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Ana De Costa visits her roots in Portugal

What a whirl wind last two months… Since getting back from my month in Bali at the end of April, it has been non-stop until now. I managed to design and make the beautiful “becoming a queen” platinum and diamond necklace for PureJewels’s Platinum Heritage Collection; design and make samples for an exciting new venture we are launching at IJL – not sure if I can talk about this yet and don’t want to get told off by my fabulous director, Jonathan! I also managed to fit in a fair bit of drinking champagne at Jewellery Week – poor dave Webster was well and truly “Ana’d” when I beat him with a rose at the Mayfair!

Where is she now, I hear you all ask?! Well I am in Portugal with my family, where my father grew up. We are in a small fishing town called Espinho, which is by the beach close-ish to Porto. It’s very much a blast from the past for me here as everything reminds me of my childhood and who I am, what has shaped me and where I came from – the smell of sardines being barbecued, eating cherries on the beach and the constant chatter, laughter and coming and going of people in our house º its pretty magical, you are never alone or lonely. It has also affirmed how much like my Father I am. I definitely get my naughtiness from this side of the family rather than the British side.

I am switching off a little from work but can’t help but always be looking for inspiration for a new collection – like a sponge soaking up water is how I would describe myself, constantly in awe, inspired and in my own little world! One major influence being back here is the presence of religion – Catholicism, I am loving the overt ornateness of everything from the statues of Fatima to the mausoleums in my family cemetry I visited this morning – the blue and white tiles are traditional and are often depicting fishing scenes as this is a fishing town – inspiration for a new collection for sure!!

I am driving down to Lisbon on Thursday for a few days to do some appointments – Vogue Portugal and some agents and will report my finds on the Portugese jewellery market… Here are a few shots to illustrate my inspiration and the blog… Happy reading folks!! There is more to come!

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