When you look at all of Sylva’s pieces, you find yourself in a conundrum – whether she goes in search of these exceptional reclaimed stones one after the other or they find her instead, because what she fashions out of them is soulful, almost like it’s is the only way they are meant to be. She is minimalist in her approach, yet her pieces are noticeable from any corner. Her designs are clean and simple and there is no hodgepodge of gemstones – she makes the gemstones shine with a smattering of diamonds at the most. Most of her pieces are Gothic in appeal – dark, mysterious and rustic; the beauty in these pieces doesn’t come from the fact that they are sparkly, like with most jewels, but from the fact that they have been sourced for their organic appearance.
She works with medallions, cameos, diamond roughs, conch shells, mother of pearls, dinosaur bone and what not. Sylva finds beauty in the strangest of materials, what most jewellers would rubbish as lacking in aesthetics. So her clientele that constitutes the likes of Oprah & Reese Witherspoon, like to wear jewellery that isn’t flamboyant and showy yet they root for pieces that are innately precious and one-of-a-kind. “My client is a collector that wants to stand out in one-of-a-kind pieces. She knows what she wants. She also wants wearable luxury. She wants to be able to wear her jewellery every day.”
These pieces which are diligently handcrafted by Sylva’s craftsmen take you back in time, to another world, which most people vicariously live through books and movies. But she is one of the few jewellers who transport you to a bygone era with her creations. “Lately I’ve been really interested in the 40’s and 50’s, jewellery drastically changed with those two decades from feminine and ornate to more architectural shapes. My latest collection encompasses some of these qualities.”
Inspiration for someone like Sylva could come from anywhere. However, she loves the Alahambra palace. “A few places have influenced me as much as my visit to Alhambra, Spain. The mix of the Moorish architecture and designs mixed with European influences speaks to me!”