Simeï

Combining her technical precision and creativity, Simeï’s artistic sensibility shines through when designing engagement rings. Born in South Africa and educated at the prestigious Central St. Martins, Simeï is passionate about designs inspired by nature’s finest forms.

Simeï grew up in South Africa and moved to England when she was 14, all the while developing her art skills in school. An animal and nature lover, Simeï originally wanted to be a vet, despite her natural talent in all things art and design. Her father recognized that she would flourish in a career in the arts and encouraged her to take up a foundation course in art and design at Falmouth to begin her pre-graduate studies. At Falmouth, she became fully immersed in the beauty of the raw coastal areas, solidifying her interest in nature and art.

Simeï soon realized she loved making small scale sculptures and enjoyed exploring and sketching ideas and concepts. Jewelry was the perfect outlet. It allowed her to channel her passion for detail and sculpture, so Simeï completed a BA in Jewelry Design at the world renowned Central St. Martins. To continue exploring naturalism in art, she then went on to study botanical painting, and relished in the opportunity to closely observe fauna, and exercise her technical drawing skills.

After gaining exposure across the jewelry industry, Simeï joined Taylor and Hart in 2018, drawn by our mission to be at the forefront of jewelry and technology.

Taylor and hart design consultant Simei

“I love examining nature to create miniature documentation through drawing and painting. It’s a form of meditation for me that flows from my subconscious through direct observation. Coming from a creative family, I’ve always been urged to follow a creative path in something I enjoy and can expand my skills & knowledge in.”

Simeï

Simei Taylor and hart design consultant sketch jewellery butterfly

Quickfire Q&A

What is your favorite gemstone?

My favorite gemstone is a bicolored sapphire. I love the range of tonality you can find in a sapphire, and the durability of the gemstone.

What is your favorite stone shape?

My favorite stone shape is the Asscher cut!

What is your favorite metal?

I love 18kt yellow gold.

How would you describe your design aesthetic in three words?

Vintage, eclectic, ornate.

Sources Of Inspiration

Daniella Villegas | The Whimsical

Daniella Villegas is a Los Angeles based jewelry designer, creating one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by nature’s nuances. Her use of organic inspiration such as beetles, porcupine quills, pebbles and wood mixed with precious and semi precious stones showcases her playful style.

Villegas said “I’ve always been inspired by nature. It’s where I go to reconnect with the world, to be at peace–it makes me happy.” I definitely share Villegas’s view with passion. I love waking up in the morning to view the sunrise over the river from my balcony”. – Simeï

 

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Silvia Furmanovich | The Organic

Silvia Furmanovich is a Brazillian jewelry designer who uses organic materials in her work. Nature is her greatest inspiration, all her materials come from the earth. Silvia specialises in wood marquetry, adding a unique, earthy element to her jewelry.

“Silvia comes from a costume jewelry and aromatherapy background, linking the botanical elements I am familiar with, with an aromatherapy influence. “The Amazon forest is such a powerful place,” she said. “We have the colors, the flowers, the birds: a diversity in nature that is unparalleled. It’s great to be able to show the best of our country in terms of nature, materials and craft.” – Simeï

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Simeï’s favorite ring

Every ring we craft tells a story. Each of our incredibly talented design consultants are tasked with weaving this story into a fully-realized design, subtly imparting their flair and skill along the way. While each ring is designed with the utmost care and thought, our design consultants do have their favorites. Simeï’s favorite design was a round emerald with a diamond floral halo, set in warm 18 karat yellow gold.

“Working on this customer’s ring was an absolute joy. We had enough time to focus on all the details and view emerald options to choose the most suitable center stone for his vision. Personally I love working on bespoke designs with a botanical element and the customer wasn’t afraid to go bold.We wanted to incorporate some more diamonds to add sparkle, without being over the top so every other petal features a diamond . It turned out beautifully. Yellow gold and emerald green is such a luxurious color combination and gives a true reflection of the beauty of natural elements” – Simeï

round emerald organic engagement ring with diamond floral halo in yellow gold
Floral flower shaped engagement ring sketch

As an artist, Simeï takes careful consideration with every idea presented to her. Her flamboyance with detail and appreciation of the natural world is sure to be reflected in every design, especially if you’re looking for a bolder, expressive design. With an extensive knowledge of jewelry design, you’ll be safe in Simeï’s hands.

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