In the Andes mountains at elevations of more than 12,000 feet, open trenches accessible only by mule yield gleaming stones, including lapis lazuli, the national stone of Chile. The Inca kingdom flourished in this part of the world, and today jewelers in family-owned shops in Santiago draw on geometric Inca designs to create pieces that blend history and geography into wearable art. The tapered forms of these lapis lazuli, turquoise, jasper, chrysocolla, and pyrite stones, outlined in sterling silver, echo the shape of ancient stone doorways found at Incan ruins.
Druzy is the sparkling crystal surface that forms
on rocks like agate and quartz over millions of years as moisture builds up and evaporates. Each glittering cross-section of agate druzy is hand-sourced in Uruguay, then plated with 14-karat gold foil ...
Descendants of the ancient Shakya clan, historically known
for their craft skills, use smooth, blue-green Himalayan turquoise to create these natural accents. Framed in sterling silver, the stones represent the sea and sky, themselves symbols of the infinite in Nepalese ...
On the Indonesian island of Bali, fishermen often
carve jewelry from the shells of their catch. This handcrafted jewelry features hand-carved, rainbow-hued abalone shell set with crimson faceted garnets, all outlined in bronze.