Section in which every month we will publish favorites, tips, recommendations and essentials from our guests.
In this month of January we have the pleasure of having Yle, a Cantabrian by birth although she has lived among the Picos de Europa, Santander, Madrid, New York and Seattle. Entrepreneur in various sectors, she is a Dietitian-Nutritionist and Co-founder of Cuckoo B.
The Founder's Quiz
Any brand that surprises me with its design, its history and its finishes.
Any Art Deco piece.
The style art deco that fascinates Yle It will never go out of style and continues to fascinate collectors and jewelers alike.
Before going into detail about art deco jewelry, we want to give you a few brief notes on this influential artistic style that developed at the beginning of the 20th century and was the origin of these captivating designs.
The Art Deco denomination arises from the " Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes " held in Paris in 1925. An artistic style that is characterized by being a combination of elements that have different characteristics. This "fusion" is a consequence of the influence of constructivism, art nouveau or cubism, among others, and also of archeology and the discoveries made in the Egypt of the pharaohs.
Although this style of art deco jewelry is later than art nouveau jewelry, it is a style of jewelry that only lasted a decade (1920-1930), in 1960 it had a renaissance that has continued to this day.
Along with Louis Cartier's jewelry designs, other artists contributed their ideas to the captivating aesthetic movement such as Aucoc, Argy-Rousseau, Bagge, Bastard, Boucheron, Despres, Dunand, and the houses of Van Cleef & Arples and Black, Starr & Frost, among others.
In art deco jewelry, the combination of the past and modernity play an indisputable role in the designs. Streamlined, rectangular, symmetrical patterns, various color combinations, and abstract motifs make up these avant-garde designs. The technique of pavé (pavement) and technological improvements in cutting diamonds allowed designers to create geometric cuts that dazzled the ladies of the time, and also those of today.
Although Art Deco jewelry initially featured diamonds, little by little colors were introduced into the designs. The precious gems that gained the greatest prominence in the Art Deco period were diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, coral , ivory, mother-of-pearl and quartz crystal; white gold, platinum and silver. With them, jewels were created in the shapes of flowers, plants and animals, perhaps, among all of them, the most recognized -or at least the one that has lasted the longest- is the famous Cartier panther. Although it was presented in 1914, it was at this time that it reached its maximum splendor.
The wonderful combination of these elements, the new techniques, the daring designs are what will make art deco jewelry never go out of style.
The emerald is one of the most beautiful gemstones there is and, in addition, its history is full of meaning and curious and interesting facts.
The history of the emerald:
Its name comes from the Greek, and translated we could understand it as "green stone".
Formerly, this beautiful mineral was found in Egypt. However, its extraction caused the reserves to be depleted. Several centuries later, with the discovery of America, new mines were found to dig.
Currently, gem-quality emeralds are found in large quantities in Colombia, which is the world's leading producer of emeralds. Other deposits are located in Brazil, especially in the state of Bahia. In this country, many low-quality emeralds are obtained, used without carving, associated with the host rock, as decoration material or for collecting. In Europe, the most important mines were those located in Russia, in the Ural region.
The emerald has a grade 8 resistance so it can be worked and shaped quite comfortably.
The tone has to be uniform throughout the stone, and always greenish. In fact, those that are more yellow are usually an imitation. Through the tone, it is also possible to know in which country the mines from which it has been extracted are located.
The real thing doesn't shine if exposed to fire. Diamonds or other precious stones, when they reflect flames, do give off a sparkle, but this one doesn't.
In conclusion, the emerald is one of the most interesting precious stones that can be in jewelry thanks to its knowledge in Gemology . Thanks to its history, its fame and its beautiful green color, it is absolutely essential and unique.
The Museo Nacional del Prado, since it was inaugurated in 1819 and throughout its centuries-old history, has fulfilled the high mission of conserving, exhibiting and enriching the set of collections and works of art that are closely linked to the history of Spain. , constitute one of the highest manifestations of artistic expression of recognized universal value.
In the rooms of this venue in Madrid, numerous masterpieces ranging from the 16th to the 19th century are housed, among them are those of El Bosco, Goya, Rubens, Velázquez and El Greco.
It currently has exhibitions such as: Portraits of Joaquín Sorolla that can be visited until June 18, 2023; and this year there will be exhibitions such as Guido Reni's, which will be the great exhibition of spring 2023 or the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Picasso's death, for which the Museum will show a selection of works by the author from Málaga together with El Greco's work.
How difficult! Passionate about Art, she highlights the works of Miró or José de Ribera, passing through Picasso or Frida Kahlo.