A love affair with 18th century Portuguese jewelry lies behind Larkspur & Hawk’s latest collection. The new designs have distilled, with a feather-light touch, that rich period of jewelry creation that came about specifically from the spoils of 18th century Portuguese trade routes, and the results are sumptuous but effortlessly contemporary. Called Luzia, the collection name literally translates to “sparkling light” in Portuguese.
In the 1700s, Portugal was a world leader, acquiring colonies and exotic trade routes. Among those was Brazil, a country still known today for a plethora of collectible gemstones of vast variety and color. In particular, this specific colony was responsible for giving 18th century Portuguese jewelry some very unique characteristics that collectors continue to covet today. Most notably, the jewelry was set with a very high ratio of stone to metal.
For Luzia, founder and designer Emily Satloff reimagines some of these specific codes of 18th century Portuguese jewels that she has long admired. She focuses on a favored stone color palette from the period as well as introduces her most detailed stone clusters which are meant to elicit the feeling of a multitude of stones set with minimal, almost invisible bezels. Luzia is an ode to a very specific period of one country’s adoration of extravagant jewelry from centuries ago, but also it is a contemporary take on unusual gemstones and color combinations.