Brazilian born jewelry designer Paola Vilas creates wearable sculptures inspired by modernist references and feminine forms.
Living in Rio de Janeiro, Paola launched her eponymous brand in 2016, and has quickly gained notoriety among the most relevant medias and stores worldwide.
The jewelry brand’s pieces are fit for a museum. They resemble tiny sculptures and feature motifs of faces, torsos, arms, and hands in stunning gold and silver metals.
Paola chooses jewelry as a support to express her vision on contemporary issues such as feminism, but always addressing through inventive and sculptural aesthetic perspectives.
Her pieces cannot go unnoticed and they work as true conversation starters. This interaction and possible connection between two strangers is something that she looks for in all of her creations and it is also what helped the brand to get well known.
Working with silver and 18k gold plating, the designer also explores new materials such as marble including unique cuts for her designs. Her production is all locally sourced in her hometown Rio de Janeiro.
Since the homonymous brand of Rio de Janeiro designer Paola Vilas debuted in 2016, it has gained recognition in the most relevant publications and in prestigious stores around the world, such as, Ne-À-Porter, Moda Operandi, Selfridges, Joseph and Koibird, In London; Wald, Berlin; Rinascente, in Milan; Secret Location, in Vancouver, among others – for its creations thought as works of art that are imbued with meaning and instigate the gaze.
All pieces are handmade in Sterling Silver. Silver undergoes a natural chemical process called oxidation which can darken the piece. That happens with more or less intensity depending on the proximity to the ocean, air pollution, the skin’s PH or how you store your jewelry. It is not related to the quality of the material.