Sculpture to me is as much a visual pleasure as is it is a tactile experience
As a jewelry designer, you must find a way to accentuate the natural elegance of what are arguably the most beautiful materials found on earth. The work should have an eternal quality, but one must also aspire to imbue the pieces with another essence that, for me, is much more consequential: I want my work to be ethereal.
It is ironic perhaps, that stone and metal pried from the earth could be ethereal but jewelry has long been associated with the stars. I think that fine jewelry should always aspire to rival the awe we experience when we turn our eyes upward. I don’t simply want these pieces to adorn, or to stand alone as beautiful objects. I want my designs to evoke their connection to space—its vastness, its majesty and its superlative form.
The very process and purpose of designing jewelry—of refining and reinventing one’s signature—is for me, to eventually locate this fine and illusory quality. This is how I would like everyone to feel when he or she sees these designs. My goal is to spin these precious materials into something that is much more than an extravagant accessory.
Jewelry is my medium and to make it, by nature, is to be mindful of its techniques and the value of such fine materials. But this is secondary. The feeling I want to impart is one of radiance, in every sense: That of light, of emotion, of energy and, of course, that of beauty.
Ana Khouri spent her formative years between her native Brazil and the United States. Khouri first studied Fine Arts specializing in sculpture in São Paulo, at the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado. It was in art school that Khouri first began to think critically about sculpture and jewelry, more precisely about the ways that she could make pieces that spoke directly to the body.
In New York, she attained degrees at GIA (the Gemological Institute of America) and Parsons, amongst several other specialized studies in jewelry. Her background and love of sculpture would now play heavily in her favor, allowing her a richer understanding of the creative possibilities that weren’t being explored in jewelry design. As a designer she is unhinged from any technical restraints, and as an artist she if forever demanding that materials bend to her creative vision.
Khouri insists on bringing High jewelry into the twenty-first century. This attitude has formed a steady drumbeat under her ascent over the last few years. While Ana has been sculpting and working on individual special projects since 2002, she officially launched her New York based namesake line in 2013 and it has grown steadily ever since drawing the allegiance of a long list of likeminded women and, in the process, brought jewelry design a giant leap forward.
For Ana, designing jewelry is about the myriad ways that a piece can take shape on the wearer, and the balance the work creates with the body. Her signature setting design is inspired by her search for Purity. Featuring one continuous line, no base, leaving only what is most essential - the purity of the materials used. Toeing the line between sculpture and jewelry, her designs are intended to be organic extensions of the body, with fluidity and softness. All pieces are made from 18K Fairmined, Fairtrade gold or platinum and ethically and responsibly sourced gemstones.
Amongst Khouri’s most notable accomplishments are winning the ANDAM Accessory Award in 2017 and having a solo exhibition of her work at Phillips Auction House New York in September 2018, amongst other accomplishments.