Thursday, May 21, 2009


Bronze Crusader Cross Pendant Necklace
Today let's forget about the worrisome details of the news and think about the white, refreshing sands of Cancun Beach in Mexico. No matter what's happening, the sand is not going to change anytime soon.

Cancun Beach's sands are an imperceptible combination of plankton fossils and crushed coral and are cool to the touch; the soles of your feet won't burn even when the sun is at its hottest. The beautiful, turquoise-blue water of the ocean is like a liquid jewel glistening under the sun.

Let's then take a trip to the seaside city of Mar del Plata, in Argentina, which is known for it's high cliffs, beautiful ravines, and sprawling beaches.

There's a new twist to this intro, designer Felipe Barbosa is from Mexico, and Fabian Ojeda is from Argentina. The two joined creative forces and established Fabian y Felipe Jewelry.

Ojeda and Barbosa's jewelry designs evoke strength, power, and grandeur; and the motivation behind their designs is to inspire the wearer. The words "Abundance," "Dare," and "Be Brave" are engraved on the back of some of their pieces. Ojeda says the words serve as "a reminder for the wearer to stay in a positive and fearless place."

The designers primarily use sterling and oxidized silver, and oxidized bronze (offset by Crystallized Swarovski Elements) to create rings, pendant necklaces, cuff bracelets, and belt buckles.

St. Michael's Small Shield Pendant Necklace
The handmade jewelry designs pieces prominently feature raised medieval, religious, and Art Deco motifs that add a wonderful dramatic quality. Their creations, without a doubt, are captivating and uniquely stylish.

I will admit that at first glance their approach to designing seemed undoubtedly masculine (Dijmoun Hounsou is a fan); however, the pieces look great on women! Uma Thurman and Finola Hughes are both fans of the line.

In fact, Thurman owns one of the designers' commanding belt buckles, the Virgen of the Angels, which was inspired by her.
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