MARGARIDA PIMENTEL

JEWELLER IN THE PICTURE

 

golden necklace by world luxury jeweller Margarida Pimentel

 

Born in 1955 in a small fishing village in Portugal, only in 1992 could she fulfil her dream starting an intensive jewellery course at the well known contemporary jewellery school “Contacto Directo”, in Lisbon. In the course of her learning process, she took part in several workshops and conferences with famous national and international jewellers. In 1995, after having started her career as jewellery designer, she established the “Centro de Joalharia do Porto”, a contemporary gallery and school where she worked as director and teacher.

bracelet by World Luxury Jeweller Magrarida Pimentel


Since then she extended the scope of her work organizing and participating in several exhibitions, promoting shows, taking part in fairs and in jewellery contest juries, always having in mind the diffusion and development of the Portuguese contemporary jewellery. In 1998, both the School and herself were officially certified by the Portuguese government. In 1999, due to her performance, Margarida Pimentel was granted the insignia of “Oficial da Ordem de Mérito” by the Republic of Portugal

jewellery necklace by jeweller Margarida Pimentel

She discovers in these creative researches, previous sensations of movement and freedom as a gymnast, she was younger. She tamed metal as if she were sliding "inside" the jewel. Open to all influences and through a poetic and minimalist style, Cécile offers simple structured shapes, and refined graphic silhouettes of jewels which evoke harmony.

 

ring with pearls and gold by jeweller Margarida Pimentel

 

“…During our stay, we enjoyed time in your gallery at the new cultural center...
Can you tell me something about each piece and how we could acquire one or more… Your work is stunningly beautiful. So much that …”
Reynold Levy , President of LINCOLN CENTER

 

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