Born into a family of jewelers in Valencia, Vicente Gracia brings unique depth to contemporary jewelry design, fusing tradition with an exceptional imagination and a rich fountain of cultural references. Since 2007, the prestigious auction house Christie’s has regularly selected his work for its biannual Contemporary Jewels and Watches event.
Working in his father’s atelier, Gracia acquired extensive knowledge of rare stones, ancient materials and techniques. He has merged that legacy with an extraordinary fantasy and great curiosity for everything from history to mysticism to sacred literature and symbolic art.
In fact, Gracia has become known as the “Poet of Jewelry”, not only for the way he seeks to uncover and tell a story through his creations, but also for using poetry as a source of inspiration. Among his favorites are the Persian poets Omar Khayyam (known also as the “Poet of Wine) Hafez and Rumi as well as the poetry of the “The Silk Route” for which Valencia was a terminal.
Indeed with its melting pot of cultures and goldsmith traditions, the city of Valencia remains a great source of inspiration. Referencing the Reconquista of Spain, Gracia incorporates a hybrid of styles from the history books into his work, reinventing Arabic symbols, architectural shapes and poetry into the jewels.
Gracia’s work features rare stones such as moonstone, colored sapphires, fire opal, pearls, turquoise, and even crystal enamel in addition to an occasional diamond. Sourcing