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Andrea Jose, Peruvian Fine Jewellery

Andrea Jose, Peruvian Fine Jewellery

Peruvian designer Andrea Jose strives to transform the way we view the resourcing and production of jewellery. Working in social development for mining projects whilst learning jewellery with master artisans, the particularly male dominated mining industry inspired and motivated her to value the work of strong female community leaders. Her work, celebrates the value of a reciprocal approach within the jewellery system.
The culture, history and textiles of Peru in particular the Lliclla, a wrapping mantle used by women for millennia to carry children, food and precious objects, inspire the design identity. Because we have often forgotten about the connection between gold and the land, the “Jarapay” -'to wrap'- collection challenges the current values of consumption and production of jewellery by uniting heritage, longevity and craftsmanship. Using different textile wrapping techniques, each piece is the result of a dialogue between two Peruvian women. The gold has been slow-mined using responsible mining practices through a partnership with Don Pedro, a miner from Peru’s Amazonian region.
The statement piece is the ‘Lliclla’ necklace, a bespoke handmade chain which has similar length to a classical pearl necklace and named the ‘Pearls of the Andes’. Each necklace can be custom made and created to be a lifetime value piece in mercury-free gold. The handmade chunky rings and pendants are playful pieces that become distinguished heirlooms in any jewellery collection.
Recognising the value that this collection draws-upon, each piece contributes to the regeneration of the Amazon Rainforest in collaboration with Pure Earth.

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