JEWELRY & NATURE
In a century in which the stridency of luxury is becoming less and less glamorous, Lorena Pestana’s minitourist art proposes a reencounter with the original fire, the ancestral light that successive generations of artisans from almost all the native cultures of the planet knew how to keep alive, but which has survived surrounded by the interests and values of Western civilization.
Although artifice has been linked to jewelry since its birth, what is proposed here is the return to that foundational imaginary, sustained by the unbreakable relationship that artisans, guardians of light, had with nature, as a reformulation of the design of amulets and ceremonial artifacts.
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The recovery of that sacred fire -from the arcana of the illumination created by the human being- is the true brilliance to which our jewelry aspires: pieces that always shine for their communion with the environment, because that is where any dream of own or others’ light, spiritual or maternal, comes from.
Each of these pieces is the result of living processes that are enriched by human talent and are made in the antipodes of mass production. What interests us is to extract the deep, intimate secret from each raw material we work with, so that it recovers its original link with the natural world.
Graduated architect with a project around the Chavin culture, from the northern Peruvian highlands (X-IV centuries B.C.), Lorena Pestana began her approach to jewelry during a long stay in the area of Santa Maria de Nieva, in the Alto Marañon. There she was able to investigate in depth the artisanal techniques and traditions of the Aguaruna people, perhaps the most important ethnic group in the Peruvian Amazon. Upon his return, in early 2002, he set up his first personal jewelry design atelier in Miraflores, which a year and a half later became a successful shop-workshop open to the public, in front of the Huaca Pucllana.
Lorena Pestana has continued her research and design work, along with the consequent growth and business consolidation of her brand, expanding her repertoire of techniques and materials, but without ever losing sight of the original traditions of the Amazonian communities, through their imagery and unwavering relationship with nature.
His work is the most concrete demonstration that it is possible to be avant-garde, original and modern, elegant, without the need to violate the principles of a millenary art and rather the contrary: assuming them to create a jewelry on a human scale, closer to the future by the mere fact of attending and respecting the past.
Meet the brand.
Lorena Pestana’s miniature art, which proposes a return to the ancestral light maintained by generations of artisans from various indigenous cultures. The aim is to reformulate the design of amulets and ceremonial artifacts by recovering the sacred fire created by humans, which is the true shine that jewelry aspires to. Each piece is a result of living processes enriched with human talent and crafted in opposition to mass production. The goal is to uncover the deep, intimate secrets of each raw material and re-establish its original link with the natural world. In a century where luxury’s extravagances are becoming less glamorous, Pestana’s art encourages a reunion with the original fire and ancestral light that sustained previous generations of artisans.
Meet the designer
The journey of architect Lorena Pestana from her graduation project on the Chavin culture to her immersion in the jewelry-making techniques and traditions of the Aguaruna people in the Peruvian Amazon. She established her first jewelry design atelier in Miraflores, which eventually became a successful store-taller open to the public, without losing sight of the original traditions of the Amazonian communities and their relationship with nature. Pestana’s work shows that it is possible to be avant-garde, original, modern, and elegant while respecting the principles of ancient art and creating jewelry that is closer to the future by honoring the past. She continues to research and design, expanding her repertoire of techniques and materials, while maintaining her commitment to the Amazonian communities’ traditions and imagery.