Dilma was born in Angola, central Africa in 1970. She grew up in Portugal, where she studied Jewellery Design in Lisbon with jeweller artist Filomeno Pereira de Sousa, at Contacto Directo school (1991-1994). She also completed a degree in Industrial Design from IADE, Lisbon. In 1995, Dilma moved to London and worked at Cox And Power jewellers in South Kensington for two years before becoming self employed. Her work sold successfully in several well recognised art galleries in the UK, Austria, Germany, Portugal and the Caribbean. In 2006 she moved to Australia, taking her jewellery tools with her and selling her work in Byron Bay, NSW and Melbourne, VIC.
In 2011 she qualified as kinesiologist and a few years later, as a Crystal Dreaming practitioner and teacher. All these energy work has ignited her passion and understanding of how jewellery can be powerful objects that hold and gift magic.
As a natural leader, Dilma’s mission is to empower people, be it through 5rhythms dance, kinesiology, reiki sessions, art therapy or the wearing of a jewellery piece. Dance, healing, meditation and art merge together in her beautiful creations.
Dilma’s awareness & appreciation of energy combined with the desire for wellness, is the foundation of “Amuleto Designs”.
She returned to Portugal for family reasons in 2018 and lives by a coastal town near Lisbon.
Amuleto is the Portuguese word for amulet /ˈæmjʊlɪt/:
“a small object worn to ward off evil, harm or illness or to bring good fortune; protecting charm.”. Such power objects are also known as talismans (object of luck). Dilma’s focus is on the positive meaning of this word: “to bring good fortune”. Each jewellery piece has been lovingly created to support the wearer in a life-enhancing goal and/or intention – be it your own or invoked by the very jewellery piece chosen.
Dilma loves a quiet life amongst nature and adores animals. She has a cat that come with her from Australia to Portugal.
Deva Nandan is Dilma’s spiritual name. It means Divine Garden. She received this name in the Osho Meditation resort in Pune, India, in 2000.
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