Jewels are forever and are present in our world forever. It is known that since prehistory they were already part of humanity. At the time, they were adornments made of wood, stones, bones. Over time, they were gaining new materials and also adding different functions and meanings.
Rich in materials
The first thing that goes through our heads when we think of jewelry is in gold, is not it? And you can understand. In addition to the value of this metal, it has been in this scenario for a long time and therefore carries a certain tradition – plus any added value, of course. It is believed to have been discovered around 4000 BC in Mesopotamia, and because it is a malleable metal, it is easy to make parts from it. In the 100% pure state is what we call 24k, but it is also very common to use an alloy of it mixed with other metals, such as silver and copper, and there is known as 18k gold. And there are variations: yellow gold, white gold, rose gold.
Today, besides gold, other materials very common in jewelery are silver, platinum, titanium and even stainless steel. But did you know that even meteorite has already been used to make jewelry? This is what researchers and historians have discovered. The story is as follows: a survey published in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science tells us that the ancient Egyptians used iron to produce their adornments from meteorites. That conclusion came after analyzing a necklace that has nothing more, no less than 5,300 years old. But the earliest evidence of iron melting happened only from the 6th century BC, that is, years after the production of this ornament. And the question remained: how was the piece made if the iron could not yet be melted?
It was necessary to study in detail the necklace to understand its composition and production. First, they found quantities of iron and nickel in the ratio of a meteorite. They then identified a structure known as Widmanstattën pattern, which is formed by lines characteristic of the slow crystallization of iron and nickel inside the asteroids that give rise to meteorites. They joined the two dice and it was confirmed: the metal came right from the skies.
But as a meteorite turned a necklace, it is the doubt that naturally arises next. For with the help of a CT scan the researchers built a three-dimensional model of the jewel structure and from there they discovered that the Egyptians took a piece of iron from the flying object and hammered it into a small plaque. Then it was just embedded in the necklace, as we do today.
Rich in stories
But not only stones and metals is made a jewel. It also has the sentimental side it carries, the status within a historical context and even its power as an amulet.
The most common is to associate jewelry with royal families, who have always had extensive collections and make the eyes shine. That’s because the more and more valuable a kingdom has, the more power and importance it has had for the history of the country or the world. But perhaps the collection that most attracts our attention is the British royal family, which tells the story, awakens curiosities, impresses by the figures, attracts the grandeur.
The jewels of the British crown are so important that during World War II they were hidden so that the Nazis did not take them. And it was not any hiding place. Evidence shows that they were kept in an aerial refuge 12 meters below Windsor Castle with access to a few and a very long ladder.
There are more than 300 items in Queen Elizabeth II’s personal collection (not counting the family collection), with more than 23,000 gemstones, including rubies, sapphires, pearls, emeralds and diamonds. In total, about 139 million reais. You can understand all the care, can not you? Among them, the most important piece of the collection is the Crown of St. Edward. Produced in 1661 for the coronation of Charles II, it is made of solid gold, weighs almost 3 kilos and has 440 different gemstones applied. The curious thing is that only Queen Elizabeth II, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the crown jeweler can touch her.
Leaving aside the unquestionable financial value, all this still has a great sentimental value for the queen, since it is personal gifts and legacies of several generations of queens, many came from her grandmother Maria and her great-grandmother Victoria.
In this collection is still present from the South African government on his 21st birthday or the famous Williamson brooch that sports a pink diamond discovered in Tanzania by Canadian JT Williamson, who gave the piece as a wedding gift of the queen, and so on. At the top of his liking is the engagement ring that was designed by the Duke of Edinburgh himself and the lace-like Kensington brooch he wore at his mother’s funeral in 2002.
A collection that carries value, but also a lot of beauty, tradition, history and superstitions.
Rich in authenticity
Of royal family or normal family, jewelry always adorns, is valuable, is eternal. But it is more than that, jewels can arouse emotions, tell stories and even translate who you are. For us, this is the true value of the jewelry and that is why Torrego invited the designer Ana Cecília Sottano, creator of the Plume brand, for this chat.
Its contemporary pieces are produced from a mix of materials, shapes and possibilities of use with different fittings and combinations. An unconventional design and a less conventional production still because it comes from nature. But it comes literally from nature. Not only the inspiration, but the mold of the jewels are the natural elements themselves, from stems and roots to leaves and flowers. «I try to make a differentiated creation that goes beyond the usual. I have already created collections on top of orchid twigs, tree splinters, lavender twigs … «.
The process itself already tells an irresistible story, but it is in our hands that it gains feeling. Like the bride who kept a bouquet of flowers received on the day of the engagement, and from there, Ana Cecília created an exclusive jewelry, full of memories, emotions and personality. This, in fact, is another possibility of work in Plume: the creation of customized pieces, made solely for you.
Jewels that transform the moment, symbolize a feeling, awaken a memory or connect people and the world.