Tagged Diamantina

The Art of Coco e Ouro

Among the many treasures that can be found in Diamantina is a unique kind of jewellery: exquisite miniature pieces of art. are born out of the unlikely fusion of the humble coconut shell and the noble gold.

The technique dates back to the second half of the 19th century. Ezequias Lopes, a Portuguese goldsmith who settled in Diamantina at that time, claimed to have invented it. His apprentice Antônio de Padua de Oliveira followed in his footsteps and went on to open his own jewellery store. “Joalheria Padua”, a little jewel box in itself, exists to this day under the direction of his namesake grandson, and is considered the oldest store of its kind in Brazil.

Over the last 130 years or so, others have mastered the art , thus turning “Coco e Ouro” into a true Diamantina hallmark.

 

This comb, used to hold a woman's hair covering in place, is the oldest known piece in existence today. The reverse side is engraved "PADUA 1888"
This magnificent comb, used to hold a woman’s hair covering in place, is the oldest known piece in existence today. The reverse side is engraved “PADUA 1888” (1)

 

 Another antique item is this drinking bowl, here shown upside down. It features complex carvings that depict scenes of Diamantina surrounded by a flower and leaf pattern interrupted by the typical gold pinheads. A diamond sits at its base. Another antique item is this drinking bowl, here shown upside down. It features complex carvings that depict scenes of Diamantina surrounded by a flower and leaf pattern interrupted by the typical gold pinheads. A diamond sits at its base.
Another stunning antique item is this drinking bowl, here shown upside down. It features complex carvings that depict scenes of Diamantina surrounded by a flower and leaf pattern and the typical gold pinheads. A diamond sits at its base. (2)

 

Some of the more typical designs like this cross haven't changed much over the years
Some of the more typical designs like this cross haven’t changed much over the decades. (3)

 

Here is the same piece at several stages of completion
Here at different stages of completion. (4)

 

Bringing out the details.
Bringing out the details.(5)

 

coco e ouro Jorge 5
Another traditional design element is the flower, in this case used in a necklace. (6)

 

First the shape is punched out of the coconut shell, then each "flower" is individually carved from the disk.
First the shape is punched out of the coconut shell, then each “flower” is individually carved from the disk. (7)

 

The pieces are then joined with the previously prepared gold components.
The pieces are then joined with the previously prepared gold components. (8)

 

The devout often weren't above flaunting their status by using coco e ouro rosaries.
The devout often weren’t above flaunting their status by using coco e ouro rosaries. (9)

 

Antônio Padua in his workshop.
Antônio Padua in his workshop. (10)

 

Photo Credits: Jorge Vasconcelos (1), (2), (6), (7), (8), (9), Raquel Galiciolli (3), (4), (5), (10)

Thank you for visiting. We like to hear from you. By clicking on the post title you will be able to leave a comment.

 

Pico do Itambé

Pico do Itambé is the highest peak in the area at 2002m and its prominence is enhanced by its distinctive shape. It was a point of  reference  from the time the first Portuguese scouting expeditions, the “Bandeirantes”, set foot in the region in the 17th century thru the period when explorers and naturalists documented their pursuits  during the 200 years that followed.

Today it forms a picture postcard backdrop for a number of towns and villages that have come into existence since then, Diamantina among them. In 1998 a state park with an extensive trail network was created, challenging the nature lover to climb its slopes and feel the exhilaration of standing on its top.

Of course Pico do Itambé is also a much photographed landmark. Here is a first selection of great pictures, taken by various photographers from different vantage points.

 

First morning light in Diamantina
First morning light in Diamantina (1)

 

Sunrise
Sunrise (2)

 

Capivari
Capivari (3)

 

Low clouds
Low clouds (4)

 

Near Diamantina (3)
Near Diamantina (5)

 

Near Retiro, São Gonçalo do Rio das Pedras
Near Retiro, São Gonçalo do Rio das Pedras (6)

 

The blue hour
The blue hour (7)

 

Evening in Diamantina
Evening in Diamantina (8)

 

Between Diamantina and São Gonçalo do Rio das Pedras
Between Diamantina and São Gonçalo do Rio das Pedras  (9)

 

Photo Credits: Mariano Vale (1),  Sérgio Miranda (2),  Jorge Vasconcelos (3) (4) (5) (6) (9), ZELEO (7) (8)

All images are copyrighted by their respective photographers and are used with their permission.

 

Thank you for visiting. To leave a comment or read other people’s comments please click on the post title.

 

 

 

 

After Night has Fallen

Sérgio Miranda has been documenting Diamantina with his camera for about 15 years. He switched to digital photography less than two years ago, and  has maintained the discipline of carefully studying and composing each frame, rather than shooting indiscriminately and selecting the best images later.

By creating a forum on facebook, “Clickphoto Diamantina“,  he’s encouraging others to do the same. Today he is sharing with us a series of nocturnal images, capturing the poetry and magic that can be felt everywhere after the town has gone to sleep.

