Houston Jewelry Designer Emily Armenta on Modern-Day Medieval Elegance

You should be able to see the Spanish influence in Emily Armenta’s jewelry. But you should also be able to feel it. The Texas-based designer is influenced, more than anything, by the work of 20th-century Spanish poet-playwright Federico García Lorca and his idea of duende: “a power and not a behavior…the struggle that one must endure to create something of greatness.” Armenta has been creating her own totems of greatness for more than a decade—ornate oxidized silver and 18k gold pieces set with diamonds and richly colored gemstones. We can’t promise they’ll help you find your duende, but perhaps they’ll inspire you to try. 18k gold, oxidized silver, and diamond Old World earringsAge: 42 Number of years in the biz: 11Number of employees you oversee: There are just under 100 in the company, but I directly oversee an executive team of five.Family and pets: My husband,

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