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.
Intrepid travelers have long sought the famed silverwork
of the Balinese village of Celuk. Silversmiths from this artistic region use simple tools to create filigree jewelry of striking intricacy. Pairing contemporary design with a timeless form, this pendant necklace from ...
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.