The Heritage of Our Jewelry
Rainclouds gather over the village of San Bartolomé. Reliable rainfall and the fertile volcanic soil bring plentiful food crops to sustain life in the Andean foothills.
In the Saturday market in Otavalo, village women contemplate a purchase of gold glass beads. An abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits are found in every market. The bustling flower market by the Cathedral in Cuenca overflows daily with fresh gorgeous blooms. Flowers are not an indulgence. They are a necessity.
The high skill of handwork found in Ecuador is also found in the famous ‘Panama’ hats, which are actually not from Panama but from Ecuador. The finest hat can take up to three months to weave. Smiles and typical hats adorn the people of Cañar, north of Cuenca.
Indigenous women in their straw hats exhibit their unique style as they swing their heavy skirts in the plaza in front of the Cuenca Cathedral. The embroidery and lace work beloved by the women echo the filigree of the earrings in their ears.
A simple town church reflects the high level of skill of the local artisans. The craftsmanship in the iron grill at the entrance and the lovely painted interior are echoed in our jewelry.
Near Cañar is Ingapirca, the capital of the Inca empire encountered by the Spanish when they arrived in Southern Ecuador in the mid-1500s. The stones of the Temple of the Sun are laid without mortar.