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filigree jewellers LUIS MÉNDEZ - ARTESANOS We are the third generation of filigree jewelers and the quality of our collections is borne out by over ninety years of experience in the fully handcrafted manufacture of pieces of traditional Salamanca jewelry.


Workshop: C/ Diego Velázquez, 10. 37600 Tamames (Salamanca). España Teléfono: +34 923 449 111 Gallery: C/ Meléndez, 8. Bajo 2. 37002 (Salamanca). España Teléfono: +34 923 260 725 Web: www.luismendez.net Email: info@luismendez.net Photography: Luis Fernando Lorenzo Rubio© www.luisflorenzo.com Catalogue design: Loreto García Iglesias www.liografico.com


Since 1928 LUIS MÉNDEZ ARTESANOS means 90 years as craftsmen jewellers and three generations of filigree artists. Brothers Luis, Raúl and Jerónimo Méndez have become a frame of reference for recovering filigree, a discarded technique, for contemporary jewelry. The Mendez’s work has garnered widespread recognition both nationally and internationally.


2015 : Product Award – National Artisan Awards. Madrid (Spain) 2015 : Pieces in The International Folk Art Museum - Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA) 2014 : Finalist – International Crafts Competition. World Crafts Council, Dongyang, Zhejiang (China) 2014 : Special Award for Best Business of the Year. Salamanca (Spain) 2012 : Pieces in the Great Artisan Masters of Ibero-America Collection. Mexico city (Mexico) 2012 : The 3rd Prize - Muscat International Award. Muscat (Oman)


charro

button

The button was used as an accessory on garments such as petticoats, doublets, traditional pants and waistcoats. Its use peaked in the 16th and 17th centuries. There is a whole range of different types, and although older buttons come in large sizes, today’s taste leans towards smaller models and different uses (cufflinks, rings, earrings, bracelets, etc.) designed as personal jewelry. The most representative piece of popular jewelry of Salamanca is the “Charro”* button. Like all filigree jewelry, this button is made from a thread of silver or gold, which forms the flowershaped frame of the piece. The interior spirals are made of finer twisted threads which fill the frame in order to create the surface, on which the adornments are applied. *”Charro” is a colloquial term that refers to a person from Salamanca.


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The manufacturing process for each one of the items of jewelry requires the full dedication of a consummate goldsmith, thus rendering each piece unique.

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The working of precious metals whereby the gold or silver form a pattern akin to lacework, granting equal aesthetic value to occupied or full areas to those that are empty. The strands of metal may be straight or twisted, in other words, braided, and sometimes the filigree is applied to a sheet of metal. This technique has been used since far back in history and was introduced by Greek and Phoenician colonisers of Spain and Portugal.

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The “rows of hazelnuts� consist of small round beads made of gold leaf or silver gilt, which are aesthetically enriched with round-shaped superimposed filigree threads.


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“El jardín”, the name of a type of reliquary from the 17th and 18th centuries, was used in La Maragatería (an area covering the south of the province of León), the north of Zamora, Segovia, Burgos and the Sierra de Francia (Salamanca), as an accompaniment to silver and coral jewellery. The oldest ones generally had an anthropomorphic wax figure in the centre which represented baby Jesus. In the “Jardines” collection, we reinterpret jewellery to which protective powers were attributed in the western region of Castile and León. Inspired by the exhibition entitled “La belleza que protege” (the beauty that protects) by Carlos Piñel. Ethnographic Museum of Castile and León. Zamora. Spain.


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1. Filigree button ring.

9. Grainy button ring.

18K gold and ruby. Diameter: 15 mm.

18K gold and ruby. Diameter: 15 mm.

2. Horseshoe earrings.

10. Galapagos earrings.

18K gold. Length: 32 mm. Width: 24 mm.

18K gold. Length: 75 mm. Width: 37 mm.

3. Filigree button earrings.

11. Charro button earrings.

4. Filigree button brooch.

12. Charro button ring.

5. Horseshoe earrings.

13. Galapagos with bow pendant.

6. “Galapagos� pendant.

14. Pear earrings.

7. Grainy button earrings.

15. Heart pendant.

8. Maltese cross pendant.

16. Turkish button ring.

18K and rubies. Diameter: 15 mm.

18K gold and rose cut diamond. Diameter: 25 mm.

18K gold. Length: 53 mm. Width: 44 mm.

18K gold. Length: 104 mm. Width: 50 mm.

18K gold and rubies. Diameter: 15 mm.

18K gold and ruby. Length: 54 mm. Width: 34 mm.

18K gold. Diameter: 15 mm.

18K gold. Diameter: 15 mm.

18K gold and enamel. Length: 120 mm. Width: 69 mm.

18K gold. Length: 48 mm. Width: 15 mm.

18K gold. Length: 82 mm. Width: 46 mm.

18K gold. Diameter: 15 mm.


17. Turkish button earrings.

26. Rose earrings.

18. Turkish button earrings.

27. Clock earrings.

18K gold. Diameter: 19 mm.

18K gold and seed pearl. Length: 64 mm. Width: 23 mm.

19. Cross pendant.

28. Rose earrings with bow.

18K gold. Diameter: 15 mm.

18K gold and seed pearl. Length: 80 mm. Width: 35 mm.

20. Lantern earrings.

18K gold and seed pearl. Length: 77 mm. Width: 18 mm.

