I love finding new artisans in Peru, and seeing where their specialties lie. Some artisans are experts at carving gourd by hand to create mate (ma-tay) handcrafted bracelets and necklaces, others know how to delicately place real butterfly wings in perfect silver settings. On my recent trip, I found a very talented artisan who specializes in handcrafted jewelry with inlaid stones and shells. We’ll be adding several new inlaid designs to Tikanchay’s site in the next week, and many of the new designs from this recent trip are already featured there. This Inlaid Stone and Shell Bracelet shows off several Peruvian stones, and Spondylus shell. The royal blue stone is Sodalite, and the cream colored stone is Mother of Pearl. The vibrant orange and purple hues come from the Spondylus shell. This bracelet shows the beauty of the colorful landscape in Peru.
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One of my favorite finds from Peru is this style of Peruvian handcrafted bracelets, handmade by a talented artisan. When I first saw these bracelets, they stood out immediately, even when compared with other handcrafted jewelry. They have become a popular gift choice at Tikanchay, and we love sharing this design with women in the US. We call this style the Serenity Bracelet, because Peruvian opals are known to relieve stress and enhance meditative states. Each stone varies in color, which makes this design a beautifully versatile and stylish bracelet. The sterling silver is .950, an especially high quality material, which makes it light on the wrist but still substantial enough to make a fashion statement. This opal bead bracelet also makes a perfect gift for any woman who could use some extra stress relief. The calming colors and pretty design will remind her to take a deep breath and enjoy the little things in life.