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.
The Tz‘utujil are one of the smallest of
the ethnic subgroups that make up Maya culture. Living in the Lago de Atitlan region of Guatemala, they raise coffee and maize in addition to welcoming tourists who are drawn by Tz‘utujil ...
In the mountains of northern Ethiopia, jewelry-making traditions
are passed down through the generations. Today, in the spirit of creativity, enterprise, and peace, farmers collect the artillery shells from past conflicts that they find on their land and give them ...
The designer of this sparkling necklace was inspired
by the massive jewels that hung from the headdresses of India’s 19th-century maharajas. Blue chalcedony with rose quartz, framed here in gold vermeil, are stones of reflection and compassion, respectively.