Established in 1839 by the grandfather of Luis Masriera (1872 – 1958) in Barcelona Spain, Masriera jewelry represents the height of Art Nouveau and Art Deco design. Worn by European royalty for more than 150 hundred years, Masriera jewelry has graced Her Majesty, Queen Victoria and displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this jewelry must be experienced in person to be truly appreciated.
A STORIED HISTORY
Schooled at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Geneva, Luis Masriera mastered the art of “plique-à-jour,” French for “letting in daylight” in his late teens. Based on the Limoges school of the 16th century, the technique involves layering glass-based porcelain or vitrious enamel in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing in the final product, so light can shine through. It is in effect a miniature version of stained-glass and is very challenging technically, requiring up to 4 months per item to complete.
But the famed Centennial Exhibition of 1900 in Paris (the Exposition Universelle), changed Luis Masriera and his art forever. So inspired was Masriera at the sumptuous display of the suddenly popular Art Nouveau style in painting, sculpture and architecture at the fair, that legend has it he melted down every item in his Barcelona shop and started over. His new line, launched in 1901, combined precious stones and metals with plique-à-jour with lovely Art Nouveau designs inspired by nature and fantasy, was instantly successful. Soon it reached beyond the continent and found much popularity abroad, notably in South America.
Commissioned to make a diadem for Queen Victoria in 1905, the creation is strong in symbolism and one of the major achievements of Spanish Art Nouveau.
NEW TO THE UNITED STATES
Despite its long and storied history, Masriera is relatively new to the US, and is carried by just a handful of American jewelers, including our jewelry store in Austin, Texas.
Masrieara craftsmen, who undergo 8 years of apprenticeship before they ever work on a piece of actual jewelry, continue making Luis Masriera’s designs today, faithfully recreating each piece to his exacting specifications.
The Masriera collection at Copeland’s is always changing for two reasons: One, the Masriera line releases only a select set of the original Luis Masriera designs each year, and two, we never replace a piece we’ve sold with another just like it. You won’t see that same work of art on anyone else. However, ff you want a particular piece that we don’t currently carry, we can inquire with the Masriera artisans. If it, or one like it, is available we can place a special order which will be made to your specifications in Barcelona in about 6 weeks.
The Masriera value is unsurpassed — the cost of a limited edition, museum-quality piece is comparable to that of a mass-produced Rolex.
Come see our full line of Masriera jewelry, some of the best jewelry Austin, Texas has to offer!