Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Today we explore the great outdoors of Mexico's Cumbers de Majalca National Park. We have our pick of activities to choose from including hiking, mountain biking, or rock climbing. Mexico is also the home of featured jewelry designer Olga Hinojosa.

The art of silversmithing has been a longtime staple of Mexican culture. Although some jewelers express concern that the craft is slowly becoming a skill of the past, silversmithing and the jewelry items cultivated from it will always be timeless.

Hinojosa began her jewelry design career nearly four decades ago upon completion of her studies at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social's Talleres de Artes Plásticas y Artesanias.

Within two years of graduation, Hinojosa's impressive silversmithing skills garnered international recognition with numerous exhibits in North and South America, Canada, Germany and Mexico.

In the hands of Hinojosa, the cool tone of glossy silver is blended with lustrous gemstones like green chrysoprase or white quartz culminating in elegant and sophisticated designs.

Her Elongated Pearl Earrings are reminiscent of vintage jewelry, while her Ode to Nature items highlights uncanny replications of leaves in burnished silver.

Since 1984, Hinojosa has taught silversmithing to others eager to keep the craft an integral part of jewelry and object making.
Photo 1 (top right): Burnished Sterling Silver Leaves and Berries Necklace
Photo 2 (bottom left): Sterling Silver Spirit Love Cocktail Ring
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