It’s always special to see natural diamond jewelry in museums. As its own form of art, the craftsmanship of jewelry designers deserves high praise. For jewelry designer Luz Camino, this is a celebration of 50 years in the industry.
Camino has a special history. She has been a pioneer for high jewelry in Spain, and is the first woman in the country to obtain the title of “Jewelry Craftsman.” Her designs are anything but ordinary. Camino began her career in 1973, mastering both antique and contemporary jewelry techniques. She is known for using special materials to bind her precious gems, such as resin and enamel. Camino focuses on color, nature, and storytelling of Spanish culture through her work.
Her designs have traveled to museums all over the world, but her latest stop is in New York City at the Hispanic Society Museum. The Jewels in a Gem exhibit is being held in the museum’s Sorolla Gallery, which is home to Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla’s colorful murals depicting Spanish culture.
On display, you will find several treasures, 120 to be exact. Each case is filled with natural diamonds, precious stones, and crystals that have been used to create Camino’s designs. The cases are perfectly curated alongside the larger-than-life mural behind it. Some hero pieces include a butterfly brooch, named Daddy’s Butterfly, which is made of an epic pear-shaped diamond, amethyst quartz, and smaller black and white diamonds.
Another favorite was a brooch of a swan made from freshwater pearls, diamonds, sapphires, and enamel.
A notable piece in the collection is a brooch of a flower bouquet which is made of diamonds, amethyst, aquamarines, topaz, and peridots.
These are only a few of the incredible pieces on display at the exhibit. Jewels in a Gem will be open to the public until September 3rd.