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 it is REALLY hard to chose, I think these hoops might just be my favorite in this last group of earrings! Finely crafted with beautiful sterling silver filigree work and accented with three small white pearls and a pair of beautifully hand cut sterling silver birds. A gorgeous design from Yesenia that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.Even the wire backings are crafted with the silver that Yesenia melts down herself! These earrings are a beautiful statement piece, but still surprisingly lightweight! Yesenia really tries to pay special attention to each piece, insuring that they are as comfortable and easy to wear as possible. These beautiful hoops hang from the side instead of straight down.
Approximate Measurements: 2 1/4" long x 1 3/4" wide