Jewelry is important, but we all know that there are things more important. One of those things is solidarity.
We had the priviledge to be invited to participate in a solidary project, Rias Baixas 2018. Organized by our friend and fellow jewelry designer Santiago Prada, this event took place at La Toja Casino for the benefit of Yessica Martinez, a young Galician girl with a rare neurological disorder.
Jewelry pieces of the enrolled designers were exhibited at four jewelry shops of the area: Padín Joyeros (Bueu), Joyería Palamios (Pontevedra), Joyería Cardy (O Grove) and Joyería Gerardo (Vigo). The crowning moment was the catwalk at Casino La Toja on the evening of 18th August, a really touching moment for all of us.
We want to thank all the people involved in this project: Escuela Técnica de Joyería del Atlántico, SweetModelsCommunity, Lozano Gemólogos, Pacucho Álvarez DJ, the fashion designer Pablo Prusi and more. We cannot help but highlight too the support of the Spanish Association of Signature Jewelry Designers and Mujeres Brillantes association. Hopefully we are not forgetting anyone… in any case, you know who you are.
This has been an amazing opportunity to display some one-of-a-kind pieces of our Nautilus Collection. Below, some pics by the talented photographers Antonio Portela R and Carlos Turanzas. Kudos!
Today we want to share with you a question we have recently received from a customer that was interested in purchasing our Vigilat Planchette online:
Hello, I really love this planchette, and I can’t decide between the sterling, or the ‘Bright” sterling. Does the Bright version have a coating of some kind? Is there that much difference ?
Thanks for your help.
We think that this is a fair question and we are sure that other customers have wondered the same… this is our answer 🙂
First of all, many thanks for your interest in our Vigilat Planchette.
Let me try to answer your question (and hopefully help you make up your mind).
The Limited Edition (the bright one) has no coating. To be precise it presents two different textures: the low-relief area has matt finish and the relief motifs (like the floral decoration) have glossy finish, resulting in a beautiful contrast. This is a limited edition, only 50 will be ever made.
The Classical Edition (the dark one) has been patinated (we use liver of sulfur which is a standard in the trade) and the relief details have been sanded to achieve a dark-bright silver contrast. Let me point out that all patinas slowly wear off with use, but naturally the piece can always be patinated and sanded again by a professional (in any case the bas-relief areas do not suffer so much rubbering when the piece is being worn so this is no big deal). If this is your choice you will enjoy the piece with its original finish for a very long time, even wearing it on daily basis. By the way, if you want, a layer of micro-crystaline wax can be added free of charge for enhanced protection of the patina (you will find all the details here).
I will add something else. As you know, sterling silver suffers a natural tarnishing process through time (in order to minimize it you can keep this piece inside of a plastic zip bag as this reduces the exposure to oxygen). To clean the Limited Edition, you can just dip it in a liquid solution for silver cleaning (this is fast and convenient); with reference to the Classical Edition, a polishing-cleaning cloth is perfect, but only to be used on the relief areas (as it will wear off the patina).
I hope that this will help you make an informed decision, please do not hesitate to ask anything else you want to know. We will be glad to assist you.
You can buy with confidence, all the customers who have purchased this jewelry piece have been delighted with it 🙂
We do hope you find this information useful and we cannot help but ask you… which one would to choose? 😉
We want to share with you this TED talk of Heidi M. Sosik, an ocean scientists that researches how tiny organisms in the ocean affect our whole planet and works for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
We have no doubt that you will be as moved as we are and this will help you understand how the vast and unexplored realm hundreds of meters below the ocean’s surface has helpd us dream our Nautilus Collection.
Share and enjoy!
Some weeks ago we announced that the new Moriar Planchette was a work in progress and today we are most pleased to let you know that this is not any longer just a mere project… it is a reality.
Far from the classical planchette shape, the geometric design of our Moriar Planchette has been inspired by the Egyptian Revival that took place in the Victorian era. The symmetry of the isosceles triangle results in a balanced and minimalistic design that becomes a versatile jewelry piece made of solid sterling silver for your delight.
The Moriar Planchette inspiration sources
Two of our fascinations have come together to give birth to this jewel: the Egyptian Revival that ran concurrent with Renaissance Revival during the Victorian era in conjunction with its influence on the numerous secret societies that proliferated during this period.
There is no need to say that the ancient Egyptian culture has had an enormous influence on our society through history and that other Egyptian Revivals have flourished before (Napoleon Egyptian campaign) and after (Art Deco period) this one. The impact of the Egyptian symbols, beliefs and monuments is undeniable and it left its imprint in the esoteric and philosophical secret societies that were so deeply rooted in the Victorian society. For example, as James Stevens Curl explains in ‘The Egyptian Revival: Ancient Egypt as the Inspiration for Design Motifs in the West’:
“The importance of Freemasonry in the history of the Egyptian Revival is considerable: the idea of Egypt as the source of all knowledge of architecture and of all wisdom as enshrined in the Hermetic Mysteries was potent. The Craft was traced to Egypt, and the Israelites were supposed to have learned the skills of architecture from the Egyptians. Freemasonry in the latter half of the eighteen century reflected many of the philosophical, moral, political, and artistic currents of the Enlightenment”.
If you find this topic as interesting as we do, we recommend you lectures like this one: ‘The Geometry of Mystery: The Egyptian Revival & Secret Societies – An illustrated lecture by Adam G. Kendall’.
Beyond the pyramidal shape of the piece, we would like to emphasize the protagonism of the shining rays of black light, a very important symbol for the ancient Egyptians:
Rays of light diagram:
Details of the Moriar Planchette
The details of this patinated sterling silver pendant may be found below:
- Material.- sterling silver with patina (Classical Edition) or low temperature resin based enamel powder (Egyptian Blue Edition).
- Decoration.- on one side it displays ascending rays of light and on the other side it displays three elements in bas-relief (‘non omnis moriar‘ inscription, year of design and Decimononic logo). The inscription ‘Non omnis moriar’ (not all of my shall die) is a tribute to the Spiritualism movement in which so many Victorians believed.
- Dimensions (length x width x height).- 45x45x2.3 mm (1.78×1.78×0.09 in) approximately.
By the way, this jewelry piece includes a free of charge rattail satin cord with sterling silver lobster clasp (black, grey or red color).
Your jewelry (or planchettes) collection needs this piece…
We are glad to share with you today one of the most listened to songs during the design process or our Nautilus Collection. Its title says it all!
Who are Missio?
Missio is an American pop rock duo formed in 2016 in Austin (Texas, U.S.A.). Its name comes from the Latin word for “mission”, which is significant for Missio’s founder because it is a reminder of a time when he was recovering from an addiction. In fact, he has this word tattooed on one of his arms.
Bottom of the deep blue sea
An excerpt of the lyrics:
The berth surrounding my body crushing every bit of bone
The salt, it seeps in through the pores of my open skin
I wait on you inside the bottom of the deep blue sea
I wait on you inside the bottom of the deep blue
Without further ado, here the video of an outstanding acoustic version of this song: