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Spanish Jewellery old and new: sparks of passion

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Going back in time to life during the 16th and 17th centuries, many jewellery articles were produced in Spain by immigrant goldsmiths of varied origins. It was a period when sumptuous jewellery was the norm to wear by the Spaniards due to it’s being such a wealthy country. Jewellery pieces such as beautiful long pendant earrings were among the very popular. These were often decorated with enamelling as well as set with pearls and various gemstones.

A lot of the Spanish jewelry of that era was set with Peruvian emeralds and these were often decorated on the reverse side with engraved designs. For the less expensive earrings, there was a green paste used for resembling imitation emeralds. This gave the items an effect of being set with an emerald. Another typical styling was the Hispano-Moresque jewellery. It was much more ornate and invariably came highly decorated with filigree enamel.

Spanish religious jewellery

Members of religious orders wore badges made of gilded brass, sometimes they were also in gold, decorated with opaque enamelling on a background of white, blue, or black. Some of the badges were square others triangular, or oval. They had two sections. The central area with a religious design and a frame surrounding it with a rayed rim. The reverse side had a miniature set under a crystal.

A later type of popular Spanish jewelry during the 16th and 17th centuries was a brooch known as a Lazo. This was made of openwork gold and gemstones and crafted in the form of a bow-knot. Some of them also came with a pendant stone. The reverse side displayed floral designed engraving.

Moden Spanish style Jewellery

Today, many popular designs for jewelry items are based on Spanish styles from past eras. In particular, necklaces coming with delicate filigree designing. Toledo in Spain is an area well-known for this particular jewellery selection.
However, you don’t have to visit Spain for intricately styled delicate Jewels, simply look for fashion jewelry online at Edellie Jewellery online shop. You will be delighted with the selection they have on offer. Besides the Edellie Swiss Jewellery Brand, they carry the brands of great designers such as Djula, Nialaya, and Mira Sadi.

Historically, devotional jewellery played an important part in the earthly power and religion of everyday life. There were magnificent and extravagant pieces worn for displaying political strength with mythological figures and scenes often engraved on gems. Certain stones were considered to be a protection against various ailments. It ranged from a toothache to that of the evil eye, while others encouraged bravery or discouraged sadness.

Scorpions, in particular, were highly regarded as a protection in amulets because they were believed to prevent or heal poisoning. In later years jewellery was often found in excavated tombs with scorpions carved in Greek and Roman stones. As well, Scorpions were the symbol of the Zodiac sign Scorpio. Ancient remedies to cool fever included the infusion of scorpions in oils and herbs.

Necklaces in the early world

The early cultures made necklace jewellery of strings of shells, teeth, or bone beads. Necklaces were made to display appropriate decorative and stylistic features through each period and from region to region. An early type of Celtic necklace about 1800-1500 B.C.E. included a flat crescent shape and engraved variation of the torque. This neckpiece was made of twisted metal found in Bronze Age Ireland and Scotland. Gold, a rare highly valued material in Celtic Ireland was often buried with its owner, sometimes found by archaeologists in the form of gold collars folded in half.

Jewels in the Middle Ages

Jewellery developed into a more important form of dress during the Middle Ages with necklaces replacing brooches in the late Gothic and early Renaissance era.They came set with gemstones, and heavy gold chain necklaces with pendants denoted wealth and social status from the fourteenth to the start of the seventeenth centuries. Among the styles was a carcanet, a wide jewelled or enamelled gold link necklace resembling a collar. It encircled the base of the neck over a man’s doublet under an elaborate lace ruff, otherwise, it hung over the shoulders down the front of bodices and doublets.

During the fifteenth century, devotional items of jewellery considered to have secular or magical powers were signet rings. For the Christin religion, the signet rings were decorated with religious symbols or inscriptions, and pendants decorated with relief figures of saints were popular. Today, there are a variety of plain or ornamented crosses in gold or silver available as well as many other religious items.

