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Alvaro Coronado’s reputation and credentials are well established both nationally and internationally. His jewelry designs and workmanship are sought after worldwide. Surprisingly, however, it is from this very modest studio in Ashland, Virginia that Alvaro continues his timeless tradition of old world craftsmanship in a modern industry. He is a master of his trade. His art as a jewelry designer and goldsmith is amazing.
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Product Development
Alvaro’s product development concepts continue to generate successful museum store jewelry sales. His commissions include brass medallions of The Great Seal of the Confederacy for humidors at The Museum of Confederacy’s Haversack Store as well as a limited edition of Centennial Silver Ornaments, number 200 of which has been buried in a time capsule to be opened at the Museum’s Bi-Centennial. Fundraising ornaments were commissioned by Imagination Station Science Museum in Wilson, North Carolina and Sauratown Woman Native American jewelry reproductions for the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, North Carolina and for the Honolulu Zoo in Hawaii, Animal Puzzle Jewelry.

Alvaro Coronado is a treasure to re-enactors. With the accuracy of his breastplates, and military buttons he visually revives history. Filigree, a dying art even among masters, is his love as you can see by his version of this Romanov Cross.

Replicas and Reproductions
Complimenting Alvaro’s product development projects, he also continues to create replicas and reproductions of excavated artifacts for archaeologists and museum displays.

As published in Piecework Magazine March/April 1996, Alvaro Coronado keeps the lost craft of hair weaving alive by creating jewelry mementos that keep loved ones close at hand. During the reign of Queen Victoria in England (1837-1901) hair jewelry received royal approval and its social acceptance seeped into the masses. Hairwork came to the United States from England and became popular during the period 1840-1870. Hair weaving into jewelry offers the bearer solace in remembering those loved and lost. Alvaro makes hair weaving reproductions part of a two-year exhibit on mourning at Richmond's Museum of the Confederacy.

Coronado’s hand-forged Native American hawk’s bells, cones and tinklers on North Carolina Museum of History’s Sauratown Woman costume appeared in National Geographic Magazine August, 1994, and also featured in American Jewelers Magazine July, 1994 and Cromos Magazine of Colombia, South America in October 24, 1994 issue.

Inspired by an 18th century ring from the Tryon Palace Collection, New Bern, North Carolina, owned by Margaret Wake Tryon, wife of Governor William Tryon (1765-1771), Alvaro Coronado was commissioned to create an adaptation in the form of a jewelry brooch. The brooches were presented to seven former First Ladies of the State of North Carolina as a thank you for their contribution to the N.C. Museum of History’s exhibit, First Families of North Carolina. The brooches are being enjoyed by them to this day and First Lady, Carolyn Hunt, wrote her sentiments regarding Alvaro’s quality and workmanship.

Alvaro is known for the exquisite beauty and details he carves into the Jewish Marriage Ceremonial Rings he handcrafts to perfection. Rings used even today by marrying couples who choose to combine tradition with contemporary. These rings carry concealed messages of love in secret hinged compartments. Alvaro Coronado received permission from the Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, west London to create a reproduction of one of the rings from their Guilhou Collection. It is thought to be Solomon’s Temple but cannot be identified for sure and perhaps dating back to the 1300’s A.D.

Not all of Alvaro Coronado’s designs are small, inanimate objects. In conjunction with a benefit for the Richmond Symphony Designer House of 1997, Alvaro’s Historic Designer Room was a display of wonderful memorabilia of the Barksdale Theatre, a theatrical troupe housed in the Tavern for many years. As an additional contribution to his community and in an effort to foster awareness to the restoration and preservation project of Hanover Tavern, Hanover, Virginia his designer room incorporated a timeline of events, artifacts and famous visitors to the 18th Century tavern. The room was educational and encouraged and instilled community pride for their local treasure.

Television, Film and Music

It doesn’t end there however. The television, film and music industry also call upon Alvaro to create jewelry pieces for costume designers, actors/directors and musicians. An added benefit is that Alvaro then gets to share his additional talents as a performer. The diversity is a challenge, but Alvaro’s motto is “nothing can defeat me”. Alvaro welcomes each and every opportunity from a branding iron for the Family Channel to crafting a Valkyrie Goddess breast plate and horned helmet for a film to an originally designed custom gold music brooch for MusiCares at the Grammy Awards.

Twenty-first Century Designs
Alvaro’s work is not limited to only the past however. Clients continually seek out Alvaro Coronado original twenty-first century designs. These contemporary designs are worn by people everywhere and of every culture.

www.ObiRing.com has just unveiled Alvaro Coronado’s two newest collections. The Coronado Obi Ring and Pendant, honoring achievements by martial artists and the Generation Keepsake Ring and Pendant, honoring family in an heirloom piece are very personal to him. He is dedicated to honoring his martial art, he himself being a black belt in Shotokan Karate.

Typical of Alvaro’s design style, and perhaps what sets him apart from many others, is the mechanical engineering he puts into many of his jewelry creations. It is for this uniqueness in his two new designs that Alvaro Coronado has a provisional patent. In the Obi Ring and Pendant it is the martial artist himself who can continually customize the ring or pendant with each future achievement. The Generation Keepsake Ring and Pendant allows for the same customizing capabilities as the family continues to grow from generation to generation. Perhaps the inspiration for his Generation Keepsake jewelry comes from his living far from his family in Colombia, South America. Alvaro is deeply rooted in tradition.

Alvaro Coronado’s artistry shows in each piece he creates and its authenticity is identifiable with his logo and registered trademark consisting of his crown and initials. His art truly merges with history and ownership of one of his jewelry pieces is a desired investment.

What’s next?
Be sure to watch for Alvaro Coronado’s UPCOMING Coronado Couture Collection consisting of Alvaro’s hand-crafted historic ladies in period costume. Each rendering was hand-picked by Alvaro and carved in wax. Alvaro says this design collection is his tribute to timeless beauty and celebration of women. For a sneak preview, add your name to his guest book and be the first to know of his limited editions, design introductions and special promotions.

Clearly, Alvaro is well-accomplished. His talents are without limits, his creativity without boundaries and his energy ongoing. Mr. Coronado’s work is timeless; it has been immortalized in bronze and buried in a time capsule.

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