VICENTE GRACIA BENSA – JEWELLERY DESIGNER – SPAIN

Through reading the Sufi poetry I realized that the gardens were described as jeweled lands. They described plants and flowers as precious stones and that made me think that we could make a personal universe…

Imagine we don’t’ know anything about it… can you describe your profession? I am a goldsmith artisan fascinated by alchemy and I like to tell stories through jewelry pieces.

What materials do you use?  Gold, silver, precious stones and enamels. I love to work with colors and my favorite pieces are turquoisses “bleu de perse and fire opals”.

Who is you “ideal client’s profile? The one that is not conditioned on his taste for jewelry.

You chose to be a craftsman. How did this decision appear to be an evidence to you? I was born in a family environment where everyone was a craftsman and in a city where craftsmanship is considered a great art.

Would you define your job a passion? What is the best moment you had in your job? Yes. Because without passion you can not move.When my pieces were selected by David Warren for Christie’s auctions collections.

What role do “talent”, “know-how” and “creativity” play in your profession? talented profession because to be a good jeweler requires a good technical boast, in addition is very attainment of the processes of the profession, which also allows you to innovate, since through you can play with them and jump them to have more creativity. Of course there have been changes, we incorporate the technology with a great respect for the tradition. Every time when we create a piece that must go beyond our techniques we have been forced to innovate for example with the use of new materials such as lacquers or the use of 3d. On the other hand we have made way in the digital world with our web where we have incorporated an online store or social networks like Facebook, Instagram or Vimeo.

Where and how long did you train before you were ready for creating your business? Imagine that you want to invite young generations to choose your profession, what would be your message to them?  My training started in my family workshop and next I took my design studies at the Massana School in Barcelona. As a message to future jewelers I would say that it’s a privilege to be able to work with your hands and that makes you being free, you can work with materials that come from nature and you can give them forms that express your essence and allow you to share it.

In Conclusion, describe a meaningful experience or a personal reflection that you would like to share with us and explain why  Through reading the Sufi poetry I realized that the gardens were described as jeweled lands. They described plants and flowers as precious stones and that made me think that we could make a personal universe through the gardens of the alhambra or Spanish Arab gardens talking through precious stones. That’s how I found the essence of my work. As Ibn Jafaya says “The Andalusi garden is the jeweled land”.

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