The beauty and mysticism of Jade has had an alluring appeal for many people around the world since prehistoric times. The word Jade is applied to forms of Jadeite and Nephrite, minerals that appear the same and often cannot be distinguished from each other. this jemstone, however, contains more colour and translucency, and is considered as the true Jade, is more valuable, certainly with regard to its pricing.

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Emeralds and diamonds are one of the most beautiful jewellery combinations. The brilliance of the diamond complements the magnificent green of an emerald when set in necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets. This is the time of the year for parties and other festivities and when you are looking for perfect gifts for those you love.  Emeralds and diamonds given are always appreciated and treasured by the receiver.

The early civilizations were enchanted with the green hue of the emerald and held it as a symbol of fertility, peace, and growth. Often worn by royalty and celebrities from as early as the first century BC when the Egyptian king Ptolemy had a portrait made with emerald of the Roman general Lucullus and presented it to him. Cleopatra claimed emeralds were her favourite gem, and Emperor Nero liked to watch the gladiator fights through an emerald lens. Many emeralds and diamonds were also included in the Russian Crown Jewels.

Emerald Cut Stones

Many emeralds are cut in a fashion known as “emerald cut” a style that is also popular for cutting many other precious gems as well. Originally, this was a cut developed for optimizing the striking green colour of emeralds that ranges from pale to dark, the most valuable being a dark velvety green. A flawless emerald is a rarity and most include inclusions called the Jardin (garden) of the emerald. Unlike a diamond or sapphire, emeralds are not affected by changes of light.

History tells us that Aristotle was a great fan of emeralds and he believed that an emerald worn around the neck or as a ring increased importance for the owner and improved speech and eyesight.It was seen during the Middle Ages as a symbol of fidelity and for keeping a woman chaste. The same was not believed for a man!

For Christmas and forever

As green is one of the colours associated with Christmas, giving a present of emerald jewellery is a most symbolic gift.  When looking for emerald and diamond jewellery, visit the Switzerland jewellery shop of Edellie, either online www.Edellie.com or at the EdellieGeneva jewellery boutique. You will certainly not be disappointed as you will find selections of jewels that even the fussiest person will adore.

Wearing a strand of pearls has once again become a fashion statement. In the past wearing these gentle jewels was commonly associated with your grandmother who would never go out without her pearls! Whether cultured or imitation, the trend of wearing these gemstones is gaining popularity once again.

A pearl is formed in a mollusk by its producing layers of nacre around an irritant inside its shell. In natural pearl, it is from an organism in the water, whereas in cultured one, a pearl bead is inserted into the mollusk to start the process. In both cases, the value of the pearl is dictated by the quality of the luster of the nacre. A good pearl is valued by its smoothness, without any marks seen on the nacre and by its luster (shine).

Various lengths

Pearls can be oval, round, pear-shaped, or misshapen, with the misshapen pearls known as baroque. Pearls are available in various lengths, such as a choker that sits at the base of the neck, or a collar that fits against the throat. A princes’s length reaches near the collarbone and there is a matinee length (20-24 inches). This is followed by an opera length 30-36 inches). The longest pearl length is a rope and that refers to strands which are longer than 36 inches.

Necklaces can be uniform where all the pearls are the same size or graduated where the pearls size range from small to larger at the centre. Natural pearls are now rare and if seen for sale they are extremely costly. However, it is possible to acquire good cultured pearls.


Cultured pearl grows on pearl farms where the mollusks are raised until old enough to accept the pearl bead nucleus. The beads are delicately implanted and the mollusks cared for while the pearl is formed. Not all of them produce pearls though. Thousands of pearls are sorted to assemble a single strand of matching pearls.

Freshwater pearls, however, are grown in lakes, rivers, or ponds, and can be produced in a variety of shapes and colours. They do not have a bead nucleus, only a piece of tissue. This results in a pearl with thicker nacre.

Imitation Pearl

These ones are usually a coated glass bead. They may have a stylish luster, but certainly not the depth that one finds on a high-quality cultured pearl.