaga in Spain, and a collection commissioned for the Stuart Moore Gallery in New York.
Since moving to Dubai in 2012 Susana has been passionate about creating a platform where jewellery design, production, and education can be brought together in a single space. In 2015 she founded the first jewellery/workshop with a gallery incorporated in Dubai’s premier arts hub, Alserkal Avenue.
Susana Martins re-established her eponymous brand in Dubai in 2016 – “SMJ is a gateway to share my passion for all things creative, inspiring people’s lifestyles through exceptional product experiences.”
As a Jewellery Designer Susana oversees every aspect of the jewels she creates, from sourcing and cutting the gemstones to producing the finished piece.
Susana’s aesthetic is evident, explorative, and grows from the classics to a global trend-driven visual language. She draws inspiration from a variety of historical periods, with a particular focus on the Art Deco era due to its widespread influence across the arts and the techniques pioneered in jewellery making at the time.
WORK, COMMISSIONS, COLLABORATIONS
•Clerkenwell Design Week – LONDON – artist exhibition in partnership with Munna Design
•Maison & Objet – PARIS – product launch within the Heritage Revisited collection with Munna Design
•Decorex International – LONDON – artist exhibition
•Millionaire Fair – AMSTERDAM – guest designer showcase at the “Highlights Corner.”
•Oporto Show – PORTO – product design exhibition
•Divulgarte Art Gallery – PORTO – curator of contemporary jewellery exhibitions
•Oikos – PORTO – participation in “Artists for Solidarity” exhibition – Collective
•Museo Automobilistico de Malaga – SPAIN – permanent exhibition of a “jewelled” sculpture commission for the Jaguar Lounge and a “Crystallized” Rolls Royce in collaboration with Swarovski
•Author of the PORTUGAL MASTERS TROPHY OF GOLF – Commissioned by Portugal’s Tourism Office and PGA – Professional Golf Association
•Stuart Moore Gallery – NEW YORK – art deco-inspired collection. Commissioned
•Member of COUTURE SHOW Designer’s Community, LAS VEGAS
•Head of the Design Department at AK Fine Jewellery, 2012 – 2015
•Alserkal Avenue Jewellery Factory, DUBAI – Creative Director & Co-Founder, 2015 – 2017
•Founder of Susana Martins Jewellery Label & Design Atelier, DUBAI
•Creative Consultant & CEO Savolinna Jewelry, DUBAI – 2017 to the present
•Member of the jury panel of the 1st edition of “The Gulf 3D Printing Olympiad” held in Dubai, an event part of “UAE Innovation Week” powered by ATLAB – 2015
•Member of DBWC, Dubai Business Women Council
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