"My designs are inspired by pre-Hispanic codices and the folklore of my country that I love so much…."
"Hello, my name is Francisco Sánchez and I am the second generation of jewelers in my family. Today there are three, as my daughters have also chosen this vocation.
"Thanks to my father's influence, I began this beautiful occupation at a very early age. Art has formed a part of my life through my studies in architecture, painting, sculpture and jewelry. I was honored with a scholarship to study Foreign Trade in Rotterdam, Holland. In 1968, I founded a small workshop that I still direct and I personally design my pieces. I have exhibited my work in the U.S., Taipei, Munich, Vancouver and other countries. I have received several awards throughout my career, such as the Jalisco Award in Jewelry Design in 2000.
"My designs are inspired by pre-Hispanic codices and the folklore of my country that I love so much, using different motifs from our own culture. I very much like the ideas from our ancestors, always with a characteristic stylization reminiscent of our cultural and artisan past. I especially enjoy designing jewelry. I am always looking for something different to incorporate into my ideas, striving to be at the vanguard in the styles with which I deal.
"To create my products, I first take a prototype of the design. I make a model with brass. It is mounted on a silver sheet, covered with a gummy paint, and burned in a petroleum flame to smoke the design. It is cleaned of impurities and polished. Each product that I design and craft is made of fine silver with Italian alloys and anti-oxidants to exceed the expectations of the most demanding clients."
Francisco Sánchez signs his work as Citlali, meaning "Star" in the Náhuatl language. "That way, everyone wearing my designs has a star to accompany them," explains Sánchez.
Poised on a golden bar, a tree frog swings his silvery leg as he dreams of rainy summers. Albert Ickenroth crafts the fanciful figure in lustrous silver bathed in 22k gold and presents it on a silver chain.
Etched into a gleaming pendant, a sea turtle makes a plea for ocean conservation. Dark "burnt" silver highlights the image in a design for men or women. Guillermo creates the pendant of silver, and presents it on a leather necklace.
A turtle poses under the full moon's glow in a sterling pendant hanging from a leather cord. Working with lost wax techniques, this design by Cesar Godoy celebrates the pre-Hispanic past in a fashionable new style.
Handcrafted of silver, a handcrafted turtle necklace suggests a jigsaw puzzle. Kunio Takeda pays tribute to the sea turtles that lay their eggs on Mexican beaches each year, from the Pacific to the Caribbean. Volunteers work to preserve these endangered....read more
COLLECTIONS FEATURING Frog and Turtle Necklaces from Mexico
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