Juan confides his inspiration comes from silver itself. "I am driven by a desire to excel in this art," the artist says.
Born in 1964, Juan Contreras and his wife, Rosario Sulca [a Novica featured artisan], used to run a clothing shop, but financial hardship struck and things were not going well for them. Friends suggested the art of jewelry design, and Juan grappled with the decision for years. It was a world he absolutely knew nothing of, yet offered myriad creative possibilities.
Rosario was eager to design jewelry, and at first they relied on expert silversmiths. Little by little, however, Juan became fascinated with the process and became an eager student – he is now passionate about designing as well as crafting his own jewelry. Juan's style is different than his wife's, who is also a Novica featured artist, and they both couldn't be prouder to see how far they have come after such humble and shy incursions into jewelry making.
It's been 12 years now, and Juan confides his inspiration comes from silver. To him, it's the best decision he could have taken and he is driven by a desire to excel in this art. His aim is to transmit beauty and quality. He faces the constant challenge of keeping up with current trends as well as creating new and original designs. Now his work can be appreciated in important exhibits – another reason for Juan to be proud and have no regrets about the decision it was once so hard to make.
Moonstone dewdrops nestle amongst argent leaves and vines creating a jewelry set of harmonious beauty. This translucent stone is believed to attune one to one's own feelings, absorb pain and illness. Moonstone is protective of women and nature, for it....read more
Clinging to sterling tendrils, wisteria blooms as faceted amethysts. Associated with increased meditation, spiritual awareness, and inner peace, amethyst is thought to foster healing and positive transformation. Alok Jain presents the delicate pendant....read more
Silver branches host glowing leaves that fall in a dazzling cascade. Handcrafted, this set by Neeru Goel features the innate allure of natural moonstone. Three lavish fronds center the sterling necklace, while matching earrings complete the ensemble.....read more
The intense red glow of garnet makes each daisy petal glisten with passionate elegance. Neeru Goel's powerful design features garnet cabochons safely encased in sterling silver. The jewelry set includes necklace and earrings.
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