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As a professionally trained designer keeping with my cultural traditions of my native Spanish-Andean Muisca and Taino Tribal heritage, I am continuing my family's legacy of over three generations of craftsman jewelers.

By choosing a different artistic approach from my family, I use fine gemstones from the Americas to the Far East, creating my exotic, Western-style unique pieces Native and Mexican pieces.

Growing up as a Mestiza, Taino tribe (almost extinct), Spaniard and Muisca. I always wanted to 'blend', so I turned my back on anything remotely folkloric, tribal, ethnic, or 'different' that would make me stand out. Basically, I walked away from my true artistic tribal roots and followed what everyone else was doing. Burying, and trying to forget it all, I finally realized that I was not being true…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 22
  • Joined February 25, 2010

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Turquoise, onyx, coral, crystals, metals, silver, jade, jasper, agate, copper, brass, gold

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As a professionally trained designer keeping with my cultural traditions of my native Spanish-Andean Muisca and Taino Tribal heritage, I am continuing my family's legacy of over three generations of craftsman jewelers.

By choosing a different artistic approach from my family, I use fine gemstones from the Americas to the Far East, creating my exotic, Western-style unique pieces Native and Mexican pieces.

Growing up as a Mestiza, Taino tribe (almost extinct), Spaniard and Muisca. I always wanted to 'blend', so I turned my back on anything remotely folkloric, tribal, ethnic, or 'different' that would make me stand out. Basically, I walked away from my true artistic tribal roots and followed what everyone else was doing. Burying, and trying to forget it all, I finally realized that I was not being true to myself, and embarked on this journey during the second half of my life.

I have also been fortunate enough to have an artist as a husband, he makes hand custom guitars, that has encouraged me to go back to my roots.

Frida Kahlo and her life have always been an inspiration for my work as well as Georgia O'keefe's, Coco Chanel and Millicent Rogers. In honor of Frida I have designed the very affordable Day of The Dead collection, this being her favorite holiday in Mexico. This whimsy collection is filled with the obligatory 'Milagros' and Santos which are still used to this day in popular art in Mexico. And all the folklore, ethnic, and tribal from my own culture and other Spanish cultures.

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