THE ART OF TANGO
Born in the dancehalls of Buenos Aires in the late 19th century, Argentine tango is now recognized by UNESCO as an "intangible cultural heritage". The South American dance is a unique blend of European traditional dance, African candombe rhythms and Latin romantic passion. When it was brought to Paris in the 1920s, it became an instant international phenomenon and the unmistakable cultural symbol of Buenos Aires. The world fell in love with a style that transcended dance and embodied music, poetry and even film. Argentine tango has enjoyed a revival recently and is once again captivating dance enthusiasts the world over.
Belgium Diamond House has always sought inspiration from artistic influences in human history, and our designers have been captivated by the art of Argentine tango. Even if you don't dance, once you wear one of our meticulously crafted Abrazo de Tango diamond accessories, you'll be immersed in a world of timeless grace and passion.
The male's left hand passionately grasps the female's right hand, his right arm firmly yet tenderly embracing her body, and her left arm whole-heartedly embracing his shoulder and neck. Then cheek pressed to cheek, heart pounding against heart, they start their tango journey. From this moment, they no longer need words. Instead they communicate their feelings and expectations through the rhythm of their bodies. This is the unique embrace of the Argentine tango – a perfect union of man and woman called "Abrazo" in Spanish. The patterns of "Abrazo de Tango" capture the tender and beautiful moment when a tango couple embraces.
Fileteado drawings, like Argentine tango, are an amalgamation of an entire culture's passions and have become a symbol of Buenos Aires. Originally a decoration for ox carts, the flowing and interweaving lines of flowers, ribbons, pearls and water willow leaf now adorn everything the people cherish – from door plates to automobiles to the outer walls of houses. Every accessory in "Abrazo de Tango" draws inspiration from this Argentine art form grown from passion and love.
The bandoneón is the musical heart of tango and the most important instrument in the tango orchestra. Originally from Germany and used to perform religious music, it was brought to Argentina at the end of 19th century and soon became the favourite instrument of tango musicians thanks to its broad range and ever-changing timbre. Teamed with infamous singers and orchestras, the bandoneón has intoxicated generations of tango dancers.
From the gentle and romantic Fresedo, to the evocative and touching D'Agostino, to the deep and affectionate Di Sarli, to the intense and passionate Pugliese, every conductor has made his eternal mark on Buenos Aires' tango music. Belgium Diamond House has taken inspiration from each master to design a range that reflects each wearer's individuality and taste.