I am a person who loves a museum when traveling, a history of costumes from the past portray the richness of cultural baggage that and reflected in the current attire of its inhabitants. Here, we are going to talk about the jewellery museum, which is my point of interest because of my creative work, to seek inspiration and learn a little more about history. You will start at the Brazilian museums, but for now, I selected just two.
H.Stern – Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
It was a wonderful walk, it is in the neighbourhood of Ipanema. Initially, tell the story of the German Hans Stern, who was born in 1922 and later on his first trip Brazil was enchanted with Brazilian stones and in 1945 opened its first store in Rio de Janeiro. Entering a museum, you receive and forward with headphones, offering all the explanations, and show all the steps taken during the process of making a jewel.
First, show the details about how the gems used by the brand such as amethyst, aquamarine, tourmaline, agate, emerald, and many others, after that part of you display part of the cut and you can see the designers, cut, polish, all the advertising material used by the brand over the years and all of our works working and it’s amazing to see everything live. Finally, you enter a wonderful room of the Cavour layer, where the specialized staff shows you how most precious stones and their values.
Another store with cheaper prices with various objects and jewellery made with stones, including a beautiful ring of agate, quartz, and selenite. You can also choose the language in which the audio is German. They have staff who accompany and speak with the voice in your language and a driver who accompanies you back to your hotel! Fantastic.
MUSEUM – H. Stern – Address Rua Garcia D`Avila 105 – Ipanema -Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
Memorial of the Baianas of Acarajé – Salvador – Brazil
The memorial he visits in Salvador portrays the importance of the tradition of Bahia acarajé sellers. But the museum is not only that, it has a whole explanation about its trajectories and jewels. In this case, you will emphasize how jewellery used in the colonial period in the 18th century in Bahia.
Crioula jewellery, was a style of jewellery created in Brazil as a symbol of black resistance within society. The materials and designs that were rooted, portray, and influence other cultures such as African and European. As black women, the liberated black women were identified by the use of exaggerated jewellery, as it was at the time.
They managed, through their work, to accumulate money to buy their manumission and help other women to be free, thus giving life to a movement. Of union, struggle, and resistance.
As they were forbidden to wear a certain type of jewellery and good fabrics, they were directly worn and ordered with jewellery tags, or that caused a new style among them. This was a way that they use not only for freedom but to maintain their statement in white slave society and thus emerged as jewels of Creole. It was a way of reacting to a different world than they were.
Balagandans. Famous accessories common in Bahia, and are more than ornaments or amulets, were symbols of power and affirmations. One-piece consists of a ring with about 27 hanging amulets, such as fruits, teeth, musical instruments, keys, fish, and many others. They were worn around the waist of long round skirts and worked as protected amulets – as against dangers and injuries. Each pendant represents fertility, courage, sensuality, and protection against luck. Buy a beautiful silver one at Mercado Modelo in Salvador, Bahia.
BOOK: Crioula Jewels Jewels by Brazilian Creole – Laura Cunha – Thomas Milz. MUSEUM: Memorial of Baianas do Acarajé. Address: Cruz Caída, Praça do Pelourinho MUSEUM: Carlos Costa Pinto Address: Avenida Sete de Setembro, 2490, Salvador, Bahia
Berber Museum and Yves St Laurent – Marrakech – Morocco
This beautiful and full of history museum is inside the wonderful Majorelle Garden, where the YSL museum is also showing its trajectory in the world of fashion in addition to drawings used in famous films.
But here I am going to talk about the Berber museum and its jewels which are also inside the garden, which was created by Jacques Majorelle in 1923 by the French artist who developed the strong blue tone called Majorelle Blue and created this beautiful garden. This museum was recently opened in 2011 under the patronage of the King of Morocco. The museum `is small but it is worth the visit.
The Berbers were the oldest people in North Africa, their name comes from Barbaro and they made beautiful jewellery with a mix of materials, stones, colours, and techniques typical of this nomadic people, they were also great traders, lived in tribes in the Sahara desert and they were also called Imazighen, a fusion of different ethnicities.
They worked with silver and wrought iron where they gave an aged look, enamelled and a lot of coral, amber, and used a lot of graphics in their creations. The amber necklace is very traditional, brides are given a dowry on their wedding day. Saffron resin beads are very popular and have yarn inside. The most famous and popular jewel is the fibula, a kind of brooch, triangular and was hung on clothes and theirs to fix clothes. Its shape, a kind of inverted triangle, represented the female body and was made by the artisans of Monte Atlas.
