I have just spent the weekend in Viana do Castelo, a market town in Northern Portugal, as I was invited to speak on Jewellery trends to manufacturers, retailers and designers at the first Iberian Jewellery conference. I had a little time to steal away from the hustle and bustle of the conference and found myself at a local museum. I was totally inspired by an annual festival which takes place in the town, Viana do Castelo, during which the single ladies take part in a procession wearing embroidered black dresses adorned with layer upon layer of gold chain laden with bead clusters, charms and trinkets. Steeped in tradition and heritage, the gold jewellery accumulates over time and is passed on from generation to generation. I was fortunate enough to be presented with a glossy coffee table book filled with pictures of women over the centuries wearing their inherited jewels. I just couldn’t wait to share something of their golden heritage with you.
June 11, 2012