Handcrafted gemstone jewelry and accessories in stainless steel in Brazil
"I traveled a lot throughout Brazil to make my work known. A lot of times, I was misunderstood and even humiliated, but I persisted in what I believed."Born in 1965 in Minas Gerais, Ailton Oliver has had a special interest for art ever since he was a child. He learned to read at the age of five. Books revealed a fascinating world of dreams, where he promised to make his home one day.
"I have nine brothers and sisters," the artisan says. "We lost our parents when I was only 12, and I moved to São Paulo with eight of them. That forced me to grow up fast.
"I was still a teen when I began crafting my first designs. I worked in wood, and tried to portray the facades of São Paulo's outstanding churches. I discovered leather, glass and coconut tree fibers. Then, when I was 18, I took a job in metal works.
"In 1989, I quit to I could devote my time to the arts. Gemstones have always fascinated me, and I integrate them into my designs in a harmonious way that shows them off.
"I initially sold my jewelry in the streets, parks and plazas of São Paulo. As I had no academic formation, I did whatever I could to survive. I learned to create medieval-style chain mesh, metal twists and spirals, and gemstone settings, and I taught all these skills to others, once I had mastered them.
"Finally, I realized that the designer is his vision of the world. I traveled a lot throughout Brazil to make my work known. A lot of times, I was misunderstood and even humiliated, but I persisted in what I believed.
"Since 2005, I've lived in Rio, where I work at craft fairs and in social projects and workshops."
17 items by Ailton Oliver
Steel SnakeStainless Steel Chain Link Necklace from Brazil
Size: 18 to 20 inches$129.99
Steel RingsHand Made Stainless Steel Chain Link Necklace from Brazil
Size: 18 to 20 inches$99.99
Fantasy BraceletStainless Steel Link Bracelet Mesh from Brazil
Linked RhombiStainless Steel Link Chain Dangle Earrings from Brazil
Length: 2.8" x 1.2" W$39.99
Steel RingsStainless Steel Chain Link Bracelet from Brazil
Gemstone CradleRose Quartz and Stainless Steel Dangle Earrings from Brazil
Length: 2" x 0.2" W$29.99
Moonlight HammocksChain Link Moonstone Dangle Earrings from Brazil
Length: 2" x 0.6" W$29.99
Cradled OrbBrazilian Tiger's Eye and Stainless Steel Statement Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches$67.99
Solar PendulumsStylish Orange Agate and Stainless Steel Chandelier Earrings
Length: 3.9" x 1.8" W$39.99
Agate PouchStainless Steel Agate Statement Necklace from Brazil
Size: longer than 22 inches$129.99
Splendor of the SunStainless Steel Goldstone Statement Necklace from Brazil
Size: 16 to 18 inches$79.99
DreamcatcherBrazilian Handmade Stainless Steel and Opal Dangle Earrings
Length: 3.1" x 1.4" W x 0.2" D
Balanced NatureTiger's Eye and Stainless Steel Dangle Earrings from Brazil
Length: 2.4" x 0.6" W$19.99
TreasuredTiger's Eye and Stainless Steel Artisan Crafted Earrings
Length: 2.4" x 0.6" W$34.99
Strength ChainStainless Steel Men's Simple Chain Bracelet from Brazil
Fantastic WavesOpal Arm Band Crafted in Brazil
Size: 3.3" Diam.
Glory of the SunAgate and Stainless Steel Wristband Bracelet from Brazil