Yesenia Salgado Tellez is a highly skilled metal worker who creates masterful sterling silver pieces in the ancient and disappearing filigree jewelry style that Oaxaca, Mexico was previously known for. Yesenia melts her own silver and crafts the sheets and wires and silver solder to her exacting specifications. She uses the wire to individually craft each tiny part of the design of her pieces, then solders them together on top of a piece of specially made charcoal. Each piece is handcrafted with love and tradition... and tons of labor! She is a powerful and talented voice for the importance of preserving folk art traditions that are rapidly being replaced with the mass production of products without a human hand, nor a spirit of creativity behind them. At only 29 years of age, and the youngest member of her family, she is already winning awards for her precise and lovely silversmithing. She began metalsmithing at only sixteen years of age! With her own hands she is able to craft a gorgeous range of jewelry that pays homage to her ancestors and the traditions that were passed on to her by her very own parents.
Although filigree gets a ton of attention, the lost wax casting technique that Yesenia Salgado also uses is truly beautiful! A gorgeous design from Yesenia that many associate with the culture and traditions in Mexico, yet is gorgeous enough to wear with anything. We absolutely adore the attention to detail in the sterling silver clasps that are shaped like hands! The flaming hearts and angel combined with the gorgeous strands of natural black onyx make this necklace a true show stopper! So whimsical and unique. This a beautiful museum quality statement piece!.
Approximate Measurements: 24" long