Masriera jewels are masterpieces that speak to the delicate nature of beauty. Synonymous with quality and art in fine jewelry, Masriera represents the rich universe of the Art Nouveau period and Modernism in its exquisite, handmade creations. They are considered works of art in themselves, apart from their utility, and are much more than decorative personal accessories.
Ever since its beginnings in Barcelona, Spain in 1839, Masriera has made outstanding use of enamelling, the complex jewelry technique that requires extreme skill and precision. Artisans create a singular translucent effect, delicately firing layer after layer of powdered, colored glass at intense temperatures. The results are colourful, luminous jewels that are immediately identifiable as Masriera.
About Lluis Masriera
Although Lluis did not appear until the third generation of the company, it was he who became a jewelry artist of great international prestige and one of the most important international representatives of Art Nouveau jewelry.
Art Nouveau reigned as a design style from approximately 1895 to 1910. Never before was jewelry so exotic and imaginative. Nature was a predominate theme: flowers, petals, insects, birds, frogs, and dragons were frequent references. The female figure was portrayed as mysterious and nymph-like, with long flowing hair. Diamonds were secondary to pearls, opals, moonstones, emeralds and other more ethereal gemstones.
Lluis designed extraordinary jewelry in this genre, and a wealth of information about his award-winning pieces remains in the company’s archives. The original molds, created in steel, are still used by master craftsmen to create limited editions. Today, like yesterday, master craftsmen use enamelling techniques such as plique-a’-jour, basse-taille and champleve’ to bring these pieces to life. A discriminating clientele around the world finds Masriera to be highly collectible and appreciated as art.
Each piece of Masriera jewelry is individually numbered and has its own certificate of guarantee. Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers is the exclusive purveyor of Masriera jewelry in St. Louis.