Brass earrings reproducing the shapes of the "Coração of Viana" made entirely by hand in the Cobres Cunha workshop in Barcelos in northern Portugal.
Why I love it
- The authenticity of these earrings coming from the alloy used, the shape chosen and their manufacturing conditions.
- A jewel close to ethnic jewelry, of very good quality and surprisingly modern.
The Cobres Cunha workshop was created in 1932 by João da Cunha Ferreira in front of the São José de Barcelos chapel.
Today, this artisanal workshop still exists, has moved a few steps away and makes brass jewellery used as accessories by the designers of the Portuguese fashion week.
Brass is an alloy that has been used for hundreds of years to make bright, allergy-free and highly resistant ethnic jewellery.
The Heart of Viana (Coração de Viana) has its origin in antiquity. It represented the heart of life, solidarity, fraternity and love. Later on, the Coração de Viana appeared in Portugal as an object of devotion to the Heart of Jesus. The Portuguese used to wear it on their breasts as a sacred symbol.
Brass is a metallic alloy composed of copper and zinc used for hundreds of years in jewellery. This alloy has the particularity of not causing allergies and is very resistant. It is very easy to clean with soapy water and a soft cloth drying that gives it back its full shine.