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MUSEUM OF THE SUIT, A JEWELER OF FIFTEEN THOUSAND PIECES
For: Julia Sáez-Angulo
Conservative of jewels of the Museum of the Suit, Maria Antonia Herradón has published, between other books, dedicated to collection of jewels of the Reservoir. Under his care there are fifteen thousand jewels that the Museum of the Suit preserves between those that there represent from collaradas most beautiful of silver and coral up to pitchforks and brilliant golden buttons and.
The majority of these collections there are pieces of religious character, which have prevailed in our cultural ambience. The medals of images and the crucifixes are counted by hundreds, but also there are beautiful necklaces, rings and twins, of civil character, in addition to a good amulets deployment.

The Conservative indicates a necklace account visigoth of glassy pasta as the most ancient piece of the collections, but also there are recent designs of authoresses as Charo Marín or Carmen Zulueta. “The jewel is a complement of the clothing”, it points out. “It is an incidental complement, but also a piece with proper identity, like any other object of cultural nature”.

For Herradón, the value of a piece is not only in the materials of the same one but, from the anthropological point of view, there have to be born in mind other cultural parameters that do of a jewel something very special or singular for his antiquity, scarcity or significance. The same costume jewelry, signed or not, can have excellent value to enrich the collections of the Museum.

The Conservative thinks that behind a good jewel there is always an interesting maker, be craftsmen or artists, although the above mentioned highlight the category of the piece, like those of Julio González, Paco Durrio, Chillida or Anthony Caro.

At present there appear in the permanent collection diverse jewels between which they emphasize the big necklace of The Reservoir, which a big Fleming bailaora acquired the State to the gallery owner Elvira González belonging to his mother. Also there is exhibited a set of jewels of the traditional hairdo of Valencian or the most beautiful buttons of the XVIIIth century.

The museum gives continuously jewels for diverse exhibitions like the one that Count duke did to himself in memory of the anthropologist Julio Caro Baroja in the Cultural center; those who were exhibited in “The time through that Cervantes and the Quixotic lived in his suits” or those who appeared in the sample “Genius and Figure” in the same Museum.

In addition to the Museum of the Archaeological Suit of Madrid, the museums, of Decorative Arts, Lázaro Galdiano or that of Clothing of Barcelona is enjoyed by them of excellent sets of jewels to show to the public and the experts.

Herradón emphasizes that the new designers have extended the variety of materials used in the achievement of jewels and gold and silver are already not only used but the plastic, the textiles or the rubber have remained incorporated into the universe of the jewelry shop.





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