Manuel​a Jimenez was born in Bogotá, Colombia where she​ ​earned a B.A​. in Industrial Design​ from Los Andes University​. Her​ jewelry experience ranges from hand fabrication, larger scale production, design and teaching. She earn​ed​ her MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at ​The ​R​hode Island ​School of D​esign​ in 2013.
In 2017 Manuela co-founded Icons at Play, a curatorial platform to create experiential exhibitions for concept based art jewelry. This work has been showcased at New York City Jewelry Week and at Brooklyn Metal Works among other places.