On our most recent trip to (we’ll be back and forth a lot in the next couple of months) we spent a lot of time in the artisan markets. The array of handmade goods is always amazing, and just when you think you’ve seen it all, there is another booth with a different variety of creative designs. As always, my favorite areas of the market are the ones that feature sterling silver Peruvian jewelry. When I first started thinking of ways to bring this jewelry to women in the US, I spent hundreds of hours looking at the work of different artisans, and finding the best quality and most interesting designs. The work I put in then is what allows me to easily find the best designs, but I’m also always open to working with new artisans who are using their creativity to make unique Peruvian earrings, bracelets and necklaces. My favorite designs are often the ones that are distinctly Peruvian but still made with a sense of universal style that anyone would appreciate. These Huayruro seed earrings made it into the collection because the paring of native seeds and elegant sterling silver beads creates a modern look that still maintains a sense of Peruvian culture.