GEMELA is a brooklyn based project of duality by identical twins Julie + Diana Verdugo that uses jewelry as a vehicle for education + storytelling. GEMELA is an exploration of art + design rooted in engineering theory, NGO favela work, and fashion + design experience.
J+D | Born in Detroit, 3 minutes apart, to a chilean dad and michiganian mom Diana and Julie were inspired by their industrial roots and went for degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering. You might think they have accents, and it's possible. Combined, they've lived in Barcelona, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, Madrid, Nurnberg, and Sicily.
PRODUCT | All pieces are unisex and meant to be enjoyed on any + all fingers.
PROCESS | Our designs tell stories of process. We design our pieces in our brooklyn studio using the art of hand carving lost wax, traditional metalsmithing and 3D print processes. We work with a local family business who casts our pieces by hand in manhattan.
DESIGN | Our geometric silhouettes are inspired by the angular shapes of the teleferico in the Rio favela Complexo do Alemao. It is their constant inspiration and n every design we aim to reveal the positive story of Brazil's artistic favela communities that are often portrayed in a negative light. If you want to know more it's a topic we love to geek out about. That, and 3d printing.