The flagship Yanes boutique in the Salamanca district is one of Madrid’s favourite family jewellers and you can often spot Queen Letizia of Spain wearing the brand's high jewellery.
Now in the hands of fifth-generation Yanes descendants, founder Claudio Yanes was born into a family of Jewish pottery makers in the town of Malpica near the city of Toledo in 1843. Toledo was once home to a unique tri-cultural melting pot of Christians, Jews and Muslims who lived side by side, and whose artistic legacy left an enduring mark on the city, including the different jewellery styles and goldsmithing techniques practiced by the three cultures. Claudio was drawn to the trade of goldsmithing and, after studying in Toledo, settled in Madrid and opened his first shop in 1881.
One of the most popular and enduring sights at Yanes is the Malpica collection, inspired by the Visigoth and Mozarabic decorative motifs of Yanes’ native Toledo. The Alhambra collection is still going strong after decades in circulation and captures the sumptuous ornamentation of the 13th century Alhambra Palace in gold.
Watches from some of Switzerland’s most important brands are also sold, along with an entry-level line of jewellery at very attractive prices called Yanes Young. Cristina Yanes presents a high jewellery collection once a year and is very much part of Madrid’s social life. Bespoke jewellery services are offered and many young couples turn to Yanes before their big day for advice on rings, earrings, cufflinks and even tiaras.
Yanes is a bastion of Spain’s rich jewellery traditions, executed with contemporary flair.
Yanes has a small selection of men’s and women’s watches designed in-house, mostly with quartz movements.
All the Yanes jewellery collections, from Malpica to Tartesos, are made in Spain by artisans capable of recreating the delicate textures, granulation and filigree that is prevalent in so much of Spanish jewellery throughout the ages.
Yanes is a traditional venue for young couples to visit before their big day and offers a comprehensive bridal service, which includes bespoke commissions. Many couples will approach Yanes with an heirloom that they would like converted into a piece of wedding jewellery. Traditional diamond solitaires and wedding bands are available but so are some very pretty engagement rings in the M and N bridal collection, with lacy latticework patterns covered with diamonds. Tiaras, earrings, men’s cufflinks and lovely mother-of-pearl fans are also on the extensive bridal menu at Yanes.