 

Igreija do Rosário e Teatro Santa Isabel
Igreja do Rosário e Teatro Santa Isabel

 

Catedral
Catedral

 

Sacadas
Sacadas

 

Torre da Catedral
Torre da Catedral

 

Mercado dos Tropeiros
Mercado dos Tropeiros

 

Lanterna e lua cheia
Poste de luz e lua cheia

 

 Igreja Bom Jesus
Igreja Bom Jesus

 

 Vista do Cruzeiro
Vista do Cruzeiro

 

Praça do Bomfim
Praça do Bomfim

We look forward to seeing more of Sérgio’s images.

 

Thanks for visiting. We like to hear from you. To leave a comment, please click on the post title.

Diamantina in Detail

Starting today “diamantina diary” will introduce new contributing photographers, both professional and amateur, each of whom will present us with their very own perspective of this enchanting town.

Today’s feature is by Raquel Galiciolli, a longtime Diamantina resident.

“Diamantina,

Uma cidade fotogênica e muito fotografada. Difícil descobrir um ângulo ainda não registrado. Ainda assim, ouso revelá-la através de detalhes. São  eles que me encantam, diariamente.Um passeio atento por suas ruas nos permite perceber que se trata de um lugar inesquecível.”

          Raquel, fisioterapeuta por formação, saúde pública por escolha e fotografia por paixão!
“Diamantina,
a photogenic and much photographed town. It’s hard to find an angle that hasn’t been recorded yet.
Still I dare to reveal her through details. It’s they which enchant me, every day. An attentive stroll through her streets makes us realize that this is an unforgettable place.”
          Raquel, physiotherapist by training, public health by choice and photography by passion!
            
Rua do Amparo - Amparo Street
Rua do Amparo – Amparo Street

 

Torre - Church tower
Torre – Church tower

 

Passeio - Sidewalk
Passeio – Sidewalk

 

Igreja São Francisco - Saint Francis church
Igreja São Francisco – Saint Francis church

 

Janela - Window
Janela – Window

 

Catedral - Cathedral
Catedral – Cathedral

 

Torre da catedral - Cathedral tower
Torre da catedral – Cathedral tower

 

Entardecer no centro - Eventide in the center
Entardecer  – Eventide

 

Lua cheia - Full moon
Lua cheia – Full moon

Thank you Raquel for sharing these beautiful images with us. We hope to see more of your work soon.

 

Thanks for visiting. Please click on the post title to leave your comment.

Obrigada pela visita. Favor clique no título do post para deixar seu comentário.

 

Chimerical Diamantina

These black and white pictures taken in Diamantina by Jorge Vasconcelos were selected by the photographer from the series  “Visão Plástica – Beleza e Descaso” (Plastic Vision – Beauty and Neglect).

They were taken with a Holga, an analog camera with a plastic lens. The imperfections of the lens blur the edges and distort the images in a unique way, imbuing them with a soft, dreamlike quality.

 

Igreja do Rosário - Rosário Church
Igreja do Rosário – Rosary  Church

 

Chafariz - Fountain
Chafariz – Fountain

 

Vista da torre da Igreja N.S. do Carmo - View from the tower of Our Lady of Carmel Church
Vista da torre da Igreja N.S. do Carmo – View from the tower of  Our Lady of  Carmel Church

 

Cemitério - Cemetery
Cemitério – Cemetery

 

Cruzeiro - Cross
Cruzeiro – Cross

 

Pau do Cebo - Grease Pole
Pau do Cebo – Grease Pole

 

Basilica S.C. Jesus
Basílica S.C. Jesus – Sacred Heart of  Jesus Church

 

Mercado dos Tropeiros - Muleteers' Market
Mercado dos Tropeiros – Muleteers’ Market

To see more of Jorge’s work go to www.flickr.com/photos/jorge-vasconcelos/sets/

 

Thank you for your comments!

Obrigada pelos seus comentários em português!

I’m working out a few bugs right now. Meanwhile please leave your comment on the Welcome page. Thanks!

Impressions from the Cerrado

Ask people from around the world what they associate with Brazilian landscapes, and most likely they will come up with two images: lush tropical forests and endless beaches.

However Brazil is a country of continental dimensions – it’s actually bigger than the lower 48 states of the US – and accordingly features a wide variety of natural sceneries.

The Cerrado, a vast tropical savanna ecoregion of Brazil according to Wikipedia, actually makes up about 21% of the country. Wooded areas alternate with open country, often dotted with bizarre rock formations. The topography can be dramatic and offer spectacular vistas.

Diamantina is located in the Serra do Espinhaço mountain range, one of the core regions of the Cerrado. The following pictures are intended to provide a brief glimpse into this unique landscape.

Cross above Diamantina
Cross above Diamantina

 

Landscape near Diamantina
Landscape near Diamantina

 

Rock formations at Gruta do Salitre
Rock formations at Gruta do Salitre

 

Road from Diamantina to Itamarandiba
Road from Diamantina to Itamarandiba

 

Cristais Waterfall
Cristais waterfall

 

Landscape with rocks
Landscape with rocks

 

Landscape with rock
Landscape with solitary rock and bromelias

Photos by Jorge Vasconcelos. To see more of his work go to www.flickr.com/photos/jorge-vasconcelos/sets/

I’ll be delighted to hear from you!

Será um prazer ouvir de você!