Since the age 11 when her work was worn on-screen by actresses in a popular soap opera in her native Brazil, 25-year-old Mana Bernardes' jewelry has been in the limelight. Since then, Mana's playful objects have been exhibited in galleries and are stocked in stores like Colette in Paris and Zona D in SÃ£o Paulo. Her pendants, earrings, and bracelets range from minimalist chrome to brightly-colored plastics and translucent pieces that seem to take on a glow of their own, hinting at the young designer's fascination with light. The materials are varied: toothpicks, hair clips, pearl, silver and gold, and even coffee spoons. But Mana's inventivenessâ€”often pairing common objects, like plastic mesh, with traditional jewels (pictured here)â€”renders the recycled elements unrecognizable in the final piece.
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