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Susana Martins Jewellery

About 

Born and raised in Portugal, now based in Dubai, Susana Martins is a fine jewellery designer who explores the intersections between architecture and design. With a particular passion for the Art Deco Era, Susana’s collections are intended for more than just self-expression – they are about how jewellery communicates with our senses, memory, emotions, and body.

Profile 

Born in northern Portugal in a traditional goldsmithing town between Porto and Braga, Susana Martins was heavily influenced by her surroundings. She was fascinated by the history of jewellery making from an early age, which evolved into a passion. After initially training as a stone-setter, she undertook her goldsmith apprenticeship, learning local artisans’ oldest and most complicated metal techniques. Wanting to enhance her knowledge further, Susana undertook a post-graduate diploma in Jewellery Design from the School of Arts at Oporto Catholic University. Upon additional qualifications as a gemologist and diamond grader, Susana began to create her eponymous label: Susana Martins Jewellery or SMJ.

Inspiration

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

EUROPE

•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

UNITED STATES

•Stuart Moore Gallery – NEW YORK – art deco-inspired collection. Commissioned

•Member of COUTURE SHOW Designer’s Community, LAS VEGAS

MIDDLE EAST

•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

•Global Trusted E-Network Member – Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry 

 

 

 

 

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