Thursday, June 18, 2009

MIGUEL ASES

There is no shortage of beaches in Spain, and each has its own personality.

From the Playa de Las Catredrales, in Galicia, with its incredible, oceanic rock formations to the serene beaches of Costa Brava, to the rustic, rugged milieu of Playa de la Victoria in Asturias. Spain is also home to featured jewelry designer Miguel Ases.


An accomplished dancer with the National Ballet of Spain, Ases decided to channel his exuberant creativity into jewelry design once he retired.

Inspired by ornate Spanish architecture and the structure of dance, he attended Madrid's School of Arts to explore form and design.

Ases specializes in handmade jewelry using oxidized sterling silver, 14-karat gold-fill, coral, turquoise, freshwater pearls, cat's eye, Swarovski crystals, and leather pieces that are reminiscent of designer Alicia Piller's extraordinary suede-work.

Ases creates both minimalistic pieces, such as his bracelets made with turquoise and coral beads, and pieces highlighting intricate detailing. Ultimately, his designs are refined, elegant, and feminine with a rich vintage style.

His powerful eye for structure and design not only impacts the wearers of his pieces, such as Nicole Kidman, Kelly Ripa, and Oprah Winfrey, but couture designers like Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, and Ralph Lauren among others. They find his designs so captivating they have featured Ases' creations with their own during fashion shows.

Ases' designer jewelry collection is sold around the world at department stores, and high-end specialty stores in Japan, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, England, and South Korea, as well as online jewelry store Twistonline.com.

Magazines featuring his creations are Women's Wear Daily, W, Vogue, Elle, InStyle, and Glamour.
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Photo 1 (top right): 14-Karat Gold-Fill Necklace with Cat's Eye and Freshwater Pearls
Photo 2 (bottom left): 14-Karat Gold-Fill Lapis Necklace with Brown Leather
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