Artisan jewelry from Peru is something that many people have never heard of or seen. The ones who have seen it, however, know that it leaves a lasting impression. For centuries, Peruvian artisans have been mastering the craft of jewelry making. Some specialize in mate, pronounced ma-tay, which is the art of gourd carving. Their carvings are then placed in sterling silver to form artisan earrings, bracelets, and pendants. Others are experts in filigree, a technique that involves elaborate designs made from thin strands of sterling silver. The skill and patience the artisans have is amazing, and they continue to create new and interesting handmade jewelry designs like the mate bird earrings shown here.