Just before last Christmas we were contacted by Gemelolandia’s team. Surfing the web looking for new suppliers they happened to discover our sterling silver cufflinks with vintage watch movements. After some conversations, we confirmed that real collaboration opportunities could arise and decided to start working together. The result is our new cufflinks series: Tempus Fugit Collection.
This collection includes three different models of cufflinks, exclusively designed for Gemelolandia: Alpha (with round non-functional vintage watch movements), Beta (with rectangular non-functional vintage watch movements) and Gamma (with rhombic non-functional vintage watch movements). There is no need to say that these cufflinks are handmade on demand, one by one, using sterling silver and professional silversmithing techniques. They are presented in an elegant aluminium and rubber jewelry box.
We invite you visit Gemelolandia in order to learn more about this company. It has been founded by three partners with crystal clear ideas and one obsession: offering top quality exclusive cufflinks with total reliability. Not in vain Gemelolandia means ‘Cufflinks’ Land’ in Spanish.
Yesterday we had a very interesting conversation regarding craftworks, jewelry and luxury. As you already know, Decimononic focuses its activity on fine jewelry at present, but… what’s fine jewelry?
I.- Fine Jewelry
Let me clarify that fine jewelry covers a vast range of jewels. This concept traditionally refers to jewelry that is made with precious metals and uses gemstones (often faceted or specially cut). It is distinct from fashion, costume or fake jewelry, which tends to be made from inexpensive, commonplace materials.
In recent years, however, innovative designers have begun to treat materials once considered inappropriate for this purpose (titanium, steel, etc.) with the same respect they give to platinum and gold. This obviously means that the definition of fine jewelry is undergoing a revision and Decimononic aims to be an active player in this process.
Although artisan jewelry, characterized by one-of-a-kind or small production works, may be easier to be found in an art show, a gallery or a boutique rather than in a typical jewelry, there is no need to explain that artisan jewelry is likely to fit into the fine jewelry category depending on the chosen materials and techniques.
Let’s talk now about luxury. As per Oxford Dictionaries:
We will never get tired of repeating that our aim is to create handmade fine jewelry pieces inspired by retrofuturisms, biomechanics, art-nouveau, ancient civilizations, XIX Century, industrial culture and steampunk, among others.
Obviously one of the best possibilities to achieve this objective is showing you how we work, so we have decided to share with you this video. It was shooted and edited by me and features my partner Irene Lopez and her teacher, jewelry master Alejandro Allocco. We have to thank Mr. Allocco once more, as he let us film in his studio in Madrid.
In only one minute you can see many silversmithing professional techniques: melting, casting, hammering, rolling, sawing, soldering, filing, polishing, etc.
There are many people out there claming to be jewellers, but… can they prove it? Here it is our piece of evidence:
We are most pleased to share with you this small experiment, a short video with a selection of some of our 2011 designs. The video lasts slightly over one minute, hope you like it!
We are glad to invite you to visit the blog of the Jewelry Master Alejandro Alloco, Irene’s coach. He has been so kind to feature some of our early designs in ‘Clases de Joyería’ (wich means ‘Jewelry lessons’). We feel very honored and would like to thank him for this gesture.