Thursday, May 27, 2010

ANDREA CANDELA

The Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid), located in Madrid, Spain, is the official residence of the Royal Family housing historical remnants such as 13th century armory and weapons as well as fine tapestries, and furniture. Spain is also the home of featured jewelry designer Andréa Candela.

Spanish jewelry house Candela Hermanos has been a fixture in Spain's jewelry industry for nearly seven decades.

Founded by three brothers, the brand has become one of the leading manufacturers of fine gold jewelry in the world, renowned for its superlative artisanship and its proclivity for expressive detail.

In later years, Andréa would lend her gifts to the family's brand continuing a design aesthetic that is bold, dramatic, rugged, yet unmistakably beautiful.

Implementing an array of materials that include 18-karat gold, sterling silver, gold citrine, blue topaz, amethyst, lemon quartz, and diamonds, Candela draws inspiration for her striking jewelry from a bountiful palette.

Through the Andréa Candela Collections, you are transported to the island of Ibiza; you observe Moorish architecture along with the lavish treasures of the Spanish fleets.


It is magnificent jewelry influenced by the magnificence of the Old World, as well as classic, timeless forms of hearts and circles. The metal, for me, takes center stage while gemstones act as complementary accents.

The contrast of white, gold and blackened metal, the ridged surface texture reminiscent of "armadillo finish and rope edge" is so commanding.

Many pendants, though stylistically understated, are medallion-like in proportion, foreboding and regal. Cutout surface designs, like flowers and the always gorgeous Spanish cross diamond pendant necklaces, are beautifully carved, intricate and complex. These extraordinary cutout patterns are even implemented in the rings!

The jewelry's vintage-like style brings a palpable feeling of scope to the collections. You feel not only the generational history of the brand itself, but also of Spain. Even though the actual proportions of the jewelry are streamlined, you feel its presence and authority.
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Photo 1 (top right): 18-Karat Gold and Sterling Silver Swirl Circle Necklace with Cultured Pearl and Diamonds from Marbella Collection
Photo 2 (center): 18-Karat Gold and Sterling Silver Shades of the Earth Ring with Citrine, Peridot, and Diamonds
Photo 3 (bottom left): 18-Karat Gold and Sterling Silver Oval Shades of the Sea Granada Pendant Necklace with Diamonds

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Candela Jewelry (USA), developed the product. Candela Hnos., as a shareholder in the USA company, was instrumental in financing the development. It was never a Spanish manufactured product, as it was always manufactured in China. It has been sold to a Chinese manufacturer. There is no one named Andrea Candela. It was a name created to romance the collection. The name was made up by Steven Bell Associates, Inc, which handle the initial sales and marketing of the collection.

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