We are pleased to announce that Irene and I have participated in a project promoted by the Spanish association Asociación Joyas de Autor (AJA): the publishing of an ebook about the future of Designer Jewelry in Spain (Spanish language).
This digital publication is one of the initiatives that celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the AJA and twenty jewelry designers linked with this organization have contributed. We want to express our gratitude for giving us the opportunity to take part in such an exciting project!
As we did in 2014, we had the opportunity to participate once more in the Spanish jewelry fair with more tradition: Madrid Joya.
Celebrated from 9th to 13th September, it became the meeting point for the industry improving its figures since the previous edition.
We have to admit that this has been a very special event for us. Not only our pieces were displayed in the exhibition ‘Espacio Autor’ (‘Designer Space’), coordinated by the Spanish Association of Designers of Creative Jewelry, but we received the trophy corresponding to the first prize in the AJA Contest of Creative Jewelry Design for our ‘Abyssal’ cuff.
Some pieces from our Metropolis Collection, which combines sterling silver, colored titanium and gemstones, were displayed attracting great attention.
In addition, the ‘Abyssal’ cuff was displayed with the other two awarded jewels in the AJA Contest of Creative Jewelry Design, accompanied by its trophee.
I had the honor of attending the opening of the exhibition ’10 Years of Designer Jewelry in the Atlantic’ last week (unfortunately Irene could not make it to travel with me to Pontevedra this time). Besides being there as designer, I had the privilege of speaking on behalf of the ‘Asociación Joyas de Autor’.
I have written a brief chronicle of this event for the ‘Asociación Joyas de Autor’, you will find it here: “Inauguración: 10 Años de Joya de Autor en el Atlántico”.
Irene and I are very pleased to share with you some photos of the opening of the exhibition ’20 Years of Designer Jewelry in Spain’ that will be opened from 4th June to 13th July and from 15th to 27th September.
The Space where Discourse, Singularity and Quality meet
Some months ago Irene and I joined the Asociación Joyas de Autor (Jewels d’Auteur Association). We took that decision because we consider that the fine jewelry pieces we create in accordance with Decimononic’s principles fit the features of identity inherent in Jewelry d’Auteur according to this non-profit organization.
Thus, a Jewel d’Auteur:
- Has been conceived and designed in the development of a creative project with its own discourse and it is frequently endorsed by the use of the name of its creator as trademark. In this way, a jewel d’auteur is a piece of jewelry ‘with full name’.
- Has been manufactured with handmade or semi-handmade processes, never mass-produced, with an emphasis on unique pieces and short series.
- Is normally made of precious metals and gems. Nonetheless, this does not imply the complete exclusion of other materials. The key is that the concept of jewelry d’auteur is synonymous with utmost quality, in terms of its materials and finishes as well as its usability.
We are aware that the traditional jewelry industry hardly gives space for this kind of proposals, while in the world of contemporary jewelry it is rarely welcome either; the latter considers Jewels d’Auteur too classical, the former too experimental. Nevertheless, we are convinced that there is a place for Jewelry d’Auteur and therefore it is time for us to vindicate ourselves.
Jewelry d’Auteur matters
We have three reasons to make this statement:
- We believe in the relevance or our personal discourse and we are not willing to attach strings to our creativity.
- We believe in the beauty of singularity and we are not willing to give up on craftmanship.
- We believe in the importance of quality, both of materials and finishes, and we refuse to give up on the pursuit of perfection.
We, like all the members of the association, create Jewelry d’Auteur by choice. The important thing is not if we are 10, 100 or 1000 people, but what really matters is the very thing that binds us: we take pride in creating fine jewels with a proper name.