Saturday, June 27, 2015

CATERINA BUTERA

Andean Silver and Sodalite
Dual Solitaire Ring
Esteemed as one of Peru’s “most captivating lakes” is the historical site Lake Titicaca.  

Located above sea level, the highest in the world, the area is rich with the Inca culture, and incredible visuals of the Chinkana labyrinth.  

Peru is also home to featured jewelry designer Caterina Butera.
Butera’s clear-cut yet discrete design style typifies classic jewelry.  

Button earrings, pendant necklaces, and cocktail rings, constructed from lovely Andean silver (.950) and dusky colored gemstones, provides understated style with nice little details.
Some designs, like her Distraction Dangle Earrings, showcase a basic silver line suspending one silver orb; others have a sculptural feel like the Andean Tulip Button Earrings; and there is the whimsical fare of turtles with chrysocolla shells (Happy Turtle Pendant).  High polish and sandblasted finishes are additional details that add a lovely visual as well as tactility. 
According to the 42-year-old jeweler, she has had a fascination with jewelry since “practically at birth.”  Unable to get her ears pierced as a young child her mother scoured stores for rare clip-on earrings, and Butera cherished each pair her mother found. 
Sandblasted and Polished Andean
Silver Distraction Dangle Earrings
Her obsession was so potent that whenever she and her family visited friends “the only thing I cared about was that person’s jewelry chest.  I could look at the jewelry for hours.”
Butera’s ability to create abstract drawings eventually led her to develop jewelry designs.  She initially designed pieces for herself, and then expanded.  
Andean Silver Tulip Cocktail Ring
“I am really passionate about designing.  I pride myself on fashioning creations made of Andean silver and the natural gemstones mined in Peru.”
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