In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

Albert Camus

Breathe in the sweet scent of spring with Luz Camino's enchanting interpretation of Fritillaria flowers.

Luz Camino, the mastermind behind this artwork, is a remarkable woman who exudes warmth, refinement, and a gentle radiance that aligns perfectly with her name, which translates in Spanish to "light". Her creations are a stunning reflection of nature, transformed into wearable art through her extraordinary imagination, expert use of precious stones and metals, unconventional materials and innovative techniques.

These delicate earrings are reminiscent of the iconic Tiffany library lamps. Adorned with colorful stained glass, these lamps embody the flowing and ornate designs of the Art Nouveau movement, known for its exquisite attention to detail and naturalistic motifs.

The flower of Fritillaria Imperialis, which is among the noblest of spring flowers, almost suggests a painter's brush rather than a natural production.

Vita Sackville-West, a poet and garden designer

Nature has always been Luz Camino’s favorite muse.  She often takes long walks to clear her mind and gather ideas for new creations. She derives inspiration from the natural world's colors, textures, and shapes, drawing from a vast array of elements, from rocks to shells, mushrooms, and plants.

For these charming earrings, Luz looked into the fritillaria, a spring-blooming plant with bell-shaped flowers that form a charming, carefree chequered pattern of purple and white. In fact, the very name "fritillaria" is derived from the Latin word "fritillus," meaning "dice box," because the flowers' mottled pattern resembles the markings on dice.

To this day, the bulbs of some species of fritillaria are used in traditional Tibetan and Chinese medicine to treat a variety of conditions, including respiratory problems, coughs, and fever. Sadly, some species of fritillaria have become endangered due to habitat loss and over-collection for medicinal purposes.

Luckily, these precious spring blossoms have been immortalized in the masterpieces crafted by Luz Camino, safeguarding their beauty and ensuring that they will be cherished for many years to come.

Portrait by Jacqueline Ostermann

About Tiffany’s lamps

The light from a real Tiffany lamp, which passed through the grape leaves and fell upon the two women, was now tangled in the folds of their dresses.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Step into a time machine and travel back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, where the Tiffany Studios in New York, with the master designer and artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, crafted some of the most enchanting lamps the world had ever seen. Using a technique known as the "copper foil", or "Tiffany method," the artisans wrapped small pieces of colorful glass in copper foil and soldered them together to create vibrant and refined designs.

These stunning lamps were more than just functional light sources: they were bona fide works of art that graced the halls of museums, galleries, churches, and public buildings alike. The huge "Peacock" lamp, designed by Clara Driscoll, stood over six feet tall and weighed a whopping 500 pounds!

Fast forward to the present day, and these colorful, intricate Tiffany lamps are still inspiring modern designers and artists, still a staple of interior design.

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