About

 

Since 2010 I have been designing and making pieces using recycled silver and gold from responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations and ethically sourced stones. My designs are sculpted and textured by hand, inspired by the materials' natural beauty.

As a teenager, I moved to Cartagena, a colonial city in the South West Caribbean in my native Colombia. Every morning, I traveled to the nearby islands to teach scuba diving. From the Caribbean, I moved to Africa, then the Middle East, and the South Pacific, always by the sea, my constant inspiration. In 2009, I settled in Washington DC and joined the Corcoran School of Arts and Design, where I studied and worked until 2015. My studio is in the DC metropolitan area.

 

MATERIALS

Our choices as makers and consumers affect even the most remote paradises. This responsibility leads me on a constant sustainable journey to find materials extracted without chemicals that pollute our oceans, responsibly mined stones, and eco-friendly studio practices.

I experienced firsthand how the pristine reefs I frequented died due to global warming and pollution over 10 to 20 years. This reality forces me to put the environment at the front of every decision I make in my small business.

The recycled silver and gold I use are collected and alloyed at Hoover Strong. This industry-leading refinery sources metals from non-mined, recycled sources, including reclaimed jewelry, silverware, coins, precious metal, and dental scrap.

I use FAIMINED gold. FAIRMINED is an assurance label that certifies gold from responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations. It supports mining as an active force for good. Find me at https://fairmined.org/where-to-buy-fairmined/.

The stationery and shipping boxes are made of recyclable and sustainable paper.

I support Ethical Metalsmiths, an NGO that researches responsible, environmentally-sound practices for all Jewelry Industry facets. It represents a community of jewelry makers and suppliers that envision a jewelry industry where a beautiful product does not bear a human or environmental toll.

The path to a sustainable and 100% ethical piece of jewelry is not black and white. I offer transparency in the origin of the materials and a commitment to support environmentally responsible sources. I want the story behind each piece to be as beautiful as the piece itself.