MUSEUM – Berber Majorelle Marrakech Morocco – Address: Yves St Laurent Street
This is a beautiful museum in Istanbul, it was built in 1475 by Mahmet II, shortly after the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and it was also the residence of Sultans for 4 centuries. There are exhibits of weapons, clothes, jewellery worn by the sultans of the Ottoman Empire, and a piece of the Prophet Muhammad’s beard.
The jewellery room is a great wonder such as an 86 carat diamond and exaggeratedly large emeralds. They say that the sultan was very exaggerated, had a ring made, and that after it was impossible to use, a pendant and 49 diamonds were placed around it and is considered the 4th largest in the world.
Another interesting place to get to know the Turkish traditions `and the Gran Bazar, which opened in 1461, where it gathers, carpets, ceramics, spices, and many jewellery with lots of gold and stones for a total of 4 thousand stores. The curiosity of the time is that the earrings could not be too big, so as not to overshadow the smile on a woman’s face, but the rings needed to be large and with many details to highlight the hands. The jewels were studded with precious stones and very colourful forming beautiful arabesques!
MUSEUM Topkapi – Address: Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih / İstanbul, Turkey
Archaeological Museum of Mykonos – Greece
it is a very small museum and is the main museum on this charming island. There you can find arts, vases, sculptures and many jewels that are very well preserved.
This museum was founded in 1902 and the Greek jewels found there, according to studies, belong to the period of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilization, more than 5,000 years old.
The jewellery reflected all the wealth of that period. When that time came to an end, the goldsmiths were still working in the same style with refined, delicate, and artisanal techniques.
During the Persian war, Greece suffered from this and began to lack raw materials for making gold jewellery and they began to explore other materials such as gems, silver, and bronze.
The art style of the Hellenic culture grew and reached the Black Sea, Italy, Sicily, and the Iberian Peninsula. Even with scarce gold, quality and technical perfection were not lost during the classical period.
After the conquest of Alexander the Great, gold and stones were found in abundance.
Greek jewellery reached its splendor during the Byzantine Empire in the 10th and 11th centuries. At that time the profession of jeweller was considered noble.
The source of inspiration for the Greek jewels were symbols of nature, Byzantine symbols, architecture.
Today many Greek goldsmiths apply their rich origins to jewellery but with a modern touch, where they apply ancient techniques giving rise to creations with contemporary design.
MUSEUM – Lalaounis Jewellery Museum Athens
MUSEUM – Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
Traditional Etruscan jewellery Volterra – Italia
The Etruscan people lived in Tuscany Etruria in Italy in the 9th century BC. , these people had a great influence on Greek culture. They were also great goldsmiths and manipulated metals, and the pieces were cast by a method called granulation. This technique is a characteristic of Etruscan jewellery and meticulous preparation is required.
The city of Florence also has a great influence on Italian jewellery. A symbol in the city is the beautiful Ponte Vecchio. It was designed and, 1345 by Taddeo Gaddi, a student of the great Giotto. But it was in 1593 that the goldsmith artisans occupied the bridge at the request of Granduca Ferdinando I de Medici to withdraw the butlers and other traders who occupied the place.
It is in the charming Ponte Vecchio that goldsmiths engrave, melt and make wonderful jewels in the ancient Fiorentine tradition, even today.
Benvenuto Cellini was the oldest and most famous jeweller in Tuscany and received in his honor a bronze bust right there on the Ponte Vecchio.
Up to today the tradition and importance of Italian handicrafts are very much alive and everywhere in all sectors, from jewellery, fashion, shoes, and gastronomy.
Victoria & Albert Museum in London- England
I visited this rich museum in London where I live. This museum has a collection of 4.5 million objects from around the world. A reference to the world of decorative arts was founded in 1852.
The V&A museum jewellery collection has about 6,000 items.
It starts with pieces from Ancient Egypt, passing through several continents and passing through different times until arriving today.
There you will find diamond pieces and emerald necklaces belonging to queens and princesses. He has the titanium pendant made by jeweller Milanes James Riviere, as a pioneer in bringing titanium to the jewellery store.
It also has a huge international collection of modern jewellery. A wonderful collection of 154 precious stones.
It is a very rich part of objects of ancient and modern jewellery where it is possible to see the entire evolution of this accessory so loved by women.
The Tower of London , officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London., is a historic castle of the River Thames in Central London. There you can see the crown jewellery in the gallery. All the originals crowns of King and Queen of United Kingdom.
MUSEUM – Victoria & Albert Museum London United Kingdom – Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
MUSEUM – Tower Of London St Katherine’s & Wapping EC3N4AB
I hope you enjoyed it and if you have curiosity and opportunity you will visit some of these museums! Enjoy it!