Types of Mexican Jewelry

Types of Mexican Jewelry
Millions of people visit Mexico every year to explore the country's legendary sunshine and white sand beaches. While there, they experience Mexico's colorful local culture. Mexican jewelry ensconces this culture in its use of local materials, indigenous designs and Mexican symbolism. Discover some of the types of jewelry crafted in Mexico, and pick up a piece on your next trip south. It will make a stunning addition to your wardrobe and will remind you of your Mexican adventures every time you wear it.

Leather Bracelets

Leather bracelets come in a variety of widths, from simple strips that twist around the wrist to bracelets that cover the entire forearm. They may be simple in fashion, fastened with rope or metal buckles and adorned with geometric embossing. More complex leather bracelets may feature dyed strips of leather sporting some of Mexico's favorite colors, including the red, green and white found in its national flag. They may also incorporate sewn-on extras such as scapularies.

Bead Bracelets

Bead bracelets are more common in Mexico's tourist districts and are usually modeled after the style of the Huichol communities, one of the Mexico's indigenous ethnic groups. The beads are usually glass, though plastic or wood beads can be used and are arranged in geometric shapes mimicking the colors and shapes of local fauna such as the Peyote flower. When shopping for such bracelets, know the marketing terms. "Huichol bracelets" are made by actual Huichol Indians, while "Huichol-style bracelets" use the Huichol style but may be made by anyone.

Earrings

Hoop-shaped earrings are common. Cheap earrings may be fashioned from aluminum or pounded brass. Expensive earrings are typically made from Mexican sterling silver, white gold or imported metals. Earrings in all price ranges usually follow traditional styling featuring a hoop with dangling elements embossed with local symbols or landmarks, such as the sun's rays. Earrings may also be made from fired clay and attached to metal backing.

Rings

Mexican rings are commonly made from silver. Gold is rarer in ring use, and other metals such as titanium are relatively unheard of. Semi-precious stones sourced from nearby mines are typically used. Example stones include turquoise and red and blue topaz. The sterling silver and turquoise combination is the most common Mexican ring design, with notable Mexican jewelry designers such as Olga Hinojosa popularizing the look.

Article Written By Josh Duvauchelle

Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.

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