21. Spike earrings.

18K gold and seed pearl. Length: 28 mm. Width: 13 mm.

18K gold and seed pearl. Length: 40 mm. Width: 16 mm.

29. Rose earrings.

18K gold and seed pearl. Diameter: 13 mm.

30. Pendant - The Garden

18K gold and seed pearl. Length: 67 mm. Width: 18 mm.

Sterling silver, crystal, natural dried flowers and leather. Diameter: 57 mm.

22. Yarn earrings.

31. Necklace. Filigree beads.

18K gold and seed pearl. Length: 77 mm. Width: 18 mm.

18K gold and pearl. Length: 420 mm. Diameter: 11 mm.

23. Rose earrings.

32. Filigree earrings.

24. Pear earrings.

33. Earrings. Filigree and pearls.

18K gold and seed pearl. Length: 32 mm. Width: 15 mm.

18K gold and seed pearl. Length: 77 mm. Width: 19 mm.

25. Rose earrings.

18K gold and seed pearl. Length: 31 mm. Width: 15 mm.

18K gold and agate beads. Length: 85 mm. Width: 42 mm.

18K gold. Length: 52 mm. Diameter: 11 mm.


34. Earrings. Filigree beads.

42. Filigree wedding bands.

35. Pendant. Salamanca collection.

43.Cufflinks. Salamanca collection.

18K gold. Diameter: 7 mm.

18K white gold and diamonds. Length: 12 mm. Width: 12 mm.

36. Pendant. Filigree bead. 18K white gold and diamonds. Diameter: 13.5 mm.

37. Earrings. Filigree buttons. 18K white gold and diamonds. Diameter: 13.5 mm.

38. Earrings. Filigree beads. 18K white gold. Length: 40 mm. Diameter: 9 mm.

39. Ring. Filigree button. 18K white gold and diamond. Diameter: 13.5 mm.

40. Ring. Filigree bead.

18K white gold. Diameter: 9 mm.

41.Earrings. Filigree beads. 18K white gold. Diameter: 7 mm.

18K gold. Width: 6.5 mm.

18K gold. Length: 22 mm. Width: 12 mm.

44. Pendant. Arches collection. 18K gold. Length: 21 mm. Width: 7 mm.

45. Ring. Arches collection. 18K gold. Width: 7 mm.

46.Earrings. Arches collection. 18K gold. Length: 21 mm. Width: 7 mm.

47. Ring. Salamanca collection. 18K gold and diamonds. Length: 12 mm. Width: 12 mm.

48. Pendant. Salamanca collection. Gold 18 Qts. Length: 12 mm. Width: 12 mm.

49. Earrings. Salamanca collection. 18K gold. Length: 12 mm. Width: 12 mm.


50. Earrings. Salamanca collection.

59. Ring. Filigree bead.

51. Ring. Salamanca collection.

60. Earrings. Filigree beads.

52. Pendant. Salamanca collection

61. Clock earrings.

53. Tubular ring.

62. Rose earrings.

54. Tubular ring.

63. Rose earrings.

18K gold and diamonds. Length: 12 mm. Width: 12 mm.

18K gold. Length: 12 mm. Width: 12 mm.

18K gold and diamonds. Length: 12 mm. Width: 12 mm.

18K white gold. Width: 19 mm.

18K white gold. Width: 11.5 mm.

55 .Tubular ring. 18K gold. Width: 19 mm.

56. Earrings. Filigree beads. Length: 43 mm. Diameter: 6 mm

57. Earrings. Filigree beads.

18K gold. Length: 40 mm. Diameter: 9 mm.

58. Pendant. Filigree bead. 18K gold and steel. Diameter: 10 mm.

18K gold. Diameter: 9 mm.

18K gold. Diameters: 7 and 11 mm.

18K gold and coral. Length: 64 mm. Width: 23 mm.

18K gold and coral. Length: 32 mm. Width: 15 mm.

18K gold and coral. Length: 28 mm. Width: 13 mm.

64. Spike earrings.

18K gold and coral. Length: 67 mm. Width: 18 mm.

65. Rose earrings

18K gold and coral. Length: 28 mm. Width: 13 mm.


66. Necklace. Filigree beads.

71. Ring. Spiral collection.

67. Pumpkin earrings.

72. Earrings. Spiral collection.

68 Necklace. Filigree and coral beads.

73. Choker. Cages collection.

Sterling silver. Length: 500 mm. Diameter: 22 mm.

Sterling silver and coral. Length: 70 mm. Diameter: 18 mm.

Sterling silver. Length: 650 mm. Diameter: 18 mm. *Cover photo

69. Necklace. Cages collection. Sterling silver and 18K gold. Length: 450 mm. Width: 15 mm.

70 Pendant. Spirals collection Sterling silver, 18K gold and steel. Diameter: 16.5 mm.

Sterling silver and 18K gold. Diameter: 16.5 mm..

Sterling silver and 18K gold. Diameter: 16.5 mm. Length: 30 mm.

Sterling silver, 18K gold and steel. Length: 420 mm. Width: 15 mm.

74. Earrings. Cages collection. Sterling silver and 18K gold. Length: 59 mm. Width: 15 mm.

75. Pendant. Cages collection Sterling silver, 18K gold and steel. Length: 420 mm. Width: 15 mm.


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