DAMASCENE

From the skill of the craftsman's hands to transform a simple metallic object into a delicate piece of jewelry, the artisanal technique of damascening is kept alive. With the same love for detail and the slow rhythm of the old masters in Damascus, from where it took its name, it is carved today in the world capital of this technique: Toledo.


This craft took root in the Castilian-La Mancha province at the end of the 19th century, at the hands of the heirs of the Basque Eusebio Zuloaga. It was he who rediscovered this technique, which had almost disappeared at the time, in an armor of Damascus origin and applied it to his creations, reintroducing it in Spain. In it, gold and iron merge into one when, by immersing the carved piece in a caustic solution and heating it to very high temperatures, the steel turns dark and the noble metal maintains its shine.

Damascene craftsman working