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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 eighty 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 /www.fotospn.com Catalogue design: Loreto García Iglesias www.liografico.com


Since 1928

Luis Méndez Artesanos means 85 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.


2013 : Dallas Market Center . International Folk Art Market Collection. Dallas (Estados Unidos) 2013 : Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Santa Fe.

NM. (Estados Unidos)

2013 : Exhibition - Great Masters of Folk Art of Latin America.

DF (México)

2012 : The 3rd Prize - Muscat International Award. Muscat.

Muscat (Omán)

2009: The Artisan Development Prize Castilla y León.

Valladolid (España)

2007: Finalist in the National Award for Artisanship.

Madrid (España)


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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bead necklace


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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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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. Long: 32 mm. Wide: 24 mm.

18K gold. Long: 75 mm. Wide: 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. Long: 32 mm. Wide: 24 mm.

18K gold. Long: 104 mm. Wide: 50 mm.

18K gold and rubies. Diameter: 15 mm

18K gold and ruby. Long: 54 mm. Wide: 34 mm

18K gold. Diameter: 15 mm

18K gold. Diameter: 15 mm.

18K gold and enamel. Long: 120 mm. Wide: 69 mm.

18K gold. Long: 48 mm. Wide: 15 mm.

18K gold. Long: 82 mm. Wide: 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. Long: 64 mm. Wide: 23 mm.

19. Cross pendant.

28. Rose earrings with bow.

18K gold. Diameter: 15 mm.

18K gold and seed pearl. Long: 80 mm. Wide: 35 mm.

20. Lantern earrings.

18K gold and seed pearl. Long: 77 mm. Wide: 18 mm.

21. Spike earrings.

18K gold and seed pearl. Long: 32 mm. Wide: 15 mm.

18K gold and seed pearl. Long: 40 mm. Wide: 16 mm.

29. Rose earrings.

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

30. Filigree beads necklace with pearl. 18K gold and pearl. Long : 420 mm. Diameter: 11 mm.

18K gold and seed pearl. Long: 67 mm. Wide: 18 mm.

*Cover photo

22. Yarn earrings.

31. Filigree earrings.

18K gold and seed pearl. Long: 77 mm. Wide: 18 mm.

18K gold and peridot beads. Long: 85 mm. Wide: 42 mm.

23. Rose earrings.

32. Pearls filigree earrings.

24. Pear earrings.

33. Filigree

18K gold and seed pearl. Long: 32 mm. Wide: 15 mm.

18K gold and seed pearl. Long: 77 mm. Wide: 19 mm.

25. Rose earrings.

18K gold and seed pearl. Long: 31 mm. Wide: 13 mm.

18K gold and pearl. Long: 52 mm. Diameter: 11 mm. beads earrings.

18K gold. Diameter: 7 mm.


34. Pendant and chain.

42. Salamanca collection cufflinks.

35. Filigree bead pendant.

43. Pendant with chain. Arches collection.

18K white gold and diamonds. Long: 12 mm. Wide: 12 mm.

18K white gold and steel. Diameter: 10 mm.

36. Filigree button earrings.

18K gold. Long: 22 mm. Wide: 12 mm.

18K gold. Long: 21 mm. Wide: 7 mm.

18K white gold and diamonds. Diameter: 13.5 mm.

44. Arches collection ring.

37. Filigree beads earrings.

45. Arches collection earrings.

18K white gold. Long: 40 mm. Diameter: 9 mm.

18K gold. Long: 21 mm. Wide: 7 mm.

38. Button filigree ring.

46. Salamanca collection ring.

18K white gold and diamond. Diameter: 13.5 mm.

18K gold and diamonds. Long: 12 mm. Wide: 12 mm.

39. Filigree bead ring.

47. Salamanca collection pendant and chain.

18K white gold. Diameter: 9 mm.

40. Filigree beads earrings.

18K white gold. Diameter: 7 mm.

41. Filigree wedding ring. 18K gold. Wide: 6.5 mm. *Photographs page 5

18K gold. Wide: 7 mm.

18K gold. Long: 12 mm. Wide: 12 mm.

48. Salamanca collection earrings. 18K gold. Long: 12 mm. Wide: 12 mm.

49. Salamanca collection earrings. 18K gold and diamonds. Long: 12 mm. Wide: 12 mm.


50. Salamanca collection ring.

59. Filigree beads earrings.

51. Salamanca collection pendant.

60. Clock earrings.

18K gold. Long: 12 mm. Wide: 12 mm.

18K gold and diamonds. Long: 12 mm. Wide: 12 mm.

52. Tubular ring.

18K gold. Diameters: 7 and 11 mm.

18K gold and coral. Long: 64 mm. Wide: 23 mm.

61. Rose earrings.

18K white gold. Wide: 19 mm.

18K gold and coral. Long: 32 mm. Wide: 15 mm.

53. Tubular ring.

62. Rose earrings.

54. Tubular ring.

63. Spike earrings.

18K white gold. Wide: 11.5 mm.

18K gold. Wide: 19 mm

55 . Filigree beads earrings.

18K gold and coral. Long: 28 mm. Wide: 13 mm.

18K gold and coral. Long: 67 mm. Wide: 18 mm.

64. Rose earrings.

18K gold. Long: 43 mm. Diameter: 6 mm.

18K gold and coral. Diameter: 13 mm.

56. Filigree beads earrings.

*Filigree beads necklace

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

18K gold. Long: 900 mm. Diameter: 11 mm *Photographs page 2

57. Filigree bead pendant. 18K gold and steel. Diameter: 10 mm

58. Filigree bead ring.

18K gold. Diameter: 9 mm.


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