Back in 2015, I took my first trip to Mexico. I had been told by a colleague on my Gemology course that I would find incredible quality and creativity there, and she was right.
When I landed in the Taxco area of the country, it was immediately clear that here, silversmithing and jewellery making craftsmanship has been handed down through generations of Mexican families. Not only are they able to source high quality sterling silver for their rings locally, but the skill of the artisans is simply magnificent.
During that first trip, I discovered many wonderful workshops where sometimes whole families design, make and sell their own pieces, and those commissioned by buyers. Their impeccable quality of handmade silver rings and very positive and professional attitude to their work was what instantly appealed to me and in the years since it’s been great fun to work with many of these small makers.
It’s been wonderful to get to know the artisans who make my pieces and gold plated silver rings. They value their work immensely – not only for the chance to use their ancestral skills, but also for the opportunities it provides for the next generation.
Working exclusively with small business and independent Mexican silver ring makers ensures fair prices for all and by forging good relationships with companies like Milina London and all the other exporters around the world, these artisans are creating a thriving industry in their hometowns. For many of these craftsmen it’s enabled their children to be the first generation in the family to complete their education, and in many cases, take up professional jobs.
These workshops also ensure these artisanal skills don’t die out. Creating such a vibrant and successful jewellery market in places like Taxco means craftsmen and women can earn a respectable wage, helping to sustain these skills in this part of the world.
I’m delighted each time I visit to see the love and dedication the people of Taxco put into creating the pieces in this collection, and to know that each sale helps support families and communities in Mexico as well as protecting these ancient skills for another generation.
Many items in my ring collection were part of my first order from the makers because I fell in love with their beautiful designs. All the rings are still handmade in Mexico, by individual artisans in Taxco and the villages nearby.
Some of my favourite pieces can be found in our Bold ring collection where unusual and beautiful designs make up some stunning sterling silver rings. More traditional rings can be found in the Simple collection where classic designs are beautifully executed to create comfortable, easy to wear pieces.