The granddaughter of a talented goldsmith, handcrafting beautiful and intricately designed jewellery from gold and unique gemstones was instilled in Ana from childhood. Ana spent years watching her grandfather’s unique creations come to life.
Ana’s grandfather sadly passed away whilst she was still very young, and she decided to pursue a career in architecture at university. An inspiring three years passed by, yet Ana still craved the creativity she was missing from leaving her love of jewellery behind. She decided to change paths, moving on to train as a jeweller and gem setter at a renowned Jewellery school in Porto, and later graduating from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design – London Metropolitan University – with a first-class BA (Hons) in Jewellery.
Soon after graduating, Ana established a business partnership based in London with which she participated in many internationally distinguished Jewellery fairs across the UK such as International Jewellery London. While living in London, Ana also had the opportunity to work as a freelance jeweller for a few well-established jewellers.
In late 2016, Ana had the opportunity to relocate to Plymouth to work as the Workshop Coordinator for Jewellery and Small-Scale Metals at Plymouth College of Art, where she shares her extensive knowledge of jewellery with undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Ana’s experience and background gave life to her homonymous brand, Ana Simoes Jewellery, in 2018.
Every detail experienced in Ana’s jewellery is inspired by her heritage. Her use of gold, gemstones and natural stones, and her unique combination of traditional jewellery making techniques and contemporary design skills result in unique and sophisticated jewellery.
Architecture is still an important part of the designer’s history and influence; so much that the stunning ornamental shapes and repeat-pattern tiles found throughout Portuguese architecture remain her main source of inspiration.