The most interesting artisan jewelry you’ll find in the markets of Peru stays true to the Peruvian traditions that have been passed down for centuries. For example, the art of gourd carving started centuries ago when Peruvians used it as a way to record stories and important information. Today’s gourd artists honor this tradition while adapting it to modern taste, creating a variety of necklaces, bracelets and earrings that feature pieces of carved gourd. Native stones and shells such as spondylus have been used to create jewelry since ancient times, and once symbolized wealth and power. Now these beautiful natural materials are available to everyone in the form of modern sterling silver designs. The tradition of carrying Huayruro seeds for good luck is another practice that has existed for many years in Peru. Today, artisans create a vast selection of Huayruro seed jewelry like this Huayruro bracelet, along with keychains and other accessories.