My ancestry of Spanish Royalty inspires this series of my Spring 2014 Collection. Though there’s no need to refer to my sisters and me as “your highness,” we are indeed descendants of Infanta Beatriz of Spain – in fact, I’m actually named after her (my legal name is Beatriz, but you can call me Betty).
Growing up in Miami, I was enchanted by the pictures my grandmother would show me of Cuba. Buildings adorned with Turquoise, beautiful women wearing elaborate jewelry, and the glamor of the culture. My grandmother lost everything except for her photographs when she fled Cuba with her son for temporary refuge in Spain, so she created the world of our family history for me with those magical pictures.
I have always had a fondness for turquoise and it’s in every piece of the Spanish Queen series of my Spring 2014 Collection. There’s something about turquoise that encompasses all the opulence and grandeur from my grandmother’s precious photographs. Besides being beautiful, turquoise is one of the most versatile materials I work with. The richness of color found in turquoise can transform any aesthetic or atmosphere. I like to call it the “leopard-print of jewelry” – it’s simultaneously casual and dressy, dramatic and elemental. The vibrant hues, reminiscent of the ocean, are magnetic and calming, making it the perfect addition to any outfit. It’s amazing to me how one necklace can be worn to make a simple outfit of jeans and a t-shirt dressier yet make formal attire more approachable.
That theme of flexibility runs through much of my jewelry. You’ll find that I love to make pieces that can be worn in multiple ways. My Spanish Queen Single Strand Belt, which pairs beautiful polished turquoise with faceted anodized pyrite stones and shimmering gold-tone chain, can of course be worn as a belt as the name suggests, but it also transforms into a long necklace or looped around the neck two or three times for other looks. There’s nothing worse than purchasing something and never getting to wear it. I don’t just want to make jewelry, I want to make jewelry that people want to wear and can wear!
This combination of turquoise and pyrite seen in that belt is in almost every piece of the Spanish Queen series. Also known as iron pyrite or fool’s gold, pyrite is a mineral that forms in beautiful crystal shapes and has a natural golden hue. When anodized, it can take on a variety of shades, from deep bronze to shimmering shades of platinum. I find that this deep golden color that I have used in the Spanish Queen pieces really enhances the watery shades of the turquoise and take the pieces to a whole other level.
One piece in the Spanish Queen series that did not need any help in taking it to the next level is the Spanish Queen Turquoise Bib Necklace. Made from polished slabs of natural turquoise, this is the definition of a “statement necklace.” This necklace is stunning with a simple button-down white collared shirt, a tank top and, of course, a little black dress to add a punch of color. I challenge someone to wear this and not be showered with compliments!
The Spanish Queen collection is my past, my present, and my future. My grandmother always told me, “You can do what you want to do, you’re a Spanish Queen!”
Lovingly dedicated in memory of my grandmother, Maria Antonia Fernandez.
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