JEWELRY & NATURE
In a century in which the stridency of luxury is becoming less and less glamorous, the miniaturist art of Lorena Pestana proposes a reunion 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, despite surviving surrounded by the interests and values of Western civilization.
Although artifice has been linked to jewelry since its born, what is proposed here is the return to that founding 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.
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 is where any dream of own or someone else’s light, spiritual or material, comes from.
Each one of these pieces is the result of living processes that are enriched by human talent and are produced in the opposite direction of mass production. What interests us is to extract the deep, intimate secret of each raw material that is worked with and in this way recover its original link with the natural world.
Graduated architect with a project around the Chavín culture, from the northern Peruvian highlands (10th-4th centuries B.C.), Lorena Pestana began her approach to jewelry during a long stay around Santa María de Nieva, in Alto Cashew. There, she was able to thoroughly investigate the artisan techniques and traditions of the Aguaruna people, perhaps the most important ethnic group in the Peruvian Amazon. Upon her return, at the beginning of 2002, she set up her first personal jewelry design atelier in Miraflores, which a year and a half later became a successful shop-workshop open to the public, infront 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
The miniature art of Lorena Pestana, which proposes a return to the ancestral light maintained by generations of artisans from various indigenous cultures. The goal is to reformulate the design of amulets and ceremonial artifacts by recovering the sacred fire created by humans, which is the true brilliance to which jewelry aspires. Each piece is the result of living processes enriched with human talent and crafted as opposed to mass production. The goal is to discover the deep and intimate secrets of each raw material and reestablish its original link with the natural world. In a century where the extravagances of luxury lose glamour, Pestana’s art invites 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 Chavín 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 workshop in Miraflores, which over time became a successful shop-workshop open to the public, without losing sight of the original traditions of the Amazonian communities and their relationship with nature. Pestana’s work demonstrates that it is possible to be avant-garde, original, modern and elegant while respecting the principles of ancient art and creating jewelry closer to the future while honoring the past. She continues to research and design, expanding his repertoire of techniques and materials, maintaining his commitment to the traditions and imagination of the Amazonian communities.