Wednesday, December 22, 2010


We explore two countries today traveling first to the archaeological haven Peru known for such historic locations as Machu Picchu and the Inca Ruins of Qenko.

We leave Peru’s tropical locale to the frigid beauty of Switzerland making sure to hit the slopes in Parsenn, and Jakobshorn.

Featured jewelry design duo Tula Zimic Leo (Peru) and Greta de Hunger (Switzerland) base their jewelry brand in Peru.

Considering Switzerland’s eclectic jewelry history the trajectory of which touched upon the vivid artistry of the Art Nouveau period to the antithetical philosophy of Dadaism, de Hunger’s pairing with Leo is not entirely surprising.

With a 15-month age difference between them (at age 64 Leo is the elder of the two) the self-taught women are kindred spirits brought together by a love for Peru’s handicrafts, and the fulfillment gained through making jewelry.

“Being able to make something useful and seeing it worn by friends and clients fills me with joy,” says Leo. “My greatest challenge is when a piece does not come out well, or the way I had planned. I strive to transmit freedom, energy, happiness and audacity in our jewelry.”

“I would describe my art as a necessity for seeking something new,” says de Hunger. “Like Tula, I see my jewelry as an expression of feelings and I try to transmit the legacy of Peruvian culture with a modern touch.”
Pre-Incan art of concentric circles, spirals, and lunar interpretations serve as the basis for the teams’ primal yet elegant bijouterie.

Their sterling silver earrings and sterling silver necklaces are highlighted by dangling strands of gemstone beads including aventurine, reconstituted turquoise, and amethyst. The shiny, hammered discs of their Ancient Moon Choker Necklace are reminiscent of a Roman coin necklace.

The collections’ overall distinctive cultural visual is offset by the cultivation of universal semblances of doves and swans into pendant necklaces. The fresh blend of ancient somewhat feral overtones tempered with classic outlines is great.

“Tula and I enjoy creating jewelry that is different. We hope that when our clients wear it they gain a sense of the happiness and affection we feel,” says de Hunger.
Photo 1 (top right): Sterling Silver Ancient Moon Choker Necklace with Amethyst
Photo 2 (center): Sterling Silver Rain Chandelier Earrings with Fluorite
Photo 3 (bottom left): Sterling Silver Seashells Waterfall Necklace with Amethyst
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