The craft of damascene arrived in Toledo at the time of greatest splendour of Al-Andalus,
though some damask pieces dating back over 2,500 years have been found.
Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used this technique, with different characteristics, for
the ornamentation of weapons and decorative elements. At the time when the Roman
Empire was transferred to Byzantium, the art of damascene reached its height in
Damask (Syria), and thus the name given to this technique.
The manufacturing process begins with a mechanical treatment to roughen the base
material (copper) and so ensure perfect subsequent adherence of the gold. Then,
sheets and threads of 24 and 18-carat gold are applied to produce the design,
previously drawn by hand.
In order to achieve perfect adherence of the sheets and threads of gold, this material is
hammered into place with a burin or punch. The next step is the oxidation of the nondamascened
areas, which is achieved by means of a chemical bath that gives the
piece an attractive black finish which contrasts with the shine of the gold.
Subsequently, the areas with gold are again hammered and worked to engrave small
details on each one, contributing to the beauty of the final result and making each piece
unique. Finally, the pieces are lacquered so that their beauty remains unchanged over
The name of the Gómez family has always been linked to the handcraft tradition of
Toledo and its most characteristic technique, damascene. The knowledge of several
generations and a particular vision in the creation of new articles led Ángel Gómez
Alonso to found the company Creaciones Dángel in 1965, initially specialising in the
reproduction of works of art in a small workshop no bigger than 25 m2.
In 1975, and after a major investment in technology, Creaciones Dángel was renamed
CREDAN and became an industrialised company which, without forgetting its craft
origins and based on a carefully-chosen human team, began its adventure in other
Thus, it managed to place its products in the most prestigious shops around the world.
The quality of the raw materials used (including 24-carat gold) and the refinement and
elegance of the finished products, helped to rapidly spread CREDAN’s reputation
around the entire world. Kings, princes, sheikhs, ambassadors and the most
prestigious figures soon became loyal customers of CREDAN.
This tradition of elegance, quality, craftsmanship and historical inspiration can still be
seen in all the articles manufactured by CREDAN.
This catalogue gives you the opportunity to travel back in time, observing in CREDAN’s
collection of gifts the timeless imprint left by the great historical events, their cultural
legacy and their most important figures. All of this, skilfully combined with the
craftsmanship of CREDAN and the use of first-quality materials such as 24-carat gold,
have helped to consolidate our collection, which is available only in the most
prestigious, most exclusive stores in the world.